Selection for Saturday 30th January vs Farnham Royal (Home)

Opposition: Farnham Royal
Competition: League
Venue: Home
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time at the Club: 1:00pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)
Dress : Number 1’s
Item : Something representative of your country for the 6 Nations (Fine of £1 for those without the carried item)
  1. Neil Evans
  2. Hamish Rosser
  3. Matt Margot
  4. David Lloyd-Williams ©
  5. Chris Harber
  6. Lenny Pitt
  7. Richard Clarke
  8. Tom Birch
  9. Aaron Walters
  10. Dave Tridgell
  11. Luke Barefoot
  12. Matt Rowlandson
  13. Kieran Jenkins
  14. Chris Merrick
  15. Alex Webb
  16. Andrew Carson (200th Game)
  17. Alex Morris
  18. Mike Jerstice
  19. Jeff O’Brien
  20. Pat McGuigan
  21. Stefan  Margot

Selection for January 23rd vs Faringdon (Away)

Opposition: Faringdon
Competition: League
Venue: AWAY – Folly Sports Park – SN7 7AQ
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time at the Club: 12:00pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund) – please let us know if you are going direct or meeting at the club
Meet Time Direct: 13:00  (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)
Dress : Number 1’s
Item : Confirmation of Tour attendance

1. Neil Evans
2. Hamish Rosser
3. Chris Harber
4. Andrew Carson
5. Alex Morris
6. Tom Birch
7. ?
8. DLW ©
9. Aaron Walters
10. Dave Tridgell
11. Pat McGuigan
12. Matt Rowlandson
13. Gary Gould
14. Chris Merrick
15. Alex Webb
16. Tim O’Sullivan

Selection for January 16th vs Aldermaston (Home) (VP Lunch)

Opposition: Aldermaston
Competition: League
Venue: Home (VP Game)
Kick Off: 2.00pm
Meet Time at the Club: 12:45pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)
Dress : Number 1’s
Item :  Bobble Hat
1. Neil Evans
2. Hamish Rosser
3. Matt Margot
4. Andrew Carson
5. Chris Harber
6. Lenny Pitt
7. Richard Clarke
8. DLW ©
9. Pat McGuigan
10. Dave Tridgell
11. Kieran Jenkins
12. Matt Rowlandson
13. Chris Walker
14. Luke Barefoot
15. Alex Webb
16. Tom Birch
17. Mike Jerstice
18. Tim O’Sullivan (100th game!)
19. Chris Merrick
20. Rhys Stewart
21. Tom Hopkins

Selection for January 9th vs Littlemore (Away)

Opposition: Littlemore
Competition: League
Venue: Away
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Meet Time at the Club: 12:00pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)
Meet Time Direct : 1:15pm 
Dress : Number 1’s
Item :  A Health or Diet Tip for the New Year (!)
1. Neil Evans
2. Hamish Rosser
3. Matt Margot
4. Andrew Carson
5. Chris Harber
6. Tim Holmes
7. Richard Clarke ©
8. Tom Birch
9. Pat McGuigan
10. Dave Tridgell
11. Rhys Stewart
12. Matt Rowlandson
13. Chris Walker
14. Chris Merrick
15. Alex Webb

16. Lenny Pitt
17. Mike Jerstice
18. Tim O’Sullivan

Selection for Saturday 12th December vs Didcot (Home) (VP Lunch)

Opposition: Didcot
Competition: League & Junior Vase
Venue: Home
Kick Off: 2.00pm
Meet Time at the Club: 12.45 pm(players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund) 

Dress: Christmas Jumpers
Item:  Christmas Jumpers (Fine of £1 for those without the carried item).

1. Eric Murray
2. Jack Proctor
3. Matt Margot
4. Andrew Carson
5. Chris Harber
6. Hamish Rosser
7. Richard Clarke
8. David Lloyd-Williams ©
9. Dan Buchanan
10. Dave Tridgell
11. Tim Bentley
12. Matt Rowlandson
13. Kieran Jenkins
14. Chris Merrick
15. Tim O’Sullivan

16. Neil Evans
17. Mike Jerstice
18. Tim Holmes
19. Lenny Pitt
20. Tom Birch
21. Pat McGuigan
22. Rhys Stewart
23. Alex Webb

Boxing Day 2015

The festive season gets closer and closer and all that can mean is the Annual Boxing Day match!

So give the mince pies and left over turkey a miss for a few hours and join in the annual Boxing Day runaround. There may even be some form of rugby being played.

So if you’re able to play, all you’ve got to do is let our revered coach Tim O’Sullivan know…………………. as soon as possible!

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Our esteemed captain turns on the afterburners and goes past a large prop with alarming speed!
An action shot from last year !

Oxford 10 – 29 Berkshire Shire Hall

In blustery conditions Shire took a strong team away to Oxford for this bottom of the table clash which would go a long way to dictating the winner’s fortunes for the season. Rowlandson and Thomas renewed their centre partnership with O’Sullivan keeping the 15 shirt warm for the incumbent who is out injured. Welcome returns in the pack from Rosser and Holmes meant that the forwards lined up strongly with a mobile pack which was to prove critical on the day.

Shire Hall kicked off with the wind at their backs looking to make most use of the conditions in their favour in the first half. Initial exchanges were tentative as both teams settled into their game plans and adjusted to the conditions. Oxford started well and utilised some great box kicks and chasing early on clearly much more at home in the conditions. Pressure built and good retention from Oxford led to them crashing over for the first try in the corner after 10 minutes – Shire having barely touched the ball.

This galvanised the visitors into decisive action from the kick off and with some good retained possession and fly half Tridgell pulling the strings ,Shire built some territory and possession and looked to get back to their game plan. Some great carries from the pack, with notable contributions from Jenkins, Wiseman and Murray led to lots of space for the back line to exploit – the backs getting great second phase support from the mobile back row. A well-executed switch in midfield let inside centre Rowlandson step his way to the first score under the posts which was duly converted by kicking hooker Rosser.

Shire began to look comfortable with ball in hand and, combined with some great scramble defence and turnovers from the mobile pack, created several more opportunities. Again, Man of the match Rowlandson was at the fore with some bone juddering tackles whenever Oxford tried to carry up the middle of the pitch. Oxford defended consistently well but gaps began to open with full back O’Sullivan benefitting from some well worked space in the middle of the field to cross for another try which again was converted by Rosser.

Oxford fought their way back into the game well with some sustained pressure on Shire. After a defensive turn over deep in their own half Shire kicked deep and chased with gusto, forcing a series of scrums on the Oxford 22. A forced clearance from Oxford went out on the full and led to another scrum deep in their territory. After several minutes of exchanged possession between the teams the Shire scrum asserted itself and drove the Oxford pack off their own ball with back row Kiwi import Jackson pouncing on the loose ball for Shire’s 3rd try. The extras were missed and the teams split for the half time break.

Shire knew they would be under pressure early in the second half after the turnaround going into the wind. After soaking up lots of pressure in the first 10 minutes with Oxford posting another well worked try Shire changed their game up a little and stuck to a tighter plan utilising sensible offloads and cutting out the Fijian ambitions. With strong carries from Margot, Evans and Clarke and some high intensity ruck clearing from Stewart in particular Shire upped the pace and directness of the game to put it to bed. A strong platform allowed O’Sullivan to wriggle and spin his way over for the bonus point try and more depth came on from the bench (after an untimely injury to explosive centre Thomas which happened on the end of a sick 60 metre break) to make a difference with Gyamfi putting the gloss on the score after great work from the scrum and back row subs.

MOTM: Matt Rowlandson with honourable mention to Eric Murray
Scorers:
Tries: O’Sullivan (2), Rowlandson, Jackson, Gyamfi
Conversions: Rosser(2)

Selection for Saturday 5th December vs Oxford (Away)

Opposition: Oxford
Competition: League
Venue: Away
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time at the Club: 11.45 am(players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund) 

Meet at Oxford: 1.00 pm
Dress: No 1s (Blue Shirt, Club Tie)
Item:  Christmas decoration (Fine of £1 for those without the carried item)
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  1. Eric Murray
  2. Hamish Rosser
  3. Matt Margot ©
  4. Andrew Carson
  5. Neil Evans
  6. Tim Holmes
  7. Kieran Jenkins
  8. Chris Wiseman
  9. Pat McGuigan
  10. Dave Tridgell
  11. Tim Bentley
  12. Matt Rowlandson
  13. Rhys Thomas
  14. Chris Merrick
  15. Andrew Jackson
  16. John  Morris
  17. Alex Webb
  18. Rhys Stewart
  19. David Lloyd-Williams
  20. Richard Clarke