November 24th, 2013
The Clubs X-MAS Meal is fast approaching us and final monies need to be paid in full by 30/11/2013 to Garfield or Andy Francombe.
if you still want to attend this rugby club event there is still time but money in full must be received by this weekend to the above people.
November 24th, 2013
Final score Wotton 30 – BTARFC 5
November 11th, 2013
After being let down last minute by what is becoming a unreliable Avonmouth third team, phones had to ring around the houses and finally obtained a fixture against what is becoming all to familiar fixture of ST Bernadette’s .
With the rain we had the pitch was varied from good under foot in places to a bog in others the game was played in the normal physical manor and after both teams had felt each other out the game started to open up ,
saints had the edge in the scrum but the backs were evenly matched after some great phase play a break from Wayne Sockett ghosted through the defence to score his first try after returning from injury. Johnny Hodgson who had a fine day with the boot added the extras.
but as in recent weeks a few lapse moments of concentration led to saints scoring a there first points , this was also followed up by there second lot of points there after, during a scuffle during a phase of play those lucky enough to be in close proximity witnessed the reincarnation of Muhammad Ali aka Bob dicker showing of his fine shadow boxing skills, with Ronny and Regie Kray aka the Dicker Brothers come to the rescue and then like kiser sozay vanish
ed from the pitch all together .
when play finally got under way again a penalty was awarded to phones where captain Luke Inman chose to go for the posts this is when Johnny Hodgson stepped up to the mark and nailed the penalty through the centre of the posts with the game drawing to a close the chance of a draw seamed likely but saints who had looked dangerous throughout set there secret weapon loose and with some lapse tackling from phones there player scored but they were unavel to covert the extras.
with this the game ended BTARFC 10 – 15 ST Bernadette’s
going into to a friendly against BAC this week Phones will be working hard at training on Tuesday night with all eyes looking ahead to Wotton on the 26th
October 24th, 2013
As many of you know we have a new playing kit being made by Raging Bull. As our kit provider they have also designed a number of other products and have set up our very own online shop where you are able to buy these items.
Please see the link in the club shop page…..
October 17th, 2013
Bristol Telephone Area RFC is pleased to announce a new member of the senior coaching team Veteran Scrum Half Martin Hunt pictured .
He will be providing training to the backs players up the club and brings with him a wealth of experience that many players can only dream of which he is looking to pass on to the youth of the club
Director of Coaching Scott Flannigan said “Martin and I will be working closely together to provide quality coaching for all players, these are exciting times for the club at the moment and we need to keep the momentum going”
So if you are looking to start rugby or you are looking for a new club that is fun, friendly and family orientated then feel free to attend training on Tuesday night’s 19:00 start.
October 13th, 2013
With the whistle blown to start the game Southmead kicked off and phones man mountain flanker Tom Gustafson caught the ball and went on a trademark bulldozing run into Southmeads twenty two where he was finally brought down by a covering tackle,
What pursued from this tackle was so great ball retention from phones working their way closer and closer to the Southmead try line where inspirational captain Luke Inman made a snipe from the back of a ruck and carried three Southmead defenders across the line to score phones first try of the game, Johnny Hodgson having another fine kicking display nailed the conversion.
From the kick off phones made an unforced error giving away possession to Southmead who worked the ball through the phases until phones were penalised for hands in at a work but in credit to the phones defence Southmead decided to go for posts and slotted the penalty.
This score only made phones more determined to win this game and with an outstanding front row effort from Jason Money, Mike Zanetti and Sean Lacey forcing the Southmead pack back at every scrum on their ball and phones ball it was no wonder that they found it very hard to score.
From a lineout and with Phones back line firing on all cylinders a trademark hard line from The llyc who had a fine physical game even whilst carrying an injury set up a breakdown on Southmeads five meter line, where lock Jason Hobbs decided to have a go and with unusually safe hands and the help of Mike Zanetti driving him on scored a good forwards try, again Hodgson converting the score.
After some loose tacking Southmead managed to score under the posts and there fly half made sure he got the conversion, but rather than panicking phones stuck with what they have been doing in training and played heads up rugby and with mike bird receiving a kick in his 22 and with a his trademark Tasmanian devil style run he ended up over the Southmead try line to score.
And it didn’t end there from the kick off phones line out which worked well and for once having two jumpers worked an off the top move which led to a good midfield position and with Lewis Dicker looking for work took the ball and gave a great inside pass to supporting runner Jacob Collins who went on a darting jinking run ended up over the white wash in the corner, Hodgson stepped up to take the conversion and it looked set to miss until it struck the post and went over for yet another score.
With half time beckoning and Southmead starting to put some pressure on phones it seemed unlikely that another score would happen in the first half, but from some great counter rucking from this week’s outstanding lock Paul Stone who is starting to hit his form again phones turned the ball over and it lead to some simple hands where flanker Andy Francombe ghosted through the defence and showed a great turn of pace to score.
At half time Zane Andrews and Brad Sherborne come onto the field replacing Mike Zanetti and Pricey from the kick off phones started how they finished with more bulldozing runs from Gustafson and Zane Andrews picking up from Mike Zanetti and sending the Southmead pack back again.
Number 8 Callum Dicker who played with maturity way above his years had his best display of this season making some bone crunching tackles and was a nuisance at every breakdown topped of a fine display with a try of his own.
Southmead finally managed to get the ball to their strong pacey centre who run around the phones defence and fed the Meads own version of Mike Burd who went over for an unconverted try.
Rscott come on for Jason Money who had a brilliant day at the office, which only added ballast to the phones scrum, and Callum Matthews coming on for Brad Sherborne for his first appearance as a senior player.
With a bit of a stalemate it looked like it would be a boring last quarter of rugby for the spectator’s.
But the tumbleweed blew past and following from some good backs move Lewis Dicker who is starting to come into his own at centre, hit a running line that Mike Tindal would have been proud of brushing off the Southmead defence and showing the covering tacklers a clean pair of heals to score phones final try.
The Director of Coaching said after the game “ I’m extremely proud of the team today every week at the moment they are setting the bar higher and higher , training drills are starting to work on the pitch and with new captain Luke Inman week by week giving an inspirational performance I only see good things ahead”.
Final score BTARFC – 46 / Southmead Seconds – 15
October 6th, 2013
On a sunny Saturday at Stockwood lane the phones turned up to take on a Kingswood side that would push them the whole way.
With the sun in phones eyes it was always going to be a difficult first have for the team as both teams tested the waters to start with it was Kingswood who drew first blood with a penalty kick after a dubious call from the referee who apart from this his performance was faultless .
This penalty seamed to give phones the focus they needed and the team started building through the phases of play strong running from centre Wayne Socket and great support play from the golden oldies Llyc and Andy Francombe whose fitness would put most youngsters to shame started to test the Kingswood defence.
Then after a scrum phones worked the phase play they have become good at, retaining the ball well led to new boy Tom Gustafson going on a Brutal run where the Kingswood defence seamed to part like the red sea leading to the first try of the game, Johnny Hodgson having a good days with the boot kicked the following conversion made all the easier thanks to Tom scoring under the post’s
From the resulting kick off Kingswood fought back giving it all they have and pressuring phones at the set piece led to them making good ground but phones matching them with some brilliant defence led by outstanding number 8 Callum Dicker who is starting to come into his own as a player in attack and defence kept the away team at bay. But after some good simple rugby Kingswood scored again.
Instead of times gone by where phones heads would of gone down there inspirational captain Luke Inman come into his encouraging his team and leading from the front kept the team in the game,
Phones back line have been on fire in recent weeks and with Jacob and Mike Burd showing blistering pace and evasive skills linking up with Lewis Dicker who was always on their shoulders to receive the pass was what led to him scoring phones second try he broke the line and showed some blistering pace of his own to score.
Leading up to the end of the first half both teams were evenly matched and were both happy to hear the half time whistle so they could regroup.
With the second have under way and phones making no changes the team started how they finished testing the Kingswood defence at every opportunity although still struggling at the set piece the experience and power of Nathan Rogers shined through at every scrum lineout and maul.
With a few injuries and illnesses the phones bench come into play with Mike Clarke replacing Callum Dicker and Paul stone replacing outstanding second row Nathan Rogers also Jason Hobbs and Bill Bunce come into the game with these guys having a lot to prove they played like men possessed and this come to show after a ruck the ball was quickly passed to Johnny Hodgson who passed to Lewis dicker who then fed the ball to Mike Burd who went on one of his trade mark runs where I don’t even thinks himself let alone his supporting players know where he is going to end up but thankfully it was under the posts where Johnny landed his second out of three conversions on the day.
Following this Kingswood fought back and at times looked like they were going to snatch a victory but phones defence on the day proved to strong and after what seemed a life time the ref blew the final whistle and phones secured there second out of three league victories for the season with the score BTARFC 19 Kingswood 2nds 15
After the match the doc advised – I was proud of everyone today there was some real body on the line stuff and new leaders are starting to emerge within the team I hope the team take this belief into next week’s game with Southmead 2nds