Twickenham calls for Tunbridge Wells Rugby Family

Hannah Samuel, 19, of Tunbridge Wells has been selected to represent Cambridge University in the women’s varsity rugby match against Oxford at Twickenham on Thursday 12 December. She follows in the footsteps of her mother Tammy Samuel who also gained a rugby blue in 1994 and 1995.

Hannah started playing mixed rugby aged 6 at Tonbridge Juddians before moving to Tunbridge Wells RFC where she was one of the founder members of the ladies section. She progressed to become U18s and club captain. Hannah went to local grammar school at TWGGS where she helped to establish and run a tag rugby team, inspiring the younger girls to take up the sport. She fits in her rugby at Cambridge around a law degree and singing in her college choir – where she is also a choral scholar.

This varsity match is the 31st year of women’s rugby at Cambridge and it is an historical moment as Hannah and her mum Tammy will be the first mum and daughter Cambridge rugby blues. The sport plays a big part in the Samuel family as Tammy now coaches the U13 girls team at TWRFC where Hannah’s younger sister Nia plays. Tammy, who also played rugby for both Saracens and England in her youth said “we are so proud of Hannah. She has worked extremely hard. She’s the fittest she’s ever been and really loving her rugby. We’ll be very nervous on the day though!”

The women’s varsity match is being shown live on ITV at 1130am on Thursday 12 December, followed by the men’s match at 330pm.

TWRFC Academy Win The Day At Memorial Cup Game

Saturday 7th December saw TWRFC Academy travel to Bethany School for the annual Anthony Clarke Memorial game. The game commemorates Anthony, a First XV player at club and school and long term friend Amy Donelan who tragically lost their lives in a traffic accident sixteen years ago.

A very even match saw Bethany School camped in Wells’ half for much of the game – only held back by some great defensive work. Wells applied huge pressure and forced errors but then too often they lost the ball again at the breakdown. However, the pressure eventually paid dividends when a linkup between forwards and backs set Zach Trengrove up for a great run to open the score.

Wells’ then scored their second try with a blistering run from the half way line by Markuss Lagunovics followed by a conversion from Sam Dupuy. Bethany School responded with a try bringing the score to 5 – 12 but Wells’ quickly came back with a well worked forwards play and Billy Grigson scored between the posts with another conversion from Sam.

Bethany fought back again with a great move off the blindside of the scrum to score but were unlucky with the conversion hitting the post. The final whistle went with the score at 10 – 19 to Wells.

“Today was our first run out for the newly reformed Academy” said Jim Scully, Director of Rugby at TWRFC. “The Academy aims to develop our Youth players through to our Senior squads and today’s performance showed the boys have some real potential. But today is also about Anthony and the fund established in his name that has helped numerous players from TWRFC and Bethany School on their rugby journey”

Anthony Clarke Memorial Game – Please support TWRFC Academy.

Saturday 7 December 2019 sees TWRFC Academy travelling to Bethany School for the annual Anthony Clarke Memorial game.

The game commemorates Anthony (a talented sportsman and a First XV player at both the School and rugby club) and his long term friend Amy Donelan who both tragically lost their lives in a car accident 16 years ago. A fund was established in Anthony’s name to support those that may not be able to join the Club, go on an important tour or do some form of Rugby Course. At Bethany School, the fund pays for conditioning training, trips to Premiership Clubs with coaching and for partial costs of Rugby Tours.

This year’s game also marks the first competitive run out for the newly reformed Academy team. The Academy, which benefits from the expertise of senior coaches and First XV players, aims to build planned progression for our Youth players into Senior rugby. Anthony had himself started in the U6s and progressed to First XV by the age of 18 and the Academy aims to support more players to do the same.

This game is always a great occasion, kicking off at 10am at Bethany School. Please do come along, watch some great rugby, support the Academy but also commemorate Anthony and all the good work the fund does to support individuals on their rugby journey.

Applications to the fund can be made, in confidence, to Honorary Secretary Michelle Greenall.

Ladies U18’s Put In Huge Shift Against Medway

The U18s girls travelled to Priestfields for their first cup match of the season against Medway and they travelled with only 17 out of the possible 23 players due to injuries.

However from the start the 17 took control themselves, led by Sally Williams who was captain for the day. With their coach delayed they started the warm up themselves and clearly identified areas of skill to correct and work on. The levels of commitment and ownership carried through the whole day. Head Coach Paul said “It was brilliant to see and hear the girls self-analyse and identify areas to correct during the game. For me the biggest positive of the day.”

From the start the defence from Medway was strong and a few early overlaps went unused but eventually the ball got to the wing and Phoebe Leach went over for a try in the corner and that score set the scene for the rest of the game, good forward play with backs running onto the ball.

Both teams put up a strong defence but TWRFC scored four tries through the forwards with Sally Williams and Millie Rabbit having a brace each, the outside backs not to be outdone scored five with three to Catherine Davis, one to Jemma-Jo Likins who also converted six and of course the first try mentioned from Phoebe Leach.

During the week the squad had worked on ‘exits’ from a restart and they put this to great use allowing them to play rugby in Medway’s half, put pressure on them and ultimately score. There were chip and catches, inside passes, ‘fast hands’, some big tackles, some great turn overs and some great support play.

The game highlighted things to work on, rucks and clearing out the ball, identifying overlaps and listening to our wingers as they saw these overlaps, line outs etc. These will be the focus of training sessions in the coming weeks which should give the squad a massive lift through the season.

Special mention to Alice Atkins who, having been away for a while, did not show any rustiness during the game, nearly scored off her first touch and was always looking to keep the ball alive.

Well done all, things to work on but an excellent cup result.

Medway 5 : TWells 57

#A21 shine against Dartfordians

Fantastic display of girls rugby today with the TWRFC & Sevenoaks U15 girls, the #A21,  playing Dartfordians in their league match at Sevenoaks in perfect rugby conditions.

A massively strong start saw #A21 new girl Mary score out wide from outside centre, after some strong forward play and good backs hands.

Same again a few minutes later with winger Molly doing similar.

Then Scrum-Half Faith scored her first try putting one between the posts after a phased attack. Iona added the two.

The half finished with a Darts counter attack making it 17-5.

The second half started with more swaps of players giving everyone as fair a crack as we could. Dart took great advantage of this and ran in three tries, but only after FlyHalf Iona planted one between the posts after a run from her own 10m line….and added her own two.

With Darts getting close, a concerted effort by tired bodies drove the Darts back in a ruck & maul festival ending with Oaks No8 Hannah going over.

The #A21 kept the pressure up until the last blow of the whistle, finishing 29-20.

Special mentions to Molly who stormed back after 5 weeks injury layoff, and Rosie who played her first game and fitted in perfectly.

Also welcome back Maddie who played a stormer on the wing, and stepped into the second row to help out in the last 5mins and “proper loved it”,

The win rounded off Head Coach Simon’s birthday weekend (we won’t say how old), also making up for Saturdays World Cup disappointment. The squad also took time to celebrate with tomorrow’s birthday girl Nicola.

Tries: TW Mary Smith, Molly Bignell, Faith Adams +Iona Con, Iona Woodhouse +Con & Oaks Hannah Walton.

Other TW girls: Nicola Perry, Rosie Hewitt (new), Heather Croker, Maddie Steger, Belle Raine (VC), Kirsty Jones, Bella Sullivan, Daisy Glasheen

(Oaks shirts as we played at Oaks…Wells shirts when at Wells)

For more information on TWRFC Ladies please contact Head Coach Simon Parsons at Ladies@twrfc.com

#oneTWRFC

This Saturday 26th October…

This Saturday 26th October we have… 

1st XV – Away to CS Stags 1863

2nd XV – Home to Old Alleynians II

3rd XV – Away to Canterbury IV

All 3pm Kick-offs 

We have a small coach going to CS Stags and places will be limited but if you would like book a seat please contact Michelle

The Clubhouse will be open on Saturday morning so come and watch England take on New Zealand in the RWC Semi Final. Kick off 9am. Clubhouse open from 8am and the bar will be open from 10am
Bacon roll plus bottomless tea or coffee £7.50

Teams for Saturday:

1st XV vs CS Stags

1. Kamil Wiecaszek
2. Stu Nicholls
3. Tui Tauaika
4. Agy Eukaliti
5. Ben Whale
6. Chris Brown
7. James Pancaldi
8. Nick Doherty
9. Eddie Croft
10. Frank Renolds
11. Rich Webster
12. George Montgomery
13. Mike Doherty
14. Max Hobbs
15. Ryan Taylor-Dennehy
16. Aston Croall
17. Luke Hawkins
18. Ollie Allman

2nd XV vs O Alleynians KO 3.00pm

1. Ciaran Lee
2. Adam Champion
3. Carl Straeche
4. James Freeman
5. Connor Davis
6. Max Walker
7. Jake Smith
8. Ollie Beaumont
9. Will Chipchase
10. Lucas Scully
11. James Piggins
12. Tom Follows
13. Lewis McKissick
14. Adam Webb
15. Harvey Colangelo
16. Joe Nicol
17. Sam Smith
18. Trevenan Walther
19. Rob Miles

Last weekend’s results:

Tunbridge Wells 30  London Irish Wild Geese 17

Tunbridge Wells 3s 28 Cliffe 2s 10

#oneTWRFC

Mini Festival Huge Success!

As Typhoon Hagibis caused disruption in Japan, rugby continued at the Tunbridge Wells RFC mini’s festival. 

81 teams from clubs across Kent, Sussex and South London, met to play fantastic rugby.

Despite the rivalry, the competitive spirit, the gut and determination showed by the players, they all shook hands afterwards and parted as friends in rugby

Over 850 players enjoyed their experience, playing to the best of their ability, striving to deliver the best they could.

There were teams in attendance with insufficient numbers to make a complete squad, but they still got to play games.  Teams were created from multiple clubs to create a barbarian squad, where the players demonstrate the ultimate level of sportsmanship and put aside their club allegiances to ensure everyone can play.

Across the age groups rugby was played, children had fun and parents cheered. 

The Festival, sponsored by NFU Mutual, was the first mass run out for the new team kit and some of our sponsors from Countryside, Bethany and HR Revolution were able to come alone and watch some great rugby.

Huge thank you to Alex and his team of coaches and volunteers for arranging a great day of rugby

#oneTWRFC

Life After TWRFC Ladies

TWRFC Ladies are excited & proud to see the latest two girls playing rugby as adults.

Last weekend saw ex-U18 Amelia Marshall & her sister Emily ran out for Exeter Athletic Ladies in their 25-24 win against Bude Ladies.

Amelia was praised for her work rate, technique & style of play in training by coach Amy Garnett, England Women’s ex-captain & most capped hooker…a compliment too for Tammy & Milo who coached the U18s during her time with us.

With others ex-players now playing for Harlequins & Richmond Premiership sides and more having played or are still playing for Cambridge, Oxford Brooks, Warwick, Nottingham & Southampton Universities, our legacy is looking very good. Not bad for a section that’s only in its 6th season!!
(Okay, Emily never played for the club but trained & worked hard with us over the last 2 summers, caught the rugger-bug and is now hooked)

Next weekend (25th-27th Oct) see 34 of our girls (with 17 coaches & parents) go on Tour to Bath & Bristol. In a packed weekend they will get some coaching from ex-England player & Exeter’s Womens Team Head Coach, Susie Appleby, as well as being the Guard of Honour for Bath v Exeter in the Rugby Premiership at the Rec on Friday and Bristol Bears v Richmond Women in their Tyrrells Premiership match on Saturday….hopefully seeing ex-TWRFC Ladies Rosie Dobson representing Richmond that day. 

More exciting things coming for TWRFC Ladies that will need your help & support so stay tuned!!

#COYWellsLadies

Simon Parsons (DoR TWRFC Ladies)

Brains Over Brawn

On Friday night, the Ladies section hosted a quiz at the Cross Keys pub to raise funds for their tour to Bath.

Around 60 people pitted their brains against quiz master Ioana Platts-Mills with Team Pinky and the Brains coming tops. 


The quiz night raised a total of £898! A fantastic result. This will be added to almost £600 from cake sales at the club and £1700 raised by girls U13 coach Tammy Samuel running a marathon earlier this year.

Thanks also to Stephenson Harwood LLP and Zuber Design Architects for sponsoring the tour hoodies.

 
Girls from age 11 to 18 will benefit from these funds on the tour which takes place from 25-27 October. 


Special thanks to all of those who baked cakes, bought cakes, donated wine and chocolate, bought raffle tickets and otherwise donated their time and money.