Ham & High Coverage

Belsize Park First XV are featured weekly in the  local Ham & High Newspaper.  www.hamhigh.co.uk

You can find the latest match reports below;

20-12-14 – Finchley v Belsize Park

06-12-14 – Fullerians v Belsize Park

22-11-14 – Belsize Park v Wasps

15-11-14 – Hitchin v Belsize Park

18-10-14 – Belsize Park v Stevenage

11-10-14 – Belsize Park v Hackney

29-09-14 – Welwyn v Belsize Park

22-09-14 – Belsize Park v Finchley

15-09-14 – Belsize Park v Grasshoppers

Chairman’s Christmas Message

Men and Women of Belsize

There is one more weekend of rugby until the short mid season break for Christmas. At this time of year I usually send a message outlining our recent achievements, and highlighting how in the past months we have reached heights never previously dreamed of. This is no longer the case.

As you will all know, on the pitch our success continues, with all league teams doing very well and either leading or pushing for the top. As these are leagues we have never reached before this is superb, but instead of these being achievements that we never thought we could achieve, these are now things that we have come to expect. Our expectations have been raised again and again, and every victory in the past few years has been built upon to the point where we all wake in the morning expecting to win, not hoping.

The same is true off the pitch, both on the financial and social sides, where we are stronger than we have ever been.

This isn’t to suggest that there should be any room for complacency, as success on and off the pitch is the product of hard work. It simply means that we can all relax this Christmas, and enjoy a few drinks and a bit of cake, in the knowledge that the graft is paying off.

It also means that we can come back in the New Year, energised for the fight and ready to tackle the challenges that a club of our size, and current stature, face. The massive target we have painted on our backs is one. More hard work, and the confidence in our ability that it has engendered, means that this should be a small mountain to climb and that more laurels await us in April.

Let’s therefore do all we can to ensure that we get to have another massive club day in April to celebrate the effort that everyone has put in. A smaller group will then jet off to represent Belsize at the frontier of world class touring, as always. I believe there are some cricketers joining us in Barbados so not only the pride of our club but the pride of our sport will urge us to win that particular party.

Thank you all for the effort and dedication you have shown to Belsize in 2014. Have a happy Christmas and New Year.

Belsize Invicta

Murphy

Belsize win 5 out of 6! In epic weekend for the Club

Belsize Park 1st XV were seeking revenge after lasts years Finals day against Hackney and beat them 39-25

On Saturday Belsize Park 2nd XV met Bishop Stortford III looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Hertford the week previous. Belsize showed intent from the kick off with the pack playing on the front foot and debut Fly Half Dave Johnston opening up the opposition defence with ease. The back three of Perkins, Smith & Levene were making yards every time they got the ball but the side was letting themselves down with too many unforced errors, constantly trying to throw the perfect offload.  Belsize went into half time 4 tries to the good but had to start the second half with 14 men after being struck by a spate of injuries.

Belsize 2nd XV

Playing with a man down galvanised the Belsize squad who took less risks and played a more structured game in the second half. Hooker Michael Downes and No8 Dave Shutte were a constant presence in the loose constantly putting the oppo on the back foot. The second half saw eight more tries as the game opened up with Belsize still dominating. The game finally ended 64-21. Second placed Belsize will now look to go top down the table when the meet top of the table Hackney 2nds next week.


tink The 3rd XV travelled to South West London to face Old Isleworthians, who proved very experienced and wily opposition. Despite Belsize having the younger team, the hosts battled hard in the first half keeping the game tight in the forwards. However, with the pace of Eddie Flynn and power of Lee Harrison and other subs entering the game in the second half, Belsize were able to spread the ball wide and score eight tries. The hosts got one consolation try and the match finished with the score 42-5.


 It was a case of third time lucky with the Belsize Park 4 XVs fixture this week – eventually being hosted by Old Streetonians at Hackney Marshes. Belsize 4s stayed true to their brand of fast flowing rugby with the excellent centre pairing of Rod Jones and Miguel Martinez releasing the pacey outside backs who were constantly finding holes. The game was being played at such a pace that the fitness and mobility of our forward pack had us to every breakdown first, a very impressive display from one to eight. Despite being up against a team four leagues above the whole side fronted up, protected the ball and scored some fantastic team tries finally running out 32-10.


The Belsize Bulls put in a really impressive performance against Gravesend even though there were only 3 starters from the previous week.  Up against a quality side Belsize played with real flair & pace in the counter attack and immense grit in defence despite being at one point down to 12 men due to 3 yellow cards (surely a dubious club record?).  The first try came from Tatsuo who was able to outpace a tight defence to squeeze down the left wing before scoring close to the posts.  Further tries came from Damian Kelso, running back Gravesend’s desperate kick to get out of their own half and Sam Duberley, showing pace down the left wing put Belsize 19 points up at half time.  In the 2nd half Belsize obviously had the upper hand but by trying to run into the defence rather than use 3 man overlaps mean it was 20 minutes before Rob Rusk scored the 4th try.  Gravesend changed tactics and obviously decided that their best chance of keeping the score down would be to stick the ball up their jumpers and try rolling mauls from all parts of this pitch this, coupled with a string of penalties led to a 12 man Belsize conceding under the posts.  Nonetheless Kelso’s 2nd try, a great bit of support from Daniel Clement, a gem from Tatsuo at scrum half and 5 conversions from James Artuso meant that Belsize ran out 45 -14 winners.


old boysThe Belsize Vets took to the field for the first time in the 2014/15 season, playing against UCS Old Boys III who needed to replace a cancelled merit league game. Despite losing 31-22, the old guard played some good rugby in scoring 4 tries and definitely showed the opposition how half time should be done with port & oranges. After the match the embellished tales of derring-do went on until closing time.

Belsize lose first points of the season

Belsize Park missed the chance to extend their winning start to the season as they threw away a 20-point half-time lead to lose away against 14-man Welwyn in London North-West Division Three.

Benno

Ben Parker touched down twice and the returning Tristan Smith also crossed the line while Richard Wilson kicked a conversion and a penalty to put the visitors 20-0 up at the break.

But Chris Dan was sin-binned after the interval and Welwyn came back, running in five converted tries. The hosts were reduced to 14 men by a red card and BP’s Will Allen crossed the whitewash twice, but that was not enough.

Head Coach - ABBelsize Coach Andy Barrington:

“It was a terrible result to have gone from such a strong position to lose like that. We have hackney and stevenage in the next two rounds so we will really know what we can expect to aim for from our season after those games.”

This weekend we have 4 games on Saturday.

Let us know if  you can or can not play. here: http://tiny.cc/Belsize_Availability.

Belsize Clean Sweep

Last weekend saw the second and final club day of the preseason with four teams taking to the field in Dulwich against Old Alleynians. Belsize fielded 79 players in an afternoon that saw another clean sweep for the central Londoners. The 1st XV ran out 38 – 14 victors, the 2nds 104 – 5, the thirds 41 – 17 and the fourths completed the rout 31- 22.
The Belsize attacking flair was evident across the board as free flowing rugby lead to the tries rained in from all areas.

Click below for matchday photos

BP warming up

Sterner challenges await next week as the 1s(away) and 2s(home) begin their league campaigns against Grasshoppers, the 3s(home) have friendly against Old Actonians 2s, the 4s(home) play British Airways before they make their league debut the following week and the 5s are due to make their seasonal debut.

We are now taking availability for games next Saturday. Given the league sides have restricted squad sizes, we will be ready to find a 5th team game a week early if numbers dictate.
Please complete the online availability form here to let us know if you can/can’t play: http://tiny.cc/Belsize_Availability

If you can’t access it because of firewalls, etc then send in an email to this address with something like the following in the subject line, by Wednesday 9am:

Zach Webb/Available/Hooker or Prop/No Car/07706 123456

i.e. Your name, your availability, your position, phone number and whether or not you’ve a car.

Also, a few of you are still only confirming availability with coaches or captains, given the need for myself & Mark O’Brien to have quick visibility on numbers to gauge the amount of games we need, this has to stop ASAP.
Please use the online form or email to let us know if you are around.

Belsize Park vs Old Alleynians – Pre-season Friendly

Last weekend saw the second and final club day of the preseason with four teams taking to the field in Dulwich against Old Alleynians. Belsize fielded 79 players in an afternoon that saw another clean sweep for the central Londoners. The 1st XV ran out 38 – 14 victors, the 2nds 104 – 5, the thirds 41 – 17 and the fourths completed the rout 31- 22.

The Belsize attacking flair was evident across the board as free flowing rugby lead to the tries rained in from all areas.

Belsize vs Old Alleynians

We have a fantastic club day lined up for this Saturday, acting as the culmination of the past two months of hard pre-season training.

We have three matches scheduled and despite many players still being away on holidays, we have almost 80 players to pick from. Thus, the aim is to give everyone a run, easing you back into full-contact rugby, and for coaches to have a look at all players.

Location: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/eastlondonrfc/location/

12 noon meet at East London RFC

1st XV
1pm meet at East London RFC

3rd/4th Combined XV
1pm meet at East London RFC

We hope those of you who played at the weekend are recovering from knocks & hangovers. It was a good day on Saturday with 3 good wins but all highlighted what needs work at training this week. 

 

 

Season Opener v East London RFC

We have a fantastic club day lined up for this Saturday, acting as the culmination of the past two months of hard pre-season training.

We have three matches scheduled and despite many players still being away on holidays, we have almost 80 players to pick from. Thus, the aim is to give everyone a run, easing you back into full-contact rugby, and for coaches to have a look at all players.

The games have been timed to allow for certain players to cover key positions in two matches. Please make sure you double check to see if your name is down in more than one squad.

Please do remember that if you make yourself available you should do everything in your power to play. The details for all games are listed below.

Belsize Park RFC Away to East London RFC
Location: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/eastlondonrfc/location/
How to Get There: East London RFC is 5 mins walk from West Ham station, which is located on the Circle, Jubilee, District & DLR lines as well as the train out of Fenchurch St

2nd XV
12 noon meet at East London RFC

1st XV
1pm meet at East London RFC

3rd/4th Combined XV
1pm meet at East London RFC

Fines will be applied for:
*Not confirming with your captain you have received this information
*Being late to the announced meet-times
*Not wearing a Source warm-up t-shirt before the game
*Not playing in black shorts
*Not playing in Belsize club socks (or at least black socks if new).
*Not wearing a Belsize Park RFC polo or t-shirt to the aftermatch
*Leaving kit in the Changing rooms
*Being yellow or red carded (cost is at Finemaster’s discretion)

After the match we expect to be entertained well by our hosts, who have hired a karaoke machine for the evening, so we’ll be showing the oppo how we win the party. We shall also welcome all our new joiners (if all goes to plan, we have 21 new caps this Saturday) so clear your diaries for the evening, make every effort to stay for East London’s hospitality and also enjoy some beers with any new team mates.

Belsize Invicta!

Pre-Season Training – Getting Involved

We are now entering August and our first competitive matches are in this month. So, we have one month to be ready.
Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Regents Park. Many players are attending only one session a week. Many regulars from last season have not made an appearance at all. This is disappointing.
We have a large number of new players who need welcoming, who need to train alongside established players in order to gauge the standard of the club, and who need to be brought up to speed with club playing culture and structure. By staying away, you are not helping your own cause, nor the club cause.
We have a pool of talented coaches who are trying to structure sessions to accommodate numbers, raise standards, and still have a laugh. There are minor, but important developments to the playing structure this season; we cannot begin to train this until everyone is present.
Primrose Hill SprintFor everyone who is training regularly, you can already look back on a few weeks of dustbowl rugby, Michael’s absolute killer first session, Primrose Hill, first contact and Dav’s wicked switch from the wing on Thursday evening. Leapfrog will never be the same and having 50 guys roll around on the floor wrestling nearly drew a crowd.
Pre-season is important for your fitness and for your rugby skill level. It’s a physical and emotional investment in the bank for when the weather’s cold and you wonder why you do it. But, most of all, it sets our stall out for  the kind of club we want to be in 2014/15.

International Tour 2015 – Barbados

BarbadosAfter the huge success of the recent tour in May, with 50 tourists visiting Portugal and strong tours to Malta, Berlin and Croatia, the club has decided 2015 is the year to escape Europe…
Five years have passed since we ventured overseas and we think it’s time to go big with Belsize.

Our proposed destination for May 2015 is … Barbados. With excellent local knowledge provided by Club VP Alex Upton, we are offering 8 nights in the Caribbean (+1 on the flight home) for £1,000 each.
The planned dates are departing 30th April and a 9th May 2015 arrival home.

This total includes:

  • Return flights
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 2 x games
  • Playing insurance
  • Tour stash
  • 3 excursions, likely to be:
    • Sailing party cruise
    • Rum distillery tour & lunch
    • 4×4 island safari
  • Help arranging activities for smaller groups like diving, water sports, golf, etc

As the cost of flights are included, we will need to book those ASAP so we are announcing tour early to to allow plenty of time for you all to consider your chances of going, and start saving from July’s pay packet and also discuss at the AGM on 4th August.

The cost includes return flights and we have plans to help make this trip achievable to as many people as possible. It is also exceptionally good value and we doubt you could ever go to Barbados with your mates for less.
The intended payment plan/guideline is as follows:

  • £160 deposit by end of August 2014
  • £320 by end of Nov 2014 (£480 minimum required by this date)
  • £320 by end of Feb 2015 (£800 total required by this date)
  • £200 two weeks before tour departs (totalling £1,000)

The club website will be set up to allow payments using your debit or credit cards to our Paypal account.

Given the additional logistics of taking a big group to the Caribbean, we need to ensure the interest is there before planning goes any further so please complete this form if you are keen for over a week of golden sands, rum, ice cold Banks beer, snorkelling, rum, Rhianna doppelgängers (not guaranteed), reggae, rum and rugby with your mates.

Please note: As of August 6, tour is SOLD OUT.

2018 Belsize Tour - Registration of Interest
To put your name down to become a tourist on the 2018 Tour to Mozambique & Swaziland as a new joiner to the club this season, please complete the below form.

REMEMBER - NO PLACES ARE GUARANTEED UNTIL WE GET YOUR DEPOSIT.

Doesn't matter if you are the first to sign up if you are the last to pay... If you are successful, the payment deadlines would be as follows -

- £199 immediately confirmation of a place. Deadline is 6 Oct (assuming space is available through to that date)
- Interim #1 £450 - 30 Nov 17 (or total £649 minimum by 30 Nov if paying on a different schedule e.g monthly)
- Interim #2 £450 - 2 Feb 18 (total £1099 minimum by 2 Feb if paying on a different schedule e.g monthly)
- Balance £200 - 23 March 18 (total £1299).
- you can also sign up for monthly DD payments.

Our aim is to have the tour party then work together to generate additional income through fund-raising nights and extra sponsorship. That extra income could then be used to reduce the total cost to the tourists (potentially making that final £200 payment redundant) or, more likely, add greater value to the trip through trips, stash & meals as well as be the basis of the club kitty whilst away, reducing your personal expenditure on tour.

This is obviously not guaranteed but is a good incentive to have the group work together over the season to make the tour as affordable as possible and contribute to the experience when enjoying sun, safari and rugby.

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