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BP 1st XV finish the season on a HIGH

Belsize Park finished their season on a high with a home win over fourth-placed Grasshoppers, but it was not enough to grab the second promotion spot in London North-West Division Three.

Man of the match John Corellis and Ben Parker both touched down twice in Regent’s Park, while Howard Pauling and Jeremy Burton also crossed the line as Belsize ran in six tries to secure a bonus point. Full-back Burton added two conversions in the hosts’ 17th victory of the campaign.

However, their slim hopes of overtaking Welwyn at the death and grabbing a second successive promotion were dashed as their rivals predictably thumped bottom side Old Streetonians, triumphing 100-0 to equal Belsize’s points total and finish just above them due to having one extra win.

“It’s exactly what we expected but it was important that we went out and played really well against Grasshoppers,” said stand-in captain Richard Wilson.

1st XV Final League Table

We would like to thank everyone that has played for the 1st XV this season, wish a speedy recovery to anyone that has been injured and a round of applause to our loyal supporters that come and watch us no matter the weather. Belsize Invicta

Belsize Park have been waiting for Fullerians title showdown for a while

Belsize Park captain Tom House admits his squad have been eyeing Saturday’s crucial top-of-the-table clash for a while, and he is confident of coming out on top.

Belsize secured their second promotion in three years last term, and they are now looking to move up from London North-West Division Three in the coming weeks.

House’s side sit second with three games to go, just four points behind Fullerians, and this weekend they host the leaders in a showdown which could decide who moves up the pyramid.

Belsize, who are unbeaten on their own turf in Regent’s Park since September 2013, have won seven games in a row and another victory could take them into top spot – which is the only place guaranteed to provide promotion.

Second place may well be enough, as it was last season, but a defeat on Saturday could open the door for third-placed Welwyn to overtake them and leave BP outside the top two.

“It’s absolutely massive, there’s no doubt about that in our minds,” House told Ham&High Sport. “We’re on a good run though, we’ve won every game since the new year and we can’t wait to get out there to be honest.

“I think our eyes have probably been on this for a little bit too long, hence the slightly closer results than we might have anticipated –like the one against Wasps in our last game.

“We kind of knew that we had to win everything up to this point to ensure that it mattered, but then as the momentum started to build and we beat Welwyn and then Datchworth a few weeks ago, we’ve really started to think about this big one.

“There’s everything to play for. We need to win with a bonus point and deny them a bonus point to go top, so it’s very exciting.”

A narrow victory would take Belsize level on points with Fullerians, but still leave them second. They need to score four tries to get the bonus fifth point, while also beating their rivals by at least eight points to deny their visitors a losing bonus point and overhaul them.

However, House is aware that an overly ambitious, gung-ho approach could backfire.

“Absolutely, and the boys won’t need any encouragement to get up for the game,” said the skipper. “If anything my job will be to keep them composed, keep them calm and keep them focused on doing what they’ve done so well all season.

“It will be about us playing our best game and sticking to our game plan and keeping it nice and straightforward.

“We’ve got some real fliers in our back line who can score from anywhere on the pitch, and they’ve been brilliant all season, so we’re not worried about not being able to score tries or anything like that. It’s not really been an issue.

“We haven’t really thought about the prospect of losing either, or what the implications of that would be. We try to only have positive thoughts.

“The games that we’ve lost, looking back, were times when we were maybe fielding slightly weaker sides, because of injuries or people travelling or having to work.

“But we’ve got a full-strength squad to pick from on Saturday – apart from my brother Freddie, who has unfortunately been injured for most of the year – so we can’t wait for it.”

Fullerians won the previous meeting between the sides in

December, but that was a narrow 24-21 victory on their home turf, and House is confident Belsize Park can gain revenge on their own ground this weekend.

“We felt we should have beaten them last time,” he said. “We missed three kickable penalties, we put a lot of pressure on them and we were hammering at their 22 but we couldn’t quite get into it.

“They kept conceding penalties at the breakdown but the referee wouldn’t send anyone off because it wasn’t in the 22, which seemed a bit arbitrary at the time.

“They’ve got a big set of forwards, they’re very organised, and they’re skilful at the breakdown. But we’ll have Sam Bennett back, who’s our master at the breakdown, and Alex Lee, who wins turnover after turnover.

“I don’t think either of those played the last time we played them so we’ll fancy our chances – and our home record speaks for itself.”

 

Taken from the article on the Ham & High: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/sport/rugby/belsize_park_captain_admits_we_ve_been_waiting_for_fullerians_title_showdown_for_a_while_1_3999585

Belsize Park Clean Sweep

Belsize Park completed a clean sweep this weekend with 1s,2s,4s, Bulls and Vets all winning.

The 4s victory, 15 -17 at home to Tring IV ensured their promotion with three games still to go. A significant achievement given their first year of league rugby down in no small part to talismanic captain Colum Harkin.

The first team beat Old Streetonians 39 – 31. Full match report available here.

The 2s beat Fullerians 2nds 15 -0, the Bulls beat Hillingdon Abbotts 2nds 75-5 and the mighty Vets beat their Kilburn counterparts 19 -5.

2015 and the race for the league is on..!

This weekend Belsize Park put out FIVE full strength squads! Starting 2015 with a bang and able to show how the strength and depth of of our Club keeps on growing. This season has already seen us build on the merits of last season and we don’t want it to stop there with four teams fighting for promotion and in contention to win their respective leagues!

The weekends results were;

1s W – Belsize 1sts 30-5 Wellwyn RFC
The first team started their New Year with a gutsy performance against fellow promotion hopefuls Welwyn. Hard running from John Corellis and Miran Serdarevich got them over the white wash in the first half and in the second Tricky Wilson and Will Allen crossed after mazy running in open play. This leaves Belsize in 3rd but equal on points with 2nd placed Welwyn, 6 behind Fullerians. Match report.

2s L – Bishop’s Stortford III 23 -19 Belsize 2nds

3s W – Belsize 3rds 88-14 Old Isleworthians II
Belsize 3s continued their perfect season making it 10 from 10 in the league with a 88-14 win over Old Isleworthians IIs. Flanker James Hardy was brutal as ever in defence allowing Scrum half Andrew Winder scored 4 tries while skipper and fly half Dave Tink collected 27 points. Belsize have a top of the league clash with 2nd placed Kilburn IIs next Saturday away.

4s L – Barnes Vets 33 – 7 Belsize 4ths

5s W – Ilford Wanderers 4s 8 – 52 Belsize Bulls

We will have 5 games on Saturday, with all the league XVs playing competitive rugby and another good friendly lined up for the Bulls, which we are hoping to move to the park. The highlight will no doubt be the 1s & 2s double header at our friends in Hackney, although the 3s & 4s also both have tough away games.

The availability form is open here: http://tiny.cc/Belsize_Availability

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.

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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.