Squads for the 2011/2012 U9 Season
This season we had over 100 regular players and ran squads of 15 or more players – the Ripleys, Obolenskys, Rowlands, Offiahs, Ciprianis, and the Easters.
|Rosslyn Park U9s 2011-12|
|Ripleys (As)||Surrey County Championships||County Champions|
|Middlesex County Championship||County Champions|
|Barbarians @ Twickenham||Winners|
|Sutton & Epsom A||Winners|
|Reeds A Festival||Winners|
|Windsor A Festival||Winners|
|Obolenskys (Bs)||Holt Festival||Plate Finalists|
|Wimbledon A||Plate finalists|
|Middlesex County Championships||Semi-finalists|
|Ealing B Festival||Winners|
|Windsor B Festival||Plate Winners|
|Rowlands (Cs)||Sutton & Epsom B||Winners|
|Middlesex Development Festival||County Champions|
|Offiahs (Ds)||Teddington C||Winners|
|Middlesex Development Festival||Winners|
|West London C League – Round 4 (London Irish)||Winners (W3)|
|West London C League – Round 3 (Ealing)||Winners (W3)|
|West London C League – Round 2 (Rosslyn Park)||Winners (W2 D1)|
|Wimbledon B||Plate Runners Up|
|West London C League – Round 1 (Teddington)||Winners (W3)|
|Ciprianis (Es)||Middlesex Development Festival||Semi-finalists|
|West London D League – Round 4 (London Irish)||Winners (W3)|
|West London D League – Round 3 (Ealing)||Winners (W2 D1))|
|West London D League – Round 2 (Rosslyn Park)||Winners (W3)|
|West London D League – Round 1 (Teddington)||Winners (W3)|
|Easters (Fs)||Teddington C||Plate Winners|
|Sutton & Epsom C||W1, L3|
|West London D League – Round 1 (Teddington) – playing as Barnes / Rosslyn Park Barbarians||2nd (W2, L1)|
The fixture list is always being added to. Updated “Fridge Lists” will always be sent out in the weekly emails.
Sunday April 15th – Surrey A – County Champions
This Sunday the Ripleys matched their Middlesex title with the Surrey title. In a re-match of last year’s final against a well drilled Ironsides team the Ripleys won Surrey A. Twenty tries for, one against bringing our tally for the season to 187 tries for and 6 against. Well done to all the players on an undefeated season.
Saturday April 14th – Etihad Grand Finals
Carrying the torch for Rosslyn Park were the Obolenskys and the Rowlands – the only non-A teams to make the Grand Finals.
The Obolenskys were particularly blighted by Easter holidays and ended up fielding just nine players on the day. With no subs they played valiantly ending up with two draws with New Milton, a win and a loss to the eventual winners Blackheath, missing out on making the Final by just one point.
Sunday April 1st
Two squads headed out to Holt Festival to take on teams from Essex, Leicestershire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Wearing their tiger-striped tour kit both teams topped their pools and proceeded to the semis. The Ripleys met with the Upminster Lions for the third time this season (3-0 this time) in the first match and ended up meeting the Upminster Tigers in the Final. Head Coach Richard was better pleased with the lack of conceded tries than the 28 tries scored.
The Obolenskys were a barbarian side made up from several squads. Playing a continuum defying 6 matches they scored 19 tries and only missed meeting the Ripleys in the Final by one try in their semi and they had to play a very good Westcliff side. 6 great games and terrific spirit marked the day.
Sunday 25th March – Sutton & Epsom B, Teddington C
A great day for Park .
The Rowlands won at Sutton & Epsom beating the hosts 6-0 Sutton and Epsom, Wimbledon Warriors 3-1, losing 3-2 to Brighton and finally beating Wimbledon 4-1.
At Teddington both teams went undefeated – the two Park teams drew 1-1. The Offiahs went into the main Final on try countback and won the festival and the Easters went into the Plate Final which they duly won. Full match reports and pictures are bound to follow.Sunday 18th March – Richmond A and Wimbledon A
The Ripleys went to Richmond where they were met with a particularly strong pool. The boys knuckled down to beat Blackheath (3-0), London Irish (3-0), Richmond B (6-0) and draw (1-1) with the tenacious Brighton team we’d met earlier in the season. The final brought us a well-drilled, large, driving Amersham and Chiltern side. Thankfully the boys had saved their best play till the final where some unselfish passing resulted in a unanswered 5 try count.
The Obolenskys had opted to try their hand at Wimbledon A. Missing a couple of regular forwards the Obos battled through to the Plate Final, beating Old Reigatians and Esher but losing to Teddington and Reeds. A great performance by the Obos which bodes well for Surrey B and the upcoming Etihads which will have no Surrey A squads.
Sunday 11th March – Success at the Middlesex County Festival
5 squads went to the Middlesex County Festival on a gloriously sunny day in Ealing scoring 88 tries and only letting in 7 tries by other clubs.
The Ripleys retained their Middlesex title to make it three years in a row as County Champions. The day started with a tough Grasshoppers outfit (6-0), followed by a match against Wasps B (6-0), Saracens (4-1), our own Obolenskys (5-0) and then the match we all expected for the final – London Welsh (3-0). There was some excellent rugby played by Park and our opponents.
The Obolenskys were pitched in the main festival as well running out comfortable winners of their group with 6-0 wins against Wasps A and Kilburn (6-0). The quarter finals brought Hammersmith and Fulham before the draw forced Park to play Park for a place in the final. The semi-final between the two Park teams drew a big crowd of other teams and their coaches so we must be doing something right.
The Development Festival saw all three teams top their groups in style – scoring freely and only conceding 1 try between them. With all three teams in the semi-finals Park were always going to knock out another Park team and the Offiahs narrowly lost to the Rowlands. The Offiahs were the only team all day to score against the Rowlands.
In the other semi-final the Ciprianis lost a very close match to Harlequins who then had ot face the Rowlands in the final.
All in all every Park team and player played great rugby. Winning both festivals is pleasing but the achievement of all the teams making the semi-finals in the top event in their festival and not the lesser trophies shows the strength in depth.
Sunday 29th January – Final Round of the WLDL
The Offiahs and Ciprianis topped their groups in the West London Development League in the final round. This season has seen the event go from strength to strength and everyone has appreciated the format and the spirit of play.
Sunday 22nd January – Visit by Old Alleynians
On a bitterly cold morning Old Alleynians turned up with their whole squad providing some cracking games for the Park contingent.
Sunday 15th January – Visit by Farnham
Farnham were due to bring 3 squads to the King’s House grounds to play against the Ripleys, Offiahs and Ciprianis. Sadly the frozen pitch put paid to this fixture and our squads met to undergo Matt Yeldham’s punishing fitness session in Richmond Park.
Saturday 14th January – 3 squads at Quins
On Saturday the Obolenskys will be taking part in the Etihads whilst the Easters and Ackfords have a Quins coaching day.
4th December – The Saracens Cup
This event was hosted at St. John’s Northwood. Both the Ripleys and the Obolenskys were in action with the Ripleys eventually taking the trophy.
The Ripleys ran in 32 tries and conceded none beating Fullerians (7-0), Marlow (7-0), Harpenden (4-0), Cheshunt (7-0), Haywards Heath (4-0) and a strong Hertford outfit in the Final (3-0). The organizers from Saracens complimented the team saying it was “the best display of U9s rugby they had seen.”
For once all the coaches were happy as the rucking was exemplary and the ball was moved out wide at pace.
27th November – Triangular with Teddington and Wimbledon
Match Report by Rob Devey : Our two U9 development teams, the Easters and Ackfords, thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of Wimbledon who hosted a triangular with Park and Teddington across multiple ages groups on Sunday 27 November. After working on the fundamentals of contact rugby in training for the last few weeks it was great to be able to put what the boys have been learning into action against other clubs.
We mixed and split the teams, with Park Reds taking on the opposition B teams and Park Whites taking on the C teams, and after a joint warm up were quickly into some rapid fire games. Both teams learned a huge amount during the games and progressively improved throughout the morning, with the Whites beating Wimbledon C in their final game 4-1 and the Reds narrowly losing to Wimbledon B 1-0. More important than the results in these friendly games was the improvement in tackling, rucking and positional play. The sight of Tom H felling the opposition centre yards from the line after a 40m run, Wilf HR bursting down the wing to be pulled up inches short and the whole of the Reds defence repeatedly holding up Wimbledon on their try-line will stay with the coaches and the boys for a long time.
Thanks also must go to the Dads who stepped in as coaches at very short notice and the rest of the parents for their unflagging support. A morning for us to be proud of, and a clear demonstration that the Park spirit spans all age-groups and abilities.
26th November – Barbarians @ Twickenham
This event was played across all the minis age groups between 6 local clubs (London Irish, London Welsh, Ealing, Teddington, Bank of England and Rosslyn Park). All the matches were played on the main stadium as a curtain raiser.
With a host of boys returning to the pitch of the Twickenham Stadium for the third time confidence was high in the Rosslyn Park team. In the spirit of Barbarians rugby the team was made up half from the Ripleys and half from the Obolenskys. The Park team beat Richmond (3-0) , drawing with London Welsh (0-0) but going through on a toss of the coin and beating the Bank of England (4-0) in the Final.
20th November 2011 – West London League Round 3 and Fog in the Park
A much planned for visit by Battersea Ironsides was met with thick fog in Richmond Park and called off much to the disappointment of all concerned.
The Offiahs and Ciprianis were off at Ealing where the Offiahs won all three matches and the Ciprianis won two and drew one with Barnes. Both teams continue to top their respective leagues.
13th November 2011 – West London League Round 2
A beautiful sunny morning saw Park hosting a round of the West London Development League at the King’s House Sportsground in Chiswick. Both the Offiahs and the Ciprianis topped their league – the Offiahs getting two wins and a draw against Teddington and the Ciprianis running in 20 tries to win all three of their matches.
6th November 2011 – Sutton & Epsom A
On a bitingly cold November morning the Ripleys returned to Sutton & Epsom to defend their title. Played in a round robin format on good sized pitches the boys put in another sterling defensive performance shutting out all opposition tries. First up were Reeds (1-0) who were impressively determined in the ruck – Reeds went on to finish as Runners Up winning two of their other matches. Next up were the hosts Sutton & Epsom (6-0) followed by a match that was foreshortened (3-0) against a plucky Brighton team who had played their hearts out all day with only a small squad in attendance and ran out of players standing. Park had won the event by the time of their last match but still put in a sterling performance against Cobham (2-0) to retain the title with the most tries scored (12).
29th October 2011 – Etihads Qualifying
On a sunny Saturday morning Park sent two U9s teams to the Etihads. The Ripleys, playing as Park B to get to take on two other A squads, played some great rugby running in seven tries against Upminster A, nine tries against Sevenoaks B and putting four past Haywards Heath A. The boys were thrilled taking bonus points for 4 or more tries in each match and the coaching team were happier still that the defence didn’t leak a single consolation try.
The Ciprianis had a tough introduction to some well drilled A and B teams which has given them some pointers for the upcming West London League.
16th October 2011 – Reeds C
On Sunday the Ciprianis (Ds) took their impressive rucking form from the West London League to the Reeds C Festival. Starting with an emphatic 7-0 win over Sutton & Epsom, they went on to beat Farnham 2-0, Chobham 2-1 and Reeds B 2-0 to set up a final against the hosts. The final was a very tense 1-1- affair which went to extra time. After some immense defending Park and no outcome Park were deemed the winners on countback.
The Offiahs went to Wimbledon B where they finised Plate Runners Up.
15th October 2011 – Ealing B
With the Etihads opening day cancelled the Obolenskys headed off to the Ealing B Festival in the Saturday afternoon sun. First up were the hosts Ealing (6-0), followed by Barnes (4-1), a really tough match against Grasshoppers (1-1) followed up by Hammersmith & Fulham (6-0) to set up a final against Teddington. The boys played impeccable rugby all day with every member playing their full part to take the honours (4-0) in the Final. 21 tries scored and 2 conceded is a familiar result and keeps the coaches happy.
9th October 2011 – Reeds A
The Ripleys continued their strong and happy start to the season with wins over Richmond, Chobham, Farnham and Reeds to set up a final against a well drilled Cobham team. The squad scored 21 tries and conceded one against Richmond and one against Reeds.
2nd October 2011 – Windsor, Sutton & Epsom and the West London League
On Sunday over 90 Rosslyn Park U9 players were out and about giving every available player in the squad the opportunity to play their first match of competitive contact club rugby.
The Ripleys were the freest scoring and meanest defending A team at Windsor, conceding just one try to win the festival after a hard but gripping northern hemisphere style try-less final with Windsor.
The Ripleys move to contact and retain their Windsor A title.
The Obolenskys lost by a try to Teddington in their first match but went on to win all their remaining matches to take the Plate in the B festival.
The Offiahs and the Ciprianis won all their matches in the West London League. A hastily assembled Barbarians team made up of Ackfords and Barnes RFC won all their matches bar the match against the Ciprianis in the D League.
The Easters won 1 match at Sutton & Epsom C Festival, rucked well and scored some fabulous tries.