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Amazons match report

Chelmsford 12- 0 Woodbridge

On a gloriously sunny but windy day Woodbridge Amazons travelled to Chelmsford confident of a win. With three forwards unavailable the back row was again rearranged with Zyanya Brooks and Pauline McKiernan  making their 1st starts for the Amazons at 2nd row. Woodbridge were caught napping in the 2nd minute of the game as the Chelmsford full back ran in a try from their 10m line. Stacey Robinson restarted with a high kick in to the wind and it was clear that the Chelmsford forwards did not fancy their chances against the Woodbridge pack, as the Amazons capitalised on a fumbled ball to regain control. With the Woodbridge backs stopping any play beyond the centre channels Chelmsford continually  fed the ball back in to their forwards to break the defensive line to score before half time. With the referee allowing the scrums to be driven more than 1.5m the experience of the Paula Ireland and Tor Felstein at prop allowed Beth Kinlan to win several balls and set the Woodbridge backs up. Emma Johnson made a break down the left wing but was pulled up just short of the line and with Chelmsford skilfully killing the ball Woodbridge were un able to quickly get the ball out and make use of the ground gained.  Chelmsford decided to attack the wing but with Claire Brickley-Moore at 15 guiding new players, Zena Ugolini and Anna Dewberry, they again had to go back to a mauling game in an attempt to break the now organised Woodbridge defensive line. With no advantage being played throughout the game, making use of Chelmsford’s mistakes was not an option.  Now playing downhill and with the wind, Nic Pettman placed several kicks in to Chelmsford territory to gain ground. With continuous penalties  being awarded, the game was slow and  Woodbridge’s backs were un able to settle in to a routine. The Woodbridge forwards  were again dominant in the line out with Brooks, jumping for the first time, stealing ball and spoiling many of their lineouts for Vicky Watts to pick the ball off the ground and make several scything runs.  With two players off injured and captain Ej Stearn receiving a yellow card, the team was again reshuffled and confidently held Chelmsford at bay but failed to get on the score sheet. Coach Jez Hannon said “Its incredable to see all these new players improving in such a short space of time.” The amazons next game is a derby match against Southwold  Swallows at home on November 2nd.

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Warriors match report

Ipswich YM 30 v Woodbridge Warriors 17

By Ali Draper

Ipswich YM continued their winning streak with a bonus-point victory at home over a tough Woodbridge side.

Woodbridge were quickly put on the back foot from intensive YM pressure.  Despite brave defence, including a heroic try-saving tackle from JP Hart, YM were first to score with a forward-generated try finished by Robin Collard in the 20th minute. Woodbridge were swift to respond with three points from a penalty thanks to the boot of captain Jamie Smith.

The very strong YM pack dominated the scrums and line-outs throughout the half, allowing the back line to continuously chisel away at Woodbridge’s defence. Eventually Aquila Toro found a gap and crossed the line in the 25th minute to put YM 10 points ahead. This lead was extended with a try a piece for Andrew Cooke and Matthew Rolf; these were accompanied by a single Tom Potter conversion. The half concluded with YM leading 22-3.

The second half was deadlocked until YM full-back John Flynn scored a well-deserved try in the 57th minute. Despite the 24-point deficit, Woodbridge never allowed their heads to fall and began to constantly push the hosts down the field until Smith added to his points tally with a converted try.

Eager to maintain momentum, the attack continued until Connor O’Reilly, who recently made his British Army U23s debut, startled the crowd and the opposition with an 85m run through numerous tackles to score under the posts; Smith converted.

Richard Lea’s yellow card meant the home side finished the game with 14 on the pitch. The match ended with Harry Crush converting a penalty to seal a 30-17 victory to YM.

‘Player of the Match’ was awarded to YM full-back John Flynn.

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Wheelchair Warriors first competitive test

First game lost 26-59
Second game lost 18-19
A definitely improving trend

Youth Dev’t Festival a winner

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Woodbridge RUFC Development Festival 2014

YDF 2014 programme cover FINAL webWe would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Woodbridge RUFC Development Festival 2014.   Good luck to everyone, we hope you all enjoy the day – the weather at least looks to be playing     ball this year!!

just a few reminders :

10:00     Coaches and refs meeting on clubhouse steps.

10:30     First games start.

Please bring change of shirts in case there is a clash.

We also use this opportunity to develop young referees.  Please be understanding, supportive and patient with them.

Be supportive of other teams and prepared to lend players if requested so every team can compete if short ( at u7 we will operate a babas side so support if you can).

The Code of Conduct should be followed, otherwise a yellow card may be awarded.

Please keep off the pitches and stay a metre back from touchlines during matches.

Parents must remain on site whilst their child(ren) are playing in festival

Click here for Directions (Postcode IP12 2PP) and Parking –  Please be on site in plenty of time, matches start at 10:30. 

Parking area is approx. 5 mins walk from club, please allow extra time, there is a drop off point specifically for any disabled spectators just to the side of the ground.

Do not enter main club entrance but continue just past club to where our parking marshals will direct you to the AMPLE parking in field beyond the club.  There is a set down area near to the club for a quick or disabled drop off, but NO parking in surrounding lanes or on road side.

Dogs on leads are allowed at club but must be kept off the playing areas.  Do not leave dogs in vehicles.

Programme and Parking £2

Once again, good luck to everyone.

New Valkyries weekly training day

From the 22 October the Valkyries will switch to training on a Weds night at the same time. So, w/c 20 Oct there will be no training on Tues 21 but it will be the next day, Wednesday and then every Wednesday from then on.

U7s vs Southwold – Photos of their first fixture

Some photos of the U7’s  first competitive fixture against Southwold on September 28th.

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