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Support the Vintage team in their big Plate semi-final on Sunday

Rugby & East Warwickshire Vintage XI v Jersey

Semi-final of the EH Men’s Masters Over 50’s Plate

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club’s Vintage team take on Jersey on Sunday at Rugby School, 12.30pm. This is the first time that any Rugby team has reached this stage of a national competition and a place in the final to be played at Cannock on April 22 is the prize for the winners.

Rugby hope to be at full strength for what should be their biggest test of the season. Rugby have beaten Old Wulfrunians, Chesterfield and Letchworth to reach this stage and know that they are only one game away from the biggest day in the short history of the club.

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Edgbaston HC 4th XI 1

Rugby finally confirmed their stay in the top teir of the Midlands Central League for another season with this well earned victory. From the start Rugby passed the ball purposefully, with Jim Dickinson and Dale Cave controlling central midfield, whilst Richard Cook and Dave Renard marauded out wide. The breakthrough came from Pete Willis reacting first to the keeper saving his penalty corner strike to put it into the corner of the net.

Rugby’s front line of Alex Salter, Harry Robinson and Chris Harrison continued to cause the Edgbaston defence problems but it was their elder statesman that seemed to put the game to bed with two goals, the first scrambled over the line and the second a clinical strike past a static keeper. Edgbaston got a goal back before the skipper got struck on his recently recovered foot forcing him off, but a quick reshuffle and some resolute defence kept the visitors at bay.

Rugby & East Warwickshire HC 7th XI 1

Bournville HC 5th XI 1

Rugby knew they were drinking in the last chance saloon and totally dominated the first 20 minutes spurning numerous chances. They took the lead through a well-worked James Neal goal but could not add to their tally.

Bournville had one shot on goal all game and scored against the run of play after the Rugby defence stopped to watch the opposition centre forward tee the ball up with his foot before putting a well-struck reverse stick shot out of reach of the prostrate Brindley in the Rugby goal. Neither umpire spotted the offence which effectively consigns the seventh team to bottom league hockey again next season.

Rugby kept going to the end but their shooting was appalling and perhaps this result summed their season up. The end of term report would read something like ‘plenty of potential but could do better’.

Next week Rugby take on pointless Old Wulfrunians with only pride left to play for.

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Long Buckby 5

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Rugby hosted one of the strongest teams in the league, who opened their account within two minutes. Rugby responded well with Harry Brignall energising and controlling the midfield and developing play through Bowering and Robinson who worked tirelessly. Despite conceding another goal the home side continued to play well with Simon Allan defending magnificently before having to retire injured at half time.

Despite the final score, which reflected Buckby’s superior speed and strength, Rugby developed some good passages of play in the second half illustrating the potential of young players; Ben Cooper, Oli Taylor and Jess Womack to work effectively as a midfield attacking unit.

Rugby eventually scored through a piece of individual brilliance by Jonny Bowering. Even though the opposition scored once more the spirit of the young Rugby side remained intact and they are ready for the next challenge against Welford.

Warwick Uni Ladies 1st XI 1

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As the saying goes it was a game of two halves. In desperate need of some points to save them from relegation, the team knew that a win was vital. Nicky Siarbawa took a quick free hit catching the Warwick defence off guard and connected with a diving Lara Naylor to score. Warwick capitalised on a fast break for 1-1 at half time.

Rugby started the second half moving the ball much better. Gill Harrison, Sarah Naylor, Lara Naylor and Becky Redmile started linking well and Warwick’s defence was twice broken by Nicky Siarbawa for 3-1. After this Rugby really found their form with two goals converted from short corners by Sally Dowling and Nicky. Nicky’s fourth and a great team effort saw a much needed three points being happily taken by Rugby and this form must continue for the last few matches of the season. Man of the Match: Becky Redmile.

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Nuneaton 3

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Rugby looked sprightly at push back with good play from the entire field, however Nuneaton pressed well making hard work for the defensive line. Apart from great work from the team, Nuneaton were able to sneak a ball past the goalkeeper Evie L. Rugby continued to battle on with good passing from the team, Sarah Kirk was able to put up an excellent display as sweeper, however Nuneaton were able to score another goal against Rugby at the end of the first half. Rugby continued to be motivated throughout the match ever though Nuneaton were able to score a well placed goal. Man of the match was well deserved and went to Sarah Kirk and Barbie went to Switch.  

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Solihull Blossomfield 3rd XI 1

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Following a hefty 8-0 defeat on Saturday – a result that certainly didn’t reflect game play or possession, Rugby were ready to battle for points from their rescheduled match on Sunday. Solihull Bloss immediately applied pressure and scored an early goal. Julie Lines, Su Tarling and Jane Phillipson worked tirelessly to keep the ball moving back up the pitch, but opportunity to even the score were thwarted by the opposition.

Half-time gave Rugby a chance to regroup and focus, resulting in some terrific play mid-field from Amy Green, Annie Salter and Rachel Madigan. A superb cross from Julie found Helen Ray who fired it past the keeper into the net for Rugby’s well-earned goal. Although Solihull turned up the heat for the last few minutes, Gemma Scales, man-of-the-match Elaine Duffin and Natalia Perzylo stayed strong in defence to ensure Rugby got their point from the draw.

U10s: County championships

The under 10 girls beat Sutton and Edgbaston in their pool games, Leamington in the semi-final and then drew the final with Sutton. As both teams will represent the county in the Midlands round it was decided to share the title. All the girls played extremely well and didn’t concede a goal all tournament.

The U10 boys beat Cov & NW, Leamington and Harborne in the group stages before taking on a strong Sutton side in the semi winning 3-0. The final saw a very tense 15 minutes, taking the lead in the first half only to be pegged back and then to score the winner with a couple to go. As with the girls they all gave everything and the maturity of some of the passing around the pitch was a real joy to watch with 75% conversion rate at penalty corners. 

The Midlands Round will be held on March 31 At Rugby school. Next weekend is the under 12 championships.