Peter Gavin previews Barnes v Worthing Raiders


Barnes RFC v Worthing Raiders  

16th November

Kick Off 2.30pm

Raiders are on the road again this week, although it is only a short trip to SW13 to take on our near-by league rivals. We have been regular visitors to Barn Elms over the years going back to London League days. Our visit last March resulted in a narrow defeat (28-26), Barnes getting over, in-between the sticks, with the last play in the match!

History & Background stuff

Barnes is a club rich in history, although there is uncertainty and debate as to when the club was founded. There was apparently a Barnes team in the 1870s, a letter in the Harlequins archive seeks player availability for a match against Barnes, available players to congregate at the Windsor Castle (a pub), White Hart Lane in Barnes. Additionally, fixtures in the 1890s are recorded in the Surrey Comet newspaper. Indeed, there are claims that the earliest recorded match, in 1862, against Richmond, was played at Barn Elms. Clear records show that in 1912 Harrodian RFC (Harrods store) was established and in 1978 the regeneration of Barnes RFC occurred as Harrodian ‘Vets’ XV was named Barnes. In 1990/91 the club started the season with no ground or clubhouse after the Harrods store was sold. The clubhouse and ground at Lonsdale Road (where Harrodians played) was sold and turned into a school. After a big effort from all at the club a decision was made to train and play at Barn Elms. Members donated to achieve this.

The club now run 3 or 4 senior sides most Saturdays, with a strong junior and mini section taking over on Sundays. The ladies’ team play in London SE 3.

Club Colours: Green & Gold. Club Emblem: Red Rose.

Barnes league history

When the leagues started in 1987, Harrodian were placed in Surrey 3, but by the mid-Nineties, the club, now known as Barnes, climbed out of the Surrey leagues. Eventually National league status was achieved in 2009, after a play-off match against Bracknell. They were relegated but bounced straight back only to face a similar outcome the following season.

Promotion was again achieved in 2014/5 with a play-off win at Exmouth (22-27). This time they lasted 2 seasons before relegation. Once more they bounced straight back, as Champions.

National League 2(S) Fixtures with Raiders

There have been intermittent league fixtures with Barnes over the last 15 seasons or so, the level 4 results and league positions are:

2009-10 B 14 – W 19 W 20 – B 18 W 6th   B 14th  (relegated)
2011-12 B 12 – W 30 W 39 – B 30 W 3rd   B 16th  (relegated)
2015-16 B 27 – W 35 W 24 – B 24 W 11th  B 13th
2016-17 B 20 – W 8 W 20 – B 17 W 12th  B 15th  (relegated)
2018-19 B 28 – W 26 W 31 – B 39 W 9th   B 11th

17th November 2018 Raiders 31 Barnes 39

A lovely sunny afternoon greeted the teams and 500+ spectators for a try fest see-saw encounter that earnt the visitors their first National league win ‘at the Lane’. Raiders were on the board within the first couple of minutes, but this score was soon matched by the visitors. Play continued at pace with Barnes leading 19-26 at half time, having breached Raiders defence twice in 3 minutes leading up to the break. Raiders scored early in the 2nd half to get within 2 points, but Barnes pulled away with 2 more tries and a penalty goal. Raiders added a consolation score in the dying minutes.

Raiders: McLean, Basson, Richards, Sims, Forrest H, Forrest J, Holt, Birch, Grief, Sassone, Lee, Lake, Cuffe, Harris, Price.

Bench: Luke, Adams, Gatford, Boyland, Hammond.

Scorers: T: McLean (3 & 30), Forrest J (13), Lee (54), Forrest H (79). C: McLean x3.

Barnes: Morgan, Martey, Cornish, Van Buuren, RuddockD, O’Toole, Franklin, Hunter, Garrett, Ryan, Seabright, Crossland, Van Der Poel, Smyth, Hind.

Bench: Boaden, McArthur, Nimmo, Adams, Holmes.

Scorers:T: Seabright (6), Van Buuren (27), Cornish (37), Martey (39), Holmes (58), Morgan(75).  C: O’Toole x3 P: O’Toole (75).

8th March 2019 Barnes 28 Raiders 26….Barnes do the ‘double’…..Curtis Barnes gets a hat-trick for Raiders.

Raiders were in 10th spot ahead of this fixture (49 points), with Barnes hovering above the relegation zone on 46 points. A tight contest was expected, and so it proved. Barnes were on the board in the first few minutes, although scores were even after 6 minutes with Curtis Barnes sprinting in for Raiders for his first. A score a piece late in the half saw oranges taken at 14-14. A similar pattern emerged in the 2nd period with the home side getting on the board first, only for Curtis Barnes to get his third try in the 57th minute. The tricky conversion drifted wide leaving the home side up (21-19). Raiders other winger Jack Maslen scored with less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock and with the conversion successful, the visitors nudged ahead (21-26). The home side threw the kitchen sink at Raiders, who defended valiantly for what seemed an eternity, but eventually replacement prop Oliver Smith, on his first outing (on loan from Rosslyn Park), grabbed glory scoring under the posts. After their efforts in November  Barnes managed to get their first double up over Raiders.

Barnes: O’Toole, Martey, Holmes, Van Buuren, RuddockD, Hammett, Davies, Al Khaldi, Head, McArthur, Steele, Collins, Wakeling, Smyth, Avis.

Bench: Ryan, Nimmo, Van der Poel, Franklin, SmithO.

Scorers: T: MacArthur (3m), Avis (39m), Wakeling (51m), Smith (80m), C: Hammett x4.

Raiders: Forrest H, Maslen, Barlow H, Forrest J, Barnes, McLean, Walsh, Birch, Gibson, Litterick, Hammond, Lake, Cuffe, Harris, Richards,

Bench: Luke, Gatford, Maguire, Whittall, Holt.

Scorers: T: Barnes x3 (6m, 35m & 57m), Maslen (71m), C: McLean x3.

Last Season P30 /W12 /D1 66 points …11th          Raiders 9th 68 points

As a promoted team the main objective was to avoid relegation as over the years they have created a bit of a reputation to yo-yo! They succeeded and in fact were safe with a couple of matches still to play. In truth, like Raiders, there were possibly a few nervous weeks, but in the end finished well clear (16 points) of the zone. As well as the double over Raiders, they also achieved this feat against Dings and LIWG. Their collection of wins included TJs (20-21) and Redruth (20-22). They also achieved a magnificent win at Barn Elms against Titans (51-38). The draw was against Bury St Edmunds (24-24). Josh Hammett was top points scorer with 114., whilst Robbie Martey ran in 14 tries in his 29 appearances. Ciaran Smyth made 28 apps with scrum-half Josh Davies on 26.

The season so far…. P10 /W2 13th   14 points   (Raiders 11th     21 points)

Barnes have found wins hard to come by, although they will have been pleased to get the better of Redruth in the 3rd match (10-12).  Their other win was on 2nd November against Bournemouth Lions (41-17). They have had narrow defeats at Clifton (34-31) and Old Reds (21-17), with another close encounter against Bury St Edmunds (10-12). Slightly heavier reversals have been against Esher (29-61) and last Saturday against Taunton Titans 48-19).

The players

As usual details of the team and replacements used in the defeat against Taunton Titans are provided, along with notes on a few other players who have featured in recent fixtures. A number of the players will be known to us although regular opponents over the years, Tom O’Toole (full-back), and three-quarters Dave Butler and Dan Holmes have retired. In the three-quarters, Josh Hammett and scrum half Josh Davies have started all 10 matches so far, along with Oxford Blue Basil Strang who has moved from Esher, he played against us whilst at Chinnor. Experienced three-quarter Peter Weightman  has also started in the last 3 matches, he was with Rosslyn Park last season. In the forwards along with the usual stalwarts, Cameron Ruddock (hooker) has moved from Cambridge and has started all 10 matches. Loose head George Hunter has taken over the captaincy this season and he has been joined in the front row for the last few matches by Harlequin Academy and ex-Raider Kieran Sassone.

Once again this fixture has all the makings of another close encounter, with the obvious challenge of being away from Roundstone Lane. Please try and make the relatively short journey up to Barnes to support the boys, cheering them along to, hopefully, another victory following on from the great win at Clifton and last Saturday our first ever league win against Esher.       (Barnes always worth a visit!)

…. C’Mon Raiders

Name/Age                  *Played v Raiders Apps 2019/20 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances *played v Raiders
Team v Taunton  9th November 2019 Away LOST 48-19
Josh Hammett* (26) 10 28 2018 1T/18C /11P Ospreys U20 Full Back: LLangennech, Llandovery,      Swansea, Swansea University
Frank Nickson (24) 3 3 2019 Wing: Blackburn, Nottingham Trent University,                 London Scottish Academy
Peter Weightman (25) 3 3 2019 1T Centre: Northumbria University, Tynedale*34, Ampthill 37, Coventry 22, Rosslyn Park 10
Nick Van Buuren* (30) 9 38 2011 3T Centre: Loughborough Students RL
Tim Pierce (28) 5/1R 10 2018 Wing: Marlborough RFC
Basil Strang (26) 10 10 2019 Ox. Uni (Blue 2016) Fly Half: Henley 8, Chinnor*11, London          Scottish 3, Esher 24.
Josh Davies* (26) 10 36 2018 3T Wales U20 (7) Scrum Half: Newport 2, Bedwas 4, Plymouth Albion 26, London Welsh 11, Ealing       Trailfinders 8, Chinnor 3, Blackheath 30
George Hunter* © (27) 8 32 2018 2T Scotland U20 LHP: Aberdeen, Glasgow 8, Ayr 7, London   Scottish 4
Cameron Ruddock (24) 10 10 2019 1T Hooker: Cambridge 59
Kieran Sassone (20) 2/1R 3 2019 TH Prop: Harlequins Academy,  Worthing     Raiders 16
Ryan Seabright* (28) 5 21 2018 1T Lock: Fordingbridge, Durham University,           Redcar,   Sheffield
Matthew Steele* (28) 7 73 2015 England Students BS Wing Forward: Cheshunt, Durham Uni, Cambridge University (Blue 2015)
Johan van der Poel* (25) 7/1R 31 2017 1T Chiefs Dev, Auckland U18 BS Wing Forward: Grammar Tec, Waikato         NZ
Ciaran Smyth* (30) 7 96 2009 1T OS Wing Forward: Navan, Tenerure College Dublin, Waikiwi
Miles Wakeling*(20) 1 7 2018 Scot U19 RL No8: London Scottish (DR) 7
Matt Humphreys (30) 0/2R 2 2019 Prop/Hooker: Leamington
Anthony Moss (26) 0/2R 2 2019 Prop: Oxford Brookes
Ollie Foster* (25) 0/4R 11 2016 Full Back: Tynedale 3
Conor Harbison (32) 0/2R 2 2017 Royal Navy BS Wing Forward: Taunton*16, UC Cork,     Bective Rangers
James Adams*(29) 0/1R 20 2009 Gibraltar Wing: University of West England
Played Recently         Last Played
Conrad Edgar (24) 1 1 2019 2nd Nov Barbados U19 Centre: Enfield Ignations, Chingford
Sam Gratton (21) 5/2R 7 2019 1T 2nd Nov TH Prop: Rosslyn Park 2, Wimbledon*3, LIWG*11
Tom McArthur* (34) 5/3R 55 2011 2nd Nov TH Prop: Halifax, Canterbury* 30
Harry Cody-Owen (26) 3/2R 9 2016 2nd Nov Lock: Nottingham Trent University, Chiswick,    Old Grovians
Jamie Collins*  (31) 5/2R 81 2013 2nd Nov       Eng Students Lock: Bath University, Bath Academy,
Alex Hind* (27) 9 31 2016 7T 2nd Nov Northum-berland No8: Newcastle University
Taino Goveia (20) 3/3R 6 2019 2T 19th Oct Full Back; London Scottish Academy
Robbie Martey*(28) 6 59 2016 1T 19th Oct Wing: Yorkshire Carnegie 2, Chinnor*30