Peter Gavin previews Barnes v Worthing Raiders


Barnes RFC v Worthing Raiders  

9th March 2019 Kick Off 3pm

Raiders make the short trip to SW13 to take on our nearest league rivals. We have been regular visitors to Barn Elms over the years going back to London League days. Barnes visited Roundstone Lane back in November and took away the spoils (31-39).

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 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 W 31 – B 39    


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

Barnes: Morgan, Martey, Cornish, Van Buuren, Ruddock, 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).

Barnes in 2016-17:  W6 /D3 /L21 finished 15th relegated 51 points

A big disappointment being relegated especially after putting in a valiant display in their final fixture against Champions Bishop’s Stortford (28-21). LIWG managed to avoid relegation, clinging on with 52 points. It was very close in the relegation zone for most of the season, if only one of the draws: Barnstaple (24-24), Cinderford (22-22), Taunton (31-31) could have been a win etc etc! Tom O’Toole, who started every match, was top points scorer with 214. Robbie Martey scored 8 tries with Jamie Collins on 5 from 25 appearances.

Last Season P26 /W22 /L4   111 points Champions

The promotion campaign got off to a shaky start with a defeat on home turf to Sutton & Epsom (32-35) in the opening fixture. In fact, they lost a match a month in the early part of the season but went unbeaten after losing to Tring (31-10) in early December. The other defeats came in October at the hands of  Westcliff (13-12) and in November to Guernsey (16-22). The unbeaten run included reversing the result against pace-setters Guernsey (22-28) and edging their way past Tring (20-17). Guernsey took runners-up spot with 110 points, Barnes pipping them to the title by virtue of 20 4 TBPs as opposed to 19 for the Islanders.

The season so far…. W8 /D1 /L15….13th ….46 points    (Raiders 10th  49 points)

Barnes have found wins hard to come by since defeating Raiders in November, adding only 2 to their tally:

OAs 20-24 & Dings 20-15. They have also managed a draw with Bury St Edmunds (24-24).

Last time out they got so close to toppling Taunton Titans for the second time this season, losing 20-19. (You guessed it!, Gary Kingdom slotting the winning penalty in the dying minutes.)

Wing three-quarter Robbie Martey (23 starts) is once again leading try scorer with 12.

Experienced campaigner Ciaran Smyth (open-side) has made 22 starts in the forwards.

The players

As usual details of the team and replacements used in close defeat against Taunton Titans are provided, along with notes on a few other players who have featured in recent fixtures. Most of the players listed are known to us as they have played in previous fixtures between the clubs. The notable exceptions are, Josh Hammett, outside half, joined this season but missed the match against Raiders and scrum half Josh Davies. Both players have turned out regularly and appear to have a solid Welsh pedigree. In recent matches, ex-Raider, George Head has played on loan from Harlequins. It seems that he was not getting enough game time with his original loan club, Esher.

This fixture has all the makings of another close encounter, with the sides once again meeting with very similar playing records. Please try and get along to support the boys in this important fixture. (Barnes always worth a visit!)

…. C’Mon Raiders

Name/Age    *Played v Raiders 17th Nov 2018 Apps 2018-9 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances                   *played v Raiders
Team v Taunton               2nd March 2019 Away LOST 20-19
Tom O’Toole* (30) 21 78 2013 4T/6C 1P Eng Students Full Back: Rosslyn Park 5, Cambridge University (Blue 2011)
Robbie Martey* (28) 23 47 2016 12T Lon/SE U23 Wing: Leeds Met, Yorkshire Carnegie 2, Chinnor*30
Dave Butler (32) 8/1R 74 2009 2T   Centre: Clifton 33, Bristol
Dan Holmes* (27) 11/3R 48 2014 2T Hertfordshire Centre: Old Albanian 22, Hertford 20, Cambridge University (Blue 2012)
Dan Ruddock* (27) 16 18 2017 2T Leinster Dev Wing: Kilkenny College, Seapoint RFC (Dublin), St Mary’s University
Josh Hammett (26) 12/2R 14 2018 2T/27C 8P Ospreys U20 Fly Half: LLangennech, Llandovery, Swansea, Swansea University
Josh Davies (25) 16/4R 20 2018 5T1P Wales U20 (7) Scrum Half: Newport 2, Bedwas 4, Plymouth Albion 26, London Welsh 11, Ealing Trailfinders 8, Chinnor 3, Blackheath 30
Tariq Al Khadi (28) 2/7R 24 2016 Lebanon LH Prop: Sutton & Epsom
George Head (19) 6/1R 7 2018 3T England U18 Hooker: Harlequins Academy, Esher 4, Worthing Raiders  15
Tom McArthur* (34) 10/3R 41 2011 2T   TH Prop: Halifax, Canterbury* 30
Ryan Seabright* (28) 16 16 2018 1T   Lock: Fordingbridge, Durham University, Redcar, Sheffield
Jamie Collins © (30) 16/2R 68 2013 1T England Students Lock: Bath University, Bath Academy,
Matthew Steele (27) 16/2R 60 2015 1T England Students BS Wing Forward: Cheshunt, Durham University, Cambridge University (Blue 2015)
Ciaran Smyth* (29) 22 83 2009 3T   OS Wing Forward: Navan, Tenerure College Dublin, Waikiwi
Freddie Avis (26) 1/6R 7 2018 1T   No8: Bath University, Bath Academy, Ealing Academy
Russell Nimmo* (28) 5/3R 8 2017 2T Scotland Clubs Lock : Duns, Heriot’s Russell
Miles Wakeling (19) 0/2R 2 2018 Scot U19 (RL) BS Wing Forward: London Scottish Junior Academy
Jack Garrett* (28) 12/5R 18 2017 2T   Hooker: Reading University
Alastair Ryan*(26) 10/6R 16 2017 1T   Prop: Sydney University
Jack Franklin*(30) 7/3R 58 2014 1T   Scrum Half: Clifton*9, Richmond*9
Played Recently Last Played
Nick Van Buuren* (29) 9/1R 26 2011 1T 16th Feb Centre: Loughborough Students RL
George Hunter* (27) 20 20 2018 1T 16th Feb Scotland U20 LH Prop: Aberdeen, Glasgow 8, Ayr 7, London Scottish 4
Johan van der Poel* (25) 16/1R 17 2017 3T 16th Feb  Chiefs Dev, Auckland U18 BS Wing Forward: Grammar Tec, Waikato NZ
Alex Hind* (26) 9/5R 20 2016 2T 16th Feb N’thumberland No8: Newcastle University
Josh Coles (28) 0/3R 19 2011  16th Feb Full Back:
Andy Scott (31) 6 6 2018 1T 9th Feb Wing: Shelford*40
Rupert Crossland* (29) 17/2R 67 2015 2T 9th Feb No8: LIWG 19, Henley Hawks*23, Shelford*20
Thomas Boaden* (27) 6/9R 15 2018 9th Feb TH ropP: Wakatipu Otago NZ, Balmain Sydney, Thornbury
Jonathan Kopra (32) 5/1R 29 2016 2nd Feb Curacoa Hooker: Wanstead, Eton Manor
Matt Cornish* (27) 11/1R 42 2015 3T 2nd Feb      RAF Centre: Hornets, Loughborough-Bucs, Leicester ‘A’
Joe Hearle (23) 2/2R 4 2018   2nd Feb       Eng Univ 7s Full Back: Old Albanian 6, UCL