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.
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|