Wimbledon RFC v Worthing Raiders
9th September 2017 Kick-off 3pm
Raiders travel up the road to visit league new-comers Wimbledon RFC (The Dons), who were promoted last season after winning the play-off fixture against our old friends Ding’s Crusaders from Bristol. Worthing have not played Wimbledon in a league fixture since 2003.
Wimbledon RFC History & Background stuff.
The club was founded way back in 1865 with a Boxing Day fixture against Richmond. The club was one of the ‘19’ founders of the RFU that gathered at the ‘Pall Mall’ restaurant for the inaugural meeting in January 1871. The club captain Leonard Makin (an Old Rugbein and President of the RFU in 1874) was responsible for writing the first ‘laws’ of the game. The club was originally called Wimbledon Hornets, but the Hornets bit was dropped soon after foundation.
The club was originally based in Merton, played on Wimbledon Common and used the ‘Rose and Crown’ in Wimbledon Village for changing facilities and post match discussions. The club moved to Barham Road Wimbledon in 1987/8. Since the league system started The Dons have generally played at level 5 or 6, this season is their first adventure into level 4.
Wimbledon, like Worthing, is a proper ‘Community’ Rugby club with an emphasis on youth and junior and mini rugby. There is a strong link to Harlequins RFC with Joe Gray, Head Coach (Harlequins Hooker 138 apps) and Jordan Turner-Hall (Old Brightonian and former Harlequins centre 180 apps) assistant coach.
The club turn-out 3 or 4 senior teams along with the vital age-group rugby U21’s etc. Wimbledon Ladies play in South West 2.
Club Colours: Maroon shirts/blue sleeves and a blue stripe on the side. Navy shorts/stockings
There is no mention of a team mascot, although the Ladies use Alderney…a Womble.
Wimbledon v Worthing
Over the years before leagues the clubs must have met on many occasions, but the last encounter in league rugby was in season 2002/3 with Worthing having the edge 33-5 & 20-33. An older player recalls an occasion when Worthing 1st and 3rd XVs visited Wimbledon and for some reason the matches had to be played at a different location, although the players changed at the club house. The 3rd XVs had the usual invigorating encounter with the result rather irrelevant. The 1st XV match did not take place as the Worthing team could not find the new venue getting completely lost in by-ways of Wimbledon!!
A successful season that saw the side finish 2nd in National 3 (London & South East) 5 points behind Champions Tonbridge Juddians. They lost only 3 league encounters (TJs 12-25 & 19-17 and Westcombe Park 7-9). In the play-off match against the runners-up in South West, Ding’s Crusaders, they cruised to victory 55-5.
Team v Ding’s: Viane, Muir, Bayford, Tait, Flashman, Hunt, May, Godfrey: Morgan, Croke, Charles, Lowe, Reville, Cheers. Bench: Brooks, Hore, Bennett.
Influential players: Messrs Godfrey (No8), Hunt (WF), Croke (FH), Muir (H) and Tait (L) were all mentioned as departees in the match report.
This season so far……P1L1…Wimbledon RFC 13 Barnstaple RFC 33
Early days, although many pundits thought that they would get the season off with a W against Barum, who had a slow start last season, especially on the road. It was not to be and judging from the match report on the home side web site, Barnstaple had the upper hand for most of the match, running out bonus point winners.
As usual a list of players is provided along with some detail as to their credentials. There are a few players who played in the pre-season match at Esher (66-22) included in the listing even though they may have missed the Barnstaple match.
Try and get along to this fixture to support the boys!!!
|Name||N2 apps||Joined||Points||Honours||Position : Previous Club/s Apps *played v Raiders|
|Will Taylor||1||2017||Full Back:-|
|Nick Ogbonna||0/1R||2017||Wing: Amersham & Chiltern|
|Bam Fadahunsi||–||2017||Wing: Rutlishians|
|Dan Cheers||–||2015||Wing/Full Back:-|
|Leighton Bellamore||1||2017||Centre: Caerleon, Pontypool, Dragons, Richmond|
|Ben Hough||–||2017||USA||Centre: Harrogate 14, Exmouth 7, Otley 34, Westcombe Park*23, Old Elthamians*40.|
|James Doe||1||2017||2P/ 1C||England Students||Fly Half: Exeter University, Havant, Old Elthamians|
|Rhys Morgan (vice-c)||1||2014||Scrum Half:-|
|Sam Waltier||0/1R||2017||England Students||Scrum Half: Exeter University, Old Elthamians*7|
|George Beale||1||2016||LH Prop: Exeter University|
|Josh Bayford (c)||1||2015||England Students||TH Prop: Durham University, Darlington MP 23|
|Bertie Haskins||0/1R||2017||England Counties||Prop: Blackheath 39|
|Kareem Swandells||0/1R||2017||Prop: Harlequins Academy, Rutlishians|
|Bradley Ugodulunwa||1||2016||Hooker: Harlequins Academy, Leicester University|
|Dylan Flashman||–||2015||Lock: Plymouth Albion|
|Ben Turner||1||2017||Lock: Launceston75, Taunton*75, Bury St Edmunds* 15|
|Andy Hore||1||2017||Lock: London Irish A, Basingstoke|
|John Okafor||–||2017||Lock: St John Bosco School, Wellington College, Harlequins Academy|
|Tom Edwards||–||2017||England Counties U20||BS Wing Forward: Sherborne RFC|
|Dave Thornton||1||2016||BS Wing Forward: Warlingham|
|Niall MacSweeny||0/1R||2017||OS Wing Forward:-|
|Rich Ridley||1||2016||1T||OS Wing Forward: Chiswick|
|Ted Lee||–||2017||Wing Forward: Taunton* 27, Dorking* 46, Barnes*1|
|Chris York||1||2017||England U20 (5)||No 8: Blackheath 6, Harlequins 35, Esher 20, Newcastle Falcons 39, Ealing 38.|