Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Guernsey Raiders


Worthing Raiders v Guernsey Raiders

22nd December 2018 Kick-off 2pm

Guernsey RFC, our visitors this week, make their first ever visit to Roundstone Lane for a league fixture. We visited the Island way back in September for the 2nd fixture of the season and returned victorious 26-35.

History & Background stuff.

The club was established in 1913 but a year later The Great War put an end to rugby and it was not until 1928 when the club was officially founded, according to Wikipedia. Indeed in the club history there are claims that rugby was played on the Island in the late 19th century, although the matches may not have warranted the formation of an official club. The only ball was closely guarded. Post-match discussions presumably took place in local hostelries, after play on a muddy pitch borrowed from a farmer. By 2011 a new clubhouse had been constructed in Footes Lane, drainage is being improved and floodlights erected. Junior rugby and an Academy are up and running and the club is thriving.

League Record

Guernsey is affiliated to Hampshire RFC and they emerged from the county league as Champions in 2004. They negotiated the regional leagues winning London South (level 6) in 2012 and reached National 2 South (L4) this season after winning the play-off mentioned below.

Ladies Rugby

In 2012 they applied to join the English leagues but the application was rejected by the RFU as a moratorium had been passed not to admit any more offshore teams to the leagues. Happily this was overturned in 2014 and GLR duly won the South East south 2 league. They are now in South East (West 1) lying 3rd with 6 wins from 8 matches.

Club Colours: Green and White

Siam Cup

This trophy, apparently the second oldest cup in rugby (behind the Calcutta cup), is a large circular rose-bowl made from coinage of Siam (ticals). King Rama VI of Siam gave permission for the coins to be melted down and commissioned his Royal silversmith to create the bowl. The original trophy resides at Twickers for safekeeping. The trophy was first contested in 1920. It was originally an annual contest between Victoria College in Jersey and Elizabeth College in Guernsey. When rugby was no longer played at the colleges it was decided to contest the cup between the Island Rugby clubs. Jersey are presently in level 2 and are virtually professional, so a local rule was introduced to the effect that Jersey players have to have played 3 seasons for Jersey before qualification into this contest. Guernsey are the present holders having been victorious 46-30 in the fixture played in May. A large crowd attended. Jersey lead the contest.

Raiders v Raiders

Whatever else happens there will be plenty of support for ‘Raiders’.

Worthing considered the Marketing ploy for introducing a nickname for the 1st team squad for quite some time but it was not until 2007 that Raiders and Raiders ‘A’ (Aiders) emerged. We waited another 9 years before introducing the mascot, ‘Reggie’ to the public.

Guernsey Raiders emerged in 2016 with ‘Rocky’ taking the stage.

Last season…London & South East Premier Runners up …P26/W22/L4…110 points         

A successful season saw Guernsey beat Bournemouth 38-23 in an exciting play-off match against the team who came 2nd in South West Premier. Guernsey were probably disappointed that they didn’t gain automatic promotion as Champions as they were top of the league by 3 points with 2 games to play, but lost away to Tring (22-17) in the penultimate match. Barnes came by on the rails to clinch the title with the same record but 1 more bonus point.

Team v Bournemouth: Steventon, Ceillam, BatisteL, Hillier, Merrien, Martin, Hill, Horrocks, BrownK, Thomas, Armstrong, Batiste J, Jones, Sayer, Whitehead.

Bench: Craine, Le Cocq, Skovronek, Brown N.

Links with Worthing

8th September 2018 Guernsey Raiders 26 Worthing Raiders 35   (H/T 5-14)

Worthing started the season with two away trips and we were pleased to secure a win in this the second fixture against the promoted team. Whilst the home side never led, they pulled the score back to 26-28 making for a tense final 10 minutes. Matt McLean settled matters with a try, which he converted, with less than 5 minutes left on the clock. Guernsey picked up a point with 4 tries.

Guernsey: Armstrong, Aremu, Batiste J, Gow, Quate, Morisio, Alexandre, Steventon, Ceillam, Currie, Hillier, Merrien, Rice, Horrocks, Thomas.

Bench: BatisteL, Holland, Teasdale, Shannon, Martin.

Tries: Batiste J (22m), Gow (44m), Ceillam (62m), Hillier (68m) Conv: Gow x3.

Worthing: Brown, Maslen, Richards, Sims, Barnes, McLean, Boyland, Birch, Luke, Gatford, Spurgeon, Dingle, Whittall, Harris, Perkins.

Bench: Grief, Adams, Cook, Lee, Walsh.

Tries: Gatford (7m), Richards (35m), Maslen (49m & 52m), McLean (75m) Conv: McLean x5.


Worthing toured Guernsey in the early 1970s and an enjoyable weekend was spent on the Island. It is a long time ago and a few members including yours truly ventured forth. The party stayed at The Yacht and mine host Peter Yates looked after us. We cleared his stock and didn’t disturb the bedrooms. His till was full and our pockets were empty. We returned to the mainland defeated, broke and hungover for at least 3 days. That ‘Guernsey Feeling’ has moved to folklore!

The season so far…P15/W2 14th …18 points   (Worthing 10th  …34 points)

A tough start for the Islanders, although their debut season has been ravaged by injuries.

The wins have been a 5 pointer on home turf against Clifton (28-3) and another very useful 5 pointer on the road at Barnes (21-29). Additionally, they have bagged losing bonus points on home turf against Redruth (15-16), Canterbury (13-15), LIWG ((17-20) and recently Henley Hawks (10-17). They also put in a great shift at Tonbridge Juddians grabbing 2BPs in defeat (26-20). As well as the BP against Worthing , they also collected a 4 try BP at Bury St Edmunds despite being on the end of a 70-26 defeat.

The players

As usual a list of players used in the last fixture, away at Taunton (60-14), is provided along with detail on a few other players that have been used in recent fixtures.

Once again we have a tantalizing fixture to savour, as there can be no doubt that the other Raiders will be hell bent on trying to extract revenge for the defeat in September, along with the obvious need to add to their league points tally.

A cracking match is anticipated as a warmer for the ‘Festive Season’.

C’Mon Raiders!!! (of the Worthing variety)


A very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to one and all!!!!

Name & Age   *Played v Worthing 8th Sept N2Apps 2018-9 Joined Points Honours Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances                          *played v Raiders
Team V Titans         15th December LOST 60-14
Anthony Armstrong* (24) 9 2014   Full Back: Guernsey Youth                      Player of the year 2017/8
Daley Aremu* (23) 6/1R 2018   Wing: Winchester, Old Albanian
Elia Morisio* (23) 13/1R 2018 1T Fiji U20 Centre: West Harbour NSW, Amatori Catania Sicily.
Luke Jones (25) 4 2011 England U18 Clubs & Schools Centre: Cornish Pirates 12, Redruth*25, Leicester Academy
Chris Ahne (29) 7 2015   Wing: St Jacques,
Blair Campbell (38)  (Captain 2010-16) 1 2007 Hampshire Centre: College OBs (NZ). (200+ Apps for Guernsey)
Owen Clemett (23) 9/3R 2018 3T   Scrum Half: Cardiff University, Newbridge
Sam Steventon* (26) 13 2016 2T Eng Count U20 LH Prop: Henley* 9
Tom Ceillam* (28) 13 2011 5T Hampshire Hooker:  Guernsey Youth
Layton Batiste* (30) 8/5R 2006 5T   TH Prop: Guernsey Youth
Lewis Hillier * (30) (Captain) 14 2011 3T Hampshire Gloucestershire Lock: Cleve,
Nick Merrien* (29) 12 2011 4T Hampshire Lock: Guernsey Youth
Doug Horrocks* (26) 14 2011 2T/ 2C NZ Schools BS Wing Forward: Te Kawau, Wanganui NZ
Matt Creber 18 5/3R 2017 1T   OS Wing Forward: Guernsey Youth
Matt Thomas* (31) 12 2013 1T   No8: Malvern, Stourbridge 38.
Callum Gladstone 2/4R     Centre/Wing: St Jacques, Guernsey Youth
David Anderson 3/7R 2018   Prop:
George Shannon* (20) 1/8R     Back Row:
Nicolas Alexandre* (25) 4/2R 2018   Scrum Half: Rugby Andresien, Rugby Santander
Harry Baron (22) 1/4R 2018   Hooker: Durham University
Not played recently       Last Played  
Jason Batiste* (28) 8 2013 2T 8th Dec C: St Jacques, Guernsey Youth
Cameron Craine (33) 2/3R 2010 8th Dec Hampshire LH Prop: Christchurch Colts,  Palmerston North NZ, Portsmouth
Save Tuimatanisaqa 0/2R 2018 8th Dec Lock; Darlington Mowden Park 1.
Harry Greenhalgh (23) 6/1R 2018 7C/ 4P 1st Dec Fly Half: Manchester Met, Belfast RFC  Christchurch NZ
Luke Sayer (35) 4 2013 1C 17th Nov Wing:
Chris Bolton (21) 0/3R 2018 3rd Nov Scrum Half: Southend 7
Robin Le Coq (26) 2/1R 2013 1T 3rd Nov BS Wing Forward: St Jacques
Dale Martin* (27) 5/1R 2014 20th Oct Centre/OS Wing Forward:
Tom Teasdale* (18) 2/3R 2017 1C 13th Oct Fly Half: Elizabeth College, Guernsey Youth
Brad Webb 18 1/2R 2017 13th Oct Lock: Guernsey Y , St Jaques
James Elliott 1 2018 6th Oct Wing:
Taylor Quate* 21 5/1R 2017 6th Oct Wing: St Jacques Vikings, Guernsey