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Result from the weekend
Worthing Senior I 37 - 3 Norfolk Arms
Worthing Ladies 22 - 0 Aylesford Bulls Ladies
Worthing U14 beat Haywards Heath U14 38 -12 in the Sussex Final on Sunday to become Sussex Champions for the second year running. Well done to all those who took part throughout the season.
The victorious and very muddy team.
(NB The clean one is J. Mills)
At the beginning of the season the Senior 1s coach, Jon Mills, set the team a target of achieving the double of the Sussex Two West league and Sussex Vase knockout cup titles. As they took the field for the Vase final at Brighton on Sunday, the team were still in contention for the former and one game away from the latter. The previous two days weather had left the pitch very heavy, not conducive to the open running style of rugby favoured by the West Sussex outfit. Worthings opponents were Newick 2nd XV, a team they had never previously played and consequently of whom they had little knowledge. The Senior 1s ran out to a huge cheer from the large contingent of supporters who had travelled to watch. From the kick off the Newick side looked strong and, as Worthing were slow out of the blocks, this allowed them the ideal start as they scored the first try of the game to take an early lead. Whilst the Worthing players were gathered behind the posts awaiting the conversion attempt, stern words were spoken by the senior players and the team assembled for the re-start determined to take the game to their opponents. The Worthing forwards worked hard at the break down and thus provided a plentiful supply of quality ball to their backs, allowing them the space and width they needed to break down the Newick defence. Six tries were scored without reply, two by Dave Barber, one each by Chris Double and Ade Broad and a hat trick from Grant Gatford. Highlight of the match for Worthing and a reward for the efforts of the pack, was a line out take on the opposition 22m line. A clean throw to captain Josh Brown, saw the maul set up and driven all the way to the try line for No.8 and man of the match Gatford to score.
The Worthing side boasted two pairs of brothers in the squad, Ade and Nigel Broad and Josh and Elliot Mills. To cap the family atmosphere, coach Mills came off the bench to join his two sons in the latter stages of the game.
Team: Dave Keppler, Gareth Howard, Connor Leeding, Ben Stone, Bruce McGowan, Josh Brown, Ollie Bailey, Grant Gatford, Seb Brightman, Josh Mills, Ade Broad, Noel Shields, Dave Barber, Nigel Broad, Chris Double. Replacements: Derek Cleeves, Andy Garrett, Harry Chatfield, Paul Sanderson, Jon Mills, Elliot Mills, Rob Hinchliffe
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Results from the weekend 15th/16th September
Barking 3 v 58 Worthing Raiders
Westcombe Park II 32 v 35 Worthing Raiders A
Norfolk Arms 17 v 42 Worthing Senior 1
Worthing Senior 2 40 v 0 Midhurst II (Conceded by Midhurst)
Dover Ladies 45 v 10 Worthing Ladies
Worthing Senior men have got off to a good start this season, by winning the Cinque Ports 10s tournament.
After the 4th team won the Sussex 3 West league last season, Worthing have looked to reorganise its senior section to better reflect its position within the club. To that end, Worthing now operates 2 sections: Elite Rugby (Raiders & Raiders A team) and Senior Rugby (Senior 1 & 2 formally 4th & 5th team) and appointed Jon Mills as head coach of the Senior 1 & 2 section. more...
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THE 4TH XV SHOWING OFF THEIR NEW KIT & RESPECTIVE SPONSORS!
Friday 13th January 2012
On a cold night Worthing 5ths took on the unbeaten 4th team under flood lights.
A frantic first 15 minutes saw some good defense from the 5s mixed in with some handling errors from the 4s keeping the score at 0-0. Once the 4s were allowed to settle a bit and played their normal game the tries started to come.
The 4s scored at regular intervals but the 5s put up good resistance and had some good attacks of their own only to be thwarted by some strong defence which has been a big part of the 4s game this season.
At half time with the score at 38-0 some changes were made, with coach Jon Mills wanting to try some people in different positions.
There were some strong performances which pleased the coach and captains and will make selection even harder this week. Also thanks to a couple of players who played out of position too.
The game was played in good spirit by both teams, very well refereed by Shorty and was watched by a large crowd. We hope everyone enjoyed it and many beers were enjoyed in the club house afterwards.
Man of the match For the 4s Noel Shields stood out for his excellent running lines and strong defence. For the 5s skipper Matt Thompson for time after time putting his body on the line in defence and his efforts all around the park.
Tries - Noel Shields 2, Richard Crawford-Small 2, Dave Barber 2, Andy Brown, Chris Double, Lee Booth, Ollie Bailey, Josh Brown, Seb Brightman, Jordan Hart
The Battle of the Worthing Seniors XVs
Worthing 4th V Worthing 5th Floodlight league game.
This Friday 13th January will see one of the epic battles of Sussex league rugby this season, when Worthings Mighty fighting 5ths play host to their sibling team the 4ths! The previous fixture earlier in the season, saw the 4ths run out as winners in a tight fought and close game that ended 21-17. The 5ths will no doubt wish to get their revenge whilst the 4ths will want to complete the double and maintain their 100% record this season.
The game will be held under floodlights (a first for both teams), with a 7:30pm KO. We would love as much support as possible and welcome all club members, friends and families to come along and watch. As always the club house will be open to help quench everyones thirst!
Andy Duckworth (Nemo)
Worthing arrived at Lewes RFC in plenty of time on a day perfect for rugby. Worthing started proceedings at midday kicking off with a lovely high lingering kick from fullback Chris Gaskell more...
Worthing 4s win semi-final against Brighton 3s
After a close fought match and with Worthing ahead for most of the game the scores finished level at 7 7 at the end of normal time.
Worthing pulled it out the bag and scored a try and a penalty in extra time to secure a place in the final.
With a sunny Saturday afternoon and an early kickoff, allowing the players to watch the England international afterwards, spirits where high. But what Worthing Ivs really needed was a competitive win and Pulborough 2s would be no push over. With Worthing rapidly becoming the Whipping boys of Sussex 2, could the mix of young and old learn to bond and turn their fortunes round
.you bet they could!