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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Bermuda Rugby League Round Up

The Bermuda Rugby Football Unions’ League season resumed at the National Sports Center.

The Renegades were the only club on the day to get a double victory, with their Ladies team winning by 9 and their Men’s team won by 19.

Ladies Division

Renegades 19 Teachers 10

The Renegades got off to a flying start defeating the Teachers 19 – 10, the Renegade got single Try’s from Maeve Dillon, Amy Harvey, Melissa Field and Laura Mulligan, while Mulligan added 2 Conversions. Emily Sinclair and Najaee Pitt-Clarke scored a Try each for the Teachers.

Police 5 Mariners 10

In the second game the Police went down 10 – 5 to the Mariners, the Mariners got a Try from Karley Alleyne and Niyah Heiligher, while the lone Police Try came from Meegan Jackson.

Men’s Division:

Renegades 31 Teachers 12

The Renegades – Teachers match would keep the referee busy with off the ball incidents needing his attention on several occasions, but in the end the Renegades would defeat the Teachers 31 – 12.

The Renegades got 3 Try’s from Jamie Baum, while Robin Bricknell and Sam Waters added a Try each, Charles Craigs would connect on 3 Conversions. The Teachers Try’s would come from Tom Hart and Aldo Cambell, with the Conversion coming off the boot of Conner McGowen.

Mariners 5 Police 50 - Marsden Memorial

The Police won the Marsden Memorial match defeating the Mariners 50 – 5.

Michael Halbert and Stephan Schmitt scored 2 Try’s each for the Police, with Danny Walker, Chiquan Smith, Nigel Walker and Joe Oosthuizen all added a Try each, with Riaan Engelbrechd kicking 5 Conversions. The Mariners lone Try came from Dave Rourke.

Sunday, January 07, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Advance in WRU National Cup

Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates are through to the second round of the WRU National Cup after a comfortable seven try 43 – 0 victory over Narberth who showed the tenacity to work to the end despite the huge point’s difference.

On a heavy pitch following much recent rain Bedwas got off to the start they hoped for. Following a five meter scrum the ball was sped wide for full back Aaron Bramwell to touch down near the corner flag. Steffan Jones’ tricky conversion went wide.

Bedwas continued to attack, a series of close range scums bought no reward and a long run from Connor Edwards was snuffed out when the youngster failed to spot the overlapping players to his right he made amends on 25 minutes to grab a try close to the posts. Jones added the conversion.

Despite their best efforts Narberth could not get a toe hold in the game as Bedwas dominated possession and territory.

With half time approaching Adam Williams dived in through a crowd for try number 3, Jones’ conversion putting Bedwas 19 points to the good at the interval.

Just after the break an injury to Andrew Waite saw a reshuffle in the pack with James Richards coming into the fray followed shortly afterwards by more replacements as Connor Edwards, Jack Williams and Geraint Edmunds all made way.

Bedwas’ fourth and Bramwell’s second try of the day after 51 minutes together with Jones’ conversion quelled any thoughts Narberth had of getting anything from the game but Bedwas were not finished.

Just short of the hour James Richards made it five on the day as he was driven over by the Bedwas pack, Jones again adding the extras.

Two further tries by Tom Rowlands featuring a brilliant out of the back of the hand pass by Mike Callow and Craig Hudd after 65 and 67 minutes completed the mission for Bedwas and although Narberth were able to enjoy some possession for the final 10 minutes Bedwas defended well to deny any opportunities.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
The Rest Win Duckett Memorial Rugby Tournament

The Bermuda Police Rugby Football Club hosted the 2018 edition of the George Duckett Memorial Rugby Tournament at Police Field in Prospect.

George Duckett was a former Commissioner of Police who was assassinated in 1972. Duckett was a larger than life Commissioner who had a commanding presence and stood at 6’5” tall and was well known as an ardent rugby fan.

In 1973, the Bermuda Police Rugby Section commenced an annual memorial game which is at present the longest running Memorial game in Bermuda.

The Bermuda Police Rugby Football Club were empathetically beaten by the Rest who also retained the Duckett Memorial Trophy.

The Rest won the Women’s 2nd’s Team game, the Rest would also win the First Women’s retaining the Rosanda L Jones Trophy and the Rest Men’s 2nd’s Team also won their game.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Buccaneers Win Stephen Edwards Memorial

Recently at the Warwick Academy, friends and family of the late Stephen Edwards came to play a marvelous spectacle of rugby between the Buccaneers and a Select. The event which in it’s third year celebrates the life of Edwards who passed on 12/31/2014.

There was a fantastic turnout of players this year with many of the overseas youth coming out to play and the game was played just like Edwards did, with a lot of flowing rugby, not much kicking and all out enjoyment.

The hits were hard but fair and referee Keith Hodgkins remarked on the spirit the game was played in and the talent on show.

The Buccaneers would be able to hold off a strong challenge from the Select to win 33 – 32.

The Buccaneers got Try’s from Simon Thompson, Simeon Edwards, Logan Ball and Rory Dublin, while the Select side got three Try’s from Alex Doyling and a single from Chakote Wainwright.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Pontypridd

Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates will be ruing missed opportunities as they came agonizingly close to snatching a bonus point late in the game falling 29 – 20 to Pontypridd RFC after an improved second half performance.

The day started well enough for Bedwas after gaining a penalty after two minutes the home side adjudged guilty of a ruck offence, Steffan Jones scored the three points on offer.

The joy was short lived as the home side regained possession from the restart and quickly worked the ball wide for Lewis Williams to cross out wide, Ceri Sweeney’s who played in this year’s Bermuda World Rugby Classic conversion attempt drifted wide.

Ponty’s attempts to up the tempo were thwarted by resolute Bedwas defense but their persistence paid off as Lewis Williams grabbed his second try of the afternoon after 17 minutes, this time Sweeney added the extras.

Shortly afterwards Bedwas lost second row James Richards to the sin bin as he was adjudged guilty of a deliberate knock on. Ponty used their numerical advantage to exploit the space created and Sweeney found a gap to dart over from close range before adding the conversion to put his side 19 points to 3 ahead.

Bedwas struck back after 34 minutes. Ponty possession was turned over and Adam Williams took advantage as he raced in for a try in the right hand corner. Covering defender Dale Stuckey’s attempt to halt Williams with a no arms tackle probably should have seen him sin binned but the referee decided to ignore the offence. Steffan Jones’ conversion attempt went wide.

Ponty started the second half at pace as they went in search of a 4th and bonus point earning try. It didn’t take long as prop forward Corey Domachowski crashed over the line for an unconverted try.

Bedwas made wholesale changes to try and salvage something from the game. Andrew Waite looked to have scored a try but unfortunately lost control of the ball as his outstretched arm placed the ball down. Bedwas continued to attack but were thwarted by a combination of errors and defiant home defense.

Bedwas finally gained reward after 66 minutes after the home side turned over possession Connor Edwards evaded the home defense with a jinking run from his own half to cross for a try; Lewis Evans added the extras.

Going into the last 10 minutes Bedwas sensed an opportunity to get something from the game but all efforts were denied by a resolute home defense which the turned defense into attack as winger Alex Webber’s weaving run at pace left the Bedwas defense floundering. With the conversion being missed the home side were 29 points to 15 up with three minutes to play.

Bedwas didn’t give up and Steffan Jones intercepted a wayward pass to sprint in from the halfway line. Up stepped Lewis Evans to take the conversion attempt knowing success would earn his side a losing bonus point (for finishing within 7 points) but unfortunately his attempt went wide and the referee called an end to proceedings.
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