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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Denton Hurdle Memorial Rugby 2019

Teacher Rugby Football Club hosted the Annual Denton Hurdle Memorial matches at the National Sports Center.

The Teachers won the 2nd Team Ladies match 20 – 0 over The Rest, the Teachers would get 2 Try’s from Andrea Peets, to go along with single Try’s from Sara Cross and Kate Taylor.

The Teachers 1st Team Ladies would edge The Rest 12 – 10, the Teachers Ladies would get a Penalty Try and Conversion, while Lauren Rothwell would add a Try, Nya Heyliger would score 2 Try’s for The Rest.

An Experienced Teachers Men’s 2nd Team defeated a much younger The Rest team 32 – 26. The Teachers got Try’s from Andre Landy, Alvin Harvey, Richard Boyde, David Porter, Andrew Hooks and Brian Desmond, with Landy kicking a Conversion. The Rest would get Try’s from George Peets, Marcus Rewan, Kayden King and Jake Field, with Connor Summerville kicking 2 Conversions and Peets kicked the other.

In the Denton Hurdle Memorial main game The Rest defeated the Teachers 36 – 13. The Rest got a Penalty Try, with Conor Mcglynn, Bennet Gibson, Peter Dunkerley, Jamie Baum and Scott Clarke would all add a Try each. The Teachers got a Try from Kai Edwards, while Conor McGowan would kick 2 Penalties and a Conversion.

Saturday, February 09, 2019
Toms & Bedwas Win Big Over Rivals Bargoed

Toms Scores His Try
Brynley Toms and his Bedwas Rugby teammates gave their survival hopes a huge boost with a complete team performance from 1 to 15 as they thrashed local rivals Bargoed 52 – 7 to earn a bonus point win.

On a windy evening punctuated with heavy showers Bedwas kicked off in to the strong wind but started at a fast tempo registering the first try of the evening after only four minutes.

Fly half Jacob Chilcott ghosting past a defender to set up Adam Williams to crash over for a Try. Joseph Scrivens added the extras, no mean task against such a strong wind.

Scrivens added a penalty goal as Bedwas continued to dominate. Toms increased the Bedwas lead after 20 minutes as he used his size to bulldoze over the line, Scrivens again converted to make it 17 – 0.

Bargoed hit back with a Try against the run of play as a Chilcott clearance kick was charged down and Bargoed full back Julian Mogg was adjudged the winner of the race to dot the ball down, Callum Jones successfully converted to pull them within ten.

Bedwas were in no mood to roll over and dominance up front saw the Bargoed pack splinter under pressure and the referee immediately awarded a penalty Try.

With the wind at their backs for the second half Bedwas wasted no time in securing the 4 Try bonus point from a catch and drive, captain Alun Rees the last off the whitewash to claim the try. Scrivens kept up his 100% kicking record by adding the conversion.

Replacement Jonathan Davies was next over the white line as Bedwas put the game to bed with 30 minutes left to play, Scrivens again converting.

With the game in the bag Bedwas made a raft of changes with fresh legs coming on.

Bargoed secured some territory but could not penetrate a well-organized defense and Bedwas increased their lead on 68 minutes courtesy of a second penalty Try as again the Bedwas forwards outmuscled their opponents.

Bedwas were reduced to fourteen men on 70 minutes as a rare Bargoed attack was snuffed out illegally and Ryan Davies trudged off for an enforced rest. The remaining 14 were in no mood to yield and no further scores came whilst the team were a man down.

Bedwas wrapped up proceedings in the final minute as Lewis Bowden intercepted a tired pass on the visitors try line. Scrivens’ conversion completed the scoring.
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Buccaneers To Honor Two Fallen Teammates

A youthful Bermuda Buccaneers Rugby Team will be calling themselves Stephen Select during Las Vegas Invitational.

The Las Vegas Invitational is the largest Rugby Tournament in North America and will take place February 28th - March 3rd, 2019 and will be played alongside the USA Sevens international rugby tournament held annually in Las Vegas.

The Bermuda Team will take to the field this year in memory of Adrian Hassell and of course Stephen Edwards.

The Stephen Select will be competing in the Men’s Open Division.

Hassell and Edwards were school mates at the Berkeley Institute, they were both part of the Bermuda Under 19 National team and the best friends.

Unfortunately they both died one day apart in tragic accidents 4 years apart, Edwards on the December 31st 2015 and Hassell on January 1st, 2019.

The players will embark on a mission to raise funds for the tour by way of a community clean up on February 24th.
Monday, February 04, 2019
High School Stats & BRFU New Coaching System

Three Rounds have been completed in the Ariel Re High School Rugby League, the Berkeley Institute are the current League Leaders with 3 wins and 2 bonus points for 14 points, the combined team of Bermuda Institute and Warwick Academy are second with 8 points, while the CedarBridge Academy are third with 3 points and Saltus Grammar School have 2 points in fourth.

Currently, Ja'kee Simmons from the Berkeley Institute is leading the way with 6 Try’s followed by Anaya Smith from Bermuda Institute & Warwick Academy, Jake Field from Saltus Grammar School and Jayden King from the Berkeley Institute all have 3 Try’s each.

Ariel Re High School Rugby League Leading Try Scorers

6 Ja’Kee Simmons - Berkeley Institute

3 Anaya Smith - Bermuda Institute & Warwick Academy
3 Jake Field - Saltus Grammar School
3 Jayden King - Berkeley Institute
2 Paulo Sousa - CedarBridge Academy
2 Devin Augustus - CedarBridge Academy
1 Issiah Cabral - Berkeley Institute
1 Ben Osset - Saltus Grammar School
1 George Peets - Berkeley Institute
1 Etreu Adonai - Berkeley Institute
1 Matisse Bascome - Bermuda Institute & Warwick Academy
1 Matthew Daniel - Bermuda Institute & Warwick Academy
1 Cairi Alboy - Berkeley Institute
1 Marcus Rewan - CedarBridge Academy
1 Daje Doars - CedarBridge Academy
1 Conor Somerville - Saltus Grammar School
1 Adrian Roach - Bermuda Institute & Warwick Academy
1 Chazaih Brown - Bermuda Institute & Warwick Academy

Meanwhile the Bermuda Rugby Football Union have implemented a new coaching structure to reinforce the growth of the National program and the development of talented athletes by providing pathways for Coaches and National Team Management positions.

The new structure requires applications for lead coaching roles, including head coach for the Men’s and Women’s 7’s teams and the Men’s XV’s team in addition to team manager positions for each team.

The 2019 season will see Tom Healy continue as coach for the Men’s 7s team who won the Bronze Medal at the 2018 Rugby America’s North tournament this past September.

The Women’s 7s program will continue to grow under the coaching of Jamie Barnwell who will also assume the role of Head Coach for the Men’s XV’s team.

Both Healy and Barnwell have extensive experience on and off the pitch. Healy has over 30 years of experience playing both locally and overseas, representing Bermuda and the West Indies on multiple occasions.

Barnwell was introduced to Bermuda Rugby when he assumed the role of Women’s 7s head coach in August of 2018. Barnwell played professionally for the Sale Sharks, before growing his extensive coaching resume with notable coaching positions in the Malaysian Super Rugby League, Richmond RFC and as Head Coach of the England Rugby Football Union’s Women’s Rugby Academy.
Sunday, February 03, 2019
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Carmarthen Quins

Toms Getting Tackled
On a weekend when snow and frost led to the cancellation of every other game in the Principality Premiership Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates travelled to Carmarthen Quins looking to build some momentum from recent performances.

This was a game Bedwas could and should have taken something from but all too often chances to score were squandered due to errors and loss of possession with the try line in sight as they would fall 27 – 13.

The Quins were first on the scoreboard after 7 minutes from the boot of full back Aled Thomas after Bedwas were penalized.

Bedwas responded well and four minutes later Jordan Rees plucked an errant Carmarthen pass from the air to race through from forty meters to cross for a Try, Evan Lloyd Converted to increase the lead. Bedwas’ attempts to increase the lead come to nothing and the hosts began to put pressure on the Bedwas line.

Thomas added a second Penalty for the Quins on 20 minutes after Bedwas were adjudged to be ‘killing the ball’, Craig Hudd being the man deemed culpable and given 10 minutes in the sin bin to reflect on his actions. His teammates dug deep in his absence and no further scores were until the 33rd minute. A catch and drive move from Carmarthen lead to a Try for lock forward Shaun Jones, again Thomas was successful in adding the conversion.

With the advantage of the sloping pitch Bedwas started off the second half with vigor forcing Carmarthen into yielding penalties. Lloyd missed a shot at goal on 46 minutes, was successful on 50 minutes but missed again on 55 minutes which proved crucial as the Quins were next to score just short of the hour mark when back rower Gethin Davies crossed under the posts. Thomas kept up his 100% kicking record with the straight forward conversion.

Bedwas responded but could not conjure up scoring chances and even when the Quins were reduced to 14 men after prop Javan Sebastian was sinbinned for repeated transgressions could Bedwas find a way through an organized defense.

Bedwas made a raft of changes with 12 minutes left to play as they strove to get back into the game and with two minutes left on the clock it looked as if they had done just that as full back Joseph Scrivens notched a penalty to put Bedwas within 7 points and therefore a losing bonus point.

It was not to be however. With the clock ticking down and Bedwas in possession that point should have been secure but possession was lost, Carmarthen passed the ball along the line for outside center to cross for a Try converted by Thomas. The referee blowing for full time straight afterwards.
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