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76762016-2017 YEARBOOK 81st Season
Hertfordshire Rugby Football UnionHertfordshire Rugby Football Schools’ UnionHertfordshire Society of Rugby Football Union Refereeswww.hertsrugby.co.uk
HERTFORDSHIRE RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION
Peter BainesPresident of
The RFU 2016-17
Vice President of Hertfordshire RFU
ContentsExecutive and Sub Committees ........................ 5 to 6Meeting Dates, & Events ...........................................7Club Liaison ...............................................................7Diary Dates ........................... 7, 11, 18, 36, 57, 64, 71 Our President Writes .................................................8Message from President of The RFU ...................... 8From Our Chairman ..................................................9Hon Secretary’s Report .......................................... 10Financing The Union .............................................. 13Marketing Summary ............................................... 14Introducing ProCo ...................................................15RFU Representative’s Review ...............................16Chairman of Representative Rugby ......................17Community Rugby Report ..................................... 18County Championship Roundup ........................... 19Representative Rugby Notes ................................ 18County 1st XV Roundup ........................................ 19Herts Rugby Development Team .......................... 21Club Competitions .................................................. 23Club Competitions Sub-Committee ...................... 24Herts/Middx Merit Tables ....................................... 25Disciplinary .............................................................. 26Teams Photos ................................................. 28 - 30Golf Day .................................................................. 31Representative Fixtures ......................................... 32County & School Competitions ............................. 33Previous Winners of County Comps ..................... 34Playing Records ..................................................... 35County Championship Results ............................. 36Honours Table Winners ......................................... 37County Championship Appearances ............ 38 to 42England Schoolboy Internationals .........................42Officers, Captains & Life Members .............. 43 to 44County Members by Clubs ............................ 45 to 46Club Directory ................................................. 47 to 57Fixture Directory ............................................ 58 to 63Back2schoolival .......................................................64Herts Rugby Football Schools Union ........... 65 to 70Herts Referees .............................................. 71 to 77Honours Table Awards 2015-16 ............................ 77Cup & Competition Rules ............................ 78 to 79County Membership ...................................... 80 to 81Useful Telephone Numbers .................................... 82
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PRESIDENT – MARTYN KIRK31, Beech Avenue, Radlett, Hertfordshire, WD7 7DDtel : 01923 856927 (H) 07767 868980 (M)[email protected]
VICE PRESIDENT – PETER BAINES31, Prae Close, St Albans,Hertfordshire, AL3 4SFtel : 01727 863397 (H) 07887 998645 (M)[email protected] IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – GRAHAM WALKER46 Church Street, Guilden Morden, Herts, SG8 0JDtel : 07922 221599 (M) 01763 852843 (H) [email protected] CHAIRMAN – RICHARD MILNESDuart, Bulstrode Lane, Felden, Herts, HP3 0BP tel : 01442 230602 (H) 07940 255355 (M) [email protected] HONORARY TREASURER – JOHN GREGORY4, Caldecote, Near Stilton, Cambridgeshire, PE7 3SG tel : 01733 246209 (H) 07710 493731 (M)[email protected]
HONORARY SECRETARY – ADRIAN SPARKS296, Ware Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7EX tel : 01992 538453 (H) 01992 589364 (B) 07778 436341 (M) [email protected]
RFU COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE – DAVID ROBERTS194, Whitehill Road, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 9HY tel : 01462 421829 (H) 07860 538823 (M) [email protected]
CHAIRMAN of COMMUNITY RUGBY – TIM BONNETT10 Cotswold Gardens, Leagrave, Bedfordshire, LU3 3EG tel : 07714 510554 (M) [email protected]
CHAIRMAN of REPRESENTATIVE RUGBY – DAVID TOONc/o 30, Chilcott Road, Watford, Herts, WD24 5LE tel : 07714 510554 [email protected] CHAIR of COMPETITIONS – NIKITA JACKSON28, Iveagh Court, Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP2 5DN tel : 07720 286418 (M) [email protected]
CHAIRMAN of MARKETING – COLIN HASLAM35, Alder Close, Thorley Park, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 4JX tel : 01279 659030 (H) 07970 154330 (M) [email protected]
Representative & Coaching Sub Committee 2016/17
CHAIR - David ToonDPP - David ToonU16 TO U18 BOYS - Ian ReidU20’S - Paul Jelski
SENIOR MENS - VacantSENIOR WOMENS - Grant Hathaway, Lewis SonesU15 TO U18 GIRLS - Mel LileySCHOOLS - Tom Hockedy
Herts RFU Competitions Sub Committee: 2016/17
ENGLISH LEAGUES REPRESENTATIVE - JOHN GREGORY
HERTS HONOURS TABLE ORGANISER - JOHN [email protected] T.07710 493731
PRESIDENTS’ CUP ORGANISER - JON [email protected] T.07963 479569
PRESIDENTS’ TANKARD ORGANISER - NIKITA JACKSON
PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY ORGANISER - ROB [email protected] T.07778 392291
REFEREES LIAISON - IAN ATKINSON
MIDDLESEX LIASON - ANDREW [email protected] T. 07971 178633
MINIS & JUNIORS LIAISON - ANDREW [email protected] T. 07983 436694
HERTS MIDDX WEB SITE: www.hmmt.co.uk
HRFU Marketing & Communications Committee 2016-17 Season
COLIN HASLAM Chairman [email protected] WALLER Vice Chairman [email protected] WILLIAMS Press Officer [email protected] MILNES Advertising [email protected] PIKE Webmaster [email protected] HOWARD Social Media [email protected] ATKINSON Annual Dinner [email protected] CLARK Annual Golf Day [email protected] ELLIOTT Annual Members Lunch [email protected] CLAPHAM Annual Xmas Lunch [email protected] BURKE Members & International Ticket Secretary [email protected]
Chairman: John Knighton (Old Albanians), Jeff Byrne (Old Ashmoleans), Adrian Sparks (Hertford), Secretary: Paul Doyle (Old Albanians)Schools Disciplinary Secretary CBSDS: John Williams.Safeguarding Manager for Hertfordshire: Tim Bonnet.
Qualified Panel Members:Tim Milner (Hitchin), Colin Haslam (Bishops Stortford), Malcolm Tucker (Welwyn), David Roberts (Letchworth), Jeremey Gilham (Datchworth), Ian Tottman (Fullerians)
County Membership: B M BurkeFixture Bureau: D BraddockHerts RFU Press Officer: D J WilliamsFunding & Facilities Co-ordinator: C AshwoodWebmaster: C PikeRugby Development Manager: M LileyRegional Rugby Development Manager: G Williams
Representatives:London & S E Group General Committee: D Roberts & G WalkerERCA: D RobertsHertfordshire Schools Union: D Williams
CLUB LIAISONTim Bonnett Bishop’s Stortford, Datchworth, Hertford.John Gregory Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Herts Fire & Rescue.Colin Haslam Black Horse, Letchworth, Old Ashmoleans.Nikita Jackson Cheshunt, Harpenden, Verulamians.Martyn Kirk Tabard, Welwyn.Melanie Liley University of HertfordshireRichard Milnes Berkhamsted, The Mount, TringDavid Roberts St Albans, Old Albanian, WestonAdrian Sparks Cuffley, Fullerians, Watford.David Toon Barnet, Chess Valley, West Herts College.Graham Walker Hitchin, Royston, Stevenage.
HERTS RFU MEETING DATES 2016/17Executive Meetings (commencing 7:30pm) - Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AFMonday 1 August 2016 Monday 10 October 2016 Monday 7 November 2016 Monday 9 January 2017 Monday 6 February 2017 Monday 3 April 2017 Monday 8 May 2017 Monday 5 June 2017
FORUM MEETINGS (commencing 7:30pm) - Welwyn RFCMonday 12 September 2016Monday 5 December 2016Monday 6 March 2017Monday 19 June 2017
AGM (commencing 7:30pm) - Welwyn RFCMonday 19 June 2017 COUNTY MEMBERS’ ANNUAL DINNERPorters Park Golf Club Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7AZWednesday 1 March 2017
ANNUAL GOLF DAY East Herts Golf Club, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 9NBFriday 7 July 2017
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSThe Hertfordshire RFU Yearbook was established in this format over 30 years ago by Brian Chapman. With the assistance of his wife Maggie he compiled the historic data which forms the basis of the information used in this edition. In the early days valuable assistance was provided by John Beard and Sue Hayler.
The Yearbook has evolved over the years under the various editorships of Pete Glenister, Chris Pool, David Williams, Colin Haslam and Richard Milnes. We thank the many people who have contributed articles over the years and particularly thank Sue Hayler, Howard Crompton, Scotty Yates and David Williams for keeping the factual data up to date over the years.
It is a great pleasure, as I take up the role of RFU President, to wish everyone involved in rugby in Hertfordshire a tremendous season in 2016/17.
English rugby is in a pretty good place at present. Who would have thought that, within a few months after England’s disappointing exit from the Rugby World Cup, we would be enjoying a Six Nations Grand Slam, a whitewash of the Wallabies on their own territory, a Saxons winning series in South Africa and victory in the U20 World Championship in Manchester. Not only this, but also Saracens became the first English club to lift the in the European Champions Cup.
As I write this, a new eight year agreement with the Premiership clubs has just been announced. This will give Eddie Jones a larger squad from which to select his players and further time with them before the autumn internationals and the Six Nations Championship. The monies guaranteed to the clubs for the first four years has more than doubled after which it will be related to financial performance of England Rugby under a new partnership approach. This funding to the clubs is based on England Qualified Player thresholds being met and standards for club academies being achieved. The new agreement will not affect the RFU investment in grass roots rugby which is at record levels and is projected to increase year on year during the period of the new agreement.
It is a tremendous privilege to have been elected as the first RFU President from Hertfordshire and I much appreciate the chance this has given me to represent the game and the Union. 2016/17 looks like a busy year with the usual round of autumn and Six Nations matches to attend along with the
A true rugby enthusiast, I was born and brought up in Tring and after enjoying school rugby my first involvement with the sport locally was at the age of 16 when I joined the newly formed Tring Rugby Club for its second ever season in 1965. I have been an active member of the club ever since and over the years I have held many roles including Treasurer, Chairman (11 years) - and am currently the club’s President.
For the past two years I have had the honour of being Vice President of Herts RFU to Graham Walker’s President. Graham has done an excellent job during his tenure, greatly enhancing rugby in Hertfordshire with his good
humour and sound judgement. He is definitely a hard act to follow and I hope that I will be able to live up to the high standards that he has set. Fortunately for me I shall be able to avail myself of his good advice as he will remain in the Executive in the newly created role of Immediate Past President.
During my term as President I shall be visiting as many of our fine Hertfordshire clubs as possible, introducing myself personally and making myself available to assist them with any problems. I firmly believe that rugby is a fantastic sport on so many levels and that it should be available to all. My mission over the next two years will be to promote and encourage the sport throughout the county and I look forward very much to taking on this important role.
Martyn KirkHertfordshire RFU President
Peter BainesPresident of The RFU
OUR PRESIDENT WRITES
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT OF THE RFU
Hong Kong Sevens, two summer games in Argentina and the Lions tour of New Zealand. I also look forward to hosting events at Twickenham including the Varsity Match, the National Cup Finals and Schools Day and and It would be the icing on the cake if Hertfordshire were to make the final of the County Championship!,
One of the great pleasures of being part of the presidential team over the past year has been visiting clubs, schools and constituent bodies and meeting the people who give so much for the good of the game. I look forward to continuing this in the year ahead. My thanks to all those involved in Hertfordshire rugby who have made this possible.
As Hertfordshire Rugby Football Union enters its 81st season it is with huge pride that one of our own, Peter Baines, has been honoured with the “top job” at the RFU. Richly deserved. Peter has been, and continues to be, a stalwart of our County and I wish him and Sue well for what will surely be an extremely busy but fulfilling year ahead. Not only is Peter President of the RFU but, at our AGM back in June, he agreed to become our County Vice President and was, of course, duly voted in. Despite the huge workload which awaits at “Headquarters” Peter, as is typical of his commitment to our game of rugby, duly attended our first County Executive meeting of this new season.
This new season brings changes to our Herts RFU Executive with Martyn Kirk taking over the President reins from Graham Walker, Peter Baines back on board as our Vice President and Nikita Jackson taking over from Jon Clapham as Chair of our Competitions Committee. Thank you Graham Walker for all you have achieved as our President over the last two seasons and for agreeing to stay on our Committee in the new role of Immediate Past President to continue sharing your “words of wisdom” with us. Also huge thanks to Jon Clapham for Chairing our Competitions Committee over the last five seasons and to Chris Rainbow who, owing to his increased workload at Sarries, is stepping down from his position of Senior Team Manager. In addition to thanking all my Colleagues on the Exec Committee I also thank most sincerely the 100 + County volunteers who give their time to help run various aspects of rugby throughout our County and without whom we could not survive. Huge thanks go to each and every one of you for your commitment.
Thank you too to our Rugby Development Team, Mel Liley our RDO, Harry Harrison and Tom Mowbray, our CRCs, for all your hard work in ensuring rugby flourishes in our Schools and Clubs from U5’s, Girls and Boys, to our Students right the way through to our Women & Men. The help you give to our Clubs and Schools is greatly appreciated. And where would our game be without our Referees? … Thank you Peter Brady and your Colleagues from your Society of Rugby Football Union Referees for turning out in all types of weather to ensure our games and competitions take place.
So, the season ahead … it’s going to be another exciting, “full on” 9 months with our 30 affiliated Clubs, along with the possibility of a new Hertfordshire Club being formed, commencing their year full of high hopes and anticipation. Good luck to you all. A “word of warning” however, if you haven’t done so already, please ensure all your Club details are updated on the RFU’s new GMS system. If you require any help in ensuring this important and necessary task is completed please contact one of the following : Mel Liley, Adrian Sparks and/or David Roberts. Thank you.
Richard MilnesHertfordshire RFU Chairman
FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
At the time of writing, not all fixtures for County games and competitions are to hand but those we do have thrown up some titillating encounters with our Senior Women, during the months of April & May next year, taking on the might of the Ladies from Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire and Somerset in the Women’s County Plate Championship, our STAGS locking horns with their U20 counterparts from Essex, Kent and Surrey in the National U20 County Championship during the months from February to May, and our Senior male County side in the top tier of the County Championship, for the eighth year in a row, taking on the current County Champions, Cornwall, as well as Gloucestershire and Kent for the honour to hold aloft The Bill Beaumont Cup in May. Fingers are tightly crossed for all our County Teams to enjoy further successes.
Amongst the many dates to be entered into your diaries please ensure you have firmly written in “in ink” Wednesday 1 March 2017, the County Members’ Annual Dinner which, next year, is being held at a new venue, the magnificent Dining Room at the equally magnificent Golf Club, Porters Park in Radlett … reserve your places early to avoid huge disappointment ! Also please write in, also “in ink”, the day of the highly sought-after Herts RFU Golf Day, Friday 7 July 2017, and by popular demand, back at East Herts Golf Club in Buntingford.
I wish you all and all our Clubs, Players, Coaches, Medical Teams, Managers, County Members, Volunteers, Supporters, Wives, Husbands and Partners another successful and fulfilling season.
Sitting at my computer in late July 2016, I have chance to reflect on my first year as county secretary and to look at the year ahead. I don’t want to dwell long on reflections of the past. As I said at the AGM It has been a steep learning curve to date. I know Hertfordshire Rugby is in good shape, but it could be even better. The demands put upon us by The Rugby Football Union increase all the time. I know that we are now in a “professional game” in which we as England, we strive to be the best in the world, but at times our masters at Twickenham do forget we, in rugby administration, are people who are not paid, doing their best to put back something into the game they love. Giving of their time and any expertise they may have freely and willingly. This sometimes leads me, as county secretary to be nagging and chasing clubs to
complete things for the RFU to deadlines set by the RFU.
Despite this Hertfordshire Rugby is in good health. I think that is because we have a set of clubs that cover a full spectrum of the game. We have clubs with men’s teams as high as level 3 all the way down to clubs playing men’s “grassroots” rugby at level 12 or below. We have clubs who now provide good quality ladies rugby to the highest level, to those just starting out to develop the ladies game in their clubs. These developments in both the men’s and ladies adult game within Hertfordshire are under pinned by a very strong community game, which is now well placed to embrace the new “Age Group Rugby” initiative being introduced for the 2016-17 season. These provide the solid foundation for this county from which last year a variety of successes came. These successes include the number of current internationals at a variety of levels that have come through Hertfordshire Rugby, this was shown last spring by the article that appeared in The Daily Telegraph highlighting the number of Internationals that had come through Harpenden RFC alone. They were not the only club in Hertfordshire with this type of success, there are many others who started their playing careers as juniors in Hertfordshire clubs.
SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR SEASON 2015/16
Adrian SparksHonorary Secretary
Enough of reflection what about 2016-2017. Well I think we are well placed to develop further in Hertfordshire. We have strengthened the executive committee to meet the challenges presented to us by the RFU by making the Immediate Past President an executive member for 2016-17. We have a new President, and a new Vice President (who just happens to be The President of The RFU as well!). Our RFU representative David Roberts continues to work hard for us at Twickenham. This is all good for our profile for 2016-17. We have unfortunately had a change of Chairman of Competitions as John Clapham steps down. Nikita Jackson has taken his place and I am sure will bring a new and fresh approach to the role and also bring new ideas to the executive. There also have been a number of changes on the various sub committees which has brought “new blood” into a variety of areas. It is hoped that some of these people will become the executive of tomorrow. Having said that we can always do with more help. If you think you would like to be involved in the administration of rugby either at county level or club level then talk to someone. There are plenty of opportunities and the RFU have a number of “leadership courses” to help you at a variety of levels.
On the playing side I am confident we will have another successful year. Our Chairman of Community Game Tim Bonnett and his team have worked hard to make sure that we are ready to implement the Age Group Rugby initiative with in the county clubs. Our RDO. Mel Liley and her team have worked hard also getting people ready for this as well as continuing to provide support and training on many other fronts. On the playing and representation side David Toon and his team have a good structure in place to make sure Hertfordshire continue to do well at all levels. I really believe that in 2016-17 we can win the men’s county championship and I would also like to think that our women could win the women’s county championship. It would be good to see the RFU President presenting the championships to the men’s and lady’s teams from his county!!
But why are we in such good health for 2016-17? The reason is simple, it’s the unsung heroes of the clubs, the people who on a Saturday put the flags out, mark the pitches, make the teas for after the game, and sit on the club committees. On a Sunday they coach the youngsters, run mini and junior sections, put in many hours to make sure that the game is being taught to the next generation. If we could list them in this Yearbook there would be hundreds of them taking many pages! We obviously can’t list them but they are the real reason that I think Hertfordshire will have a successful 2016-17 season. How will I measure that success, well yes I would like to see us a Twickenham, but the real measurement is seeing children of both sexes playing the game and learning to love it as much as I do.
Adrian K Sparks
Christmas LunchFRIDAY 9th DECEMBER 2016 - R A F Club - Piccadilly
Members Annual Dinner WEDNESDAY 1st March 2017 - NEW VENUEPorters Park Golf Club, Radlett
Annual Golf DayFRIDAY 7th July 2017 - East Herts Golf Club, Buntingford
This year, a fifth successive surplus. The Constituent Body (CB) income increased again this year, at a total of £114,500. Our spending reduced this year but exceeded our expectation due the success of our Under 20 (Stags) squad in their County Championship. This amounted to £100,300 and generated a pre-audit surplus of some £14,000! This is carried to the county reserves to support any future shortfalls.
Our sources of income remain largely unchanged, although our activity expenditure does vary somewhat season-by-season. These are listed under the items of expenditure. See charts below:-
Sources of IncomeThe County income is dominated by the amounts provided by the RFU. Our sponsorship income provided by Weston Homes in their final year was the next major source of funds:-
Components of ExpenditureThe County expenditure continues to be placed in the areas of rugby development through the CB-RDP structure and County representative teams. See table:- DPP = Developing Player Pathway
The funds available to the county held at NatWest Bank Plc are £15 thousand more than at the last year end. All bills (except the most recent) are paid. Our reserves continue to be healthy.
There are over 80 unpaid volunteers who manage, coach and administer the whole range of activities on behalf of the CB. Those volunteers are ably assisted by our RFU support staff headed by Gavin Williams and Mel Liley our Rugby Development Officer. I thank them for their continuing skill and professionalism and careful management.
This year was the 14th season of Weston Homes as our main sponsor. Sadly, it is to be their last. We thank them for their generous support over that lengthy period and wish them well for the future Thank you, Tylers, for your continued and valued support.
FINANCING THE UNION 2015-2016
Source of Funds 2016 - £ ‘000s % 2015 - £ ‘000s % 2014 - £ ‘000s %RFU 69.3 60.5% 76.2 71.0% 74.6 70.6%Own Generated 45.2 39.5% 31.1 29.0% 31.1 29.4%Sponsorship (net) 23.6 20.7% 21.2 19.8% 18.4 17.5%Subscriptions 6.0 5.3% 6.2 5.8% 6.7 6.3%Disciplinary even - even - even -Fundraising & Other 15.5 13.4% 3.6 3.4% 5.8 5.5%Bank Interest 0.0 -% 0.1 -% 0.2 0.1%
Item of Expenditure 2016 - £ ‘000s % 2015 - £ ‘000s % 2014- £ ‘000s %Playing, Training, Coaching etc 64.4 63.8% 51.7 49.2% 51.9 56.8%Under 14-18s boys 7.2 11.7 15.2Under 15-18s girls 4.7 4.7 6.7Under 20s Stags 15.4 1.5 6.5DPP/ Schools of Rugby 12.3 6.6 4.6Youth Total 39.6 39.5% 24.5 23.3% 33.0 36.1Under 23 2.1 5.9 4.8Championship Men & A Squad 15.6 20.4 11.5Championship Women 6.7 0.9 2.6Adult Total 24.4 24.3% 27.2 25.9% 18.9 20.7%Competitions 10.6 24.3% 27.2 25.9% 16 17.5%Coaching and Courses - - 2.9 2.8% - -Volunteers, Members and Club Support 16.8 16.8% 26.5 25.2% 15.0 16.4%Governance & Administration 8.9 8.9% 9.6 9.1% 8.5 9.3%
John GregoryHerts RFU Hon Treasurer
This season is going to see many changes and serious challenges ahead and not particularly on the field. With the Brexit vote getting the nod, there could be possible changes to the rule for imported players, and along with the decision from Weston Homes to change direction in their sponsorship it will certainly keep The Executive Committee on our toes.
New to the Exec Comm is Nikita Jackson from Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) RUFC who has taken over the Chair of Competitions from Jon Clapham who has stepped down but is still involved in his old section and has joined the Marketing team as organiser of The HRFU Xmas Lunch. They say you can’t
keep a good man down, well that is certainly the case for Peter Baines. Not only do we have our first RFU President from Hertfordshire but also he is back involved with us as Vice President. We are very lucky in having such an experienced individual back involved in the grass roots of our county. It is the first time that I am aware of that we (HRFU) have had the honour of including an article in the Yearbook from The RFU President, thank you Peter, yet another milestone!! We welcome both of them as I also do to Chris Pike (Website) & Adam Howard (Social Media) who join the Marketing Team along with Steve Waller (Vice Chair). This new blood will help to create opportunities for Herts Rugby to move forward. It would be very remiss of me to leave the remaining members of Marketing Team out, Past Presidents of the County still are doing their bit in David Williams (Press Officer), John Atkinson (Annual Dinner) Mark Elliott (Members Lunch) and Les Clark (Golf Day) who take the brunt of organizing these annual events throughout the year, a very sincere thank you to you all.
A few changes have been made for this coming season regarding venues, one being that we have moved the Annual Members Dinner which will be held on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at Porters Park Golf Club, Radlett and hope that you show your full support for this wonderful facility. The HRFU Executive Committee have moved for their meetings to the Mercure Hotel, Hatfield which is where the Disciplinary Meetings have been held for the last few years.
As mentioned in the Summer Edition of About Herts we have lost our sponsor in Weston Homes after 14 years of fantastic support from them. This means that we are now busy looking for new avenues to help finance the day to day running of our game in Hertfordshire. Since their involvement the game in Herts has grown dramatically with girls & women at a number of levels along with youth and senior sides now all wearing the yellow and green shirts, this is no small cost so onwards and upwards. That said I can announce that our printers Concept Communications have rebranded and are now part of ProCo and have agreed to become our first new sponsor. Should you need any printing done then please support them they do a great job for Herts Rugby and one or two clubs as well. This Yearbook would not be possible without their help so many thanks to them for all their support and total professionalism in producing once again this massive task.
Many thanks goes to our Immediate Past President Graham Walker, for steering us through the last 2 years in his own inimitable way and know that you all will give our new President, Martyn Kirk, full support when requested.
MARKETING SUMMARY 2016-17
Colin HaslamChairman of Marketing
For at least the last decade we have been extremely fortunate in working with Concept Communications Group (CCG) who have assisted Herts rugby in moving forward, not only on the pitch but also in our marketing the game of rugby in the County and further afield.
Midway through 2016, Concept have rebranded, following a strategic partnership with a major northern operation - ProCo. Now a major force throughout the UK, ProCo have agreed to sponsor Herts Rugby. They have designed and printed the HRFU Yearbook, newsletters, match programmes and posters for many years and, through their work have enabled us to
impress many other counties and The RFU in placing Hertfordshire as a forward-looking Constituent Body. This means that we can progress once again in promoting and assisting the game of rugby at both county and club level with the sound backing of another highly respected company.
ProCo are headquarted in Sheffield, and are dedicated to keeping print relevant. Through the very latest print technologies, digital expertise and marketing know-how, they support marketing teams to develop great print solutions and integrated communications which really speak to customers.
ProCo offer digital and lithographic print, web2print solutions, workflow automation and customised production capabilities - all of which help marketers to overcome the burden of administration, become more effiencient and spend more time on high value marketing.
ProCo struck up their partnership with CCG around 2 years ago. It was a coming together of like-minded businesses, with very similar cultures and approaches. The last two years have been spent working together and forging the path of integration to ensure the two businesses finally ‘officially’ coming together, in July this year, would be as smooth as possible.
The future looks bright for ProCo. The site in Stansted gives additional digital print expertise as well as far easier access to market in London. It also gives the organisation a facility which will shortly open its doors as an innovation hub - providing education programmes to customers, access to idea generation sessions for businesses and a swathe of industry experts who, passionate about all things print, can shed light on new techniques and technologies to help marketers really bring their printed communications to life.
This has been a great opportunity for our friends at CCG, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue working with ProCo during this exciting time in their journey.
To find out more about ProCo, you can visit their website at proco.com
HERTS RFU ANNOUNCE A CLOSER CONNECTION WITH PROCO
Giles BowesMD of ProCo
This is my first report for the Herts Rugby yearbook and as your RFU representative. I represent, you the clubs within Hertfordshire, at the RFU as part of its Council. It’s a position I take very seriously and as such its vital I understand your views and comments so that I can fully representative your views in the decisions and agreements made. On average I try and visit two clubs a week, usually at the weekend and mid-week. The mid-week events are informal with me talking and listening with various club members and officials, taking away actions to progress. I would like to thank all the clubs I have visited for their hospitability and forthright opinions on how you want the game and your to club to develop. My predecessor Peter Baines also worked
hard visiting clubs. Peter is a hard act to follow, and I am sure I speak for all of you in wishing him well in his presidential year. I have learnt a lot from Peter in terms of how to navigate around the RFU and the various different people, politics (there is a lot!) and groups. Whilst a lot of decisions are made at the full RFU Council meetings, a lot of the background work is done at the various sub-committees and other working group meetings. Next season I have been asked to chair two such reviews into how the CB and RFU carry out their funding and planning reviews, and the other being the review around the Developing Player Programme (DPP) both of these reviews will feed into the Community Game Board. It is essential that the RFU make the right decisions for the game in terms of increasing the monies being invested back into the community game, the relationship with the Premiership clubs and the development and performance of all the various England teams. The last season we voted on amongst, a lot of other proposals, the Adult Competition review, the changes to the age grades playing structure, the new ticketing strategy and the investments from the overall development of the East stand at Twickenham and the 3G pitch investment that is going into the CB’s. All of these proposals were intended to further develop the game, get more matches played and retain the players we have. At the current time we are not sure of when and where the 3G pitch will go into Herts, but when we do hear proposals, we will be in touch with you! It’s worth remembering it’s a four year investment programme. Whatever your views were on the Adult competitions review, and there were some very strong views put to me!, the overall decision was to suspend the implementation, however I hope that there is some good comes out of the review in terms of the lower league and second team structures.
It has been a good year it has been for both Hertfordshire rugby and the England teams. From an England perspective the performance of the England team in the Rugby World Cup was disappointing, whilst the overall world cup competition was very successful for both the RFU and the UK generally. It’s also worth remembering that the RFU have organised another rugby world cup, that being the under 20’s. Post world cup there has been a successful turnaround in the playing performance from not only from the senior side but also from the England Saxons, the England under 20’s and the two England Counties sides, both of which had a strong level of representatives from Herts! From a women’s and girls perspective I think it’s fair to say the teams are going through a rebuilding phase. It’s vitally important that all the England teams perform well as this acts as a “shop window” for new players, coaches and volunteers to get involved into our game. Since Bill Beaumont has been elected as chairman of world rugby now, there will be a new chairman of the RFU, at the time of writing this I don’t know this will be, but I look forward working them to develop the clubs and the game in general within Herts.
I wish all our Clubs, players, coaches, medics, physios, and all volunteers another exciting season. I look forward to meeting you all again!
RFU REPRESENTATIVE’S VIEW
David RobertsRFU Council Representative
The first part of my report is tinged with sadness as we (the county) and I lost a dear friend who like many of our volunteers did an enormous amount of work within the representative rugby.
Jerry Russell passed away in June 2016 after suffering with an incredibly rare brain disease. Jerry had been involved with the county for 10 years, managing the players and coaches who came through the U14 to U16 representative programme. Jerry worked tirelessly building up good relationships with the clubs and was often spotted on the side lines scouting for talent. Jerry supported me on the developing player programme and was looking forward to helping the next generation of player improve and become better players
for their clubs and schools. Jerry’s calm, friendly and positive personality will be missed by us all. Rest In peace.
Last season also saw other county stalwarts stand down for varying reasons.Mike McKay, Andy Sharp and Gordon Steele had overseen the U18 squad for a number of years and were part of the 2005 U15 coaching team that won the National 10’s competition that had players like Owen Farrell, Jamie George, and Jake Sharp in their squad.Chris Bajak stepped aside as U16 Lead coach to undertake role as lead coach of the Herts Advance & Develop element within our Developing Player Programme. Chris will work on developing the all-round skills and abilities of our current ‘top’ U13 to U16 players.Chris Rainbow stepped down as the Men’s 1st XV Manager due to his work/study commitments with Saracens.
Looking ahead to new season we see new vibrant coaching teams at Under 16,17 18 & U20 level who are already making plans to ensure we have competitive squads and allow the players to show off their talents and progress up the ‘counties’ representative pathway.We will again be competing in the RFU U20’s, Men’s & Women’s County Championships and build on our achievements from last season. It’s a credit to all those involved when you have players contact you wanting to know when the squads are getting together and what they can do ensure we have success.
The Developing Player Programme (DPP) is always improving and this season we have introduced 3 DPP player development centres across the county so that the players not selected into the DPP have the opportunity to be part of the wider programme by attending a number of training sessions during the season where the DP coaching team will help improve their game awareness, work rate and mobility.
Representative Rugby will start at U16 level and we have reintroduced U17 Level to provide continuity into the U18’s. They will all play a minimum of 2 fixtures at each age group.The women’s and girls game continues to improve and become stronger in Hertfordshire and that was evident in the Senior Women participating in the inaugural county championship Plate competition. The commitment of the players and coaching team has formed a solid base for us to develop and improve.
Thank you to all the clubs who hosted our fixtures, training sessions etc. Last season. The time and effort you all put in to ensure a great day of rugby for our players, guests and opponents is truly appreciated.
Thank you to all the county coaches, team managers and medical team who put many hours helping all our players across the boys, girls, men’s and women’s groups. You do it with such positivity and enthusiasm with a clear focus on making representative rugby something special for the players.My final thank you is to the players who commit to playing for the county and their families for supporting them. Enjoy the season ahead,
CHAIRMAN OF REPRESENTITIVE RUGBY
David ToonChairman Representative Rugby
After the excitement of last season with the run-up to the Rugby World Cup in England, it would be easy to think that there is little to look forward to in the season ahead. That is not how rugby works. Season 2016-17 has seen some huge changes to the game at Schools and Clubs being implemented. For the first time, schools and club youth rugby will be playing to the same rules and to an integrated calendar. Without doubt there will be some teething troubles and it will be part of my role to advise and support schools and clubs with the right information, but crucially, young players will not confused by playing to one set of rules in their school age group and another at their club.
It is important to understand that this is all about players developing into being the best they can be. The new structure is player centred – development driven and competition supported. It is designed to prevent coaches adversely affecting player skills levels by being too focused on results – the ‘win at all costs’ mentality. There is nothing wrong with appropriate competition – sport is about winning and losing. However the focus must not be on results but on what players can gain from the competitive experience. Anyone who attended the mini Tag festivals at Letchworth last season will have seen hundreds of players having a great rugby day and losing nothing in their enjoyment because they did not qualify or not qualify for a semi final or final. Good coaches give players self esteem from their achievements in a game not from the results. Young players get far more from positive feedback from their coaches than they do from the result which (and this is proven by research) is forgotten within minutes of a game ending.
Much as I will miss the involvement in the Schools world of the retiring stalwarts David Maughan and John Williams, it is great that the new Schools Union officers are all actively involved in coaching and developing young players in schools. Having worked with many of the new Committee in developing players through the School of Rugby and representative rugby, I know the schools rugby world is in good hands in the new environment. It is actually great in the Community role to be actively involved with schools rugby which is still the first experience for many young players.
Whilst the new age grade rules and competition structure will be challenging, the RFU has given excellent report and resources to support the changes. There has also been excellent support from the club Chairs of Mini & Youth Rugby committee so I am confident that Hertfordshire will progress well in the new structure.
And of course adult rugby is in a good place too. Old Albanians back in National One, Bishops Stortford solid in National Two and other clubs making real progress – not least Barnet Elizabethans whose mens squad have been selected as finalists in the National Team Awards. It is a great time to be part of rugby in Hertfordshire and I am really proud to have a role in helping clubs and schools achieve their success.
COMMUNITY RUGBY REPORT
Tim BonnettChairman of Community Rugby
Members Annual Dinner WEDNESDAY 1st March 2017 - NEW VENUEPorters Park Golf Club, Radlett
The 2016 County Championship saw the return of 2012 Championship winning coach James Shanahan to the Herts team and the introduction of Steve Ball as captain (Bishops Stortford) . Expectations were high with both promotion gaining OAs and Bishops Stortford having successful seasons in National League 2 and with two games at home including the annual showdown with Cornwall.
Herts welcomed Surrey to Woollams playing fields to open the campaign in what turned out to be a battle to the end. Converted first half tries from debutant Tom Banks (Bishops Stortford) and Ampthill winger George Elliott
saw Herts take a narrow 14-13 lead at half time.
The second period saw Surrey capitalise on a number of Herts errors with only reply for Herts being a second try for Banks to take a 28-21 point lead into the final 10 minutes of the game. Three magical touches from debutant Anthony Maka (Letchworth) and Josh Sharp (Loughborough Students) conversion drew Herts level before Sharp sealed victory for Herts with a penalty in the final 5 minutes. A typical powerful Cornwall performance saw them take the spoils a week late as Bishops Stortford RFC welcomed the forever large and noisy traveling Cornish support to Silver Leys.
Cornwall took an early 12 point lead from 2 trademark catch and drives before Herts fought back with Brett McNamee (Hertford) pouncing on a opportunity from a loose Cornwall lineout to score; a Sharp penalty and scrum pressure resulting in a penalty try just before the break to send Herts 15-12 up at half time. Despite periods of significant pressure early in the second half Herts were unable to add to their tally. Cornwall scored 2 penalties and a try to run out 23-15 winners on the day.Playing in atypical conditions for a May afternoon a much changed Herts team travelled away to play Gloucestershire aiming to achieve only their second away win again them in the county championship. A strong performance from a young Herts pack including OA’s England Counties U20’s caps Karl Garside and Hayden King and the kicking game of Dan Watt (Loughborough Students) at fly half set the foundations for what was a very well deserved win.
Playing with the wind in the first half Herts threatened the Gloucestershire line a number of times but were unable to break the deadlock until 30 minutes in Watt kicked an impressive 40-metre penalty to open the scoring. Herts went in 3-0 up. Despite facing the conditions in the second half Herts camped inside the Gloucestershire half for long periods and were again rewarded from the boot of Watt. A large cheer was heard from the traveling Herts fans when on 58 minutes Bishops Stortford stalwart and county debutant Declan Caulfield linked up well with Watt to glide in just beside the up rights, Watt adding the extras.
Gloucestershire took advantage of a numerical advantage when Caulfield was sin binned and scored from a line out catch and drive, with the conversion missed. Watt again stepped up to extend the Herts’ led after a Gloucestershire misdemeanour and once back to 15 Herts never looked like losing and Rob Conquest (Darlington Mowden Park) put the icing on what was a well fought out 23-5 win on the final whistle when he crossed for a converted try.Again despite not reaching Twickenham Hertfordshire players made up a strong contingent of the England Counties team that toured Canada with 6 players being selected. Next year see a change in the format of the County Championship as Herts look again to add to their win in 2012.
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDUP
Chris RainbowHRFU Senior Team Manager
It’s hard to tell where the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons started and ended, and if we reflect on what’s been achieved in the last 18 months, with the IRB World Cup, RBS Six Nations and then the World Rugby under 20s in Manchester, we will look back on this period as one of the busiest in memory.
At the beginning of the season, we were swept up into the fever of the biggest rugby tournament of all time, with many of us able to attend matches in person and certainly glued to the screens watching the progression of the home nations. Whilst a disappointing, heart-breaking outcome for England, my personal highlight was seeing Japan’s success in the competition, proving that rugby union continues to gain a wider audience across the globe, and I’m excited to see what happens when they host in 2019.
Our proximity to IRB World Cup venues definitely had an impact on Hertfordshire player numbers, particularly in the merit leagues. Fred and Foggy worked incredibly hard to ensure as much flexibility as possible, and I know we saw a number of clubs makes use of midweek opportunities to play fixtures under floodlights. The introduction of an 8th Table, for teams looking for occasional, monthly playing opportunity is a great example of innovation within rugby and understanding the needs of players, and as a result we may see clubs like Berkhamsted RFC introduce a 2XV. As we move into next season, I hope that we can see more playing opportunities for those who can’t commit to traditional Saturday fixtures but still want to stay active. The well attended Returning Students Festival is a good example of how we can potentially engage these players.
Focusing on sustaining rugby after getting a 1XV out is a key part of our targeted work, and Letchworth RFC ran Hertfordshire’s pilot of a new project called Return 2 Rugby. Aiming to pull players back into a rugby club environment, the club transitioned these players from gentle training into playing matches, and next season we will see Harpenden RFC, Tring RUFC and Tabard RFC joining, hopefully with Barnet Elizabethan RFC. As we enter the 2016/17 season, Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Hertford RFC and Old Albanian RFC start with 5XVs in the merit tables, which should be applauded, and we will work with these clubs too in order to hold onto players at this end of the game.
We have seen women and girls rugby in Hertfordshire grow extensively in the last 18 months, with Cuffley, Harpenden, Welwyn and Royston offering women’s rugby for the first time, a girls section returning to Letchworth and continued activity at Tabard, Hitchin and Old Albanians. The under 13 girls have collaborated in monthly sessions, with attendance of over 120 different girls across this season, and we have had over 100 women participate in Pitch Up and Play activities at Harpenden, Welwyn, Old Albanian and Royston. These teams depend on the volunteers drafted in to support coaching and management, and I extend a personal thanks to all those willing to invest time in this key section of our rugby community.
Targeted activity in schools in Hemel and Watford has seen players transition into local clubs, and in September we will be adding schools in Letchworth and Royston into our All Schools delivery. The ambition is to increase the number of young people accessing rugby in school and adopting our values, with the view to making these girls and boys club members in the longer term. In addition, in September we will be working in the Welwyn area to support teacher development and links to the club. We will being aiming to tie in
Mel LileyHRFU RDO
Tom MowbrayHRFU CRC
Harry HarrisonHRFU CRC
development projects at Oaklands College and the University of Hertfordshire that creates a group of trained students who can then be sent into clubs as guest coaches and referees.
Working with clubs on their RFU Club Accreditation is a surprisingly enjoyable exercise, because it highlights, even celebrates, the efforts of the volunteers that keep clubs going. This year, John Irvine at Hertford RFC, David and Yvonne James alongside Andy and Sue Menzies at Watford RFC, Paul Doyle at Old Albanian RFC and Alan Chowles at Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) RFC have championed the drive to achieve new Accreditations. It is brilliant to see clubs committing to this recognised standard of best practice and well done to those involved. At the Club Development Workshop in Watford in May, Peter Scarlett of Bishop’s Stortford illustrated how a Club Development Plan is essential in securing external funding, and many of these clubs will be thinking about strategy going forward. A big thank you to Peter for his time at this event, your expertise in this area is invaluable.
The use of the Game Management System (GMS) as the hub for data has been a demonstration of volunteer perseverance as the “Spring Clean” has shown how much effort has to go into managing information at club level. We are all looking forward to being able to work with ‘good’ data going forward, that will be used to justify how we select projects for rugby development across the county.
As we see Touch rugby continue to grow nationally, Bishop’s Stortford RFC has become the first officially recognised O2 Touch Centre in the county offering touch all year round, with numerous clubs offer touch activity throughout the summer. Joining the list of Hertfordshire clubs is the new addition of Kimpton RFC, who are hoping to build on their existing touch club taking place at the Recreation ground in the village. We wish Tim and his team all the best in their new venture!
Fullerians RFC, about to undertake a significant facilities development, enter September 2016 promoted into London 1 North joining Letchworth and Tring. Exciting times ahead at Level 6! Old Albanian RFC’s commitment to promotion led to a successful campaign to achieve National 1 promotion, which is a great achievement and should be congratulated. It’s great to see a clear plan in place for player transition throughout the club OARFC have made some really positive steps towards whole club strategy.Elsewhere, Hatfield QE RFC are aiming for improved facilities over the coming months after a successful final at Bramley Road in April and are another example of a community club with big ambitions. At this level of the game, seeing Cuffley RFC return to the RFU Leagues is great news for the club, who seem to be growing by the week.
As always, coaching delivery by RFU Community Rugby Coaches forms an essential part of our engagement with all clubs, and the efforts from Harry Harrison joined by Tom Mowbray, have led to more children playing rugby in school, providing over 1500 people with access to training and education and coordinating festivals and activity throughout the year. Their work involves late nights at training, early morning in schools and constant flexbility, and I am so grateful for the care and quality they deliver in their work.
Hertfordshire Rugby continue to support club development, and as a result of feedback at the Community of Practice in May, we will be looking at further coach development activity and more under 18 playing opportunities. A real focus for us over the coming months will be transitioning players from our schools activity into new club members. By the time this is printed, I’m hoping to have watched some brilliant 7s as part of the Olympics – hopefully you’ll be ready for new players off the back of it!Yours in rugby,
MY THANKS: must go to the other members of the Competitions sub-committee and bear in mind that only one of them is under 70. John Gregory who not only is our County Treasurer but also sits on the Herts-Middlesex League Sub-committee as a League Secretary but also on the London and South East Rugby organising Committee, I can only marvel that he finds time to keep us advised on League matters. Fred McCarthy who at nearly 80 years of age continues to organise Rugby for most Hertfordshire Club’s lower sides along with a batch of Clubs from the surrounding Counties. He suffered a warning health wise in the spring and this coming season will be his last and he will be a hard man to replace. He is assisted by Ian Foggy Atkinson who finds the time whilst still refereeing on a regular basis. Finally there is
Rob McClement who finds time to help organise the Cups whilst undertaking the time consuming job of Club Secretary at one of our larger Clubs and spending a lot of time every other week in Liverpool on business. We also saw Mel Liley who came in to organise the Sevens and Andrew Smart from Middlesex who came in on a liaison role. My thanks to you all.
New Blood: I would like to introduce you to my successor as Chair of the Committee. Nikita Jackson who has been part of the organisation team at my Club Camelot for years, and as one of our regular bar staff members, I’m sure she has probably served a lot of you with Beer on your visit to our Club. A lot of you will remember her father Andrew who was a better than average rugby player who in the 1980’s played for Wasps as well as Hemel and also the County. Nikita is looking forward to getting stuck into the organising of Senior Competitions and will bring down our average age quite a bit.
Season 2015-16: Leagues: The following Clubs were promoted: Old Albanians (after a play-off), from National 2 South to National 1. Fullerians as League winners from London NW2 to London 1 North. Cheshunt from Herts Middlesex 1 to London NW3 Congratulations to these three Clubs and to the rest of you well done as no Herts Club was demoted this year.
Club of the month Pennant winners: September’15 was Tring, October’15 was Berkhamsted, November’15 was Old Albanians, December’15 was Bishops Stortford, January’16 was Watford, February’16 was Cheshunt, March’16 was Fullerians, and April’16 was Hemel Hempstead (Camelot). Club of the Season was Cheshunt whose three senior sides all achieved. The First Team finished 2nd in HertsMiddx1 and were promoted. The seconds and thirds both won Merit Tables.
Knockout Cups: The Finals were held at Allianz Park for a second Year successfully. Herts Presidents’ Cup was won by Bishops Stortford Blues who defeated Hertford 2nds in extra time. 18 apiece at full time, it then concluded 38-18 after extra time. Herts Presidents Tankard was won by Datchworth who narrowly defeated Stevenage Town by 31 points to 24.Herts Presidents’ Trophy was won by Verulamians who defeated Watford 46 to 10.Allianz Park will be the venue again for these three finals and this year our treasurer was cheered that we recovered a good portion of the costs. Herts Seven-a-side: Organised by Mel Liley on Friday nights in May under Floodlights. West Herts at Hemel, East Herts at B’Stortford and Finals at St Albans. It suffered from lack of support particularly from the top Clubs and will revert to a one day format on a Sunday in May in 2017. Winners were Seven Dwarves (Vs), Runners up were Harpenden, and third were Voodoo priests (St Albans). The top two went on to qualify for a London and South East event at Allianz Park at beginning of July.
HertsMiddx Merit Tables report and Final Tables given by Fred McCarthy elsewhere.Herts Honours Table and Comments by John Gregory given elsewhere.A successful season although made more difficult by The World Cup and some very wet weather.
HERTFORDSHIRE CLUBS COMPETITIONS REPORT
Jon ClaphamChairman of Competitions
Chairman Nikita Jackson [email protected] T. 07720286418
Herts Sevens Organiser Melanie Liley [email protected] T. 07715 856769
English Leagues Representative John Gregory [email protected]
T.07710 493731 Herts Honours Table Organiser John Gregory [email protected] T.07710 493731
Presidents’ Cup Organiser Jon Clapham [email protected] T.07963 479569
Presidents’ Tankard Organiser Nikita Jackson [email protected] T. 07720286418
Presidents’ Trophy Organiser Rob McClement [email protected] T.07778 39229
HertsMiddx Merit Tables Organiser Fred McCarthy [email protected] T.01767 221243
Ian Atkinson [email protected] T. 07806 674177
Herts Middx Web Site: www.hmmt.co.uk Referees Liaison: Ian Atkinson [email protected] T. 07806 674177
Middlesex Liason: Andrew Smart [email protected] T. 07971 178633
Minis & Juniors Liaison: Andrew Barford [email protected] T. 07983 436694
HERTFORDSHIRE CLUB COMPETITIONS SUB-COMMITTEE
Nikita JacksonChairman of Competitions
The Merit Tables continue to flourish and an analysis of the number of teams playing rugby at the league and merit table level in the two counties show that for every player in a league match each Saturday there are 2.2 playing in merit table games. It is probably true that the league sides in clubs get most attention and most funding. However, the successful rugby clubs are those able to devote time and money to their whole rugby community, building a firm base for the future. This is especially necessary in these days where players are switching their allegiances more frequently. Foggy and I have restructured the Merit Tables to take on board all the changes that have occurred with the movement of teams up and down the tables and movements across the various county borders.
We are continuing with our objective of building a strong Table 1, so that our teams do not have to disappear off to the Zoo Leagues, but can still play a strong level of rugby within our two counties. Unfortunately, three sides returned to the Middlesex Merit Tables in May, mainly due to the problems many young London based players have in travelling to the outer boundaries of Hertfordshire. We are also looking ahead to a possible joint competition at the end of season 2017-18 between the Hertfordshire/Middlesex and Middlesex Merit Table 1s to provide another playing option for our teams each year. This season only, we are playing three games between each side in Table 1, whereas there are 9/10 teams in Tables 2 to 6, so overall we have an 18 game competition for Merit Tables 1 to 6 plus a knock-out phase to complete the season next April.
Tables 7 N/E and 7 S/W have up to eight teams each and will continue the successful introduction last year of regionalisation at the lower end of our structure.
New to the Merit Tables this season are our Development Tables 8 N/E and 8 S/W, which we hope will bring more players into our game. Our clubs have highlighted a need to provide a limited season of games for those players who wish to play less frequently, which will also allow clubs to introduce new players to the game. This process especially appeals to those clubs building additional teams. It is an exciting new initiative and if only half of the teams are successful this season, then five new sides could be playing in the future.
Finally, by next April, I will have completed 15 seasons building the H/M Merit Tables, so I have decided it is time to gracefully hand over the reigns to Foggy and others to introduce new ideas and to keep our players active and enjoying their rugby each Saturday. It will be a huge wrench; I have enjoyed the interaction with all the clubs, officials and players, but from my many years as a referee I know the final whistle always blows, even if on some occasions the game was so good that I was reluctant to finish the match.
Table One Table Two Table Three Table Four Table FiveAmpthill Jets Cheshunt 2nd B. Stortford 4th Biggleswade 2nd Amersham and C. 3rdB. Stortford 3rd Datchworth 2nd Finsbury Park 1st Black Horse Barnet Eliz. 2ndFullerians 2nd Enfield Ignatians 2nd Harrow 2nd Enfield Ign. 3rd Chesham 2ndHertford 3rd Finchley 2nd Hatfield 1st Fullerians 3rd Cuffley 2nd Letchworth 2nd H. Hempstead 2nd Epping Upper Clapton 2nd Hendon 2nd Hackney 3rdOA Caesars (3rd) Harpenden 2nd Hitchin 2nd Letchworth 3rd Old Grammarians 1stTring 2nd Hertford 4th OA Gladiators (4th) Tring 3rd Royston 2nd Vacant The Mount Saracens Ams. 2nd Watford 2nd Southgate
Welwyn 2nd UCSOBs 2nd Welwyn 3rd Stevenage T. 2ndHackney 2nd Weston Vacant Verulamians 2nd
Table Six Table 7 North & East Table 7 South & West Dev. 8 N/E Dev. 8 S/WBerkhamsted 1st B. Stortford 5th Chesham 3rd Belsize Park 5th Amersham and C. 4thCheshunt 3rd Biggleswade 3rd Chess Valley 2nd Hitchin 4th Berkhamsted 2nd Finsbury Park 2nd Datchworth 3rd Hatfield 2nd Royston 3rd Chesham 4thFullerians 4th Epping Upper Clapton 3rd Mill Hill 2nd Saracens Amateurs 3rd Tring 4thH. Hempstead 3rd Hertford 5th O. Millhillians 2nd O. Grammarians 2nd Verulamians 3rd Harpenden 3rd Hitchin 3rd Pinner and G 2ndO. Ashmoleans Letchworth 4th Tabard 2nd
New Development Tables playing 8 games only.Tables - Playing 8 games
OA Grizzlies (5th) Welwyn 4th VacantOMT 2ndSt Albans 2nd
Fred McCarthy and Foggy Atkinson
HERTFORDSHIRE/MIDDLESEX MERIT TABLES 2016-17
Fred McCarthyMerit Table Organiser
Qualified Panel Chairman: John Knighton (Old Albanian), Jeff Byrne (Old Ashmoleans), and Adrian Sparks (Hertford).
Qualified Panel Members; Colin Haslam (Bishops Stortford), Malcolm Tucker (Welwyn), Jeremy Gilham (Datchworth), David Roberts (Letchworth), Tim Milner (Hitchin), Ian Tottman (Fullerians), Paul Doyle (Old Albanian).
Paul Doyle was the Disciplinary Secretary for The Hertfordshire RFU
Ian Tottman was the Disciplinary Secretary for the County Youth and Schools.
Safeguarding manager for Hertfordshire was Tim Bonnet.
A Disciplinary Panel consists of a panel chairman and two other panel members. All panels also have a judicial secretary in attendance. If needed, a representative from the Hertfordshire Society of Referee’s is available to advise the panel on the laws of the game and technical points concerned with the refereeing of the game. The Judicial secretary and the representative from the referee’s society are there to guide the panel but do not have any say in the decision making process.
Hertfordshire Rugby Football Disciplinary Panels sat on 19 occasions between September 2015 and May 2016 dealing with a total of 26 cases. These figures apply to the senior game.
A closer look at the 26 cases reveals a total of 27 charges. This was because one of the cases resulted in the accused person being charged with two offences contrary to RFU rule 5.12 in one match. This figure shows a reduction in charges from last season of ten. There is one case outstanding involving serious injury to a player. This matter is still in the hands of the police who are preparing a case to be presented to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision. This case will be dealt with by an RFU panel when a final decision has been reached.
Total number of cases heard 26 placing 27 charges as set out below:-
Punch/Strike 11 Strike with head 3 Stamp/Trample 2 Kicking an opponent 2 Tripping opponent 0 Dangerous tackling an opponent 1 Retaliation 1 Dangerous charging 0 Acts contrary to good sportsmanship 4 Two yellow cards 7 Match Official Abuse 3 5.12 charges 3
Total Charges placed 27
To the 27 charges there were 23 guilty pleas entered and 4 not guilty pleas. Of the 4 not guilty pleas, 1 was proved and 3 were dismissed as not proven or no case to answer.
This was my first season as Disciplinary Secretary and was made all the easier by the professionalism and flexibility of all the panel members to whom I send my thanks.
HERTFORDSHIRE RFU DISCIPLINARY REPORT FOR THE SEASON 2015/16
Paul DoyleHRFU Discipline Secretary
HERTFORDSHIRE RFU STAGS
HERTFORDSHIRE RFU 1ST XV
Left to Right. Front Row: Sam Coleman (B Stortford), Pier Dotta (B Stortford), George Elliott (Ampthill), Josh Taylor (OAs), Steve Ball (c) (B Stortford), Graham Walker (President), Harry Bate (OAs), Matt Miles (OAs), Josh Sharp (L’boro Students), Mike Gallagher (B Stortford), Tom Banks (B Stortford)
Back Row: Charlotte Waring (Sports Therapist), Jamie Simpson (Match Day Manager), Will Hague-Blundy (Water boy), Rob Conquest (Darlington Mowden Park), Sam Winter (B Stortford), Johnny Neville (B Stortford), Will Roberts (B Stortford), Matt Tomlinson (B Stortford), Sean Edwards (B Stortford), Anthony Maka (Letchworth), Chris May (OAs), Andy Berry (Chinnor), Ralph Adams-Hale (Ampthill), Matt Steale (Barnes), Mark McCraith (B Stortford), Chris Rainbow (Team Manager), James Shanahan (Head Coach)
PRESIDENTS’ CUP WINNERS - BSRFC BLUES
HERTFORDSHIRE RFU WOMENS 1ST XV
PRESIDENTS’ TANKARD WINNERS - DATCHWORTH
PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY WINNERS - VERULAMIANS
With a bit of cajoling we ended up with 13 teams of four including once again one from our kit suppliers Tylers and one from our sponsors Weston Homes. Unfortunately due to Weston Homes deciding not to continue sponsorship of rugby in Hertfordshire we missed all their flags and banners which had become part of this great social day, however we are grateful for all their support especially in donating the prizes for the day.
It is rather sad though that we only had 9 clubs represented even though both Bishop’s Stortford and Cheshunt managed to raise two teams each. This is a great day for meeting other rugby people from other clubs within the county and renewing old rivalries. For the second year running Tring RFC ran away with the first prize with a massive score to take home the Herts RFU Golf Trophy for safe keeping along with vouchers from East Herts GC Pro Shop. Coming second with a small gap between the scores was Stevenage followed by Bishop’s Stortford ‘A’ Team. On both the second and fifteenth holes we had nearest the pin which was won by Ian Coath (Cheshunt) 2nd and Toby Garrett (Hatfield QE) on 15th.
East Herts GC is a wonderful setting for this event with superb greens and mature trees which lend themselves to finishing the day with an excellent social evening. How’s about seeing if a few more clubs can show an interest next year rather than just the regulars in Tring, Stevenage, Cheshunt, Bishop’s Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield QE, Hertford, St Albans and Letchworth .
Nearest the Pin on 2ndIan Coath - Cheshunt
Nearest the Pin on 15thToby Garrett – Hatfield
COUNTY GOLF DAY
Senior XVCounty Championship
Sat 6 May 2017 Kent v Hertfordshire @ tba KO 3.00 pmSat 13 May 2017 Hertfordshire v Gloucestershire @ tba KO 3.00 pmSat 20 May 2017 Cornwall v Hertfordshire @ tba KO 3.00 pmSun 28 May 2017 County Championship Final @ Twickenham
U20 (STAGS) County Championship
Sun 5 February 2017 Surrey v Hertfordshire @ tba KO 2.30 pm Sun 26 February 2017 Essex v Hertfordshire @ tba KO 2.30 pm Sun 19 March 2017 Hertfordshire v Kent @ tba KO 2.30 pm Sun 2 April 2017 Quarter FinalSun 16 April 2017 Semi FinalSat 6 May 2017 Final @ Twickenham
Sun 23 October 2016 Essex v Hertfordshire @ tba KO tbcSun 30 October 2016 Hertfordshire v Kent @ Bishop’s Stortford HS KO 2.00 pmSun 7 November 2016 Hertfordshire v Eastern Counties @ Hertford RFC KO 2.00 pm
Sun 22 January 2017 Hertfordshire A&B v Kent @ Allianz Park KO 12.30 & 2.00 pmSun 19 February 2017 Hertfordshire A&B v Essex @ Allianz Park KO 12.30 & 2.00 pm
WomenCounty Championship ‘Plate’ Competition
Sun 30 April 2017 Essex v Hertfordshire @ tba KO 2.30 pmSun 7 May 2017 Hertfordshire v Somerset @ Tabard RFC KO 2.30 pmSun 14 May 2017 Buckinghamshire v Hertfordshire @ tba KO 2.30 pmSun 21 May 2017 Hertfordshire v Hampshire @ Harpenden RFC KO 2.30 pm
REPRESENTATIVE FIXTURES 2016-17
Presidents’ Trophy Draw
Round 1 Bye v Hatfield Royston v Chess Valley Cuffley v Verulamians Barnet Elizabethans v Watford
Presidents’ Tankard Draw
Prelim Round Cheshunt v Datchworth To be played by 5th/6th November 2016.
ROUND 1 Cheshunt or Datchworth v Welwyn Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) v Harpenden Tabard v Stevenage Town Hitchin v St Albans
Presidents’ Cup Draw
Round 1: Letchworth v Fullerians Hertford 2nds v Tring Bishops Stortford Blues and Old Albanian Romans had Byes
Semi-finals: Hertford 2nds or Tring V Old Albanian Romans Bishops Stortford Blues v Letchworth or Fullerians
The Herts RFU Finals Day is Sunday 30th April 2017 At Allianz Park
Trophy Final Kick Off 11.00amTankard Final Kick Off 1.30pmCup Final Kick Off 4.00pm
Friday 4th November – Hertford RFC1pm - Girls u13/15 Development Festival
Wednesday 7th December – OARFC6.00pm - U14 Cup Final7.30pm - U18 Cup Final
Friday 17th March – Hertford RFC1.00pm - Girls U13 & U15 Festival
Wednesday 22nd March – OARFC4.30pm - U14 Shield Final6.00pm - U15 Shield Final7.30pm - U18 Shield Final
Wednesday 29th March – OARFC4.30pm - U14 Trophy Final6.00pm - U15 Trophy Final7.30pm - U18 Trophy Final
COUNTY COMPETITIONS 2016/17
HERTFORDSHIRE SCHOOLS’ COMPETITIONS 2016/17
To be played by 5th/6th Feb 2017
Semi-finals will be drawn Mon 7th Feb to be completed by 22nd/23rd of Apr 2017
To be played by February 4th/5th 2017
Draw for Semi-Final will take place on Mon 6th Feb 2017. To be Played by 22nd/23rd of Apr 2017.
To be played by Weekend 4th and 5th Feb 2017
To be played by weekend 22nd/23rd Apr 2017
PREVIOUS WINNERS OF COUNTY COMPETITIONS
Presidents’ Cup1971 Fullerians1972 Bishop’s Stortford1973 Old Verulamian1974 Fullerians1975 Hemel Hempstead1976 Fullerians1977 Letchworth1978 Letchworth1979 Bishop’s Stortford1980 Fullerians1981 Hertford1982 Hertford
1983 Tabard1984 Fullerians1985 Cheshunt1986 Hertford1987 Letchworth1988 Tabard1989 Cheshunt1990 Tabard1991 Cheshunt1992 Tabard1993 Tabard1994 Tabard
1995 Tabard1996 Bishop’s Stortford1997 Cheshunt1998 Old Albanian1999 Cheshunt2000 Tabard2001 Tabard2002 Tabard2003 Tabard2004 Hertford2005 Hertford2006 Hertford
2007 Hertford2008 Hertford2009 Bishop’s Storford2010 Old Albanian2011 Hertford2012 Tring2013 B Storford Blues 2014 Letchworth2015 Letchworth2016 B Storford Blues
Presidents’ Tankard 2010 St Albans 2011 Welwyn
2012 St Albans2013 Tabard
2014 Fullerians2015 Welwyn
Seven-a-Side1934 Harpenden1935 Old Georgians1936 Old Georgians1937 Old Georgians1938 Old Georgians1939 Old Georgians1947 Old Georgians1948 Old Fullerians1949 Old Fullerians1950 Old Elizabethans1951 Old Hertfordians1952 Old Elizabethans1953 Old Elizabethans1954 Old Elizabethans1955 Old Georgians1956 Old Fullerians1957 Old Fullerians1958 Old Fullerians1959 Old Hertfordians
1960 Old Fullerians1961 Old Hertfordians1962 Old Fullerians1963 Old Fullerians1964 Old Fullerians1965 Bishop’s Stortford1966 Old Verulamian1967 Letchworth1968 Letchworth1969 Old Verulamian1970 Old Elizabethans1971 Welwyn1972 Bishop’s Stortford1973 Fullerians1974 Hemel Hempstead1975 Fullerians1976 Welwyn1977 Hemel Hempstead1978 Cheshunt
1979 Fullerians1980 Cheshunt1981 Old Albanian1982 Cheshunt1983 Cheshunt1984 Cheshunt1985 Old Ashmoleans1986 Bishop’s Stortford1987 Barnet1988 Cheshunt1989 Hemel Hempstead1990 Cheshunt1991 Cheshunt1992 Tabard1993 Old Verulamian1994 Bishop’s Stortford1995 Barnet1996 Harpenden1997 Bishop’s Stortford
1998 Bishop’s Stortford1999 Harpenden2000 Hertford2001 Old Albanian2002 Harpenden2003 Harpenden2004 Tabard2005 Hertford2006 Harpenden2007 Uni of Hertfordshire2008 Old Ashmoleans2009 Old Albanian2010 Fullerians2011 Letchworth2012 Letchworth2013 Harpenden 2014 Harpenden 2015 Harpenden2016 Verulamians
Presidents’ Trophy2000 Datchworth2001 Stevenage Town2002 Tring2003 Tring2004 Tring
2005 Hitchin2006 Old Ashmolean2007 Hemel Hempstead2008 Hemel Hempstead2009 Old Ashmoleans
2010 Verulamians2011 Verulamians2012 Watford2013 Royston 2014 Verulamians
2015 Royston2016 Verulamians
HERTFORDSHIRE PLAYING RECORDS
Internationals who have played for HertfordshireS M Bates England, WaspsB Clarke England, BathB A Dovey England, Rosslyn ParkO Farrell England, SaracensS Geoghegan Ireland, London IrishJ George England, SaracensM Itoje England, SaracensJ Lewsey England, WaspsR Lozowski England, WaspsR W D Marques England, HarlequinsS J McDermot Ireland, London IrishB Meredith Wales, London WelshR Morris England, NorthamptonG Richards Australia, WaspsG Rowlands Wales, CardiffB Skirving England, SaracensN Stringer England, WaspsB Sturnham England, BathP J Taylor England, NorthamptonJ Tomkins England, SaracensJ A S Wackett England, Rosslyn ParkL H Webb England, BedfordR Wilkinson England, BedfordM Williams Canada, London WelshJ Worsley England, Wasps
Hertfordshire Players who have played for England Counties XVR Anderson EsherD Archer Henley HawksT Banks Bishop’s StortfordH Bate Old AlbanianA Berry Old AlbanianR Conquest Darlington Mowden ParkO Cooper-Millar Old AlbanianJ Daly Old AlbanianS Edwards Bishop’s StortfordW Fraser SaracensB Johnson BedfordS Liebenberg Old AlbanianA Liffchak BarkingM McCraith Bishop’s StortfordB McNamee Old AlbanianO Marchon Old AlbanianC May Old AlbanianM Miles Old AlbanianC Rainbow NewburyL Rayner Old AlbanianH Robinson Darlington Mowden ParkJ Saunders SaracensR Schillaci HertfordJ Spiers Old AlbanianH Staff BlackheathS Winter Bishop’s Stortford
Hertfordshire most capped players(County Championship Games)A Jaszczak Bedford 48L H Webb Bedford 47G F Brown OMT 42J A S Wackett Rosslyn Park 37P Cadle Saracens 33N W Griffin OMT 32R Malone Tabard 32R Bloom Saracens 30I Player Saracens 29D Thomas Saracens 29D Warner Tabard 28A R G Else Bedford 27I Bell Wasps 27E Riddle Hertford 26R Scott Cheshunt 26P Hughes Cambridge 26R Hill Blackheath 25
Hertfordshire Players for England Counties U20 XVJ Apperley Bishop’s StortfordT Banks Bishop’s StortfordT Bitirim HarpendenJ Culverhouse HertfordN Foster Old AlbanianK Garside Old AlbanianH King Old AlbanianW Roberts Loughborough Students & Bishop’s Stortford
1999-2000 Surrey 24 Hertfordshire 31 Eastern Counties 16 Hertfordshire 34 Hertfordshire 16 Gloucestershire 19 Hertfordshire 27 Somerset 17 Notts Lincs & Derby 36 Hertfordshire 14 2000-01 No Competition
2001-02 Middlesex 35 Hertfordshire 42 Hertfordshire 22 Yorkshire 30 Hertfordshire 23 Middlesex 26 2002-03 Cumbria 24 Hertfordshire 20 Durham 41 Hertfordshire 25 Hertfordshire 27 Notts Lincs & Derby 0 North Midlands 12 Hertfordshire 38 2003-04 Cornwall 38 Hertfordshire 17 Hertfordshire 13 Oxfordshire 12 Sussex 19 Hertfordshire 14 2004-05 Sussex 16 Hertfordshire 15 Middlesex 22 Hertfordshire 28 Hertfordshire 68 Berkshire 0 North Midlands 13 Hertfordshire 20 2005-06 Devon 59 Hertfordshire 7 Hertfordshire 31 Cornwall 27 Hertfordshire 14 Gloucestershire 28 2006-07 Gloucestershire 25 Hertfordshire 13 Hertfordshire 9 Devon 32 Middlesex 18 Hertfordshire 16 2007-08 Eastern Counties 33 Hertfordshire 23 Hertfordshire 31 Cornwall 26 Hertfordshire 42 Oxfordshire 3 2008-09 Hertfordshire 65 Eastern Counties 21 Hampshire 7 Hertfordshire 46 Middlesex 28 Hertfordshire 39 Hertfordshire 22 Cheshire 30
2009-10 Gloucestershire 26 Hertfordshire 3 Hertfordshire 30 Cornwall 32 Hertfordshire 53 Devon 21 2010-11 Cornwall 18 Hertfordshire 25 Kent 7 Hertfordshire 48 Hertfordshire 53 Gloucestershire 8 Hertfordshire 23 Lancashire 32 2011-12 Hertfordshire 52 North Midlands 8 Hertfordshire 29 Cornwall 27 Gloucestershire 27 Hertfordshire 25 Hertfordshire 38 Lancashire 20 2012-13 Kent 26 Hertfordshire 50 Hertfordshire 56 Gloucestershire 22 Cornwall 41 Hertfordshire 29 2013-14 Gloucestershire 19 Hertfordshire 30 Hertfordshire 54 North Midlands 20 Hertfordshire 9 Cornwall 132014 – 2015Kent 19 Hertfordshire 31Hertfordshire 37 Gloucestershire 25Cornwall 25 Hertfordshire 182015 – 2016Hertfordshire 31 Surrey 28Hertfordshire 15 Cornwall 23Gloucestershire 5 Hertfordshire 23
HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Annual Golf DayFRIDAY 7th July 2017
East Herts Golf Club, Buntingford
P W D L F A
Berkshire 33 15 5 13 426 272Buckinghamshire 15 10 1 4 262 148Cheshire 2 1 0 1 44 46Cornwall 17 4 0 13 270 388Cumbria 1 0 0 1 20 24Devon 6 2 0 4 119 178Dorset & Wiltshire 28 20 1 7 401 211Durham 1 0 0 1 25 41Eastern Counties 7 5 0 2 183 147East Midlands 1 1 0 0 12 6Gloucestershire 17 5 0 12 331 370Hampshire 10 7 0 3 216 115Kent 10 5 0 5 227 190Lancashire 2 1 0 1 61 52Leicestershire 1 1 0 0 27 16Middlesex 12 4 0 8 238 276Notts Lincs & Derby 2 1 0 1 41 36North Midlands 5 4 0 1 170 63Northumberland 1 0 0 1 3 47Oxfordshire 28 14 0 14 411 311Somerset 4 3 0 1 87 66Surrey 10 3 1 6 149 218Sussex 22 14 0 8 282 176Warwickshire 1 0 0 1 7 17Yorkshire 1 0 0 1 22 30
Total 237 120 8 109 4094 3443 Most Points in any gameFor: Hertfordshire 68 Berkshire 0 2004-05Against: Devon 59 Hertfordshire 7 2005-06
SUMMARY OF HERTFORDSHIRE’S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (1952-2016)
HERTFORDSHIRE HONOURS TABLE
1997 Harpenden1998 Harpenden & Hertford1999 Chess Valley & Cuffley2000 Hertford2001 Letchworth2002 Hertford 2003 Bishop’s Stortford & Old Ashmoleans2004 Tring & Old Ashmoleans2005 Hitchin & Old Ashmoleans2006 Datchworth & Hemel Hempstead2007 Hemel Hempstead & Royston
2008 Stevenage Town & Cheshunt2009 Hatfield & Borehamwood2010 Tabard & Chess Valley2011 Hertford2012 Borehamwood2013 South Oxhey & Royston2014 Cuffley & Watford 2015 Hatfield Q E & Welwyn2016 Tring
AJ Abell (Richmond) 6 H Archer (Saracens 8 D Appleby (Wasps) 6J S Atkinson (Old Hertfordians) 23 B Abrahams (Bedford) 5E A Appleby (Wasps) 8 C Abram (Harlequins) 1 I Aldridge (St Lukes) 1 M Alder (Saracens) 5 S Ausden (Fullerians) 1 M Aynsley (Bedford) 1 G Akers (Cheshunt) 1 P Anthony (Saracens) 7 N Akhurst (Saracens) 9 R Andrews (Saracens) 7 N Allen (Barnet) 1 M Adamson (Harpenden) 7 D Allen (Letchworth) 2 S Armstrong (Tabard) 7 J Azzopardi (Old Albanian) 11 S Andrews (Tabard) 4 J Arrowsmith (Harpenden) 4 R Adde (Hemel Hempstead) 18 A Amos (Stevenage Town) 14 D Archer (Henley Hawks) 14 R Anderson (Saracen Academy) 4M Allen (Hertford) 5R Adams-Hale (Old Albanian 4
BJ Brydon (Harpenden) 11 D Berry (Saracens) 1 D J Blackeby (Old Hertfordians) 1 T Bartlett (Letchworth) 7 G F Brown (OMT) 42 D Beale (Harpenden) 1 P Borrett (Old Millhillians) 1 M Bruton (Old Hertfordians) 3J Bazagette (Harlequins) 13 J Bridges (Bedford) 16 P Broderick (Letchworth) 2 J Bardner (Bedford) 3 J Birch (OMT) 13 R Boon (Old Millhillians) 4 I Brewin (West Herts) 1 A Bentley (Wasps) 3 A Barnes (Old Albanian) 1 B Bellwood (Welwyn) 1 P Bawden (Harpenden) 2 A Baker (London Welsh) 4 R Bloom (Saracens) 30 A Barker (Richmond) 3 A Bradshaw (Fullerians) 1 D Bright (Saracens) 2 I Barratt (Royston) 4 D Brown (Letchworth) 3
I Bell (Wasps) 27 A Bagguley (Hertford) 1 S Booty (Saracens) 10 S Bates (Wasps) 11 R Brooman (OMT) 1 A Bullard (Cheshunt) 16 J Blake (Cheshunt) 2 N Beytell (Askeans) 9 Q Bray (Cheshunt) 1 G Brown (Fullerians) 17 A Barr (Welwyn) 10 S Borst (Old Elizabethans) 2 D Brain (Cambridge) 9 T Bennett (Tabard) 3 A Buchanan (Old Albanian) 5 R Bromham (Tabard) 8 K Brind (Fullerians) 1 J Bowers (Old Albanian) 1 K Birkin (Welwyn) 1 N Barella (Hertford) 4 R Berendt (Old Albanian) 3 C Bajak (Letchworth) 3 N Bamber (Stevenage Town) 6 S Banks (Welwyn) 2 B Baseley (Hertford) 3 C Bailey (Hemel Hempstead) 1 N Burger (Old Ashmolean) 4 C Buckingham (Hemel Hempstead) 1A Brown (Old Albanian) 3 S Bailey (Old Albanian) 3W Briggs (Old Albanian) 3L Bickle (Old Albanian) 4S Ball (Bishop’s Stortford) 6M Brown (Bishop’s Stortford) 1A Berry (Old Albanian) 3T Banks (Bishop’s Stortford) 3H Bate (Old Albanian) 2
CJ B Collett (Old Stortfordians) 8 L Clough (Letchworth) 5 I Cassidy (Saracens) 4 P Collett (Blackheath) 1 N Cartwright (Old Albanian) 1 J A Croker (Bedford) 8 A J Crick (Rosslyn Park) 7 N Chapman (OMT) 4R Cairns (Letchworth) 1K Carey (Saracens) 3 P Creasey (Old Hertfordians) 6 J Creasey (Old Hertfordians) 5 P Cadle (Saracens) 33 F E Collyer (Fullerians) 11 D Clark (Old Verulamian) 3 A Cooper (Wasps) 10 M Crook (OMT) 7 D Cooke (Saracens) 11
N Churchman (Tabard) 18 B Clarke (Bishop’s Stortford) 1 A Clarke (Old Verulamian) 2 D Chapman (Old Albanian) 2 F Caesar (Letchworth) 2 M Collie (Tabard) 4 O Coyne (Rotherham) 1 J Cartmel (Harpenden) 1 A Cox (Welwyn) 4 A Church (Hertford) 21 S Carter (Hertford) 11 I Christensen (Letchworth) 1 R Colborne (Tabard) 6 E Coy (St Albans) 4 P Coke (Tabard) 9 J Child (Welwyn) 7 I Crompton (Stevenage Town) 15 M Cross (Loughborough) 7 T Coleman (Bishop’s Stortford) 11 O Cooper-Millar (Esher) 15J Corcoran (Hertford) 7W Cope (Old Albanian) 5M Cecere (Old Albanian) 3M Cade (Old Albanian) 1 M Chambers (Old Albanian) 5M Crumpton (Saracens) 2L Chennells (Tring) 1R Conquest (Darlington MP) 6S Coleman (Bishop’s Stortford) 1D Caulfield (Bishop’s Stortford) 1
DT Davies (Bedford) 5 D H Dykins (London Welsh) 4 L S Denwood (Letchworth) 15 K Davies (Old Verulamian) 4B Dovey (Rosslyn Park) 3 T Davis (Saracens) 7 J Daniels (Saracens) 4 C Davis (Bedford) 10 S Dowling (Saracens) 6 G Davies (Saracens) 1 R Davies (Bedford) 2D Druce (Old Albanian) 1H Donovan (Bishop’s Stortford) 1P Dumpleton (Old Verulamian) 2 K Douglas (Saracens) 1A Dalwood (Saracens) 2 N Doyle (Bishop’s Stortford) 3 S Dogbe (Tabard) 1 A Dudley (Tabard) 1 J Dickinson (Tabard) 9 G Dingwall (Cambridge) 1 G Day (Old Albanian) 1 J Dawson-King (Old Albanian) 2 J Drew (Tabard) 7 J Davy (Old Albanian) 1
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES FOR HERTFORDSHIRE 1952-2016(ALPHABETICAL AND DATE ORDER)
K Davies (Hertford) 5 R Dumbleton (Harpenden) 5 G Davies (Tabard) 1P Du Plessis (Saracens) 3A Daish (Old Albanian) 2P Dotta (Bishop’s Stortford) 3
EL M Evans (London Welsh) 19 J R Edwards (OMT) 1W Evered (Old Hertfordians) 1H Eden (Harlequins) 19 A Edward (London Welsh) 1A R G Else (Bedford) 27 G Elvey (Camelot) 2 J English (Hemel Hempstead) 1M Evans (Wasps) 11 S Evans (Old Elizabethans) 1 G Ebdon-Hussey (OMT) 1 J Eley (Bishop’s Stortford) 2 M Evans (Tabard) 5 O Edwards (Cheshunt) 2 C Eke (Old Albanian) 4 M Evans (Old Albanian) 12 S Ellis (Hertford) 10J Ellershaw (Old Albanian) 4S Edwards (Bishop’s Stortford) 4G Elliott (St Albans) 7
FJ Findlay (OMT) 5 C Forster (Old Hertfordians) 1 F W Fairbrother (Letchworth) 1 I J Florey (Bishop’s Stortford) 5 P Faure (Harlequins) 1A R Fitch (Richmond) 13 G Fisher (Wasps) 2 R Fairclough (Saracens) 21 S Foulger (Bacavians) 1 D Fowler (Fullerians) 2 K Fowley (Cheshunt) 1 J Floyd (Bishop’s Stortford) 2 T Faamausili (Letchworth) 16 M Finnie (Tabard) 7 R Faiers (Bishop’s Stortford) 1 W Fraser (Saracens Academy) 1R Farenheim (Old Albanian) 5N Foster (Old Albanian) 1
GJ Goodall (Old Elizabethans) 5 T J Griffiths (London Welsh) 8 J B Graham (Bedford) 4 W R Grimsdell (Harlequins) 22 C Grima (De Havilland) 10 A W N Gemmill (OMT) 6 J Gourlay (Saracens) 1
C W Grace (RNC Greenwich) 11A Gudgeon (Saracens) 3P Golding (US Portsmouth) 20 L Grindal (Letchworth) 3N W Griffin (OMT) 32 C Gunns (Saracens) 5 J Gronow (Harlequins) 20 J Ginn (Welwyn) 1 C Garland (Saracens) 12 F Griffiths (Saracens) 13 J Graham (Askeans) 1 G Gill (Old Verulamian) 1 O Giddings (Hertford) 1 M Green (Hemel Hempstead) 4 B Green (St Albans) 8 R Gregg (Old Albanian) 21 A Giddings (St Albans) 2 A Gelman (Old Albanian) 8 P Gustard (Old A