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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

    The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

    We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
    The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

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    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
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    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
    Largest city: London
    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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  • James Ward known as Mark James T/A as Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth Guilty of Handling Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
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  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-02-11 (1st XV vs. Tabard)

    This past weekend saw a return to league rugby with the Hammers travelling up to face Tabard. Historically the opposition have been strong in the forwards and with the snow falling it certainly didn’t look like the conditions would suit the running rugby style familiar to the Hammers.

    Despite the conditions the Hammers pack certainly showed their intentions early on, some strong carries by Smart, Murray, Josh “Cheese” McLean and Darrell meant Hammers manged to get good front foot ball. However it was Tabard who were first to strike with a penalty. 3-0 to the home side.

    A battle for territory became the focus for a good portion of the half, the Tabard 10 using his boot to good affect to keep the Hammers pinned in their own half. Bryant and Bane had other ideas though and delivered some sublime counter attacks that put the pressure right back on Tabard. However the Hammers were often too guilty of forcing the last pass resulting in turnovers.

    Hammers still continued to press and strong midfield running by the bash brothers ( CCS and Tass) and some half breaks by Doherty allowed the Hammers to camp themselves inside the Tabard half. A good passage of play eventually resulting in a penalty, however Gallo unable to convert the kick meant the Hammers came away with nothing. The resulting 22 drop out saw the tables turned with Tabard using their big runners to put Hammers into defence mode. Hammers did their best to hold out an onslaught on their own line but after a strong stand off, Tabard managed to squeeze over and score. At the half the home side led 10-0.

    Hammers looked to play more rugby in the 2nd period, the front row quartet of Jacob, Horse, Blyghts and the Nugget showing that technique beats size and managed to get the upper hand at scrum time. Great work by Lloyd at line out time resulted in some good steals and provided Hammers with more ball. It was the decision making and execution that was letting the opportunities slip and numerous trips to Tabard red zone resulted in no points. The home side eventually doing enough defensively to get out of their half and turn the tables once again. A penalty and then a brilliantly executed cross kick led to a second Tabard try and a commanding 20-0 lead.

    In the last 10 the game certainly opened with the Hammers needing to produce something special. Some great breaks by CCS, Oli Chambers and Chance resulting in a try scored by Lloyd after some neat interplay down the left hand touchline. Again the conversion missed by Gallo and time running out meant a comfortable 20-5 victory to the hosts.

    A frustrating day for the Hammers, with uncharacteristic handling errors and poor decision making, who now have it all to play for in the coming weeks.The boys however are eager to get things back on track again this weekend at home.

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: The Dinner Dance returns - 6th May 2017!

    This year sees our Dinner and Dance Event being held on 6th May at Star and Garter in Putney, over our favourite late night dance floor Thai Square!

    Star and Garters gorgeous Ballroom overlooks the River Thames & will host us for the night. With a glass of bubbles on arrival, 3 course meal and wine included shows an enjoyable night is in the stars! After a lovely meal, great speeches and awards announced, the floor will open to the DJ until late.

    Dress code is black tie

    From then, whom ever has the energy to continue, it will be a small walk downstairs to Thai Square to continue the dance moves and singing to cheesy tunes!

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  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-01-29 (u14s vs. Saracens)

    The Hammers U14 headed North to Saracens, thankful of a full complement of playing staff for the first time in several weeks as our injury list begins to clear.

    Having arrived safely, changing Room 3 was eventually found, Narnia-like “through the back of the showers”. The coaches prepped the team while the TLCs selflessly donated to the away team café, although the staff were confused at the order of a “double espresso” which must mean they don’t get too many Frenchmen in Barnet I guess.

    Both sides set about their drills with gusto, while the TLC noted that the home team did have the usual compulsory giant, and for the first time in our history an opponent with a full beard. “Watch out for stubble rash in the scrums” was an unusual warning for an U-14 side (that I wish I’d said at the time….). Coach Guy was the happiest man in London after managing to swerve touch judge duties as Coach James stepped up to the plate (although there was mild panic when at one point it seemed like one of the TLC might get roped in…)

    The game kicked off bang on 11:00 and once again the Hammers were caught cold at the start of a game. Sarries huge pack pushed us off a scrum, and after a few phases, one of their colossal back row set off down the touchline scattering tacklers everywhere for an early score, 5 – 0 after 2 minutes.

    The Hammers responded quickly, winning a penalty from the restart and kicking to touch. Despite losing the lineout, just as we set up a driving maul, we soon recovered the ball from a ruck. 4 phases later after some slick hands in the backs, Victor went over from close range to level the scores, 5 – 5

    “Scrappy play” covers the next passages of play, with knock ons galore. Sarries then unfurled their kicking game twice hoofing the ball down the slope to gain ground. On the second occasion, we knocked it on, and from the resulting scrum the ball went wide for their very slick wing to dot down in the corner. A heroic conversion from the touchline later and it was 12 – 5

    More Sarries pressure followed as they won our ruck ball from the restart and their outside centre broke clear. Reuben just caught him up and forced him into touch near our line. Although we won the lineout, our clearing kick up the hill and into the wind, came straight back with interest, and another close-range effort from the base of a ruck meant another converted score followed: 19 – 5

    Worse was to come, when the home side turned to the boot again. A mix up in the back field and a gift of a try to the home team: 26 – 5

    With half time approaching a decent kick chase from Koman forced a knock on from the restart. Saracens were penalised at the scrum for an early push – Noah smashed his way up to the line, only to be stopped right on the line. The forwards arrived, secured the ruck ball and Bertie “flashed” over from1 yard out and it was 26 – 10 at half time.

    The second half started with the home winger again showing great pace down the right wing to blaze over from half way: 31 – 10

    The Hammers then dominated the next phases of play with slick hands in the backs putting Rafa, Victor and Rex into gaps – Rex got over the line, but couldn’t dot the ball down – unlucky.

    Harry also got his signature bull-like charges going and things were looking up for the Hammers. Adrien, having come on at half time for his Hammers debut, also moved the ball at pace and also managed some big tackles, the last of which gave him what we hope was just a dead arm, and his game was over.

    Momentum was lost during this injury break and from here, a litany or errors and fumbles crept into the game, and we conceded two scores to create a very harsh 41 – 10 scoreline.

    The Hammers had the final word however, with Harry, Rafa and George (having a career highlight game for the Hammers) running the ball up hard to the line. We got over the line once to make it 41 – 15 (Noah the scorer), but on the second occasion Tom was held up (by the neck….) over the line.

    41 – 15 didn’t seem a fair reflection of the play with Hammers again not turning pressure into points and also conceding some sloppy scores (a view the referee shared in the bar after the game). We will play worse than this and win some games….

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-01-28 (4th XV vs. London Cornish IV)

    After a few weeks on the road, the 4s returned to home turf to take on Cornish whose results had improved markedly since the sides last met on a sunny September day at Roehampton Vale.

    A notable feature of the Hammers’ side was in the front row where the trio lining up to start the match had a combined age of 120 years. With a distinct absence of hooking options across the club, captain Mike Spurgeon – the baby of the front row at a sprightly 37 - took on the role of throwing into the line and striking for the ball. Alongside his distinguished counterparts Simon Khalil and Justin Perry propping on either side of the scrum, the Hammers looked solid in the set piece and built some early momentum after applying pressure in the set piece.

    With lineout options aplenty, James Lalor showed excellent hands and Bob Davies the usual control and authority to secure some good ball and set up a strong drive for the line. However, the breakthrough came when Lalor combined with the backline to race clear of the cover defence and open the scoring. Mark Bishop made the tricky kick from the right look easy as the ball sailed between the posts. Despite some sterling work from Josh McLeod at the front of the line to deny Cornish on a couple of earlier occasions, the visitors pulled a try back with a well-constructed driving maul. 7-5 was perhaps a fair reflection of the opening quarter, with the Hammers playing with some adventure with ball in hand and Cornish building some pressure in the tight exchanges.

    As the half wore on, Mark Bishop was again to the fore, first making a fine try-saving tackle to bring down a man twice his size (Nick Emmett take note), before being on the receiving end of a high tackle, which despite its honest intentions landed the Cornish full-back a 10 min stint in the bin. Despite their man advantage, Hammers had to wait a little longer to break down the visitors’ resistance, but ultimately Harry Heal’s quick thinking to run a close-range penalty was rewarded when his pop pass to Tom Parkinson saw the streamlined centre dive over the line to score under the posts.

    The first half had seen Parko’s centre partner and debutant Charlie Nohre make some notable runs on his debut and it was his strong carrying in the 13 shirt which was a constant threat. The backline was ticking nicely and it wasn’t long before the pacy outside centre was on the score sheet, running in from long distance after fine work from the Hammers’ back row to turn the ball over.

    Cornish however showed their mettle and scored another try from close range shortly after to narrow the gap once again, before some more fine work in the backline, this time instigated by Heal, fed Nohre who sent Parkinson away for his second try of the afternoon, this time from much further out, although on this occasion the swallow dive that accompanied the finish was more for show than necessity.

    Although Cornish were making the scrum a real battle in the second period, replacement Tim Lowndes held up manfully as well as reducing the average age of the front three. After a fine shift on the flank George Chapman made way for newly converted flanker Hamish Barker who kept the pressure on and made another energetic contribution.

    It was another replacement – the evergreen Andrew Lynch – who marked his return to competitive action at Hurlingham with a typically tenacious try, bursting through 2-3 tackles to ground the ball between the posts and effectively make the game safe.

    To their great credit, Cornish came back again, causing no end of problems to the Hammers at the breakdown and at scrum time in particular. Scrum half Will Finn, who was having a difficult afternoon due to some poor quality ball presentation and well-contested rucks, made a telling contribution with a fine cover tackle, while wingers Nick Jackman and Alex Locke were finding the space they had enjoyed earlier in the game difficult to come by. Cornish battered away, and won a scrum penalty prompting a need for a final rearguard effort from the Hammers. In the course of prompting an aggressive rush defence, Lynch’s eventful cameo came to an abrupt end when his frustration at being called for offside was voiced a little too clearly to the referee. Down to 14, albeit just for the closing moments, the Hammers conceded after the visitors constructed another strong maul and were rewarded with their third try of the afternoon.

    As well as some sparkling back play in the three-quarter line often initiated by Harry Heal and typified by debutant Nohre, there were notable contributions from Mark Bishop, not least landing 4 out of 5 conversions, and an outstanding effort in the back row from Will Parker whose work-rate and effectiveness at stealing and securing ball were integral to the Hammers effort, and without these largely unseen efforts the ball may never have reached the wide men.

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-01-28 (2nd XV vs. Richmond Normans)

    Hammers took on top of the table Richmond captained by Will North.

    Kick-off by Richmond and an immediate attack by the hammers leads to a try in the first minutes! New captain Will North to score! 5-0 conversion missed.

    Richmond came back out with some big runs from their huge number 8 and prop. They also had some good ruining options in their back three. Richmond pile on the pressure but clear heads and a quick turnover allow a great clearance kick by hammers followed by 5 mins of battling it out in the midfield.

    The Hammers 900kg scrum pushes Richmond back regularly and the opposition start to feel the strain.

    Hammers use the width of the pitch, seeing some great runs from the backs. Accurate passing means the ball gets spread wide to Ryan with North close in support…run gets us deep into the Richmond 22, pressure building and it could be another Hammers try within the first 10…..

    Richmond get a quick turnover, kick into space and get a break through try score under posts 5-5. Conversion goes through to make it 5-7

    Hammers have great kick-off pick up by Julian, followed by some big runs from everyone, great communication from Si to boss the forwards about. Richmond can’t cope with the onslaught and ATG rumbles over for try! 10-7 missed conversion.

    More big runs from hammers playing patterns. Rhinos and Ambers in abundance!

    The next 5 minutes sees kicking from both teams In more mid-field warfare

    Richmond get a break up the wing leading to a line out in our 22…

    Huge break from hammers after a precision line out. Backline smash a move that sees Ryan and North break up the wing again, Ryan attempts a chip and chase, Richmond take it behind the try-line but don’t put it down, attempt to kick for clearance kick is blocked!! Loose ball scooped up by Bane to push Hammers ahead to 15-7. Missed conversion.

    After kick off, a good run by Sam Shepard goes all the way! Another Try! 20-7. Missed conversion. Hammers get the 4-try bonus within the first 30 minutes.

    Richmond come back hard and score after some big rumbling runs by their pack. They capitalise and score quickly to close the gap to 20-12 conversion successful - 20-14

    Kick off and Richmond take it back to our 22 with their big runners carving good lines. Hammers retaliate with a huge clearing kick and Richmond run it out themselves! Another silly mistake that gives hammers a line-out deep in Richmond territory. Back to the mid-field grind!

    Conway with hit of the season! Brutal. Absolutely lays their 6 out! Then good play by North to shrug off 3 attackers….. suddenly intercepted pass leads to 50 metre breakaway try to Richmond the crowd groans 20-19. Conversion successful, taking Richmond ahead 20-21 at the half

    Second half:

    Midfield scrap then Hammers put pressure on and trudge up the pitch. Hard work pays off and a Try to Cillian! Shit, he’s been held up! Scrum on the 5 metre line….Hammers 8 picks out the back of the scrum, offloads to Shepherd, Shepherd dummy pass to score in the corner!! 25-21. Missed conversion

    Richmond hard on the attack straight after kick off and run very hard. Numerous missed and broken tackles. Hammers lapse in defence and Richmond crash over the line 25-26. Conversion successful, 25-28

    Hammers push drive and scrape their way into Richmond territory just to have it seized away and a desperate clearance by Richmond puts the ball just outside their 22

    10 mins of tough play and both teams attacking and defending well.

    Richmond break away and run 60 meters to score in the corner Queue second communal crowd groan. 25-33. Missed conversion.

    22 mins to go…….

    Great run up the wing by Weeks. Big Richmond runner gets yellow for high tackle. On their 5 metre line, scrum to Hammers. The 900kg pack take them for a walk and scrum over the try line!!!! Right under the posts. 30-33 missed conversion.

    3 points in it with 15 to go…..

    Hammers get a penalty in the middle in their 22. Do we go for the kick? Do we f*”K, it’s glory or nothing for us! Japan vs South Africa undertones…..

    Hammers opt for the scrum……

    We go blind, quick run by Goode, Julian picks up, dives to the line but gets high tackled! (Penalty) TRYYYYYY!!! 35-33 converted 37-33

    Final 10 minutes……

    Si makes a break, could be all the way but the offload gets dropped. Richmond scrum on their 22. We keep them there for a few minutes. Then huge clearance kick to our own 22…..

    Final 5 minutes…..

    We kick ball out, caught by their full back who kicks it out on the full. Line out on the half. We take it and drive. Keep the fight between the half and their 22. Final seconds ticking down….Hammers turnover the ball and kick for touch…. FINAL WHISTLE!

    HAMMERS WIN!!

    Final Score 37-33

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-01-21 (3rd XV vs. Millfield OBs Badgers)

    Picture it. Gettysburg, Agincourt, Tour. Don’t let the crisp sunny weather fool you. On Saturday 21st January 2017, Rosslyn Park became a battlefield. And despite 7 emails from skipper Steve Harris only 3 people were late.

    Rousing words from PJ, Rogan and Steve and the stage was set for some fast free flowing rugby. After kick off it was clear to see that the badger’s game plan would be one of aggression, which the likes of Powell, Power and Crampy relished. The brave defensive pressure created a knock on which led to the first scrum of the game. The only sensible option here was to run a nippy Fiji ball. The whole scrum roared like that of Aslan, allowing Sam Sheppard to nip round the outside, Beating the first two defenders. Then in a moment of brilliance dummied a trip catching their 15 of guard, allowing him to saunter over the line for the first try of the game.

    At 5-0 up the pressure was put back on by the hammers resulting in two quick penalties from the boot of Mr “Organised Fun” Steve Harris. However, just like the swift changing tide of the Caspian Sea, momentum suddenly switched. A flourishing backs moved from Millfield brought them deep into our 22. A penalty was conceded but before we knew, they took a quick tap and despite heroic defensive efforts they crossed the whitewash in three phases for their first try of the game. A rallying call was made and the Hammers were quick to pile on the pressure. The forwards excellently carrying round the corner and creating clean ball for the backs, Despite Jays best impression of Michael Jordan a swift bitter move allowed Jack Petchey to feed Will North who cut a glorious line to cross the white wash for Hammers second try. This put the game firmly in control of the Hammers, after kick off Millfield did their best to break down our defence however Henry, Stubbs and Fotheringham were having none of it as they forced a knock on. Queue a moment of magic.

    Crampy makes a strong carry of the back of the scrum gaining valuable yards. Sam sees a gap around the flank of the ruck (Yeah no guard system from Millfield) and from the halfway sprinted his way forward to the try line beating three defenders with magical feet similar to that of Jason Robinson.

    The halftime whistle blew and the Hammers were 23-5 up and after some rousing words from JP we were back on our way to really turn the screw on Millfield. The second half was a much more abrasive story. With strong running from the likes of Leon, Jay and Crampy we had worked ourselves into their 22 before knocking on. Fantastic defence from of the Rob Power allowed us to force them over their own try line to gain us a scrum on their five meter. Again the scrum roared and the front row made their opposite men look like jesters in the court of King Henry VIII. This allowed Adam Curtiss to do his best impression of Chewbacca (Or more like a Ewok) and chew up his man forcing the penalty try. It was a well-deserved try for the forwards who had been on top form all day.

    However, the Badgers came back at us with fire. Wave after wave their attack hit against the rock which was of no avail. The Badgers were solidly working round the corner allowing a four man overlap on the blindside. But ho, a loose pass was thrown and Chris Ralph made an interception. With the pace of a fleet footed Gazelle, the cheering of James Cramp and the dry sarcasm of Jack Petchey he made the 80 meter dash to score and deflate the Badgers spirit.

    However, the resolve of the Badgers held and they were back at it again, this time working as a unit and knocking the ball over the line in attempt to finish a flowing move. The Hammers looked to clear the lines, however, they were quickly back in the thick of the action and Millfield scored in the last play of the game. Handshakes and pints were had, Rogan with his bravery challenging the oppo to a game of super fives, and loosing like classic Crystal Palace. A thoroughly enjoyable and physical game. Well played by the whole 20. Onwards to the Semi-Finals!!

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-01-14 (2nd XV vs. Tring)

    Match Report: Hammers 2nd XV vs. Tring 2nd XV - Saturday 14th January Weather report: Cold as balls

    Try to Tring in first 2 minutes after they took advantage of a quick line out. Missed conversion, 5-0.

    Hammers then took possession and used it well, ATG, Williams and Conway making good ground and making themselves available for Rhino ball. We then gave away a silly penalty on their 10 meter line which they kicked for touch deep into our 22. Hammers fought back and regained possession to bring it back up the pitch but Ed Jessop then came off with injury to shoulder, the elusive Andrew Lynch reluctantly comes on as flanker.

    Some great defending and Tring penalties lead to hammers penalty kick attempt right in the middle of the pitch. Si lines up for the posts but unfortunately it goes wide. Still 5-0

    Tring discipline slips again and they lose the ref, 2 quick penalties put us back in their half. A 3rd penalty awarded to Hammers gets us right inside their 22, we kick for touch on the 5 to go for the try. Great pressure of the line-out and consistent attack but one loose ruck and the ball gets turned over…

    Chance, Tony and Si put a trio of devastating tackles in to slow their backs counter-attack.

    Tring discipline and handling errors ensue during their possession. 2 penalties doubled for talking back to the ref. Hammers take advantage and a driving mall pushes Tring back 20 metres into the heart of their 22, the hammers can smell blood…….. just as they are about to score, tragedy strikes and the ball is turned over again as a runner heads into contact without support. The piercing shrill cry of the whistle signals the half.

    Half time score 5-0

    Second half Tring turn on the pressure from the start with a good kick return and some other solid runs from big pack runners. This assault culminates in a try in the first minutes of the half. The referee (with selective vision) doesn’t see the try and awards Hammers a 22 drop out. Tring take the ball back from the 22 and despite a stalwart hammers defence, the continued pressure from Tring leads to a try in corner. With a well-placed conversion the scorer ticks over to 12-0

    Hammers fought back with patterned rugby for 5 mins then gave up a penalty and possession, Tring capitalise with a breakaway 55 metre run from their winger who offloads to their prop to score under the posts. An easy conversion makes it 19-0

    After the kick-off events repeat themselves, Hammers push up by playing the patterns and communicating well, then small errors cause us to lose momentum and possession just outside their 22. After the least-straight line out of the day (not called by the ref) Tring shift the ball wide and their winger scores in the corner. Tring then missed conversion but increase the lead to 24-0

    Hammers come back with a vengeance to score from a scrum, driving Tring back 5 metres with Billy ‘Smooth Cock’ Rylance touching down for the Try. Converted by Si from side-line 24-7

    Hammers use the momentum from the last try and push-back once more deep into Tring territory. The added pressure causes Tring to give up another penalty. With some great initiative and a tap and go penalty, Hammers score another try in the corner. Si converts again with another kick from the side-line 24-14

    Tring come out fighting after the kick-off and score a try after some quick running and great lines from their backs, another miss conversion by hitting the uprights brings the tally to 29-14

    After kick-off the Hammers are desperate to bring the fight to Tring and Tony B makes a lateral run from 25 metres out with quick offload to Eastoe on the 5 to run in the final score of the game. Si converts yet again from a very tough position leading to a final score of 29-21

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: International Tickets - 6 Nations 2017!

    The Club gets an allocation of tickets for all England’s home games at Twickenham. These tickets are only sold to paid up Club members.

    If you’d like to apply for tickets follow these simple instructions:

    1) Download the form below

    2) Pay the £110 deposit to the account specified on the form

    3) Email the form to tickets@fulhamrugby.co.uk

    **The deposit must be paid and the form submitted by Saturday 21st January 2017

    If you are successful you will be notified of the balance to be paid. Once the balance is paid you will be sent your tickets. If you are unsuccessful your deposit will be refunded to you.

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  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: TRAINING CANCELLED - Thursday 12th January

    Please note that due to heavy rain and waterlogged pictures, Hurlingham Park has been closed tonight. Games are still on as normal for the weekend, however please check in with your captain Friday afternoon and keep an eye on the club’s social media.

    Thank you.

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2017-01-07 (6th XV vs. Streatham and Croydon)

    Its not often the Hammersmith and Fulham Destroyers take to the field. When they do it is for no other reason than to enjoy the game of rugby for what it is and to play for the club we all commit so much of out time to.

    On 7 Jan 17 the Destroyers took on Streatham and Croydon RFC (S&C). But this was a game like few others. The Destroyers - which lets face it are a 6ths team - took on a combined team of of the S&C 1st and 2nd. Because they are a 6th side, getting the correct number of players who can cover off all positions (in a sort of best fit scenario) is the first challenge of the day. On that day, 14 H&F players made themselves available for the long trip to south london. luckily, 2 ‘friends of hammers’ were available to take our number up to 16. Not a lot of redundancy when you are taking on a side that has definitely seen the inside of a gym a little more regularly.

    So what was the game plan. Simple - play for the man next to you and play for the love of the game. as the whistle went the destroyers were straight into action. From our Kick off our forwards recovered the ball cleanly from the air and ran straight into the opposing pack. After a little bit of a fight Will Duprez at 9 released the second phase, followed by more, as the forwards gradually started to work the ball down the center of the pitch towards the S&C line. After about 8 phases the drive came to an end with a fairly scrappy breakdown. this set the conditions for the rest of the game. First, S&C were shocked at how hard they had had to work to stop what was fairly simple methodical play that just kept gaining ground. And Second, both sides could see that the ref for the day was going to add a level of mystery to the game which made it difficult to predict the consistency of every breakdown.

    Unfortunately the first drive was one of the rarer occasions where H&F had ball in hand. it was now time to defend, starting with a set piece in the middle of the pitch on the S&C 22. With some fairly big runners it was fairly obvious where S&C were going to run the ball. As predicted they didn’t disappoint. But, most importantly neither did the the hammers defense. Crash ball number 1 - a massive Fijian number 8 off the back of the scrum running at Harry Heal at 10. what was the result? the Fijian on the floor with S&C desperate to try and recycle the ball to take advantage of a fairly broken hammers defensive line. Phase 2 - crash ball number 2. the S&C 13 running at Mark Bishop at 12. The 13 had more than a few Kg weight advantage on mark and in what was fairly loose play you would have expected him to have a fairly free run in the middle of the pitch. Well thats what he thought. however, mark with help from one of the ‘friends of hammers’ brought him down in midfield. By now the forwards were back at the breakdown. Superb line-speed was made to count as their attack petered out into nothing. yes they had made quite a few meters and yes they had been on the attack for a while, but weapons 1 and 2 for S&C had failed. with a few moments to pause for breath Charlie Hillman and Ed Nesbitt in the forwards engine room were key in keeping everyone focused on the job in hand.

    thats pretty much how the first 25mins went, fast attack play from the hammers gaining ground, a turnover and then back the other way. After 25mins the deadlock was broken. after a 5m srcum S&C were in. To be fair, they deserved it. they had been on the attack for a long time gaining ground slowly and had little to show for it. the S&C 10 (who had a good game) made the difference 7 points going into the restart.

    Heads still high from what was a good team performance the hammers were back at it again. this time, after some fairly scrappy play from both sides the S&C 10 decided to clear their lines and stick the ball in the air. what followed was a little bit of kicking tennis where no side really gained an advantage. braking the deadlock, mark bishop put the ball high over one of the wingers, who was covering for their 15 who by now was tired and out of position. the follow up was fast and the wing was under pressure. he didn’t take a clean catch and spilled the ball backwards. Mark was straight on it and kicked the ball through towards the posts a lucky bounce in his favor and he was over to level the score.

    The game carried on in much the same fashion. S&C getting frustrated and the hammers defense working tirelessly to cover gaps created by other players putting in some big hits to stop the S&C attacking flow. it was true Destroyers stuff watching men turn themselves inside out (and in the process regret a little too much Christmas excess) to help out their fellow hammer.

    Before the break S&C scored 2 more times. The first was a controversial decision from the ref, where even the try scorer thought he could have made a mistake. Caspar (who had an excellent game at 15 had a 1-1 challenge for the ball as he chased it back over the hammers try line. with both players reaching for the ball, it was clear to see that the S&C no 8 brought Caspar down before he had a chance to filly play the ball. Perhaps the ref can be forgiven as the difference in silhouette may have meant that he couldn’t see Caspar at all. Either way it was 14-7. next with ball in hand S&C started to run at what was a fairly solid hammers defense. they moved the ball back and forward across the pitch, though multiple phases but gaining very little ground. Play broke down on a number of occasions and the hammers scrum was repeatedly tested. the scrum did well and stole the ball on a number of occasions against the feed. in the end the pressure was made to count, with a defensive line that was out on its feet because of the work rate, S&A managed to create a 1 man overlap in the corner and went over for their 3rd try just before the half time whistle, the hammers came back. the ball chipped though the middle with an epic chase from Al Horner, putting the entire back three under pressure. in the panic the ball was fumbled allowing a string of hammers players to follow it under the sticks.

    Half time 19-12 to S&C

    At half time the hammers were regaining their breath and making their only substitution. Max another ‘friend of the hammers’ was on, and it has to be said gave everything for the club and had a great game. S&C on the other had made full use of their 24 man squad bringing in fresh legs in all departments. After the break possession was slightly more 1 sided, but that is not to say the hammers rolled over. Breaking up a few S&C trys (some of which were a little unfortunate for the defense) the hammers were tackling hard in all departments. At this stage it is worth singling out a few moments. When S&C had ball in hand all 15 liked to run with it. so when a fresh front row picked up some pace he posed a daunting target to bring down. Up steps Hamish Barker, who at half his size didnt give an inch, picked him up and dumped him backwards. Not only did it bring the drive to a stop but gave the forwards chance to get over it and steal the ball. Also not forgetting Caspar O’Keef. Countless times he was the last man in place to make a try saving tackle, which he never shied away from and always brought his man down. it was a goliath effort which definitely kept the hammers in the game on more than one occasion.

    Going into the last 10 mins S&C had had the balance of play with fresh legs and run in a number of trys. The score was 38-12. but with a little more of the ball the Destroyers finished the game on top. getting a chance to run at the opposition and making considerable distance. twice the drive came to a stop on the S&C 5M line, once held up over the line and an excellent run from Al Horner which needed 3 men to stop him right on the line meant that the momentum was with the hammers. 5 mins from time and another attack starting on the S&C 10M line the backs started to run. As ever Harry and Mark came under pressure from their backs with good line speed. they didnt panic and managed to move the ball freely to Ed Mackie on the wing. facing a drifting 13, a replacement wing who looked like he just missed the NFL draft and a 15 who was playing chose to the back line, he decided to kick the ball. Aided by the sticky conditions the ball came to rest a foot out from the S&C line and about 5M in from touch. in the foot race that followed 2 S&C players overshot the ball and fumbled it allowing ed the simplest of trys in the corner. Despite a few more minutes of play thats how the game ended 38-17 to S&C

    So what can be said of the Destroyers. A team that all hadn’t met each other before, let alone played together before came together to put in a performance that was clearly greater than the sum of its parts. People played hard simply for the love of the game. Yes we lost, but if there is such a thing, we lost well. we played a team that on paper should have had a winning margin of more than 40, in the end it was 21. Not bad for a 6th side taking on a big squad made up of the S&C 1st and 2nd. Simple tactics, playing in pods, tackling hard and playing for the team made what could have been a fairly depressing place to be a really great place to play some rugby.

    Players for notable comment: Both props (Will Gibson and Simon Khalil) for all the hard work they did up front, but actually proving quite capable with ball in hand. The second row, for showing a huge amount of leadership on the field and setting the example for tackling hard. Hamish Barker, playing out of position but making his presence felt at flanker. Mark Bishop, Harry Heal and Will Duprez as a trio who were under pressure but linked up well to make sure the hammers had a solid midfield. Caspar O’Keef for playing like 10 men twice his size.

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