Teachers player, Padraic O’Shaughnessy and his Maastricht Rugby teammates are making progress in the Dutch Rugby Second Division.
With the weather is getting a lot colder in the Netherlands the conditions have been challenging but O’Shaughnessy and his multi-national squad has improved as the season progressed.
In their last match they won the battle for second place in the Division with opponents Tooval, from Goes, with a surprising 64-0 win.
Nelson von Rosmalen was their star with the flanker scoring four Try’s, while O’Shaughnessy contributing with a Try himself.
The game against Tooval was featured in the local newspaper in the Netherlands, with O’Shaughnessy scoring a Try.
Maastricht are newly promoted this year and with some new blood and a stable squad they are playing a good brand of Rugby.
O’Shaughnessy is looking forward to getting back to the warmer climate of Bermuda to play in the Stephen Edwards Memorial game in Bermuda on December 23rd.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Swansea
Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates hopes of climbing away from the relegation zone were blown away by a clinical Swansea at a windy St Helens Ground.
It didn’t start well for Bedwas as possession was surrendered from an opening phase box kick the ball going through several pairs of hands before an accurate kick through was pounced on by centre Joe Thomas to open the scoring. Steff Williams adding the extras.
With a strong wind at their backs Swansea continued to attack and scrum half Matthew Aubrey added another try in the corner to their tally, this time unconverted.
Bedwas tried to get back into the game but surrendered possession too easily when failing to keep control of the ball.
Swansea scored their third try off the back of a Bedwas error as a short pop pass was intercepted by right winger Ryan Griffiths who raced through for an unconverted try.
The loss of the home sides’ influential outside half Steff Williams through injury looked to be a positive for Bedwas but such hope was forlorn as no scoring opportunities were conjured up.
Swansea increased their lead just before the half time whistle as scum half Aubrey kicked a penalty to take the score to Swansea 20 Bedwas 0.
Bedwas made changes just before and at half time with James Richards replacing Sion Parry after 37 minutes and Dale Rogers taking over at hooker at the start of the second half.
For Bedwas to salvage anything from the game it was imperative they scored the first points of the second half. They duly obliged via the right boot of Joe Scrivens after Bedwas won a penalty.
Any hope of catching Swansea were made harder for Bedwas when replacement winger Jordan Rees was sin-binned for a late tackle.
Bedwas made further changes as both half backs were replaced followed by Toms and the hapless James Richards who limped off following the recurrence of a leg injury.
Bedwas reduced the arrears after 64 minutes from a close range line out the ball was smuggled over the try line under a pile of bodies, Dale Rogers being the last man off the floor to claim the try. Scrivens converted from out wide to lift Bedwas hopes of an improbable comeback.
Swansea had other ideas and were not about to relinquish what they had earned and extended their lead shortly afterwards with a try from replacement back rower Jon Vaughan. Once again the conversion was missed but it mattered little as the game was all but won for the home side.
Swansea wrapped things up late on with center Joe Thomas adding his second try of the game, again unconverted to put the icing on a dominant performance by his side.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Bermuda Rugby Football Unions Women's Round Up
The Bermuda Rugby Football League resumed with Ladies action taking place.
Renegades 29 Police 10
In the opener the Renegades Ladies ran up the score on the Police Ladies winning 29 – 10. The Renegades Ladies would get 2 Try’s from Ashley Godek, while Maeve Dillon, Melissa Franklin and Jessica Cassidy added a try each, Laura Mulligan and Amy Harvey kicked a Conversion each, while the Police got a Try from Mika Tomita and Kierra Smith.
Mariners 25 Teachers 15
The Mariners defeated the Teachers 25 – 15 in the other match. The Mariners would get Try’s from Deneka Borden, Nya Heyliger, Anthi Xipoila, Gina Newson and Amanda Swan, while the Teachers would get 2 Try’s from Lauren Rothwell and a single Try from Cerise Woodley.
Friday, December 07, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Ready To Face Swansea
Brynley Toms is in a starting position as Bedwas travel to Swansea to play the ‘All Whites’ in a game which neither side will want to lose given the close proximity of the teams in the lower half of the league table.
Bedwas Head Coach Stefan Sankala said, “After what seems an eternity we are very much looking forward to playing this week against what is an improved Swansea side. As a group we were disappointed not to play against Neath last weekend but of course our attention is entirely on this weekend. The game will have a significant outcome given we share the same points. I’m sure there will be no lack of motivation from both sides which will undoubtedly make for an interesting encounter.”
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Teachers Get A New Sponsor
Teachers Rugby Football Club have a new Kit Sponsor for the 2018/2019 season.
The rugby club, has found their latest kit supporter in IT Technology Company Fireminds. The partnership has allowed for the club to purchase new kit for both the men and women’s teams bearing the company name.
TRFC Club President Brian Desmond commented, “We cannot thank Fireminds enough for their valued support as we prepare for another exciting rugby season.
“We hope that this will be the start of a lengthy partnership. Sponsorship is a fantastic way for companies to engage with the community and we are grateful to Michael and his team for choosing a partner in Teachers Rugby Football Club.”
Fireminds CEO, Michael Branco added, “We are pleased to support the Teachers Rugby Football Club this season. As one of Bermuda’s largest rugby clubs, with a strong youth contingent it aligns well with our continued community donations in youth and technology.
“The members of TRFC are a large family who appreciate not only their teammates and the values of rugby, but also the importance of giving back to the community, something that resonates with the Fireminds team.
“I was lucky to play rugby in my teenage years and I’ve watched rugby grow over the past 30 years in Bermuda, with ever increasing contribution to those youth involved. We look forward to watching their continued success this season both on and off the field.”