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Monday, January 16, 2017
BFRU Announce 2017 Ariel Re High School League

Bermuda Rugby Football Union announced the start of the 2017 Ariel Re High School League at a Press Conference at the Police Field.

Berkeley Institute, Cedarbridge Academy, Warwick Academy, Saltus and Bermuda Institute captains or representatives were on hand to help with the launch.

Gareth Nokes speaking on behalf of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union said, “This is our third year and it is amazing how far youth rugby has come and now we can see the change as most of the Under 19 team now in Bermudian.”

Michael Doyle from Ariel Re said, “We are extremely delighted to continue to support the Ariel Re High School League, it is great to see the enthusiasm for the sport continues to grow.”

Patrick Calow the Youth Development Officer for the Bermuda Rugby Football Union said, “Six years ago when all this began, I did not envision it being as far along as it is today so that in itself is pleasing.”

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Cross Keys

Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates late charge was in vain as indiscipline and errors proved costly as Cross Keys RFC deservedly took the spoils 31 - 24.

But every cloud has a silver lining. The two bonus points Bedwas gained mean that victory over Newport next time out will secure qualification to the semi-finals of this competition.

Cross Keys were on the board within a minute as fast hands put winger Matthew Powell in for a try, outside half James Thomas adding the extras.

Bedwas replied within five minutes as centre James Dixon crossed, his namesake missing the conversion.

On the quarter hour Cross Keys forged ahead as a break by Leon Andrews was finished off by co-centre Phil Williams, Thomas again on target with his conversion.

Not to be outdone Bedwas hit back with a series of close range scrums before Dan Crimmins was driven over for a try, James Dixon successfully converting. Their joy was short lived as full back James McCarthy danced through a dozing Bedwas defence for a try, Thomas wide with his kick on this occasion.

Cross Keys put the game to bed on the 42nd minute as hooker Robert Jones crossed for a try converted by Thomas. Bedwas rang the changes in a bid to get back into the game but were hampered by a yellow card issued to Rhys Hutcherson for a ruck offence. Home scrum half Ross Pritchard took advantage to cross for an unconverted try.

Matthew John found space on the left to dive in for a try after 62 minutes before a Tom Bell try converted by Dixon gave Bedwas hope of recording a victory. Chances came but unforced errors and a yellow card for Crimmins for an off the ball incident made it a difficult task. Keys’ defence held out for a deserved win.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
BFRU Paul Marsden Memorial & League Round Up

Teachers - Renegades Battle
The Bermuda Rugby Football Union (BRFU) paid respect by holding the Paul Marsden Memorial game between the Police and Mariners at the National Sports Center.

BRFU President Sean Field-Lament said to the players, “Today marks the 11th game since Paul passed away sadly all those years ago.

It's gone by very quickly but it's been a very difficult 11 years without him, and by playing in this game today, you help us keep Paul's memory alive and that is the most important thing to us as a family.”

In the 11th Annual Paul Marsden memorial game - an emotional Police team sporting pink socks for SADS/Cancer awareness took on a short handed Mariners team fielding some guest players.

After a minute of silence the game kicked off under increasingly darker skies.

Police got on the board early, after an exchange between Stephan Smit and Darren Richardson saw the ball in the hands of Dan Cole reached across from close, but the Conversion was missed leaving the score a 5-0.

Mariners responded from the kickoff when they scored a text book Try by national team prop Dustan Archibold, their Conversion was missed as well leaving the score at 5 - 5.

Police charged back and some good continuity play saw them work deep into an attacking position with Smit breaking through and scored between the posts, Michael Kane kicked the Conversion making it 12-5.

Police would extend their lead to 19 - 5 when Police captain Tommy Edwards clearing kick swirled in the wind and the ball cruelly bounce off a Mariners player shoulder into the grateful hands of Smit who galloped in from 70 meters out, Kane Converted.

Police would score again with winger Guerhardt Lamprecht going over and Kane's kicked a difficult Conversion making it 26 - 5.

Smit scored his third Try of the half, but Kane missed the Conversion but Police were firmly in control leading 31 - 5. Minutes later it would be 38 - 5 as a move was clinically finished by outside center Mike Henebrey, Kane added the Conversion.

Minutes before the halftime break Richardson went over for a Try and Kane connected with a Conversion making the score 45 - 5 at the half.

A strong run by Mariners guest player Rory Boyce saw the chiseled winger round some very uninspired defense to score between the posts, the Conversion was blocked leaving the score at 45 - 10.

A decisive run by Tommy Edwards added to the Police score line and with Kane Converting it then made the score line 52 - 10.

Adam Rossides would get in on the Police scoring act when he went over for a Try, with Kane Converting to take score to 59 - 10.

The bonus point win kept Polices very faint hopes of catching League Leaders Renegades alive.

Earlier in the day undefeated Renegades defeated a spirited Teachers side fielding some veterans due to injuries 47 - 14.

Renegade got 3 Try’s from Jamie Baum, 2 Try’s from Paul Kelly, and Dave Wheatley, with Simon Pettler adding another, Brain Archibald kicked one Conversion, while Paul Kelly kicked a Conversion and a Penalty.

Teachers got Try’s from David McHugh and Antoinio Perinchief, with 2 Conversions by Conor McGowan.

Sunday, January 08, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Defeat Cardiff RFC

Toms in Action for Bedwas Against Cardiff
Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates entered the last game before the league splits in two assured of their place in the top eight, not so their hosts who knew only a win for themselves and for Ebbw Vale to slip up at home to Cross Keys would be enough.

Bedwas came away with a 28 - 23 win.

Bedwas did more than enough to win and as it turns out this bonus point victory sees them finish in second place after Pontypridd and Merthyr both lost.

The game started at a fast pace and Cardiff took an early lead via a Gareth Thompson penalty. Cardiff dominated possession but wrong options and handling errors saw them gain no further points.

Once Bedwas found their rhythm they got over the whitewash. A great break by Adam Williams saw him run through a gap from 40 yards out to cross for a try. James Dixon added the extras.

Cardiff notched their first try as Cam Dolan crossed following sustained pressure, Thompson converted to put his side back ahead but Bedwas re-focused and took the game to their hosts.

It was all Bedwas for a while as another Williams break saw him hauled down five metres from the try line and on the other flank Matthew John was denied by a last gasp tackle. James Dixon’s accurate grubber kick looked to have put in Patric Lewis but the ball bounced over the wingers head and into touch.

The second Bedwas try came on the stroke of halftime as a Cardiff scrum was shunted backwards at high speed and Number 8 Robson Blake was last up off the whitewash to claim the try, Dixon again converted.

There was still time for a last-kick-of-the-half penalty by Thompson and half time arrived with Bedwas holding a one point advantage.

Bedwas increased their lead after 49 minutes after winning a line out Geraint Edmunds glided over through a static defence for a try, Dixon adding the extras.

Just before the hour and Blake’s second try of the afternoon, again scored through excellent work by his forwards’ colleagues earned Bedwas a four try bonus point.

Judging the game to be won Bedwas made wholesale changes over the next 15 minutes.

Cardiff sensed an opportunity and two late unconverted Cam Dolan tries made it a slightly uncomfortable last few minutes for Bedwas but they held out to take the spoils.

Saturday, January 07, 2017
44th Duckett Memorial Round Up

The 44th Annual Duckett Memorial Rugby Game was won 41-25 by the Bermuda National Team at the Police Field.

The Bermuda National Team got Try’s from Johan Cedeno, Tom Healy, Jacques De Vertueil, Tashon DeSilva, Rich Cumbers, Cory Boyce and Thomas Greenslade, while De Vertueil kicked 4 Conversions. The Police got 3 Try’s from Guerhardt Lamprecht and a single try from Darrin Richardson, while Dan Cole kicked a Conversion and Tom Edwards kicked a Penalty.

The Police Ladies First team defeated the Rest 5 - 2 in their match. Jo Murray led the way for the Police with 4 Try’s, while Sophia Tonkin added the other, while Emily Sinclair and Susie Lacy scored a Try each for The Rest.

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