|16 Degrees for the Visit from Southend|
16 degrees for the visit of Southend
Unseasonable weather favoured the Southend faithful in their blazers of many colours and yet another terrific show from the Clifton pack-----after an initial intellectual debate between Salts and a young Welsh referee student from UWE the Clifton 8 showed great dominance------the referee did describe our front row coach as “interesting”-------Did Ronnie and Salts make no impact on young Welsh boys?
The Stand appreciated a great performance with backs entering into the spirit-----so much so that Barney and Emily Kent brought the entire family up for the occasion----Isabella Salter enjoyed the post match crèche and clearly enlightened Darren on a few finer points of the game. Respect for the referee grew with the sending off of the head butting Southend scrum half----Will Pomphrey’s two tries were icing on the cake---ask John Levis to talk you through his blind side break for the first one.
The club played its respect to the fallen on the Sunday morning with wreath laying at our war memorial. Norman played the last post. Before the Southend game silence was also observed with thoughts for those affected by the Taunton M5 crash.
Ex player Ronald Victor Knight was the leading try scorer in the 1912-13 season but sadly killed in action during the Great War. His grandson is a leading international chocolatier and has send the club a very fine box of his produce---nobody admits to receiving this gift but Anderton and Jordan have smug expressions like boys in the Remove at Greyfriars----what goes on in the club office stays in the club office—thank goodness.
A more recent ex player, Dan Cottrell, has been in touch. Dan is the rugby director of Green Star Media which produces coaching resources for all levels of rugby. They produce a weekly newsletter called Rugby Coach Weekly and a monthly International Rugby Coaching. He has written 6 books including one called Secrets of the Front Row [not bad for a flying winger]---an alternative discourse from Ronnie Regan in post match seminars----also read Dan in Rugby World. Clifton Ladies [remember them] were in the Welsh team with Dan as backs coach-----captain Non Evans MBE ---arguably the greatest of all Clifton & Wales lady players was coached by Dan----Non’s mother had my wife as her bridesmaid----very integrated society down Swansea way. Dan coaches youth teams and the Osprey Ladies----must be easier now Gavin’s tan is not down there.
Not sure about Henry Mace’s new country image---green wellies and being seen regularly around Waitrose.
Really good to have Captain Harrison back on such good form----we miss his club colours lavender and black trainers on the touchline.
Elliott Booley has made such an impact for us in a few games---now off to New Zealand----“I’ll be back” were his parting words---we wish him well.
Clifton Rugby continues to be a force in the community. Thanks to John Levis who has organised a squad to pack bags in Sainsbury’s Clifton Down on Sunday 20th November on behalf of the Jesse May Trust which supports nursing care at home for children with life limiting conditions---if free, just turn up during the morning
-----and so to Redruth----as Redruth born , a former junior member of the Reds and self styled representative of all things Cornish I’m really up for this one----------Redruth once boasted the richest square mile in the world during the tin mining boom years-------the club rightly claims to have the proudest history of all the Cornish clubs [Pirates who?] and has turned out tremendous players such as Bert Solomon [story to follow about being selected by England several times, played once, shunned the posh dinner for his pasty, preferred his pigeons and Redruth to Twickenham], Roy Jennings and the greatest of all English fly halves in Richard Sharp----I see Richard regularly in St Ives---my boyhood hero and a real gentleman of the game---remember his 1963 try against Scotland?
Talk about Bonzo in the bar---would have won many caps if he played up country!
I’m asking President Raine for a master class in Twitter----he has a celebrity following.
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