Please see the attached poster - we hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday morning to cheer on the British & Irish Lions!
It's with regret that we have to announce that two long-standing members of the Club, Clive Alpe and Philip Allison have both sadly passed away recently.
Everyone at the Club would like to send their condolences to both of their families and friends at this difficult time.
All Membership packages for the upcoming 2017/18 season will be available to purchase from July 1st onwards through the website. Could all members please double check and confirm their details online. This can be done easily through the membership portal by clicking on the link below.
For renewing members, you will receive a confirmation email with a downloadable fixture list. For Gold, Silver and Bronze members, pre-match lunch tickets and parking permits will be posted out in August.
For new members, your loyalty card and welcome pack will be sent out by post within 10 working days of payment.
Fixtures Cards and the 2017/18 Season's Guide will be available for members to pick up from the Club Offices for the pre-season friendly against Ampthill on Saturday, August 12th.
The HRFC 200 Club June draw took place yesterday afternoon at the club offices, the result of which was as follows:--
£25 - Doug Ash (27)
£25 - Chris Ballard (87)
£50 - Mrs Anthea Bareham (182)
£50 - Neil Ashley (113)
£100 - Chris Laing (140)
£100 - Mike Dudding (155)
With effect from 1st July, the 200 Club monthly awards will be changing as follows:-
2 x £25 winners, 1 x £50 winner and 1 x £100 winner
In addition to this we will have 2 x £500 winners, the first of which will be drawn in October (during a home game pre-match lunch) and the second will be drawn in April (during pre-match lunch).
For anyone who would like to join the 200 Club, or those looking to increase their current holding, please contact Barrie Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org.
With some new places to visit and some old friends to be reacquainted with, the Hawks 2017/18 National 2 South fixtures look very exciting indeed. The season kicks-off with a tantalising local derby at home against local rivals, Redingensians Rams on Saturday, September 2nd. This is followed up by a trip to old foes, Chinnor on Saturday, September 9th. The return fixture against Chinnor at Dry Leas will be our festive fixture on Saturday, December 23rd and will certainly be one not to miss. The season concludes at Redingensians on Saturday, April 28th. The Hawks will also play against several sides who are making their first appearances in National 2 South - Wimbledon, Tonbridge Juddians, Old Redcliffians and Broadstreet have all been promoted from Level 5.
The Hawks Pre-Season schedule is as follows;
12 August Henley vs Ampthill KO 4.00
19 August Cardiff Met vs Henley KO 3.00
24 August Henley vs Ealing Academy KO 7.30
Henley Hawks 2017/18 National 2 South Fixtures;
2 September Henley vs Redingensians Rams KO 3.00
9 September Chinnor vs Henley
16 September Henley vs Cinderford KO 3.00
23 September Tonbridge Juddians vs Henley
30 September Henley vs Broadstreet KO 3.00
7th October Old Redcliffians vs Henley
14th October Henley vs Barnstaple KO 3.00
21st October Wimbledon vs Henley
28th October Henley vs Redruth KO 3.00
4th November Taunton Titans vs Henley
11th November Henley vs Bury St Edmunds KO 3.00
18th November Reserve Date
25th November Canterbury vs Henley
2nd December Henley vs Clifton KO 3.00
9th December Henley vs Worthing Raiders KO 3.00
16th December London Irish Wild Geese vs Henley
23rd December Henley vs Chinnor KO 3.00
6th January Cinderford vs Henley
13th January Henley vs Tonbridge Juddians KO 3.00
20th January Broadstreet vs Henley
27th January Henley vs Old Redcliffians KO 3.00
3rd February Barnstaple vs Henley
10th February Henley vs Wimbledon KO 2.30
17th February Redruth vs Henley
24th February Reserve Date
3rd March Henley vs Taunton Titans KO 3.00
10th March Bury St Edmunds vs Henley
17th March Reserve Date
24th March Henley vs Canterbury KO 3.00
31st March Reserve Date
7th April Clifton vs Henley
14th April Worthing Raiders vs Henley
21st April Henley vs London Irish Wild Geese KO 3.00
28th April Redingensians Rams vs Henley
The May 200 Club draw took place, ably assisted by Finance Manager, Teresa Edwards in the Club offices. The result of which was as follows:-
£25 - Mel Smaje (142)
£25 - Gareth Edwards (136)
£50 - J A Rees (187)
£50 - Neil Scott (11)
£100 - Karl Schorman (198)
£100 - Mrs Rosemary Jones
Well done to all!
We have two complimentary tickets for England vs Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham. These tickets give you full access to the following matches;
Bill Beaumont Division 3 Final - Oxfordshire v Sussex
Bill Beaumont Division 1 Final
England v Barbarians
Bill Beaumont Division 2 Final
If you would like to attend, please contact Mary in the office on 01491 635350.
First come, first served!
On Saturday, the Henley RFC Awards Dinner was held at the Clubhouse and was voted by all who attended, over 100 players, members and club officials as a huge success and the final gathering of the season to celebrate all of the accomplishments over the course of the past year.
The evening was presented by Director of Rugby, Nigel Dudding and was a fitting climax to a season which was an undoubted success at all levels.
Although the Hawks had, what was acknowledged to be a disappointing start to the season before the Christmas break, they certainly improved in the New Year and had the fourth best record of the sides finishing in the top half of the league thereafter.
The recipients of the Awards on the evening were as followed;
Player of the Year - David Hyde
Most Promising Player - Marcus Lowe
Supporters Player of the Year - Tom Hall
Supporter of the Year (new award) - Pete Albon
In a league consisting of 2nd XV’s of Championship Sides, Division ! clubs and Division 2 teams, they had six victories in the first half of the season
Player of the Year - Josh Collis
Most Promising Player - Toby Howe
Promoted to BB&O 1 winning 17 out of their 18 matches in a hugely impressive season.
Player of the Year - Mo Bangura
Vikings Player of the Year - James Owen/Owyn Thatcher
Player of the Year - Chris Darke
Winners National Colts Under 17 RFU Shield
Player of the Year - Alex O'Brien
Coaches Player of the Year - Ed Houghton
Although it was a difficult first of half of the season for the Women, they turned things around brilliantly towards the end of the season and look forward to the 2017/18 campaign with renewed confidence.
Player of the Year - Anne Wheeler
Coaches Player of the Year - Yasmin Matthews
Women’s Player of the Year - Amy Nash
‘For outstanding contribution to Henley Rugby’
200 1st XV games
HENLEY RUGBY CLUB
Combined Services Shirt Framed
From RAF RFC
The first club to field four players from the same club in a Combined Services XV (v Bath April 2017)
Rob Bell, Brad Cook, Dave Manning, Stuart Philpott
Photos of the evening are courtesy of Stave Karpa;
Henley Rugby Club held it's AGM yesterday evening in which the management committee presented a review of the past year. The presentation will be circulated to all members in due course, but everyone associated with the Club would like to thank those who were able to attend.
It was a poignant evening as the Club also said farewell to Chairman, Mike Trethewey, who has been in the post for 4 years. A great servant to the Club, Mike will be fondly remembered for his fundraising abilities. He has also overseen the building of the new Clubhouse and has been instrumental in helping to raise the money for Phase 2 of the Dry Leas redevelopment, building the new changing facilities which are due to start next week.
Chris Nixon, previously Facilities Director, was unanimously voted in as the new Chairman and we all wish him the best in his new position.
There were also a couple of awards presented last night, firstly Mike Trethewey was presented with the Hedley Roberts Cup, an award for his tireless services to the Club. The second award of the evening, Clubman of the year, was presented to Chris Parrott, Team Manager of the Vikings, for his dedication and hard work in developing a side that won 17 of 18 matches on their way to being crowned BBO League 2 Champions. Congratulations to both Mike and Chris for everything you've done!
Henley Rugby Club have launched a Player Reach Out Programme (PROP) to encourage more school children to take up rugby.
In primary schools, Henley Rugby Club have part funded Chris Ellison from Performance Sports to offer two sessions a week for 12 weeks for children in Years 1 and 2 from September 2017. Already signed up are Trinity, Sacred Heart and Badgemore Schools in Henley. As well as skills development, confidence building and game understanding all the coaching team will introduce the RFU’s core values – TREDS (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship). Chris said, “The highlight of the scheme will be in week 10 where we aim to host a tag rugby festival at Henley Rugby Football Club and for many children this will be their first taste of competitive tag rugby. This will allow an opportunity for all schools in the Henley area to come together and participate in a tag rugby festival in a fun and enjoyable setting taking advantage of the superb facilities the rugby club has on offer.”
At Gillotts, HRFC are fully funding Tommy Haynes, a first team Hawks player and academy coach to come to the school four times a week to support lessons and help at lunchtime rugby clubs for Years 7 and 8.
Nick Bradbury, who originated the scheme, said “We identified some things we weren’t doing at the club and one of which was we needed to have more involvement with schools locally. We think we have an amazing facility now at Henley Rugby Club and want to make sure that as many children have the opportunity to come down and see it.”
We are focusing on Years 7 & 8 at Gillotts because those are gaps in these age groups we have at the club. We want to encourage people who may have never tried rugby before. Luke Harding (Head of Rugby) at Gillotts told us that they have lots of children coming to the lunch time clubs and we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for Tommy to help him identify students with potential to come and join the club. If we identified 3-5 players every year it would be mean that the all our age groups would be able to put out a team each week. We also want to look at extending the ‘Friday Nights” matches against Shiplake College too. Henley Rugby Club is really keen to do this and really make it work and we’d like to thank Gillotts.”
Catharine Darnton, Gillotts Headteacher said, “We really pleased to form this partnership as we recognise that as a relatively small secondary school, we can’t offer everything for all of our students. We are so incredibly lucky in Henley to have so many other offers around. Whether it is music, drama, sports there are great places to signpost people on. It makes total sense for us as a school to do as much as we can given our size and resources to foster those links outside as the sky is the limit if the students get themselves out there.
Report and Picture courtesy of Michaela Clarke from The Henley Herald.
We will be offering car parking at Dry Leas once again for Henley Regatta this year. The price for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday is £15 per day. Friday and Saturday is £20 per day. All hard standing. Book now to ensure you get a space by calling Mary in the Club office on 01491 635350.
London Irish will meet Yorkshire Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship Play-off Final following a 74-25 aggregate victory over Doncaster Knights. The first leg of the contest will take place on the 17th May at Headingly Carnegie Stadium. The second leg will be on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at the Madejski Stadium, 7.45pm kick off.
As an affiliated club and partner of London Irish, Henley RFC members and supporters can purchase discounted tickets at just £5 per adult and £1 per junior ticket by contacting their main ticket office number on 0118 968 1016, quoting ‘LICOM2405’.
Further incentive to go along is that six of our Under 12's, Callum Aiken, Ollie Roullier, Noah Elrington, Noah Cowan, Monty Donald and Max Jelowitz will be taking part on the 24th May as they are selected for the London Irish development tour to Lyon at the end of this month. They will form the guard of honour, feature in the half time match and also appear in the match day programme.
All the information is in the poster below.
Bill Beaumont County Championship
Oxfordshire RFU –v- Essex County RFU
Saturday, 13th May 2017 – 3.00pm at Dry Lea
Following an impressive win over Buckinghamshire RFU on Saturday 6 May by 32 points to 25, Oxfordshire RFU entertain Essex County RFU in Pool Game 2 this Saturday at Dry Leas. The following Henley players are likely to take the pitch are David Hyde, George Lane, Harry Burn and George Primett.
Admission and Car Parking FREE.
Henley Vultures followed in the footsteps of the Colts last weekend by emphatically defeating Grove in the final of the Oxfordshire Vets Cup at Dry Leas on Wednesday night. The final score was 84-15 and it secured the second piece of silverware for the Club in the space of just 3 days.
Huge congratulations to the whole team!
Unfortunately, due to the new changing rooms being built in the Clubhouse, the Corner 81 Café will be closed from May 1st and reopening in September 2017.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
For further information, please contact 81 Events on email@example.com.
Oxfordshire RFU Vets Cup Final
Henley Vultures –v- Grove Vets
Wednesday 3rd May 2017, Kick-Off 7.30pm
Henley RFC, Dry Leas, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2JA.
The Henley Vultures look to retain the Oxfordshire RFU Vets Cup on Wednesday when they take on Grove at Dry Leas.
Admission is free and the action gets underway at 7.30pm. A lot of familiar faces will be taking the field.
Please come down and support the lads, it should be a great evening!
The Henley Hawks Colts crowned a memorable season by defeating Bromsgrove at the Worcester Warriors Stadium to win the RFU’s National Under 17 final.
In the course of an enthralling encounter, the opening ten minutes were perhaps the most significant in determining Henley’s ultimate success.
Bromsgrove pounded the Henley line during this period but heroic tackling especially from Morgon Zolkwer & Ivor Langley kept them at bay and, as often happens in rugby, the attacking side began to doubt its methods against such resolute and organised defence.
A moment of indecisiveness by the Bromsgrove inside backs saw Henley fly-half, Jamie Winch, break the line and gain some forty metres up-field.
The Henley support work was highly efficient and they surged into the Bromsgrove ‘22’, where flanker Alex O’Brien was unstoppable as he gathered the ball and charged over for the opening try (5-0).
Bromsgrove came back forcefully and continued to dominate territorially but Henley’s astute scrum-half, Ben Venner, combined well with O’Brien, Henry Heath and number 8, James Rhodes, to probe weak links in the opposing defence and Henley were able to fashion a second foray deep into their opponents’ half.
Good ball was secured and Henley full back, Will Parton, capitalised on some quick off-loading to accelerate through a wavering defence and present a well-timed inside pass.
Callum Brady was on hand to take the ball but he still had work to do before crashing over for Henley’s second try and a 10-0 lead at the interval.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Bromsgrove kicking for position and relying on their catch and drive to create the opening with Henley forced to absorb an immense amount of pressure.
Bromsgrove possessed a formidable pack but yet again Henley’s front-line tight forwards – Henry Macleod, Will Thomsett, Sam Williams and Scott Carey – did not conceded an inch.
Excellent timing between throwers, Hugo Matthews and Tom Grenfell, and jumpers, Ed Houghton and Ivor Langley, enabled Henley to win their share of line-out ball, whilst Bromsgrove used their possession to create their rolling maul that became increasingly effective as the game unfolded.
Bromsgrove scored their first points through a penalty well into the second half (10-3) and then, desperate to set-up the elusive try, they were tempted to try the long pass which had been a useful part of their opponents’ play.
The pass was superbly intercepted by the Henley centre, Rhys Edwards, deep in their own half and moments later he had scored a try under the posts that was converted by Jamie Winch to give Henley a 17-3 lead.
The try was just reward for a Henley backline – Edwards, Henry Heath, Harry Wray, Callum Brady and Charlie Gibbon – that ran strongly and defended magnificently.
Bromsgrove were not finished, however, and with their rolling maul operating relatively smoothly they were able to score twice in the final few minutes and move within striking distance of the lead (17-13).
In a final tense session with almost six minutes of injury time , Tom Priestley at number 8 was prominent in all phases of the game whilst Will Properjohn and Oscar James were most effective substitutions in providing the necessary energy to combat Bromsgrove’s final onslaught.
1. Will Thomsett
2. Hugo Matthews (Sub 16. Tom Grenfell 40mins)
3. Henry MacLeod (Sub 17. Scott Carey 40mins)
4. Ed Houghton
5. Morgan Zolkwer (Sub 18. Sam Williams 50 mins)
6. Ivor Langley (Sub 22. Oscar James 55mins)
7. Alex O’Brien
8. James Rhodes (Sub 19. Tom Priestley 40mins)
9. Ben Venner(Sub 21. Charlie Gibbon 55mins)
10. Jamie Winch
11. Harry Wray
12. Rhys Edwards
13. Henry Heath
14. Callum Brady (Sub 20. Will Properjohn 55 mins)
15. Will Parton
RFU Man of the Match: James Rhodes
Game Commentary Pundits Man of the Match: Jamie Winch
Coaches Man of the Match: Was the whole 22 squad & their huge defensive effort, but special mention in most likely his last game for Henley is Alex O’Brien
Henley Hawks 32 Redruth 26
Tries: Parton 1, 42, Hyde 29, Awcock 68
Conversions: O’Neill 12, Butler 29, 42,
Penalties: Butler 12, 34
Tries: Buzza 40, Penalty 61, Nonu 66, Brown 75
Conversions: Rule 40, 61, 75
Referee: Ieuan Davies
Half-time: Henley 20 Redruth 7
By Nick Pitson
Henley Hawks finished off their National 2 (South) campaign on a positive note with another bonus point win, this time against Cornish side, Redruth.
Leading 27-7 just after half time, it looked like the Hawks would win at a canter as Redruth struggled to cope with the home sides’ intensity and speed of attack.
However, a combination of Henley’s ill discipline and Redruth starting to use their powerful forwards to dominate proceedings in the second half, almost proved costly for the Hawks but they eventually beat off the Cornishmen's challenge as both sides eventually scored four tries each.
Once again, the Hawks came storming out of the blocks and with many supporters still in the clubhouse, full back Tom Parton spotted a gap and outpaced the defence to score in the first minute of the game. Liam O’Neill converted.
Henley tried to play an expansive game at every opportunity and Redruth struggled to live with the speed and intensity of the Hawks play. Centres Liam O’Neill and Alan Awcock looked dangerous whenever they got the ball and class act Tom Parton showed why he has been involved with the England U20 squad. The forwards were used to good effect at close range with Dave Manning and Dave Clements to the fore. After another series of Henley attacks, Joe Butler extended the Hawks lead with a penalty.
Whenever Redruth had possession, they were under immense pressure and after a great turnover from Tom Hall, Liam O’Neill made a fine break but Alan Awcock just couldn't hang onto the final pass which would have resulted in another Hawks try.
After another good break from O’Neill, Dave Hyde broke through the Redruth defence to score under the posts, Butler converting.
A further penalty from Butler gave the Hawks a 20-0 lead just before Henley 2nd Row Jake Albion was given a yellow card for stopping a Redruth attack in front of his own posts. After a siege of the Henley line, Shaun Buzza eventually burrowed over for Redruth’s first try which full back Roger Rule converted to leave the score at 20-7 at the break
Tom Parton scored his second try of the game straight after the restart, again a classy move by outpacing the defence after scything through a gap in the Redruth defence. Butler converted. At 27-7, it looked like an easy afternoon for the Hawks.
Far from it. Redruth then began to use their larger forwards to good effect with a number of powerful driving mauls. Number 8 Kyle Marriott was at the centre of his sides dominance and there was also a good impact from the bench.
The driving maul became a real weapon for the visitors and they scored three tries during the second half using that ploy. Redruth were awarded a penalty try as the Hawks tried illegally to stop a drive launched from 40m out. Rule converted.
The Hawks looked ragged, were unable to keep the ball away from the visitors pack and began to give away a succession of penalties as the momentum began to swing in the visitors favour. Redruth employed the same tactic again shortly afterwards, this time the driving maul finished by Palepoi Nonu.
It looked as if The Cornishmen might complete an unlikely comeback but the Hawks eased their supporters worries and responded quickly with a fine try from Alan Awcock. Sam Portland fielded a loose Redruth clearance and gave the ball to Awcock who used his pace and strength to beat off a number of tacklers to score in the corner from some 40m out.
Back came Redruth, with another driving maul to gain a bonus point of their own. Henley’s Jake Albon was red carded for a second yellow card and the Reds Richard Brown led the Cornishmen’s drive to score. Rule converted.
With visitors within one score of the Hawks, a tense finish was anticipated but an attacking Redruth line out was brilliantly stolen by Henley’s Dave Hyde. The ball was cleared and he referee bought the season to a close.
- Jim Hadfield
- Tom Emery
- Dave Manning
- David Clements
- Jake Albon
- David Hyde
- Tom Hall
- Marcus Lowe
- Harry Burn
- Joe Butler
- Sam Portland
- Liam O Neill
- Alan Awcock
- Xavier Andre
- Tom Parton
- Brad Cooke (for Hadfield) 31 mins
- George Lane ( not used)
- Scott White (for Hall) 58 mins
- Tom Gardner (for Parton) 61 mins
- Simon Perry (not used)