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US Portsmouth are running a set of "Transition to Colts" Thursday evening training skills sessions, starting this week. 

 

These will be run by the club Head Coach with our U16 coaches, and are intended to build a Colts squad for 2020/21 from for our current U16 squad as well as recruitment for any new or lapsed players in Years 11 and 12 who would like to play rugby next season. 

 

There will be free stash for players who attend!

 

We are publicising these sessions through all of the local schools and colleges, and have sent posters to the Heads of PE. 

 

The idea is to bring more new players into the game and encourage any lapsed junior players to start again.

 

Click here for full details.

 


The day started well as it was almost sunny. Three players received injuries earlier in the week and one player was on her Duke of Edinburgh Award trek.

 

Despite those missing few, we had a full turnout of 29 players.

 

The first match was against Sussex and the girls all played well keeping the score down to a minimal 5-0 to Sussex.

 

The weather started declining when the second squad took on Kent. From the outset, Hants dominated the game and then the heavens opened. By half time the pitch was looking muddier than was hoped and when the driving rain turned to hail the match was looking like it might be abandoned.

 

However the girls were determined to play on and after relocating to another pitch Hants finished wining the game 12-0 with one conversion.

 

The sun returned and so the final game against Surrey started. It was decided that the x7s matches would be abandoned as pitches were becoming more unplayable.

 

Once again Hants dominated the match and won 19-0 with two conversions. All the girls played superbly and rugby is a team effort, shown  beautifully by our squad.

 

They displayed admirable sportsmanship by respecting both the match officials and their opponents, and despite the challenging conditions, remained disciplined throughout.

 

But most of all, they enjoyed themselves and stood by their fellow teammates at times of minor injuries and huge triumphs.

 

They are a team but one player excelled and showed why she is a valued member of the squad, Chloe scored three of the five tries, two of which were between the posts.

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Petersfield RFC have assessed their pitches today, given the last 3 days of rain that are very wet!

 

Whilst the weather is forecast to improve on Friday- Sunday is due to be very wet in Petersfield.

 

Given this - we feel that the children will not enjoy a day in the rain on muddy pitches ; and it is all about the children's enjoyment.

 

Therefore we have cancelled the festival.

 

We will look at the playing calendar and see if we can possibly reschedule it.

 

Please spread the word.

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