Hammers Appoint Mark Jackson as Head Coach

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Jackson as its new head coach for the 2019/20 season. Mark is well known in Middlesex Rugby, serving not only as Head Coach of CS Stags 1863 (Civil Service RFC) with whom he won the London South One League in 2017-18, and led his side to Middlesex Cup triumphs in 2016-17 and 2017-18, but also currently serving as the Head of Coach of Middlesex Rugby.

Prior to this, Mark was St.Mary’s WRFC Head Coach, who he trained to become champions of the BUCS South East League in 2018-19.

Mark’s already started and joined us last week for our first week of pre-season. Why not come down every Tuesday and be a part it?

Jason Leonard re-elected as club president

Jason Leonard has been re-elected as the President of Hammersmith & Fulham RFC at the club’s annual general meeting which took place at the end of June.

“We are delighted that Jason will continue in his role as club president” said the club’s honorary secretary Chris Cuthbertson. “During his tenure, Jason has been very active at the club, particularly within our youth section, attending events and presenting prizes to players. It’s a real honour to have such an eminent rugby name as an ambassador for our club.”

Leonard, a former RFU president, British & Irish Lion and England International, is not just a figure-head at the club. He is keen to promote rugby and encourage more youngsters to get involved in the sport. With it’s vast youth section which sees more than 600 young people from minis to U18s playing and training at the club’s Hurlingham Park ground, Hammersmith & Fulham is an ideal environment to further the cause.

Leonard is founder of the Atlas Foundation which, through the power of rugby, helps 21,000 of the poorest kind from the shanty towns of Buenos Aires to the slums of Deli. And at Hammersmith & Fulham, he is helping to do his bit for the game closer to home too.

For more information about the Atlas Foundation visit: www.atlasfrc.org

 

 

HFRFC 2019 Chairman’s Report

It’s been a mixed season for the Club overall in our 41st season as in the Senior and Ladies Sections for the first time for many seasons, no team won any trophies in the leagues or cup competitions

Men’s Head Coach 2019 / 2020

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC wish to recruit a men’s Head Coach who will help deliver the club’s objective of securing promotion to London 1 whilst supporting the ambitions and development of all our players.

Annual Dinner/Dance Tickets On Sale!

The biggest event of the Hammers social calendar is back – the Annual Dinner/Dance, where we come together as a club to celebrate the season gone by, and of course challenge each other to games of Supa5s. The event will be held at The Star and Garter in Putney on Saturday 11 May.

Early Bird Ticket £65 can be purchased until Friday 29th March 2019.

Ticket Price from 30th March will then be £70 until sold out.

How to book your place?, well, make a payment to:

How to book your place?

  1. Make a payment to: H&FRFC
    • Sort Code – 40 07 04
    •  Account Number – 41891855
    • Reference: DD + Surname 
  2. Then please email: socialsecs17@gmail.com.
    • Please state:
    • Full name and reference on payment
    • Number of tickets purchased.
    • Names of people you may have got tickets for
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Hammers 1s v Enfield

After two hard away games, the Hammers 1s were relishing the opportunity of playing at home and determined to turn it around and put a big W on the board. The boys had put the work in during the week at training and there was a good feeling in the camp going into Saturday.

The warm up went well and the feeling of positivity could be felt throughout, with the team atmosphere building. You could really start to feel that we were going to get the win no matter what.

The game kicked off and the Hammers went on the offensive, keeping to the structures and holding on to the ball to find their way into Enfield’s 22. A lineout maul saw the pack inching their way towards the try line, then the ball was released by Dom Woodfine at 9 and the backs were let loose. Some direct running and great hands resulted in Jack Hooper crossing the line, a brilliant start by the Hammers XV.

Enfield kicked off and again the Hammers retained possession playing some dominant running rugby. Eventually Enfield’s discipline let them down and they gave away a penalty. Si Doherty’s kick to touch gave the Hammers a lineout just outside the Enfield 22. The pack were feeling confident and after a solid take by Ultan Bruton, the forwards muscled their way towards the Enfield try line with a massive maul.  It looked like they were going to go all the way but Enfield were eventually able to slow it down. The ball went out to the backs and Si Doherty, with some dancing feet, sliced his way through the middle to score under the posts. He followed this up by kicking the conversion too.

Then it was Enfield’s turn to get into the game with some fast pace rugby, some strong running and using the width of the pitch. This put the Hammers defence under pressure resulting in a number of penalties. Enfield used this to their advantage and were able to find touch in the Hammer’s 22. Enfield repaid the favour and used their sturdy pack to maul themselves over the Hammersmith and Fulham try line.

The Hammer’s heads dropped a little and they were unable to hold onto the ball which gave Enfield more attacking opportunity.  They continued with their fast pace of attack and some hard running by the forwards. Despite some valiant tackling by the Hammers the pressure once again resulted in penalties been given away. Enfield chose to kick to touch and scored another try from a maul.

The half ended 12 -12.

Going into the 2nd half Hammersmith and Fulham knew they had to disrupt Enfield’s momentum and be the first to put points on the board. After 15 minutes of locked battle, both sides having had opportunities to attack, it was Hammersmith and Fulham that managed to come out on top. Led by the massive performance of our esteemed leader Rogan, the boys exerted pressure on the Enfield team and some broken play saw Ultan Bruton break through the Enfield defence and run in under the posts from the halfway line.

The Hammers followed this up 4 minutes later with another break through the middle, this time by Gee who turned on the pace to score from 10 metres inside the Enfield half.  However Enfield were not done yet and immediately retaliated with a third try scored from yet another rolling maul making it 26 – 17.

After 65 minutes of rugby the Hammers looked to be in control of this game which was backed up by another try scored in the corner. Cillian Waldron made a break on the far wing and put through an accurate grubber kick which Huw Bowen managed to collect and finish over the Enfield line.

At this point the Enfield discipline began to unravel and the Hammers were rewarded with a penalty, successfully slotted by Cillian Waldron. The Hammers continued dominating and ran in a 6th try, finished by Gee. Credit to Enfield they managed to rally and scored their fourth try, despite some positive defence by the Hammers, with the last play of the game.

Full time finished up 41 – 22 to Hammersmith and Fulham, a much needed and well-earned win. With the victory in hand, the squad can now focus on the next two weeks to prepare for their next game against Chiswick on the 2nd March, always a big contest. The boys will be chomping at the bit for the opportunity to take a win away against Chiswick.

MOTM – Andrew Rogan

Hammers 1s v Belsize Park

The rain had abstained for the Saturday fixture at Hurlingham Park. Belsize Park were flying high at the top of the league, and so Hammers knew that they had to play at their best to topple the league leaders.

The first twenty of the match was ferocious. Both teams not giving an inch. Hammersmith had a foray into BP’s 22 and returned with 3 points courtesy of Alex Warner’s boot.
Both teams were sticking to their game plans and played wonderful tactical kicking. Both testing their back 3’s to see whose would crack first.

It was to be Hammers, they were pinned back into the corner with a wonderful piece of kicking from BP’s Fly, this led to a knock on and 4 reset scrums. When eventually the ball was released from the 16 forwards battling it out, BP picked and went continually creating momentum for the backs to dive over to dot it onto the line. Converted.

From the restart, a poor chase and BP were back up to the Hammers 22. From a good turnover to a poor clearance kick, BP set a solid maul and drove over to score their second.
3-15 Half time

H&F believed this game was hanging in the balance. Neither side had asserted great dominance and were tussling for control.
However it was to be BP who gained the control in the second half. They came out with explosive pace and meticulous structure, which ground down the Hammers.
A further three tries were scored by BP, with the pick of the bunch being a silky dummying run from the Fly to find support on his inside to put them under the posts.

Hammers fought to the end, continually stealing line out ball and tackling hard. But a hard lesson was to be taught by BP, structure and consistent effort is the key in London 2 North West. Hammers cannot work hard in quarters; it has to be for the entire game.
3-30 FT

SIX NATIONS 2019

  Fully paid up members of the Club over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for tickets for England’s home games against France, Italy and Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations . To apply for tickets  Download the application form (click here to download form);  Complete the form and send it to tickets@fulhamrugby.co.uk; […]

Hammers 3s v HAC

Hammers 3s were looking to turn the tide, following 5 defeats from 6 league games with their home fixture vs HAC 3’s.

The Hammers kicked off with the wind at their backs, and had the better of the early exchanges camping in the opposition 22. The hammers worked opportunities down the right flank three times, only to be denied by HAC’s scramble defence on twice and an unfortunate Hammers knock on as the try line beconned.

Not to be denied for long, Hammers forwards continued to make inroads into the HAC defence and repeated assaults of the HAC line resulted in Abe Knight crossing the white wash for what seemed to be the first of many for the Hammers. 5-0 Hammers.

Unfortunately for running Rugby & Hammers fans the game then descended into an arm wrestle, with the Hammers giving away a mountain of penalties for ruck and maul infringements and offsides. This indiscipline allowed HAC back into the game eventually scoring from a line out Maul. 5-7.

Going behind revitalised the Hammers, and a barn storming run from Gael carved open the HAC defence then put away Henry Wigzell to put Hammers back in front 10-7.

As the half drew to a close, Hammers indiscipline once again put the team under pressure as more ruck infringements resulted in a yellow for Sam Jacobs. Hammers maul defence however held strong and saw the half out 10-7.

The second half, was a tight affair for the first 20 minutes with a HAC penalty the only score 10-10. The final 20 minutes the game once again came to life, with HAC pressing the line and taking a quick tap penalty 5 out from Hammers line Parko got binned for not retreating. (As an old man he should really have know better!)

Once again down to 14 men the Hammers defence held strong until the final minutes of the sin binning when a cross field kick was collected by the HAC wing to take the lead 10-17.

Back to a full compliment and with all the “finishers” on the pitch, Hammers pressed for an equalising score. A combination of strong running upfront and dazzling footwork from Tom “hamstrings” Hamnett put the Hammers in striking distance of the HAC line. Unfortunately the opportunity was lost as a result of a line out mix up.

Keen to make amends the forward pack won the ball against the head of the following scrum, 3 phases later a strong inside line from Rob Fox scoring under the sticks put Hammers level 17-17. A frantic 5 minute period at the end of the game from both sides ended with the ball thumped into touch to end the game.

Not a win, but not a defeat. Hammers 3s walked away with lots of positives and some technical areas to work on around the ruck.

Man of the Match: Jake Little
Tin Men (in order of offence): Steve Harris (constant reminders for arriving on time to the group, only to arrive 20mins late), Joe Slater (injured in warm up), Harry Campbell-Lamerton (knock on over the line), Sam Jacobs & Tom Parkinson (Yellow Cards).

Hammers 1s v Chiswick

The Hammers came into the big local derby against Chiswick at Fortress Hurlingham having beaten them home and away last year and were keen to continue this trend on Saturday afternoon. Coming off the back of a good away win at Enfield, spirits were high in what is shaping up to be an evenly contested, yet unpredictable division. The visitors had started their season well, and with a newly installed 3G pitch at their home ground, had beaten Harpenden comfortably, a week earlier.
And it was the visitors who started the quicker of the two sides, having gained possession and quick ball, with their outside centre bursting through from 10 metres out to score the first points of the match, which were then converted.
After some questionable touch line “tweeting” from the away side, the Hammers hit back with a sublime move which sure the centre pairing of Chellew and Waldron combine to send Chellew crashing through under the sticks, with Doherty adding the extras. The experienced Fly half was also putting in a monumental shift in defence, arguably being the lightest man on the pitch. However, the visitors hit back again after some sustained pressure, and far too many turnovers conceded by the home side, with their winger running in their second, again converted.
Half time saw the visitors with a seven point lead, knowing they would be up against the wind and an invigorated Hammers side who were yet to hit third gear. And it was the home side, who hit back early, with a delicious cut out pass from Chellew which saw Gee burn his man on the outside and stride into the left hand corner to take the score to 14 points a piece, after a touch line conversion by the ever present Doherty.
Neither side managed to gain any sort of momentum with multiple penalties either way halting progress. But with 12 minutes to go, a failed touchline clearance landed in the hands of Panter who nudged the ball into the corner, before finding its way to Cale Holmes, who duly got himself on the scoresheet. A missed conversation left the score at 19-14 to the home side with 10 to play.
With the clock ticking, the visitors knocked a penalty into the corner and after a well organised catch and drive, and some pick and gos, Chiswick scored in the corner. A missed conversion left the scores at 19-19 with 5 to play. Suddenly, the Hammers were on the front foot again and pushing for that decisive final score. The referee then blew for a penalty for the home side, and a shot at the posts was decided after much deliberation. Up stepped David Panter, whose right boot had perhaps been trapped in the district lines closing doors, and the ball ended up becoming a “grass cutter”. And so the spoils were shared and a much anticipated return leg on Chiswicks new pitch awaits in 2019.
Man of the match: Simon “Chopper” Doherty
Dick of the Day: David “Lawnmower” Panter