RUGBY ROUND-UP: Tony Doe, one of the behind-the-scenes mainstays at Warlingham rugby club, had his volunteering efforts recognised this week by the RFU, the governing body of the English game, when he was invited to an England training session at Penny Hill Park.
On hand to make a presentation to Doe was the England captain, and former Warlingham junioir player, Chris Robshaw.
Doe was one of five unsung heroes who were selected from grassroots clubs which have produced future England internationals. The event formed part of the “England Connected” initiative, which has seen elite players and coaches lend their hands to grassroots clubs.
Robshaw said: “Playing for England is a huge honour, it’s also a huge responsibility. It’s because of people like Tony that there are opportunities to be part of the rugby family. It’s great that the squad recognises it’s regional connection, rugby has given me so much and I’m proud today that I can give a little back.”
Asked about his nomination as an unsung hero, Doe said: “We’re very proud of Chris. I was one of his coaches when he first started playing for Warlingham, he was always a special player. To be here and to meet Stuart Lancaster is unbelievable.”
Doe was nominated to represent Warlingham in recognition of his continued and invaluable assistance to the club, specifically in the organisation of the senior teams. He has been both a player and manager for the past 10 years, lending a hand with all four senior teams. He regularly does building and ground work at the club, all unpaid and in his own time, despite still running his own business.
On the field, it’s been mixed fortunes for the Warlingham side which Doe manages, the 1st XV. After an encouraging 16-15 win over London 2SW league leaders London Cornish a fortnight ago, they suffered a bruising 52-16 at KCS Old Boys last Saturday. Tomorrow, Warlingham play host to Winchester, who are third in the division.
In their latest game, after an early try from wing Jack Atkinson, Warlingham were outplayed by their mid-table rivals. Warlingham’s other scores came from a Zack King try and two Joe McEvoy penalties.
In the next league down, London 3SW, Purley John Fisher enjoyed a thrilling 27-23 win over Old Tonbridgians at the Pightle last week, for their fourth consecutive five-point win in this season’s league campaign.
Man of the Match was flanker Phil Jones, who notched a hat-trick of tries and was supported by the hard work of No 8 Liam Miles who glided over the whitewash in the dying seconds to secure this well-earned victory. The result takes PJF to fourth in the table, with a trip to fifth-placed Andover tomorrow.
PJF’s division is looking quick competitive, with the other local side, Old Mid-Whitgiftians snatching a 21-20 win at second-in-the-table Eastleigh last week, following their 11-3 win over Ellingham and Ringwood, to go third in the division with five wins from six games, and with a promotion campaign looking like a realistic prospect.
This week, Midwives are at home at their Lime Meadow Avenue ground in Sanderstead against London Exiles.
Down in the county leagues, Old Whitgiftians in Surrey 1 are ruing their 23-23 draw at home a fortnight ago with title rivals Battersea Ironsides. Draws in rugby are a rarity, obviously, but the impact on a club’s league position seems as great as a defeat for both sides involved.
Whits’ 12-7 win at Old Paulines last Saturday maintained their unbeaten record and, in third place in the table, keeps them just two points off the top-placed Law Society side. Tomorrow, they are home against fourth-placed Camberley.
In Surrey 2, you have to fear for Croydon, who suffered their fourth defeat of the season last Saturday, and in losses at Old Amplefordians and then at home to Old Emanuel, have shipped 109 points in their last two games.
The Wallington old boys’ club, Old Walcountians, have also lost their last two games, 9-8 at Guildford last Saturday after a 31-24 defeat at Clock House to Old Blues. In a division of 10 clubs, where there are five who so far have managed to win just four games between them, you can sense that this may not be the highest quality league in the land.
Tomorrow, Croydon travel to Cranleigh, while Walcountians host Economicals.
But there is a worse division than Surrey 2. That’ll be Surrey 3, where Streatham and Croydon – one win from four – are at risk of heading for Surrey 4.
After Streatham and Croydon’s 13-5 defeat to Old Georgians last week, their Frant Road ground this Saturday plays host to table-topping Worth Old Boys. It could be a real Halloween horror show.
- This Sunday, November 2, Streatham and Croydon begin free tag rugby training sessions for women. For more details, click here
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Coming to Croydon
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 2
- World War I centenary concert, Ruskin House, Nov 2
- MOPAC policing meeting, Surrey Street, Nov 4
- Personal safety training for volunteers, Nov 4
- St Giles School opening morning, Nov 5
- David Lean Cinema: Two Days, One Night, Nov 6
- Park Hill School fireworks display, Nov 7
- Grange Park bulb-planting event, Nov 8
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 9
- Brook recording studio open day and party, Nov 9
- David Lean Cinema, Paths of Glory, Nov 11
- Albert Einstein – Relativity Speaking, Spread Eagle, Nov 12-15
- David Lean Cinema, Ida, Nov 13
- Oval Tavern Folk Club, Nov 14
- South Croydon business breakfast, Nov 15
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 16
- Personal safety training for volunteers, Nov 17
- David Lean Cinema, Effie Gray, Nov 20
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
- Choose Your Own Documentary, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 21-22
- David Lean Cinema, Lilting, Nov 22
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 23
- David Lean Cinema, Wakolda, Nov 27
- The Last Sense of Sudden, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 27-29
- Ghost Stories for Christmas, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 3
- Fog Horn Funnies, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 6
- Coulsdon Yulefest, Dec 6-7
- Oval Tavern Folk Club, Dec 7
- South Croydon business breakfast, Dec 13
- South Croydon business breakfast, Jan 24
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