Royal Arsenal Teams Fixture Details East London League – July 18th 2018

Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs  Tryphoon Season, 18:45, Wed July 18th at East London. at East London 3G Pitches


Fixture is Woolwich Arsenal vs The Beasts From The East, at 18:45 on Wednesday July 18th at East London 3G Pitches


Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs #Tagalong, at 20:15 on Wednesday July 18th at East London 3G Pitches






Royal Arsenal Teams Fixture Details East London League – July 11th 2018

Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs  Beasts From The East , 18:45, Wed July 11th at East London. at East London 3G Pitches



Fixture is Woolwich Arsenal vs #Tryphoon Season, at 19:30 on Wednesday July 11th at East London 3G Pitches







Royal Arsenal Summer League ’18 Match Report – 3rd Fixture (Arsenal Derby)

Royal Arsenal 10 Woolwich Arsenal 3

Royal Arsenal showed off their championship credentials on Wednesday with a well-earned victory over club rivals Woolwich Arsenal.

After blowing hot and cold last season, RA are off to a hot start in the new league, and they started this game strongly, opening the scoring and racing ahead to a 3-0 lead early in the first half.The first scores came on lightning counter attacks, as the Royals pinched possession from WA passes.

But more impressive than the attacking was the defensive effort, where RA barely conceded an inch as they covered every blade of grass between the cones.On returning to the team, George was at his energetic best, sweeping up behind the defensive line and cutting holes in WA’s defense to set up scores.

And in a dominant first half, RA racked up 6 points to WA’s 1 and went into the break with a comfortable margin between the sides.Woolwich recovered from their shellshock in the second period and quickly fought back with two scores in quick succession.

Christian showed off some flare with a couple of crossfield kicks that found the mark and left RA’s defense flat-footed.

But before long Royal Arsenal got back in the attacking groove to tally up a few more points, with Jenny scoring a well-deserved try after sprinting the length of the pitch on a supporting run.

The second half, that finished 4-3 to RA, was a fairer reflection of the game than the final score indicated.But it was a strong performance from the Royals nonetheless who are full of confidence heading into a clash with Beasts from the East next time out.

Man of the match went to Jules as he provided his usual combo of defensive work rate and offensive speed.And despite the loss, Woolwich can quickly put this performance behind them as key players will likely return for their next match against Tryphoon Season.

Report by Joel Watson



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Royal Arsenal Summer League ’18 Match Report – 1st Fixture

Royal Arsenal 9 Kool and the Gang 5

The season got underway proper for Royal Arsenal this week with their game against Kool and the Gang.And while the Royals struggled to a draw in the same fixture last year, they had no such problems this time round.

RA had to kick off a bit of rust early in the game and conceded a pair of sloppy tries in the opening minutes.But from there, they recovered to put their foot on the gas and started racking up the tries.

Royal Arsenal sliced through KATG’s defensive line regularly and managed to offload the ball to Woolwich Arsenal loanees Katy and Ashley to get the scoreboard ticking over.

Kyle, in his last game for the side before his summer hiatus, was at his attacking best, gaining big ground a regular basis. But even more impressive was the team defence with Abbey and Jesse excelling as they shut down KATG attacks, along with Ali and Rhianna darting around on a rum-fueled rampage after two weeks in the Caribbean.

The pace of the game slowed down in the second half on a warm summer evening and RA finished the fixture comfortable victors.

Woolwich Arsenal 11 – Tagalog 13

After an easy win in their first match of the season, Woolwich Arsenal suffered a narrow defeat to the explosive Tagalog in their second game.

Despite racking up the points once again in an impressive attacking display, a lack of defensive organisation left Tagalog’s pace merchants too much room to run through, and they wasted no time in piling on the points.

However, despite a tough first half, WA would not be kept down and showed huge resilience to mount a comeback in the second period. Ashley again was unstoppable close to the try line, tallying up even more points to keep the game close.

And towards the end of time, another darting score brought WA within a point at 10-9. But a couple of defensive miscues left Tagalog’s speedy wingers enough space to run in a couple more tries and put the game out of reach.

Despite the loss, there was still plenty of talent on show from Woolwich and with another week or two to warm up into the new season, they’re still a good bet to be contending for top of the table honours.

Report by Joel Watson


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Royal Arsenal Early Summer League ’18 Match Report – GRAND FINAL

Royal Arsenal 3 Kool and the Gang 6

Royal Arsenal got the night of finals underway in a three-way playoff between themselves, Kool and the Gang and Steve Thorpe Destroyers.

Despite some spirited defending and some dramatic last-minute tags from George, the Royals never really got going in the shortened 20-minute game.

When Arsenal managed to move the ball along the line, the gaps started opening up and the tries started coming, but it wasn’t often enough in the first game to get the win.

Royal Arsenal 8 Steve Thorpe Destroyers 5
Luckily, RA didn’t have to wait long to make amends and came out against the STDs much better than in the first game.

Quick attacking moves were finished off by Kyle and Jenny and the defence held firm against a barrage of attacks.

If Royal Arsenal had put in more performances of this quality earlier in the season, they’d be true challengers for the title.

As it was, RA finished in 6th, although it could have been much higher if a couple of breaks had gone our way earlier in the season.

Players’ player of the season: George Sargent and Kyle Graham

Most improved: Jenny Goddard

Woolwich Arsenal 13 Tag Em and Bag Em 9

Since the third week of the season, Woolwich Arsenal have been on the warpath, marching straight through most of the league to reach the Grand Final and a shot at the Early Summer League title.

The opposition were Tag Em and Bag Em, a fiery side who had become known as much for their quick tempers as their undoubted talent.

WA proved last week they had what it took the beat the league leaders and went into the game full of confidence – but the pitch was largely quiet as the tense match kicked off.

It was end-to-end stuff in the opening period of the game, with both sides looking to make their presence felt and pick up early scores.

Woolwich managed to get the better of the early exchanges with Ashley adding to her impressive tally of tries this season and Ovie making a frequent menace of himself with bursts down the wing.

TEBE weren’t going down easily though, and looked focussed as they held onto the game in the first half, racking up some tries and going into the break just one point behind Woolwich at 4-3.

In the second period, the game really got going. Tired legs led to frequent breaks by both sides, but WA’s defending was fantastic led by tagging extraordinaires Katie and Gary, who single- handedly snuffed out several TEBE attacks, even when pressed back on their own goal line.

TEBE tempers started flaring once again as the game went on, leading to handling errors, penalties for fending plenty else besides. But as their opponents lost their cool, Woolwich kept their heads and kept applying the pressure.

A breakaway by standout player Julia turned the game on its head as she broke through the middle before offloading the ball to Christian who finished off the move and extended the gap between the sides to three points.

And from there, the game was no longer in doubt. Jules was brilliant in the middle of the field, tagging everyone within arms’ reach and moving the ball well in attack.

Errol and Christian added some extra attacking flair when it was needed and the whole team held together as a unit to finish of the game clear winners.

Plenty of drinks flowed in the aftermath as Julia deservedly earned player of the match.

And there was medals for all the WA players in the bar afterwards, marking a massive achievement for the side who finished dead last in the league the season before.

Players’ player of the season: Ashley Carson

Most improved: Jules Gillette

Report by Joel Watson



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