Royal Arsenal vs Woolwich Arsenal – Match Report (3rd Fixture Wed Mar 14th)

Royal Arsenal vs Woolwich Arsenal – Going great guns

The second game of the Spring season, on Wednesday March 14th, saw the match where fellow Arsenolians had to turn their attentions to one another. 

Arsenal vs Arsenal, many hoped it would be a friendly knock about, some feared it could become a bitter blood feud.

The game started brightly with both teams defending to a very high standard, arguably better than they’ve done before.

But as the first half wore on, Royal Arsenal (RA) took control with two tries from Kyle and one from John Gavin. 

By the end of the first half Woolwich Arsenal (WA) began using their “flying V” defense to great effect — surging forward in defense from the middle of the line. It hemmed in RA’s attacks to the right corner. Only one person was able to break the siege.

Kyle threw a “Hail Mary” miss pass out left which bounced high above players’ heads, only to be plucked from the air by Emma. She sidestepped right and ghosted in between two defenders to score a memorable try.

At half time the score was 5-1 with RA looking good for the win. But they didn’t count on a resurgence from WA who regrouped with new, devilishly-effective tactics.

It began with kicker Katy firing low, accurate kick offs into the left corner of the pitch, making large amounts of territory. 

There was also a foundation of organisation and skill from Gary who controlled the direction of play and the defense well. He also scored a good try.

But who really turned the balance was Jack who made the most of the ample space RA gave him. With ball in hand he cut across and through RA’s defense, scoring four tries at high speed.

Jonny and Errol also scored two valuable tries as the pendulum swung towards WA.

Kyle and George lead a small fightback, scoring two in the second half, but it was not enough to win the game. 

By the final whistle both teams had arguably performed (though not at the same time) at the highest level they have done to date. The referee was so impressed he said both teams should be playing in the Super League. He also rewarded man of the match to John Gavin who he called: “The loudest man on the field.”

But it was little consolation for RA who felt they had virtually thrown the game away. WA felt they had resurrected and nearly won it.

All in all it was a good test of all players. We learned as a whole we can perform at a higher level and any differences were forgotten on the friendly, chilly trudge back to the Arsenal. 

By George Sargent – Player / Club Member

Footage From The Day Photos

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Royal Arsenal Spring League ’18 Entry Match Report – (Wed Mar 7th)

Match report Royal Arsenal vs Steve Thorpe Destroyers

In the first game of the 2018 spring season, Royal Arsenal were narrowly edged out of a game against Steve Thorpe Destroyers (3 points in it).

The Arsenal were punished for a poor start, conceding two early tries that opened a gap they were never able to completely close.

Despite the slow start, there was plenty of fight on show from the Arsenal and in an end-to-end contest, they comfortably managed to get into double figures on the score sheet.

For most of the game Arsenal were trailing the Steve Thorpe Destroyers by a single score, partly thanks to a fantastic performance from man of the match George Sargent, who made a number of flying tackles and set up a flurry of tries as well.

However, for all the fantastic attacking, the Arsenal’s defense was lacking at times and they were never able to stem the flow of tries conceded, including a pair to Steve Thorpe Destroyers’ female players.

Despite the defeat, there’s no doubt the performance was much better than the previous week’s friendly loss to Beasts From the East, and with a few more training sessions, it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal get their first win of the season on the board.

By Joel Watson – RARC Member/Player

Footage From The Day Video

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Super Saturday End of Year 2017 – RARC

Above from L to R: Errol Slater (co-founder) Julia (London Stone Properties Sponsor) Louise (Barclays Bank – Matching funds raised by Royal Arsenal Tag Rugby) John Gavin (co-founder) Peter Johnston and Richard Russ Wooden Spoon Charity

As RARC were drawing the year to a close, Super Saturday (Dec 9th) brought one final event to the RA to mark a fantastic year for the club.

The day kicked off with our promo team welcoming residents and visitors to the RA Farmers Market. Our very own Wu-Tag Clan band provided entertainment as a warm-up to the handover of our record-breaking donation of £1,892 to the Wooden Spoon charity. Funds had been raised through the various RARC events that took place throughout the year – and our local Barclays branch generously doubled our donations!

RA Rugby Super Saturday Dec 8th 2018

We then took the opportunity to present our new 2017/2018 club kit, which we proudly wear during our league games. Special thanks to our loyal sponsors London Stone Properties, Hop Stuff Brewery and EJSi ltd. for their contributions.

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To close the day, the annual Christmas party returned to the Dial Arch: Secret Santa, ping pong and chili chocolate made this an unforgettable evening for our RARC members, friends and sponsors. 2018 has a lot to live up to!

Article by Janja Pavlov – Player / Club Membership Officer