Chobham Fireworks – Volunteers needed?

Dear Chobham members,

As you know the Chobham Fireworks evening (Saturday 27th October) is not only the biggest community event for Chobham but it is one of Chobham RFC’s biggest social events and we need your help.  We need as many volunteers from across all the sections of the club to help where possible to make this a successful event.  The minis run the sweets, candyfloss and popcorn stalls.  Juniors run the BBQ and outside bar.  Seniors take care of security.  But we need help before the event with the following from 10am on Saturday.

– setting up marquees for the various stalls.

– putting up the orange fencing around the bonfire.

– putting up signage.

– preparing all the stalls with equipment.

– electrical work for outside lighting.

– preparing the BBQs.

We will also need all the support we can get on the night and may have gaps on the BBQ or outside bar at times, so should you wish to help on those then you would be most welcome.

If you are able to help with any of the following can you please let Sherrie Mayger know as soon as possible either on Facebook, email here or  07701 096899.


Many thanks

Geraint Parry

Club Social Secretary

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Chobham Women’s Touch Squad brave the cold at London Irish Tournament

Match Report from Zarah Alam : Last night the Chobham Woman’s Touch Squad played in the London Irish tournament with the most “profound intent to win”!


It was so cold that some ladies lost feeling in their hands, the fog was so strong that we couldn’t see half the pitch, and though we did not win one tap off, we had the most brilliant tournament we have played!


We started the night against G-Force. This game really set the standard for the rest of the night as though we drew at 0 all, it was a sign for us that our newly learned defense held strong.


With no break, we ran to the next field to start our second game against London Irish Diamonds who we beat 0-1. Our first try of the night!


After a 25 minute break in the freezing cold we attempted to stay warm and focus for our next game against London Irish Emeralds. After 1 try being scored against us in the 1st half, we dug deep to score 2 tries in the second half winning 2-1!


With only 1 try against us in the whole tournament so far we faced perhaps the strongest team of the night, The Rats. We fought an amazing fight and though we did not win this round, the score was only 0-1 to Rats – because one of their girls can run faster than light.


This in no way changed our mind frame as our last game was against Grasshoppers. Every single lady left it all on the field as some of them played their last game for the year. We did nothing but dominate the game winning 4-0.

We came out coming 2nd in the tournament with only 2 tries being scored against us the whole night. I can not being to say how good it felt to play that level of touch with these ladies. We as a squad have come leaps and bounds and last night proved that. You should all be proud

Rugby World Cup Final – New Zealand v Australia

The moment has finally arrived, albeit a Southern hemisphere affair. We start the day with the RWC Touch Tournament meeting at 9.30am with a 10 am start.  Steve Cross would like to have the tournament finished by 3pm so all can shower before the RWC 4pm kick off. Food and drink will be available throughout the day.  By popular demand we are again raffling the sofa prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup Final. The winner will be able to invite two guests to join him or her on the sofa to watch the match. The winner will also be entitled between kick off and the final whistle, FREE BEER for him/her and their two guests. The winner will be entitled to either, Beer, Lager, Cider or Guinness – this package will not include spirits etc. For the discerning lady other drinks will be available. The ticket is not transferrable and Terms and Conditions apply. Tickets will be on sale from behind the bar on Wednesday, Thursday and throughout the day on Saturday. The draw will take place just prior to kick off.

Geraint Parry

Social Secretary


Chobham #ONECLUB Touch Tournament : 31st October

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Chobham’s RWC Touch Tournament is being played on the day of the RWC final – 31st October 2015.

The Tournament is scheduled to start around 10 am and will be completed so we can all watch the RWC final at 4pm.


10 teams in 2 pools of 5. Each team in a pool plays the others. The 2 top teams in each pool go through to semi-finals and finals to determine a winner.

The bottom 2 teams in each group go into a playoff. The losers of this play off play each other with the losers awarded the  wooden spoon.

Teams coming 3rd in their pool will play each other to determine their overall position in the tournament.


Teams can have up to 12 players, only 6 will be playing at any time. Teams must be made of  a minimum of 2x Juniors, 2x Ladies, 2x Thursday Touch guys, 2x Seniors. Additional players can come from any of these groups. No more than 2 senior players from 1st or 2nd team in 1 team.


Each team will adopt the colour of the country they are representing

Teams, Pools and Captains are as follows, with the pools aligned to the actual RWC pools and  each captain is originally from the country they are representing:


Pool A Pool B
Australia – Zarah Alam South Africa – Shaun Buchan
England – Emily Vandenberg Scotland – Neill Clark
Wales – Simon Parsons Ireland – Mick Roche
New Zealand – Matt McDougall USA – Mike Orefice
Argentina – Federico Peterson Italy – Gio Grosso

For more information please contact Steve Cross or Beth James


Chobham Touch ladies wow the crowd with debut London Irish win

The benefit of 6 months of training was seen on Saturday as Chobham Ladies touch rugby team played their first match against London Irish ladies on the hi-tech artificial pitch.
Winning the toss and attacking first with a solid set of six tackles taking the ball deep into Irish territory. With a strong defensive effort that was to be the standout feature of the match a turnover was won immediately to create a very early chance wide out but the pass didn’t quite go to hand.


The opening minutes were played exclusively in the Irish half as the Chobham tactic of sending a ‘shooter’ to make the touch kept Irish back near their line, as Brooke, Zarah and Lizzie alternated neatly in making the touch.
After 10 minutes of pressure a quick penalty turnover was moved right and Liz was in at the corner for the history making first try for the Ladies.
From the restart Irish went through a set of six touches, with good defence from Emily and Teresa to minimise the yards gained. From the turnover Chobham returned the ball with interest as Jess and Amy attacked behind the tackle to go well into the Irish half again. After defending another set of six Chobham went 2-0 up as Sabine ghosted through the Irish defence in the middle to go in from half way.

Into the second period and Irish attacked with more purpose but the Chobham defence met every attack with solid defence to keep them at bay. Pressure on the tackler forced several Irish handling errors and the Ladies were able to carry to halfway, with Sabine again racing away to make 30 yards up field.
The defensive pressure then caused confusion in the Irish ranks and a quick turnover set Lizzie free down the left to score the first try of the half and make it 3-0.
Irish continued to go through the phases but couldn’t find any gaps in the Chobham line as Rosie and Sherrie were on hand to limit the yards gained.
Into the final few minutes and a Chobham break through the middle allowed Liz Gadsby to score her second try and become the leading Chobham try scorer in her family.
With Irish tiring a flood of scores, first from Brooke with neat handling down the right, then Lizzie with her second and finally Sabine both outpacing the defence made the final score 7-0 to Chobham.
So a winning debut for the Ladies, built on superb defence, celebrated to the full by players and supporters alike.

Match report: Doug Mayger

Photo: Itor James


Chobham Touch Rugby Tournament 16th May 2015

Sunshine and smiles were the order of the day at the Touch Tournament held at Chobham on 16th May. All players were from Chobham Rugby Club. Eight teams made up the tournament and each played in seven 715 minute games. The games were refereed following the O2 touch rules. Touch Rugby.

Steve Cross; Chobham Rugby’s O2 Touch Rugby Co-ordinator said: “Wow I’m amazed by today and so pleased that the ladies realised how good they are and that the juniors could play with 1st team players and that dad’s and mums could be in the same team as their kids and finally that the the refs kept us under control! Let’s not wait to long before we do it again!”