Last time Chiswick played Harpenden with snow on the pitch, the match was abandoned at half-time, with the score 0-0. This time the half-time score was again 0-0, but the sun was out, the snow had melted, and an epic encounter between the second and the third in the League ended with honours even.
Hammersmith came to Riverside Lands determined to avenge the trouncing they had received earlier in the season, and were within a few feet of gaining at least a draw
Chiswick 1st XV have been awarded a home draw for the semi-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup, London and South East Division.
The match will be played on Saturday 14th February against the winners of the rescheduled quarter-final match between Crowborough and London Cornish.
Norwich 17 – Chiswick 35
Having previously been defeated in the semi-finals of the Intermediate Cup by a team they should have beaten, Chiswick were fired up for this match.
Staines 10 – Chiswick 8
A blood red sunset was the final and fitting panoramic backdrop to a titanic struggle between two well-matched teams, the result knocking Chiswick off second spot in the League table.
Chiswick 36 – St Albans 24
For most of this match the talented Chiswick back division was in charge, absorbing another change, this time caused by fatherhood, Jon Gibson now being a Dad, and always dangerous when given half a chance to attack.
Old Merchant Taylors 15 Chiswick 23
The magnificent ground conditions at Sandy Lodge, and the super lunch served at table in the splendid new Clubhouse, were not matched in quality by the rugby offering provided.
Chiswick 1st XV have drawn Old Merchant Taylors (OMTs) at home. The match will be played on the 24th January 2015.
Hemel Hempstead 12 Chiswick 34
After the debacle of a missing referee, this match which should have been a Chiswick home fixture was ordered to be played at Hemel Hempstead, on an International day
H.A.C. 20 Chiswick 27
Having beaten the top three teams in London 2 North West, Chiswick were hard pressed in the end to beat the team now one behind them.
Old Haberdashers 23 Chiswick 10
In a turn-up for the books, Chiswick, having lost one match, versus Old Haberdashers, having won one, resulted in a comprehensive and well-deserved victory for the home team.
The annual Bonfire Night will be held on Saturday 1st November from 5.30pm following the day’s fixtures. This is a great event which we are hoping to get really behind this year, so please support and we actively encourage you to bring down friends and WAGS for the evening!
The new 1st XV playing shirts have arrived. Produced by Phil Vickery’s Raging Bull sportswear company the shirts display the logos of our three new sponsors, Artemis Fund Managers, Hunter Miller and Lineten.
Chiswick 20 Harpenden 11
The first maul in the match, by Harpenden, was impressive. The ball eventually came out and was kicked hopefully downfield. Putting it within Joe Grindle’s range was a big mistake, however, as the Chiswick full back chipped over the rush of players in black and white, caught it after a lucky bounce and sent wing Rory McLaughlin off towards the line. He powered through a tackle and touched down. Simon Hallett’s kick was pulled just left. One minute gone, and a warm glow crept over the home supporters.
Following their 1st round win away at Campion, Chiswick 1st XV have drawn Rochford at home in the 2nd round of the RFU Intermediate Cup. The match will be played at Riverside Lands on...
Campion 5 Chiswick 24
Campion, a young team from Campion school, having been promoted in two consecutive seasons, started confidently, in wintry weather, but Chiswick were in no mood to give them any space to open up.
Hammersmith and Fulham 13 – Chiswick 67
What is usually a close encounter turned into an autumnal frolic in the sun with an almost flawless Chiswick sweeping the nervy home team aside. After the setback against Staines, the return of the dynamic sextet of Jon Gibson, Jon Joyce, Rikki Darroch, Joe Grindle, Luca Vannini and James Dribble transformed Chiswick into a promotion-chasing team again, although it was the scrum, where the front row were outstanding, which established the early dominance which was then maintained throughout the game.
Chiswick 21 Staines 29
Re-structuring your back division for the second match of the season is not ideal, but gifting a generous number of mistakes as well proved costly for a very disappointed Chiswick team who failed to repeat their Middlesex Cup success against the demoted Staines.
Tabard 17 Chiswick 22
Chiswick started the season’s first League match brightly, with Jon Joyce first to Simon Hallett’s kick-off. After a minute, the first penalty of the game provided Hallett with a reasonable chance of three points. The length was good, but the ball was pushed right. The early play was unambitious, with both sides tackling well and the scrums and lineouts fairly even, although Tabard looked a little more settled in their routines.
Chiswick 22 Westcliff “A” 17
A well-chosen friendly makes a lot of sense. Both teams tried hard and, despite a few puffs and pants early on, sustained attacking intents throughout the eighty minutes. One white-haired observer thought Westcliffs’ passing superior, ( their first team are, after all, in National 3 two levels up on Chiswick ) others that Chiswick’s defence near their line was outstanding. Players such as the Westcliff hooker and the exciting Chiswick full-back Joe Grindle stood out, but there were very few real weaknesses on either side.