Blast From The Past – Adam Ross

Chiswick RFC former flying kiwi scrum half takes a trip down memory lane. In our weekly interviews with former players, we caught up with Adam Ross.

For this reporter and many will agree, Rossy finished off one of the best tries ever to be seen at Dukes Meadow in the last minute of extra time against CS Rugby in the Middlesex Cup final in 2016.

Rossy scores the winning try in the 120th minute of the 2016 Middlesex Cup Final

Name: Adam Ross

Years with Chiswick RFC: Just one year 2015-2016 season

Clubs: Senior Clubs; Campbelltown Harlequins, Australia (2005-2009); Hastings Rugby Sports, New Zealand (2010-2014); Chiswick, UK (2015-2016); Palmerston North Old Boys Marist (2017-Present)

Position: Scrum Half

Current role at Chiswick RFC:Support from afar and great memories

Most memorable Chiswick moment(s)?

Nothing can go past the extra time win in the Middlesex Cup final. Lineout in our own 22, ball spins out wide and Gabs Lowe put young Steero in the clear, he draw and pass to myself (first time he had done this all year, normally he would just do it all himself!) on the inside channel to wander through under the sticks for the victory after 100 mins of rugby. Great memories.

Honourable mentions to:
-Musical bingo night
-Sunday dress pub crawl
-Naked dancing on the bar
-Heath tackling the garbage dumpster at 2am

Rossy with the 2016 Middlesex Cup

Best player you played with at Chiswick?

-Best Drinker… Stewie Parmeter
-Best Looking… Simon Hallet
-Best Step… Joey Grindle
-Best Battler… Marco
-Best Club Man… Ben Cattliff
-Best Defender- Daniel Godfrey
-Best player… Sam Leslie Miller. A hard working leader who loved to get the ball in his hands.

Rossy with ‘Top Drinker’ Stewy Parmeter

During your time at Chiswick, there was a strong Kiwi connection with Hayden Watene, Heath Joe and yourself in the 1st team. Tell us about your time at the club?

I initially went down to the Wasps training in Ealing. It was the worse training I have ever been to. 2 hours of maul drills was not to this halfback taste. I met Rikki and Hayden at a party and they told me about Chiswick and how they had just been promoted to London 1. Sounded great so I came along to a session and loved it. I think it was the first weekend or two in the clubrooms after the game and we had a great night at the captains cocktails. The Mrs always had a ball at the clubrooms.
Always love playing with a few Kiwis. Unfortunately Rikki was injured for most of the year but Hayden and Heath both had great seasons and cracked regular starts by the end of the year. Us kiwis love the finer parts of rugby… Quick taps, quick line outs, running the ball from our own 22, forwards with a good catch pass.

L-R: Hayden Watene, Adam Ross, Stewy Parmeter, Brian Darroch

What do you wish to see from Chiswick RFC in the future?

Its great to see the new turf. I would have loved to have played a season on there rather than some of the mud and slush through the worst of winter. I would love to see the team get back up to London 1 and push for success in the grade. I have played for some great clubs all over the world but there is a big soft spot in the heart for Chiswick Rugby Club. No other place has been such a good fit for Sarah and Myself. Keep on playing and partying hard.

Kai Kaha boys!

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