Aretians RFC

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We at Aretians pride ourselves on being a community driven club providing mens, ladies and childrens rugby at all age group levels.

Here at Aretians, we are always looking for new talent. We have become the fastest growing club in the South West of England with excellent age group representation throughout.

This season we are offering a first team, a second team and the veterans. On top of this we also have a women's team who have just successfully completed their first competitive league season in North 2.

We offer the complete package as a rugby club - a great atmosphere, a superb team spirit, and good competitive rugby to name but a few. Not to mention a heavily discounted rate at the Riverside gym next door for all registered players.

We give all of our players the right tools to ply their trade on the pitch. We are so confident that you will enjoy your time here at Aretians, we are even giving new players FREE membership for their first year!

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Aretians 2018/19 season Roundup

Senior Men

As the season draws to the end, it is time to reflect and look back on what has occured. Finishing 7th in the league, was one place below where I aimed for at the beginning but nevertheless it was above one of our most fierce rivals Cotham Park, which is a great positive. 

This season has had many low points, however from those many positives have occured and we have continued to grow as a club. We have welcomed a new coaching team of Big Tom, Bearded Tom and Boomer, who have all offered different skills and have become great assets to the club.  We have also had multiple new players join this season, Adam and Greg are just a couple of those who have made first team debuts this year.

We have seen our younger players thrive this year. Sam, Jack and Jake all becoming leaders on the pitch. George, Freddie, Wayne and Ryan all developing massively and becoming regular first team players. As well as the younger generation we have had the older heads of Paul, Luke and Jay amongst others to keep the team together and offer experience. We have welcomed a new fly half in Chris to the club, with his go go gadget arms and baabaa hands he has filled a massive hole that was missing in our club. Billy and Harry as well as others have offered versatility playing in multiple positions, but wherever they have played thry put their all in and displayed performances that anyone in the black and white would be proud of. These names are just a few names out of a greay club and without them this club would not continue. Our guys have put their body on the line week in week out and even with injuries they continued to and battle every week for the badge.

I would like to thank the captain's team of Jon, Paul and Wayne who have done there upmost to keep our second team going and battled to get a team out each week. This has lead to Spike, our veteran hitting his 750th game this year. It has seen players such as the previously mentioned, and Rahul and Big Ben come into the club and begin to develop as rugby players. It has seen Matt coming back and becoming a leader in the team as well as older heads such as Lou and Shippers coming back into the fold. 

Also a massive thanks to our VC Luke, who has worked incredibly hard behind the scenes as well as being our fixture secretary. He has put one hell of a shift in on and off the pitch all year.

We had some stand out games, such as our first game of the season against Broadplain with Billy H dominating his opposite prop, and Billy W tearing the opposition apart in both defence and attack. Our home game against Ashley Down was also a stand out, with massive shifts in defence from the likes of Wayne, Duncan, Del Boy and Ryan. The forwards dominated and ground out a 17-17 draw against a team that finished in a play off spot. Spikes 750th was also one to remember and an achievement that cannot be underestimated, this is a huge honour! Beating Cotham Park was another game highlight and a day where our boys put in an almighty effort with our defence being key.

As mentioned, this season has come with low points. We unfortunately lost three key players in Billy H, Birdy and Jake to injury for large parts of the season. As well as our young Winger Henry moving away with work. 
Losing to Cotham Park in the last few minutes was a bitter pill to swallow however, we showed great character beating them in the return leg. Also, losing to a last minute try in the corner whilst down to 13 against final league winners St Brendan's was tough to take, however showed that we could be up there and battle with the best in the league.

Overall we will take the positives of the season forward, leave the negative behind and build for a big season ahead. We have 7's tournaments planned in the off season as well as the coaching team putting into place our playbook and getting the players as fit as possible. 

We aim to finish as high as possible in the league next year, this will come with the want and drive of our players, a great coaching team and the support of our ever present committee.

Anyone who wants to get into rugby no matter what your experience come down and get involved. We have welcomed many players this year, some with no rugby history at all, however they have developed and enjoyed playing.

Once again, I thank all those who have donned the black and white shirt this year. It has been an honour to lead this club, and I am hoping to carry on what we have started. Putting Aretians in a place where it once was.

UTA

 

Senior Ladies

Back before Christmas the ladies team hit a rocky patch, but then the new lead ladies coach made the team a promise to the team to put 100% into the team.

 

We are a team who stick together and are a family who are honoured to put on our shirts and play side by side. 


Moving forward the ladies team are getting back into the league. 


We welcome Steph as the new head coach, Brian and Ben. A new fresh coaching team ready to take the team forward. 
A plan for pre-season Training arranged jointly with the Men’s bring the whole club together as one. 
Every minute you spend on the pitch is an opportunity to learn and most importantly to have fun.

Aretians Juniors

This season has seen Aretians Juniors undergo a big shake-up and rearrangement, with new coaches joining us, new players, and new members of our committee.

 

We are now proud to say that we have a solid junior club full of talented players and dedicated coaches.

 

We have been to some good tournaments, and had some particularly fun games against Worcester RFC, who we are going to visit next season on tour.

 

We have seen our players move up through the age groups, building on their skills and expertise to bring home some well deserved wins. We are especially proud of all of this season's awards winners, and I would like to personally thank all coaches and parents that volunteer their time week on week to ensure the Aretians Cubs continue to thrive. 

 

We look forward to moving into next season with the same enthusiasm and love for the game.

Aretians RFC COMMITTEE 2019/20

We'd like to thank everyone that has helped on the committee this past season and thank everyone that has helped out around the club to always improve Aretians RFC. We now welcome our newly appointed committee members and wish them all good luck with the 2019/20 season.

Committee Members

Club Chair - Richard Chivers

Vice Chair - Steph Morgan

Junior Chair - David Eidman

Honorary Secretary - Michael Scanlon 

Treasurer - Clive Griffiths 

Fixture Secretary - Luke Howe 

Membership Secretary - Martin Bywater / Ian Wyborn

Clubhouse Secretary - Martin Head

Safeguarding Officer - Kate Wainwright

Club Captain - Luke Howe

Vice Club Captain - Billy Head

2nd Team Captain - Paul Lewis

2nd Team Captain - Matthew Pitt

1st Team Ladies Captain - Sally Binstead

1st Team Ladies Vice Captain - Rosanna Bellisio

Veterans Captain - John Gould

As a local community driven rugby club we rely on sponsorship to keep the club running day to day, providing the correct & safe training equipment for all our teams, from our cubs all the way through to our senior teams and also the donations we get for our playing shirts so we are always looking good for our spectators when playing out on the field of dreams. 

We’d like to thank each and everyone of our sponsors that continue to sponsor us year in year out, and welcome the new sponsors we have gained this season. And of course thank the continued support we get from everyone! 

Lloyd’s Mechanical Services
Pb Ba Ltd
Invade
Feltham Fire and Flues
TF Therapies & Fitness
Advance Insurance
Webb’s Flooring Services
GSH Projects

Sponsorship isn’t just all about donating money it’s also about the time you take out of your own day to come down the club help out where you can, be it up on the field helping coach or behind the bar (or the better way, in the bar buying your drinks). 

Without all of you we wouldn’t be the family friendly rugby club we are today. So from everyone on the committee and all the players that benefit from your sponsorship we thank you and we can’t wait for the up and coming rugby season!

We are always looking for new sponsorship and/or coaches to come down and help out where you can. So if you wish to sponsor or know someone who does want to sponsor a local community driven rugby club please contact Richard Chivers or Phil Burns for more information.

#UTA #oneclub

A big thank you to all that participated in this years Bristol Summer Touch League and a huge thank you to both the two captains that kept everyone going and organised their teams every Monday!!

Now the Touch League is over, all focus and effort can now be put into the summer pre season training for both the senior men's and women's team to bring all the Wins for the up coming season!!

Senior Men's Training - Every Tuesday 7pm

Senior Women's Training - Every Wednesday 7pm

Cubs/Juniors Pre season training starts - Sunday 2nd September 10.30am to 11.30am

Please either contact Kai Webb (Club Captain), Sally Binstead (Women's Captain) or Kate Wainwirght (Junior Chairlady) for more details.

Aretians touch rugby Roundup

A big thank you to all that participated in this years Bristol Summer Touch League and a huge thank you to both the two captains that kept everyone going and organised their teams every Monday!!

Now the Touch League is over, all focus and effort can now be put into the summer pre season training for both the senior men's and women's team to bring all the Wins for the up coming season!!

Senior Men's Training - Every Tuesday 7pm

Senior Women's Training - Every Wednesday 7pm

Cubs/Juniors Pre season training starts - Sunday 2nd September 10.30am to 11.30am

Please either contact Kai Webb (Club Captain), Sally Binstead (Women's Captain) or Kate Wainwirght (Junior Chairlady) for more details.

Aretians ladies

Yeovil rugby 7's

Last weekend Aretians Ladies made the journey to Yeovil to take part in their annual 7’s tournament.

 

Joining forces once again with our tour friends the Nantymoel Vixens who also entered, we started the day by comfortably winning our first match against Hornets. Following that we managed another win against our hosts Yeovil Ladies.

 

This resulted in us winning our pool and moving onto the semi finals, where we were greeted by local rivals St Mary’s Old Boys Ladies. Unfortunately we were not able to get the win we wanted, but we pulled our socks up and got another hard fought win against Hornets to be able to finish 3rd in the whole competition and winning the Ladies Plate.

 

It was an extremely proud day for all of the players, coaches and supporters who came to watch us, and we celebrated into the night dressed as our favourite pop and rock stars, and recovering from all of the bruises and sunburn!

Thank you Yeovil 7s for having us, see you next year!

#thesegirlscan #UTAs

Yeovil rugby 7's

One of many events Aretians RFC are entering this summer is the Yeovils 7s Festival

 

We will be fielding a Men and Women’s team again this year after the great time we all had last year.

 

All games are played on the Saturday with Finals being played on the Sunday.

 

The tournament runs from the 8th - 10th June 2018

 

There is free camping, free parking and also Spectators enter for free! So if you are free and looking for something to do that weekend get down to Yeovil and support the mighty As!

 

Friday and Saturday there is Live Music and the fancy dress theme for Saturday is Rock and Pop Star.

 

And of course there is food and drink stores available on site

 

Look forward to seeing you all there!! 

 

For more information please contact Luke Howe

 

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AGM

So brings in a new era to Aretians RFC with AGM being held on Thursday 24th May.

 

With great pleasure everyone at Aretians RFC would like to thank Brian Matthews for his hard work and dedication to the Junior Chairman Role. He has done an outstanding job and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours! Another shout out and thank you to someone who was new to Aretians RFC and putting their hand up to help with the Treasury Role half way through the season is Isolyne ‘Ice” Asare. And not to forget a big hand to everyone who has helped out throughout the season be it with the committee, working behind the bar, coaching, etc etc etc. The club wouldn’t be where it is now without you guys!

 

Now to the new Elected Club Officials

 

Chairman                                                 - Richard Chivers

Vice Chair man                                       - James Bird

Junior Chairman                                     - Kate Wainwright

Honorary Secretary                                - Phil Burns

Treasurer                                                  - Clive Griffiths

Fixture Secretary                                    - TBA

Membership Secretary                          - Martin Bywater / Ian Wyborn

Clubhouse Secretary                             - Martin Head

Safeguarding Officer                              - Rez Aminnia

Club Captain                                            - Kai Webb

Vice Club Captain                                   - Luke Howe

2nd Team Captain                                   - John Hammond Williams / Paul Lewis 

2nd Team Vice Captain                          - Wayne Shore

Vets Captain                                             - Rob Wills

1st Team Ladies Captain                        - Sally Binstead

1st Team Ladies Vice Captain               - Rosanna Bellisio 

 

We wish you all the best in your new elected roles!

 

Exciting times ahead!! UP THE A’s!!! 

Minis, Cubs & Juniors

2017/2018 has been another fantastic season for our Cubs/Minis & Junior sides.


We have continued to develop our reputation as a family friendly club in the heart of the community, something that has been achieved by a very passionate and hard working volunteer base. Our fully qualified coaches have a child centred approach to games/sessions creating a fun environment, something we as a club believe is the best way forward in their development. 

 

It is a credit to all concerned that Aretians continue to build a reputation for being a great place to visit with many clubs now a regular fixture each season. In April we hosted Worcester RFC U7,U8,U9 for a second season and enjoyed a cracking day in the sun with 120 plus kids showing off their rugby skills. As is now tradition we also had a coaches game where the skills were perhaps less apparent!! Next year we have been invited to something the kids are really excited about not to mention the coaches and parents. We also hosted Brecon RFC U7 & U8 as part of their tour of the area which created a true international feel to another great day in the sun. 


We have recently held our annual awards presentations with a packed marquee for both the Junior and Mini/Cubs events. It was great to see so many people supporting the event and having a cracking time celebrating our end of season.
Medals were given out to all our younger age groups and the following kids awards were presented at the two events:


U7 Most Improved Player Harry Hollister 
Coaches Player of the Season Alice Seldon
Players Player of the Season Aniyah Mason
Player of the Season William Richards
U8 Most Improved Player Oliver Woolford
Coaches Player of the Season Oscar Johnson
Players Player of the Season Dylan Eidman
Player of the Season Kydn Morgan
U9 Most Improved Player Finlay Melhuish
Coaches Player of the Season Corbin Monks
Players Player of the Season Cody Claridge
Player of the Season Cameron West
U10 Most Improved Player Lily Hayward
Coaches Player of the Season Brandon Hanson
Players Player of the Season Redford Taylor
Player of the Season Charlie Edwards

U11 Most Improved Player Joe O’keefe
Coaches Player of the Season Pearl Bruford
Players Player of the Season Ryan Wyborn
Player of the Season Ethan Box
U13 Most Improved Player William Booy
Coaches Player of the Season Szymon Olinski
Players Player of the Season Matthew Curtis
Player of the Season Kobi Cordy-Rugman


We congratulate all our worthy winners but acknowledge that for every winner of an award there is a group of players that make up a team. All the kids should be proud of their contribution to a great season.


Yvonne Vobes was the winner of the The Mark Singer award for her contribution to the Minis & Cubs. Together with Gavin Hurle she has created something very special at the Cubs sessions. It just goes to show if chaos is organised it’s a bucket load of fun. Yvonne has also helped out with many other areas of the club making her a worthy winner of the award.
On the subject of awards the club introduced the ‘Young Rugby Ambassador Award’ which is given to any young member whether Senior men, ladies or Junior up to the age of 21 who has contributed above and beyond to the club. 


The inaugural winner of the award was Emily Finnemore (sixteen) who received the YRAA at the ladies dinner. She has been with the club since twelve years of age and during that time has been part of the clubs coaching team helping out at many age groups, always around to help at the various events, photographer at Senior and Junior events and just about anything else you could think of! She currently part of the RFU Young Rugby Ambassador Programme and as a result was chosen to attend an England training session earlier this year. Also during the Ladies Dinner one of the guest speakers (Gary Street the England World Cup Winning Coach) was so impressed by Emilys story that he is arranging a special coaching session for her with some England Ladies. Indeed a great credit to the club. Well done Emily.
Once again we had a strong presence at the Patchway Remembrance Parade with the boys and girls representing the club and their community in a very respectful manner showing the club in a very good light, a very proud day as all those Aretian shirts marched along Coniston Rd.


A huge thank you to all the Coaches, volunteers and parents for supporting the club in its vision of developing young talent not just as rugby players but as characters in their own right.


Watch this space for some up and coming events during the summer.


Brian (Junior Chairman)

Senior Ladies

The past season really has been one to remember for Aretians Ladies. Under a new coaching team led by Rez Aminnia, supported by Scott Child and Steph Morgan, the ladies have gone from strength to strength, and our ever growing team is increasing in size every week. 

We have faced some tough competition this season, which has pushed us to play some of the best rugby we can play, and in some very harsh conditions! With the fast legs of Lauren Matthews and the boot of Jade Gamlin we have put points on the board in every match, and put up a strong fight against our opposition every single time.

Vice captain Rosie Bellisio has also been instrumental in leading the back line in particular, with Isolyne Asare using her experience to improve the back three week by week. In the forwards, there are many players who have moved positions due to injury, but with the support and experience of Carly Winkworth, Louise Downham and Lauren Forrow our scrum has become one of the strongest areas of our game. 

Due to the unfortunate episodes of snow, many of our fixtures had to be rearranged, resulting in us having to play every weekend in April. This took its toll on us but no matter what we carried on playing with smiles on our faces. We finished the season with a thrilling tour match against the Nantymoel Vixens, the result being the closest in the whole season! 

Thank you to all of our supporters over the past year, we hope you continue to follow us as we enter the 2018/19 season, and we can’t wait to get back on that pitch in September! 

Captain Bins.

Award winners from the Ladies Annual Dinner

Veteran of the Year - Cath Miles & Louise Sherman

Most Improver Player of the Year - Charlotte Besant

Players player of the Year - Sally Binstead

Player of the Year - Lauren Matthews

Coaches Player of the Year - Lauren Forrow

Clubwoman of the Year - Isolyne Asare

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!

Senior men

A welcomed end to the season, a successful Tour and an alcohol filled Dinner. It has been a season of challenges, but with true Aretian passion and determination, we pulled together as a team with multiple positives coming from it. 

 

No matter the result, we had key players training week in week out; Kai Webb, Jake Webb, Jonathan Hammond-Williams, Billy Wills, Ian Wyborn (Frosty’s Pies keeping the team going), Ben Sambrook, Jamie Rowe, Paul Lewis, Ryan Ley just to name a few. Plus a big thank you to the rest of you A’s! One Player who showed true passion, even after being dropped into the 2nd Team was Luke Howe, who trained solidly to earn that first team shirt back and who then become an asset to the 1st Team. 

 

As well as on the training pitch, key games such as Broadplain away, Minchinhampton at Home showed how committed we were to survive the season. There were many standout players who all donned the shirt this year. We had veterans Chris Hill, Neil Dix and Stuart Sims having a run out with the first team showing the Aretians Spirit! 

 

We had new players joining, one being Freddie Williams, who epitomises Aretians and become and integral part of the team. Other new players that took to the club like a duck would to water was Dan Mann putting in the big hits adding dynamic to the second row and Harry Vance who stood out with 4 man of the match performances. Both went out to win the coveted award of tourist of the tour. Through training and playing, many players improved their own games, with Ryan Ley being one of those standout players, from being a fringe 2nd Team player, to a vital player for the 1st XV playing at both Loose and Tight head.

 

A notable mention to the player that showed incredible passion and commitment, travelling from the other side of Bristol to train and play on the field of dream, an influential player giving it all and earning the respect of his fellow team mates, was Paul Lewis. 

 

As well as all the players who stuck together, we couldn’t of it without the people behind the scenes. Daryl Lloyd, Geordie (real name unknown), Martin Head and Tom Feltham all helped to keep the club house maintained as well as sponsoring the club and keeping the players taped together through the knowledgable hands of Tom Feltham (TF Therapies). Another member of Aretians volunteering his time to help the 1st Team was Martin Bywater, running the line at every game and providing the sports drinks and water.

 

Overall, there are many positives from the 17/18 season to take forward and develop. With prospects of young players coming through and putting Aretians back where they belong

 

Thank you all for your hard work!

See you all at pre-season

 

Up The A’s!!!!! 

Award Winners from the Senior Men's Annual Dinner

Second Team Player of the Year - Freddie Williams

Veteran of the Year - John Gould

Young Player of the Year - Jack Wills

Mick Willis Award - Ryan Ley

Ken Powell - Luke Howe

Salutation Award - Martin Head, Rob McGuinness(Geordie), Daryl Lloyd & Tom Feltham

Bob Williams Award - Martin Bywater

Players of the Year - Paul Lewis

And a Life Membership was award to Allan Shipway 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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From the men's first team, all the way down to the 2-5 cubs, you are sure to find a fantastic squad

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Phil Burns

Club Secretary

Aretians R.F.C Club Ho/Station Rd,

Bristol BS34 6HW

Tel: 01454 888069

aretiansrfc@hotmail.com

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