• Dr. Richard Tyrrell

    We’re extremely sad to announce the untimely passing of Dr Richard Tyrrell! Dr Dick was a stalwart of the club and will be missed by everyone 💛

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Cathy and all the family 🖤

  • Weekend review 21st/22nd October 2023

    Bt Simon Newsham

    As the dust settles on Rugby World Cup semi final weekend or not, as every refereeing decision is pulled apart by the media we can take a look at how the club got on. The first xv got back to winning ways with a splendid home win against Havant ii (see Jim Dixons match report). There’s a couple of weeks break now for rest and recuperation, some injuries and tired muscles will get a bit of reprieve.

    Meanwhile at Hooks Lane the Casuals went down by thirty points to eight despite having been all square at half time they were overpowered in the second period.

    The Vets travelled to Fawley where we can only assume they won 76-0.

    Sunday saw The Valkyries first team travel deep into Gloucestershire to Chipping Sodbury where they notched up a fine 38-0 away win, opening up a clear four point gap at the top of the table ahead of second place Supermarine. Two tries from wing Katie Wadeson and one each from the other backs Emily Hare, Bronwyn Miller, Georgie Harris, and Megan Jones meant all the tries came from numbers ten to fifteen. Nancy Lismore slotted three conversions while Emily Hare added the other two points.

    The Valks second fifteen couldn’t capitalise on a first half lead at home to Trojans who arrived a couple of players short, but with uncontested scrums and having to play under 19s laws didn’t allow the Valkyries to play to their strengths. The final score was 22 – 31 with tries from Luna Lewis, Alex Rainbow, Laura Gazzard with her first for the club and to cap a fine game at fly-half Nicki Buckingham also scored. Sophie Exton-Woodford back in the fold playing at centre grabbed a conversion.

    The Colts put in an outstanding performance at Bognor, coming away with a huge forty nil win.

    The U14s had a busy weekend with home games on Saturday and Sunday, the first game against Princethorpe College from Rugby on their annual visit. In a fast and physical game Pompey were superior at the breakdown and in defence to take the win by 42 points to 10.
    On Sunday they played Fareham Heathens beating them 50-0.

    Tickets for Octoberfest at the club on 11 November are now very limited, contact Ollie Simpson if you want to go along £20 is the asking price over 18s only. for more details.

    Have a great week

  • Portsmouth v Havant 2, Saturday 21st October 2021, Counties 1 Hampshire

    Match report by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth 18 – 11 Havant 2

    This is a truly local derby with Havant holding the bragging rights following 2 wins last season.  However, this is a different side to last year with a much more cohesive feel about it. They also communicate well with each other on the pitch and are playing much more as a team, supporting each other.   Havant won the toss and kicked off. Portsmouth managed to knock on giving Havant a scrum just outside the Portsmouth 22.  For the next 10 -15 minutes Portsmouth were forced to defend but this they did very well, keeping their line intact.  Portsmouth were then able to set up an attack of their own and through some good handling in the backs took the game into the Havant 22 with a good run by Kallen Wilke which was only stopped by a desperate last minute tackle. It was now Portsmouth’s turn to pressurise their opponents.  Eventually that pressure was turned into points when prop Liam Avis was driven over the line for the first score of the match,  a difficult kick from out wide , by Simon Morgan gave Portsmouth a 7  –  0 lead with about 15 minutes gone.  Havant soon hit back however with a try of their own which they were unable to convert so Portsmouth’s lead was now 7 –  5.  Portsmouth were then penalised just outside their 22 giving Havant a kick at goal just to the side of the posts.  The kick was successful and they now took the lead 7  –  8. Liam Avis and Lee Chandler then came off to be replaced by Adam Parks-Dare and Aaron Beesley.  Pressure from Portsmouth saw them put in a good touch kick just on the 5 metre line and they managed to steal the ball from Havant and drove for the try line with Anthony Fooks claiming the try.  Morgan’s kick just missed but they re-took the lead 12  –  8.  A good run by 2nd row Finn Parry saw Portsmouth take the ball back into the Havant half.  Havant set up another attack but good Portsmouth defence forced a knock on by Havant   From the scrum Portsmouth won good ball which Morgan put into touch and the half time whistle went.

    The second half got underway with Portsmouth kicking off and rain starting.  A brilliant run by debut making Matt Austin, who had been getting  good reviews from the 2nds., who then passed to Parry who carried on the move.  They got penalised for not releasing after the tackle. Harvey Field then came of and was replaced by Harry Drew,  Drew went to No.9 and Sanderson went to No.15  with Josh Howell-Williams moving from 15 to 14.  From a lineout Portsmouth made excellent ground and then set up a drive to the try line but as they crossed for a try the Ref deemed the ball to have been knocked forward. 

    From a scrum Havant were penalised for offside. Portsmouth elected a kick at goal although the position was quite far out,  between the halfway line and their 10metre line  but Morgan was again on target, which now took the score to 15  –  8.  Shortly after this Portsmouth had a further opportunity to extend their lead with another penalty from a similar distance but out near the touch line but the kick just shaded the near post.   Portsmouth were now enjoying domination in the Havant half with most of the play being contained there.  An excellent touch kick by Morgan resulted in a 50/22 result giving Portsmouth a line on the 5 metre line.  With the rain now pretty steady the ball was getting like a bar of soap and unfortunately they lost possession  giving Havant the chance to clear their line.  More pressure from Portsmouth eventually saw them win another penalty from almost in front of the posts. Morgan duly obliged and their lead was now 18  –  8.  With handling now a bit of a lottery Havant made a rare excursion onto the Portsmouth half but good defensive work kept them out.  As Portsmouth ran the ball out of the Havant 22 they were penalised for crossing giving Havant a fairly straightforward penalty kick which they converted making the score 18  –  11.  Portsmouth soon set up another attack with winger Connor Charlton racing down the touch line but he was tackled with the ball going into touch and the final whistle went with a very much deserved victory to Portsmouth.  At the start they seemed to be giving a bit too much respect to Havant but once that initial 10 – 15 minutes had gone they soon realised they had nothing to fear and for large parts of the first half and most of the second half they won the territorial battle with some ease.  The second row pairing of Finn Parry and Matt Austin went well with both making good inroads with ball in hand.  Prop Phil Gilliland had another great game and deservedly won the MoM presented by Mo Twells.  The backs are also playing very well and are setting up good combinations.  The team spirit throughout is very good to see.  

    This weekend’s results sees the top 5 places unchanged from last week. Portsmouth are now just 1 point behind Havant.  Petersfield beat Gosport & Fareham 43  –  15,  Andover beat New Milton  38  –  3. 

    Next week there are no games which hopefully will give those players who are carrying a few niggles a chance of recovery,  Portsmouth’s next game will be on 4th. November away to New Milton.  Don’t forget that kick off will be at 2.30pm as the clocks go back next weekend.  








  • Weekend Review 14th/15th October 2023

    By Simon Newsham

    It was a tough weekend for the senior men, the firsts went down 18-13 at Andover bringing an end to their excellent winning start to the season (see Jim Dixon’s match report).

     At Rugby Camp the Casuals suffered the agony of a last minute defeat to Andover 2s going down 21-27 whilst the Third XV also at home lost narrowly by eight points to twelve against Fareham Heathens.

    No fixtures for the Valkyries last weekend but this Sunday league leaders the first xv are away at Chipping Sodbury in NC1 South West E.  Meanwhile the seconds will host Trojans Ladies at Rugby Camp.

     Some of the Mini section went to Alton for a coaching session, massive thanks to Alton for hosting us on a glorious sunny morning.

     I only have two reports from the juniors and that was the U13s who went away to Eastleigh and despite going down by nine tries to five. Dexter Oliver was player of the match for the second game running. A big mention to Samuel Hunter who has really come on and put in some amazing tackles. The U13s are looking forward to a rematch at Norway Road.

    And on Sunday the U14s hosted Ellingham & Ringwood in a friendly fixture.

    With a very experimental side and lots of players playing in new positions, the home team ran out 73-12 winners. A real credit to the adaptability of the boys.

    11 tries in total, with ?Hat trick? Henry getting voted man of the match by the opposition. Finley, Seth, Ashton, Zachary, Michael and Nathan also getting over the line – backed up by the boots of Lenny and Ashton.

    This weekend it’s a big one at home, local rivals Havant ii come to Rugby Camp, there is a lunch available beforehand where the menu is Steak and Ale Pie with vegetables and herby roast potatoes or a Sweet Potato and Vegetable pie. Dessert is Sticky Toffee Pudding with custard. Please contact Graham Medland on 07952994352 or

     The Casuals are away to Havant 3’s KO 3pm and the Vets have their first outing with a trip to Fawley Veterans, KO 2 pm

  • Andover v Portsmouth, Saturday 14th October 2023, Counties 1 Hampshire

    Match report by Jim Dixon

    Andover 18 – 13 Portsmouth

    Portsmouth travelled to Andover for their 5th League match. Not the easiest pitch to play on with a slope running to length of the pitch towards the clubhouse. Portsmouth had to make changes to the side that played last week and had a completely new front row. They also welcomed Kallen Wilke for his debut 1st XV appearance having impressed last week for the 2’s.
    It was a colder day than last week with a stuff breeze blowing down the pitch.
    Portsmouth lost the toss and had to play down hill in the first half. With the benefit of the slope Portsmouth soon had Andover defending their line. A couple of penalty kicks ,the first of which just fell short of the posts and the second actually hit the upright but bounced back into the field of play but Portsmouth were able to secure possession and a good drive from Finn Parry saw him cross for their first try. Morgan was on target with the conversion and they led 0 – 7. Andover were soon on the attack and eventually a penalty saw them close the gap to 3 – 7. Andover, through their pack, were able to control possession and a high tackle by Portsmouth saw them close the gap to 6 – 7. Portsmouth were soon back on the attack when full back, Brad Jewer fielded a kick and side stepping his opponent, he set of on a good run and linked well with Harvey Field who also made good ground but was eventually tap tackled after a run of about 20 metres. Portsmouth were penalised for not releasing after the tackle. they were putting some good moves together but just could not make that final breakthrough. Better tackling could have prevented at least one try. Eventually the half time whistle went.

    The second half started with Brad Jewer coming off to be replaced by Harry Drew, He went to No.9 with Tom Sanderson going to No.15. Lee Chandler also came off to be replaced by Henri Davies at No.7 and Ryan Bosher replaced Finn Parry in the 2nd.row. Andover now with the benefit of the slope set up an attack which went almost the length of the field and resulted in them scoring a try under the posts. The conversion was good and the lead was now 13 – 7. From a line-out Portsmouth lost the ball but Andover were penalised for being offside. Morgan took a kick at goal which was successful and the gap was now 13 -10. A good run from Portsmouth saw them take play from one 22 to the other but again just couldn’t make that final break through. A scoring chance by Andover came to nothing through some good defensive work by Portsmouth who eventually won a penalty enabling Morgan to put in a very good touch kick into the Andover half. Portsmouth then lost prop Liam Avis to a yellow card. From that penalty Andover set up a line-out just inside the Portsmouth 22 and a quick throw to the front saw them run through virtually unopposed for a try out wide. The conversion missed and the score was now 18 – 10. With time running out for Portsmouth they were awarded a penalty which Morgan was able to convert making the score 18 – 13. The final whistle went shortly after with some frustration from Portsmouth as they could have won this encounter if they had made the most of their chances. They did however get a bonus point for being within 7 points of Andover. The main difference between the two side was the Andover pack who were heavier than Portsmouth. That’s not to say that the Portsmouth pack were overwhelmed, far from it. Portsmouth’s backs were also in good form with Jewer, Charlton and debut maker Kallen Wilke showing up well. In the forwards Finn Parry also had a good game and seems to be enjoying life in the second row rather than prop and his 2nd row partner Foster also showed some pace with ball in hand. One of the problems of today’s match was the rather constant complaining to the referee which rather turned him against Portsmouth.
    Today’s result sees Portsmouth slip to 5th. place just behind Andover who started the day in 3rd. Next week’s opponents Havant 2nd’s leapfrog into 3rd. after their away win against Eastleigh 30 – 36. Petersfield stay on top with Gosport & Fareham 2nd.


    Portsmouth Man of the Match

    Kallen Wilke

  • Weekend Review 7th/8th October 2023

    By Simon Newham

    The First xv left it late against Eastleigh at Rugby Camp (see Jim Dixons report) but it was a fantastic end to a second period which we spent entirely in Eastleighs half of the pitch.

    The Casuals won 76-0 away to Eastleigh with tries from, Ryan Bateman, Kallen Wilke, Hywel Gronow, Harry Drew, Henrie Thorne all with a try each. Henry Gill and Sam Witt with a brace and a hat-trick for Matt Austin. Hywel Gronow also added eight conversions, as one of the Colts stepping up in the second xv along with Henrie Thorne, Sam Witt and Gronow himself played well.  All three stepped up for their first senior game and they all put in a great shift. Well done, it’s great to see the transition between colts and seniors gelling together nicely.

    I’d love to give you a report from the Under 10’s at New Milton except we didn’t make it there. Thanks to a car malfunction on the M27, many thanks to Dave Thomas for assisting with the rescue of wife, child, dog and gazebo. I believe the U10s had a great day and are looking forward to their next tournament.

    Instead of being at New Milton I got the chance to watch the Valkyries at home to Ellingham & Ringwood who romped home in a 76-0 win. Hat-tricks for centre Georgie Harris and wing Katie Wadeson while full back Nikki Buckingham bagged herself two tries. Also on the scoresheet were fly-half Nancy Lismore, No.8 Zoe Jones, Keeta Rowlands and Ciera Forry all with one each.

    The Valks second xv travelled to Swanage and Wareham (thanks for the toot toot from the bus as you passed us on the hard shoulder) where a valiant performance saw them just edged out by ten points to seven. Prop Niamh Bevan scored our only try which was converted by Meg Wright.   

    The Colts compounded Eastleighs miserable weekend of results against us with a 54-7 drubbing at Rugby Camp, although it was a friendly fixture it’s still good to get a run of wins together.

    U12s match report;  What a difference a week makes! U12’s managed to right the wrongs of last week with four outstanding matches at New Milton. Despite losing the first game they found momentum in the second, narrowly missing out on a win against Tottonians but romped home with 2 victories against Romsey and tournament hosts New Milton. Coach Matt says “the squad really were impressive, their hard work, enthusiasm and enjoyment on the pitch was infectious, they firmly showed they are a force to be reckoned with!”

    The U13s played United Services in a cup match winning by five tries to four, Dexter Oliver was player of the match, most improved was Matin Javid and Donut of the Day Jack Nickleson.

    On Friday night the U14’s welcomed Chichester to Rugby Camp for a cracking game under the new floodlights.

    Having not played each other before, neither side knew what to expect. But the action on the pitch did not disappoint.

    Played in quarters, Portsmouth won each quarter. Eventually running out 54-10 winners but the scoreline doesn’t do justice to the quality and skill of the Chichester side who tested us in every area of the pitch.  Particularly pleasing from a Portsmouth perspective was the variation in which the tries were made and where they were scored. Not to mention an immense defensive effort to frustrate the visitors throughout. Eight tries were scored, Henry with two, Finley, Harry, Seth, Michael, Jake and Shaye one each (with 7/8 successfully converted by Shaye) sent the Portsmouth lads home with deserved smiles on their faces.

  • Portsmouth v Eastleigh, Saturday 7th October 2023, Counties 1 Hampshire

    Portsmouth 31 – 22 Eastleigh

    Match Report by Jim Dixon

    It was an ideal day for a game of rugby, the sun was out, it was warm with only a gentle breeze blowing down the pitch. There was 1 enforced change to the selected side. Tawanda Matipano had to drop out due to family reasons. His place was taken by Will Dalziel who was moved from the wing to fullback. Harvey Field came off the bench to play on the wing and Brad Jewer was moved from the 2’s to the 1’s bench.
    We were all expecting to see a continuation of the last two performances with slick passing and good interplay between backs and forwards but, alas, that didn’t happen. What we had was a rather disjointed performance for the most part with passes not always going to hand or not being held by the recipient. In part this was down to Eastleigh’s defence which was very good. Eastleigh were first on the scoreboard with a converted try after about 6 minutes. Portsmouth were able to reduce that lead with a well taken penalty from between the 10 metre and half way line but into a breeze. Morgan was on target so the score was now 3 – 7. Eastleigh were soon back on the attack and scored their second try out wide but the conversion missed so the score was now 3 – 12. The score was really due to some poor tackling. As the game progressed towards half time Eastleigh set up another attack which resulted in the third converted try taking the lead to 3 – 19. Again a result of poor or no tackling. A good run by prop Adam Parks-Dare saw Portsmouth take play into the visitors 22. A penalty against Eastleigh saw Morgan kick for touch giving Portsmouth a line-out 5 metres from the try line. Portsmouth secured the throw-in and set up a good catch and drive resulting in their first try scored by hooker Bradley Atkins. The score now stood at 10 – 19 after Morgans successful conversion. Aaron Beesley then came on to replace Dan Spencer on the back row. The half time whistle went shortly after.

    The second half started with Will Dalziel coming off to be replaced by Brad Jewer. Adam Parks-Dare also come off to be replaced by Liam Avis in the front row. Portsmouth were now beginning to play the style of rugby we wanted to see and a good run took them deep into the visitors half. Eastleigh then got penalised for not releasing after the tackle. From the resultant line-out Portsmouth lost possession but regained it to win another line-out. This time they were penalised for a crooked throw. A penalty against Portsmouth saw Eastleigh increase their lead to 10 – 22 after about 50 minutes. Portsmouth had a great opportunity to close the gap when a good run by Connor Charlton was carried on by Beesley but his final pass was not held and a golden chance went begging, A cross kick by Morgan just failed to find its target giving Eastleigh a 22 drop out. Another chance was missed when Portsmouth lost a line-out close to the Eastleigh try line, enabling them to clear their line. A penalty to Portsmouth saw Morgan place a good touch kick and this time they managed to hold on to the ball which was spun wide and across the pitch with some good inter-passing resulting eventually in Brad Jewer touching down close to the touch line. Morgan was again on target and the score was now 17 – 22. Most of the play was now being carried out in the Eastleigh half. From another Portsmouth line-out Beesley took the ball and crashed through the defence to score close to the posts giving Morgan a straightforward conversion. The score was now 24 – 22 and Portsmouth now had their noses in front, but only just. Lee Chandler then came off with cramp so Will Dalziel went back on in his place. Another good attack by Portsmouth resulted with the ball in Connor Charlton’s hand and he raced through to score out wide. Morgan was again on target and the lead was now 31- 22 and a bonus point for the 4th.try. It also took Eastleigh’s chance of a loosing bonus point away from them. There was still 2 or 3 minutes left so Portsmouth had to be aware not to give any penalties away and make sure their defence was solid. They managed to hold out to secure their 3rd win on the bounce and their 3rd. bonus point win.
    Portsmouth played much better in the second half, denying Eastleigh territory and the ball for good periods of play but they did leave at least 3 tries out there which mustn’t happen next week. No.9 Tom Sanderson was awarded MoM by Mo Twells who is sponsoring the award on home matches.
    This win sees them slip to 4th place on 15 points as Andover jump ahead of them on points difference but also on 15 points. Andover played Alton and ran out impressive winners 21 – 83. Portsmouth will certainly need to play much better than this next week if they want to keep their winning run going. It is obviously going to be a very hard fought game. Gosport & Fareham beat Bournemouth 2’s 40 – 23 and now move into 2nd place behind Petersfield.

    MoM Tom Sanderson


  • Weekend review 30th Sept/1st Oct

    By Simon Newsham

    On Saturday the First XV had a cracking 14 – 42 win at Alton, see Jim Dixons report on the news page.

    The Casuals entertained the Isle of Wight narrowly losing 27-32 with the final play of the match. Tries from Aaron Beasley, Ali Macdonald, Scott Weatherhead and Ryan Bosher.

    On Sunday The Valkyies were in RFU Intermediate Cup action against Hove who play in Womens Champion SE division two. This is a couple of steps higher up than our ladies. So you can imagine the delight of the Valks coming out on top 31-24 in  really close match. A brace of tries from wing Katie Wadeson, one each from Georgie Harris, Meg Jones and a first ever try for second row Amy Hanks was a highlight for the supporters. Two Conversions by Nancy Lismore and one from Chloe Stopard put the girls in the hat for the next round.  

    The Colts enjoyed a 33-22 win over Petersfield in a spirited encounter at Rugby Camp, they were in command for the majority of the game, I don’t have any scorers but well played to the lads.    

    In the junior section the U12’s made the short trip to Gosport and Fareham for a tournament. Blighted with absentees they had a tough day at the office losing all 4 pool games and unfortunately had to withdraw at the knock-out stage as the injuries mounted. The coach adds “There’s lots to work on at training on Wednesday and we will build from here”.

    The U13’s hosted Tottonians on Sunday morning ending up five points each in a hard fought match, Joshua Daniells impressed for the hosts as did Brayden Dewane, the coveted Donut of The Day was Jack Stoneman.

    In the afternoon the U14s also hosted Totts in their first home game of the season and a solid 66-5 victory in a hotly-contested match gave them their second win in a row. Amongst numerous try-scorers, player of the match Rory helped himself to four tries with the score being underlined by the excellent conversion kicking from Lenny.

    The U16s travelled to Basingstoke looking to make it two wins from two. Kick off was delayed to allow them to have a proper warm up after arriving late due to a motorway incident. The lads started well but conceded early points, however they stuck to their game plan and ran out 34-36 winners with two tries from Dylan Barnes (on his birthday) and one each for Sam Shepherd, Blake Kerley, Joe Cobby and Josh Witt, Pompeys player of the match was Charlie Bradrick. The win puts them in second place behind Tadley on points difference. 

     Next Saturday the 1sts host Eastleigh, there will be a pre-match lunch, if you’re thinking of coming along please contact Graham Medland or text on 07952 994352

  • Alton v Portsmouth, Saturday 30th September 2023, Counties 1 Hampshire

    Alton 14 – 42 Portsmouth

    Report by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth had to make several changes to last week’s team due to absence and injury although they did have Simon Morgan back for his first League start following treatment on his achilles tendon, a problem that he had from the end of last season.

    Portsmouth  played into the wind on pitch that no matter which way you ran, always seemed uphill.  Alton kicked off and Portsmouth gathered and made a good touch kick. Alton won the resultant line out and kicked the ball towards the Portsmouth goal line but Will Dalziel was able to get back and kick the ball over the dead ball line.  This gave Alton a 5 metre scrum and they broke on the blind side and scored the first try close to the posts. The kick was converted and their lead was 7 – 0.  From the restart Portsmouth were awarded a penalty for a no arms tackle and Morgan took a kick at goal from just outside the Alton 22 but into the wind which was blowing diagonally across the pitch.  He was on target and the score was now 7 – 3 with about 8 minutes on the clock.  From the restart Portsmouth set up a good passing movement taking to ball downfield. They then switched to run from left to right and a good move was completed by Will Dalziel who crossed under the posts. Again Morgan was on target with the conversion and Portsmouth now led 7 – 10. Portsmouth were now getting into their stride and a series of handling moves kept them in the Alton half.  Alton then managed to get into the Portsmouth half and from a line out they crossed for their 2nd try under the posts which with the conversion saw them regain the lead 14 – 10.  Both the Alton tries were really as a result of poor tackling which was annoying as they had been doing well in that department during the half.  One or two scoring opportunities where missed by Portsmouth as they kept pressure on the Alton goal line but couldn’t make the final pass hit its target.  Portsmouth then had to take Leo Wall off as he had hit his head on the ground in a tackle and he failed his HIA.  He was replaced by Arthur Layton.  Josh Howell-Williams then made a good break and a neat kick ahead was gathered by Sam Foster who showed good pace for a second row and he crossed out wide for a good score.  Again Morgan was on target and Portsmouth now retook the lead 14 – 17 as the half time whistle went shortly after.

    Portsmouth got the second half underway with a change in the front row. Phil Galliland was replaced by Adam Parks-Dare.  Alton had a chance to level the score with a penalty but the kick missed.  A line-out to Alton was over-thrown and picked up by Lee Chandler who passed to Morgan who put in a good touch kick down field.  Chandler then had to come off with a knee injury.  Dan Spencer took his place.  Finn Parry also came off and was replaced by Phil Galliland.  A gook kick ahead by Morgan was gathered well by Will Dalziel who showed good pace to run through the opposition and go round and touch down under the posts. Morgan was on target and Portsmouth now lead by 14 -24. More pressure by Portsmouth forced Alton to give away a penalty which Morgan duly converted to take the score to 14 – 27.   Shortly after all this Portsmouth had a scrum inside the Alton 22 and No.8 Elliott Worrall crossed for their 4th try giving them a bonus point.  Morgan converted and the lead was now 14 – 34.  Shortly after this Worrall was again on the scoreboard with his second try. Surprisingly Morgan missed the conversion and the score was now 14 – 39.   A brilliant one handed interception by Foster saw him take the ball into the Alton half.  Finn Parry then came back on to replace Anthony Fooks.  A good run by Brad Atkins which saw him break through 3 tackles eventually came to nothing with the final pass failing to find its target.  A fine run,  this time by Tom Sanderson saw him make good ground, resulted in a penalty to Portsmouth for offside by Alton.  Morgan took the kick which sailed through the posts taking the score to 14 – 42 as the final whistle went. |The Coaches we a bit annoyed at the 2 converted tries Alton score which were really as a result of poor tackling 

    This was another good show by Portsmouth who kept the momentum of last weeks victory going with more quick and crisp handling and linking between forwards and backs.

    Portsmouth also showed good pace on the ball and again Connor Charlton also made some good runs, looking to find gaps if possible.  Alex Higson also led the way in how to tackle under the new tackle laws with all his tackles going round the ankles of his opponents.  Unfortunately for Portsmouth he is off to Uni next week.  Next week should see some of this weeks absentees returning which will make for some hard decisions for the coaches when selecting next weeks team.

    Their opponents next week will be Eastleigh who lost today to Trojans 24- 18.  Eastleigh are now 9th. place.  

    Today’s result sees Portsmouth reach the dizzy heights of 3rd place in the league on 10 points. Andover are 4th.also on 10 points but with a slightly bigger points difference.  Petersfield still head the table with a 34-5 defeat of Andover.  They are on 15 points with Gosport & Fareham 2nd also on 15 points but Petersfield have a better points difference








  • Weekend Update 24th-25th September 2023

    By Simon Newsham

    The first XV hosted Trojans on Saturday watched by a large crowd in the sunshine and ably supported by our U10s who acted as mascots for the day including a coaching session.  A comfortable 57-13 victory was racked up with nine tries and nine different scorers.  Each home league game will be preceded by a lunch and a different age group of juniors will be guard of honour for the first team.

    In other games the Seconds went down 50 points to 16 at Fareham Heathens the Valkyries 2s were postponed when Poole couldn’t raise a side due to illness and injuries. However, the Valks firsts went to Bristol on Sunday to play Dings Crusaders and came away with a 29-29 draw after a last gasp penalty try courtesy of the hosts. The ladies fought back from 29-17 down, tries from Kat Burianova, Katie Wadeson and Nancy Lismore earning the Valkyries valuable points, they are third in NC1 South West (east).     

    In the junior section the under 13s played a friendly away to Bognor coming out winners by six tries to two.  Player of the match was Vincent Thomas, the most improved player was Troy Lawton-Roberts and Donut of the day was Samuel Hunter. Great play Sam.

    The U14’s had their first friendly fixture of the season, travelling to East Grinstead. Where they were welcomed by their chairman who also refereed the match. On the pitch the boys started the season with the same kind of intensity they finished their U13’s campaign. Playing fast, free-flowing rugby and not allowing their opponents any space in defence or attack.

    The relentless pressure meant Portsmouth winning 54-0 against a spirited East Grinstead side who never gave up or let their heads drop. Unsurprisingly there were some magnificent performances across the squad, but a special mention has to go to Arthur who the opposition voted player of the match in his very first club rugby match.

    There was a sense of poignancy as it is three years since the tragic death of East Grinsteads head coach Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, the club have installed a permanent memorial, silhouette of Matt overlooks the pitches where he continues to watch the games at the club where he was so popular.

    The U15s had their first league game today against Basingstoke at home. An amazing performance and a 37-21 win for the Portsmouth boys. A hat trick for full back Jamie Morgan, two tries by Fly Half Rhys Arnott a try each for Logan Lavery and Max Dixon. 

    The U16s went to Romsey and came away with a 24-25 victory, tries from Sam Oldham, Joe Cobby and Blake Kerley plus two Conversions and two penalties by Reggie Dugan sealed their first win in their new division. A great result having been 24 – 13 down with ten minutes to go the boys dug in deep. 

  • Portsmouth v Trojans, Saturday 23rd September 2023, Counties 1 League match

    Portsmouth 57-13 Trojans

    Match Report by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth came onto the pitch through a tunnel formed by Portsmouth Under 10’s. Games between Portsmouth and Trojans have been close affairs recently and before that they were often our bogey side.  Portsmouth had to make a few changes from last week with injuries and a few players crossing the Channel to watch England v Chile.  Another noted difference is the recently re-vamped old clubhouse which has a well stocked bar and is open on every match day so that spectators can get drinks more easily than climbing upstairs.  This has been led by former player Dave Thomas who is now Club Bar Manager and Events Co-ordinator.

     Trojans got proceedings underway and a penalty by Portsmouth gave Trojans and easy 3 points as the kick was almost in front of the posts close to the 22.  This was after just a few minutes of play.  From the re-start fullback Tawanda Matipano caught the ball and from a good run crossed the line for a try out wide. The conversion just missed but the lead was now 5  –  3 to Portsmouth.  This was Tawanda’s debut match for Portsmouth and he didn’t disappoint. He is known to Coaches and team mates as ‘T’   ‘T’ was soon in action again with another good run and a kick through which was followed up by scrum half Tom Sanderson. The ball bounced of an opponent and Sanderson was able to collect and  cross for their 2nd try.  This time Gareth Davies was on target and the lead was now 12  –  3,  Bryn Rainford then had to leave the field with a broken nose to be replaced by Alex Higson.  A penalty awarded to Trojans for offside was converted so the gap closed to 12  –  6 with about 20 minutes gone.  From a Trojans line out they kicked the ball down field and this was gathered by Portsmouth who then set up a great passing movement involving the 3’s which resulted in Connor Charlton finishing of the move with a try under the posts. Davies was again on target and the lead was now 19  –  6 with about 28 minutes on the clock.  Centre Will Dalziel then had to come off with a hamstring strain and he was replaced by Harvey Field.  Portsmouth were again on the scoreboard following a good handling movement involving forwards and backs which was finished off by No.7 Lee Chandler dotting down under the posts. Davies was again on target and the score was now 26  –  6.  That was Portsmouth’s 4th. try and bonus point with about 5 minutes of the half remaining.  Prop Adam Parks-Dare then came off to be replaced by Liam Avis. A penalty to Trojans saw them kick to touch deep in the Portsmouth half but  Portsmouth managed to steal the resultant throw in and took play back in to the Trojans 22. Shortly after this Portsmouth lost 2nd.row Finn Pary to a yellow card and the half time whistle went shortly after.

    The second half saw Portsmouth playing with the wind behind them.  A long kick down field saw Trojans mis-handle and Portsmouth won the resultant line out.  From that lineout Portsmouth set up a good catch and drive and No 8 Aaron Beesley .crossed for a try. Davies was again on target and the lead was now 33  –  6.  A rather loose pass by Trojans  was intercepted by Harvey Field who made good ground before offloading to Josh Howell-Williams who touched down out wide. With the conversion dissecting the posts Portsmouth’s  lead was now 40  – 6.  All this was while Portsmouth were down to 14 players.  Portsmouth were unlucky not to increase that lead when they gathered to ball deep in their half and ‘T’ made good ground before passing to No.9 Sanderson who made further inroads into the opposition half and some more interpassing until the ball was knocked on.  Another great scoring movement saw Portsmouth handling the ball well ,linking backs and forwards and eventually No.6 Fooks crossed for a very good team try. The resultant conversion sailed through the posts taking the lead to 47  –  6.  Trojans then managed to get deep into Portsmouth territory and they eventually managed to cross for a try close to the posts. Their conversion was good and the score was now 47 – 13.  Portsmouth were soon back on the attack and prop Liam Avis crossed for a try out wide. The conversion missed and the score now stood at 52-13.  Yet another good passing movement involving backs and forwards eventually resulted in No.12 Dan Gates crossing for a try.  The conversion missed  and the score was now 57 -13 and the final whistle went shortly after.

    This was one of the best performances seen at Rugby Camp for quite a while.  The catalyst for this was Portsmouth’s No15 who showed he was very much a team player, always looking to involve players around him. He is a very balance runner with good pace and stepping ability.  He seemed to inspire those around him with a lot of confidence and as a result we saw plenty of pace and good handling with the ball being moved quickly.  The forwards also acquitted themselves well, especially the front row with Phil Gilliland making good ground when the chance came.  It was also very pleasing to see Adam Parks-Dare back in his rightful position.  Everyone played an important part in the win and that includes the bench.

    This win sees Portsmouth climb up the table to on 5 points.  Petersfield remain top after their defeat of Alton 102 -0, our opponents next week.  Alton are currently bottom but Portsmouth mustn’t take it that this will be an easy game.   We all know that teams who have a heavy defeat one week can easily bounce back so we must go with the right attitude.








  • Petersfield v Portsmouth, Saturday 16th September 2023, Counties 1 Hampshire

    Match Report by Jim Dixon

    Petersfield 57 – 12 Portsmouth

    This season’s league started with an away trip up the A3 to Petersfield.   Petersfield have managed to secure the services of two former National 2 players as player/coaches.  Both were playing for Worthing last season who finished the league in  Liam Perkins, No8,  captain of Worthing last season, and Matt McClean, fullback last season and with one of the highest points tally’s in the league, Perkins also captained Hampshire last season.

    5 minutes into the game and Petersfield opened the scoring with a converted try from a 5 metre line-out and catch and drive 7  –  0.  Shortly after Sam Olie saved an almost certain try with an excellent tackle.  As Petersfield recycled the ball more good defensive work by Portsmouth kept them out and eventually they won a penalty, enabling them to clear their lines.  However the respite was short lived as Petersfield scored another converted try taking the score to 14  –  0.  The Petersfield backs were now getting into the game and with plenty of pace they scored a try taking the score to 19 – 0.  This was extended to 26 – 0 when they picked up a loose ball to score a converted try after about 20 minutes.  Portsmouth were beginning to get more possession of their own but were let down by the final pass not going to hand.  A cross kick to the touch line just missed the Portsmouth winger and from the resulting line-out Petersfield ran the ball up field to score a converted although a couple of the passes looked a bit suspect.  33 – 0.  Another try took the score to 38 – 0. From the restart Petersfield No 8 caught the ball and showing his class made plenty of ground deep into the Portsmouth 22 before offloading to a supporting player who scored out wide taking the score to 43 – 0 as the half time whistle went.

    From the start of the second half Portsmouth winger Brad Jewer gathered a loose ball and stepped his way through to the try line for Portsmouth to at last get on the score board. 43 – 5.  Portsmouth were now attacking with a bit  more energy and were managing to keep Petersfield in their own half for long periods of play but couldn’t make that break due to good defence from Petersfield . With about 15 minutes remaining Petersfield scored their first try of the second half with a rather rare breakout  taking their lead to 50 – 5.  Portsmouth were soon back on the attack and did manage to drive over the try line but were adjudged to have been held up.  With the final minutes of the game closing in Petersfield scored their last try taking the score to 57  –  5.  Portsmouth kept  their efforts up and from a good cross kick by Gareth Davies the ball fell into second row Sam Foster’s hands as he was running full tilt.  He sped through the defence to score close to the posts giving Gareth Davies an easier conversion and taking the final score to 57 – 12.   In some ways this was a strange ending as everyone thought that after a the first half score Portsmouth would struggle to contain their opponents but as the half progressed it was Portsmouth who were having then better of the territory and when the final whistle went the second half score was only 14 – 12.  

    Petersfield’s ambition this season is to win this league as the coaches are on a 2 year contract.  On this showing they are going to be there or thereabouts.  Following today’s game Portsmouth will be without Sam Olie for a while with a knee injury and also Jordan Cracknell with a broken hand which is going to take a lot longer to mend. 

    Next week sees Portsmouth at home to Trojans who lost to Gosport & Fareham 32 – 30 so that looks as though it is going to be another hard game.  








  • Portsmouth v Basingstoke, Saturday 9th September 2023, Pre-season friendly

    Match report by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth 17 – 22 Basingstoke


    This was the last of 4 pre-season warm up games.  Basingstoke were in the same league as Portsmouth last season but have now been relegated to Counties 2 Hampshire.

    There were a few changes from last weeks loss to Brighton which was always the plan so that all squad players had a good run out prior to the season proper starting.

    For the first 15-20 minutes neither side were able to establish any authority on the match.  Eventually it was Stoke who opened the scoring with a try out wide to take a 0  –  5 lead.  From a penalty Stoke were able to kick to touch and set up a catch and drive from the line out, scored their 2nd try to take a 0  –  12 lead.  Portsmouth managed to close the gap with a try by Bryn Rainford after some good pressure, the score now 5  –  12. The conversion hit the upright and bounced back into the field of play.  Stoke soon extended their lead with a try from a driving maul taking the score to 5  – 17 as the half time whistle went.

    The second half saw Stoke straight back on the attack with a 3rd try taking the score to 5  –  22.  It must be said tjhat better tackling could have prevented the score. A penalty in front of the posts gave Stoke  a chance to increase their lead but the kick went wide.  Portsmouth were now begining to put some moves together and that resulted in their 2nd try thanks to good work from Brad Jewer and finished off by Harry Drew, taking the score to 10  –  22.  A 3rd try this time from Adam Parks-Dare who scored out wide following a period of pressure from Portsmouth.  The score was now 17  –  22. Just 1 more score was needed to change the result but despite their best endeavours time got the better of them as the final whistle went giving a victory to the visitors.

    It was a rather dis-jointed first half in which there seemed a lack of cohesion from Portsmouth, fortunately that got a bit better in the second half but there were too many missed or half hearted tackles on show.   Having said that it was a game played under extreme heat which made handling rather difficult with very sweaty hands.   The Ref made sure that there were plenty of water breaks during the game.

    Next week sees the start of the League campaign with the 1’s away to Petersfield in what promises to be a pretty hard fought game.  








  • Brighton II v Portsmouth, Pre-season Friendly, Sat 2nd September 2023

    Match Report by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth travelled to Brighton for their penultimate pre-season warm up match.  This was going to be their toughest fixture to date, especially as it transpired that Brighton had 5 or 6 players who had been hoping to take part in their 1st.XV match against Bracknell which was being played at Brighton.

    Portsmouth kicked off and were soon putting Brighton under pressure.  The forwards got a good drive going towards the Brighton line but the ref deemed the ball to have been held up.  Shortly after,  a quickly taken tapped penalty by Portsmouth saw the ball spun wide and Connor Charlton crossed for the first try of the match.  Tom Sanderson was on target with the conversion and Portsmouth led 0  –  7 with about 20 minutes gone.   Portsmouth has a chance to increase the lead with a penalty but the kick drifted wide. Another try chance went begging for the visitors with a knock-on just short of the try line. After a bit of pressure by Brighton they scored their first try which was converted bringing the scores level at 7 a’piece.   This try seemed to waken Brighton up and they started to put pressure on Portsmouth and scored their second converted try just before half time giving them the lead 14-  7.

    The second half started with Brighton very much on the attack and soon added to their first half score with a converted try taking the score to 21 – 7.  This was followed by another converted try taking the score to 28 – 7.  Portsmouth were now tiring after the hard work they put into the first half and Brighton were able to take advantage of that and 2 more converted tries took the score to 42 – 7.  To their credit though Portsmouth didn’t give up on their efforts and they were finally rewarded from a catch and drive at a line out just inside the Brighton 22.which resulted in Bradley Atkins crossing the try line.. The conversion missed and the final whistle went with the result a 42- 12 win to Brighton.  Brighton were obviously helped by having some 1stXV fringe players on hand and also by having a much larger squad  so could replace players more frequently.  The effort of the Portsmouth  pack in particular was good to see as they were by no means disgraced.   There was also good running in the backs which was good to see.   They did leave 2 or 3 tries out there which would have made the final score a bit more respectable but the coaches have plenty to look forward to.  The Portsmouth half backs took a bit of time to gel but that improved as the game went on.  The whole squad got good game time and all aquitted them selves well.

    Next week sees the last pre-season match at home to Basingstoke.








  • Portsmouth Squad vs Hampshire Police Squad, Thursday 24th August 2023

    Portsmouth 50 – 7 Hampshire Police

    Match Report by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth got two- XV’s out for this training match.  1 squad was mainly 2nd. & 3rd.XV players and the other squad was mainly 1st.XV and some 2nd.XV players.  This was the second pre-season game played under floodlights.   Hampshire Police have recently resurrected their team and this was their 1st outing for 8 years.  Several of their players are playing for other local sides.  The sessions were split into 4 x 20 min. periods with the 2nds. & 3rds. playing first.

    Hampshire Police opened the scoring almost from the kick off when they spun the ball across their backs and their centre shot through to score, the conversion was successful and they led 0 – 7.   Portsmouth were soon able to hit back with a try from a driving maul taking the score to 5 – 7.  The first session ended shortly after. 

    The second session started with the same teams on both sides and Portsmouth scored an early unconverted try thus taking the lead 10 – 7.  This was followed shortly after by another Portsmouth try, this time converted, and increased their lead to 17 – 7.  The second session ended  on the same score. 

    The 3rd.session started with Portsmouth changing their teams over but Hampshire Police only had enough for half their team to be replaced.

    From the re-start Portsmouth were able to set up a driving maul which resulted in a converted try taking their lead to 24 – 7.  and the 3rd.session ended shortly after.  The final session got underway and Portsmouth soon built on their lead with an unconverted try 29 – 7.  A good cross kick by Portsmouth was caught by a back and he stepped through the defence to score a converted try, taking the score to 36 – 7.  Another Portsmouth try saw them extend their lead to 43 – 7.  The final try was scored under the posts so the conversion was on target and the score was now 50 – 7. The full time whistle went as the conversion went over.

    Hampshire Police stuck gamely to their task but Portsmouth had just a bit too much power, pace and fitness for them.  Also most of their team played the 80 minutes whilst our players only played 40 minutes.  However this was a much better performance than last week with some good moves being tried.  

    Next week will see a big step up as Portsmouth are travelling to Brighton for the 3rd. pre-season match  which will be played on Saturday with a 3.00 p.m. K.O..Brighton play in a higher league than this will be a good test as to where they are.


    The next session will be on Wednesday, 30th August at 7pm at Rugby Camp.

    Before you look to participate, please message John Vaughan on 07881 383 387 to confirm your attendance and then turn up suitably attired on the day.


    Walking Rugby is one of England Rugby’s non-contact formats of the game. There is no tackling involved, instead a touch on the armpit or below are used. Played on a half pitch, participants must be walking at all times.


    Walking Rugby can be played by everyone men and women; however, it is generally played by older players (55+). All skill levels can play together.   ​


    A welcoming, laid back, social environment is the core experience of all Walking Rugby sessions. Players should arrive dressed for the playing conditions and introduce themselves to John and Paul when they arrive. Each session is unique so be sure check-in with John prior to joining.​

  • Portsmouth Squad v United Services Squad

    Match Report – Preseason Friendly Friday 18th August – by Jim Dixon

    Portsmouth Squad v United Services Squad under floodlights

    Portsmouth 24 – 7 United services

    Portsmouth got their first pre-season ‘friendly’ underway at Rugby Camp, under floodlights.  U.S opened the scoring with a converted try but Portsmouth soon hit back with a couple of tries, one of which was converted to lead 12 – 7 at the end of the first session. The second session got underway with both teams changing their personnel.  Portsmouth were soon back on the scoreboard with an unconverted try to lead 17 – 7.  This was followed with a converted try to take the lead to 24 – 7.  The game then came to a rather unexpected end when following a U.S attack in which the ball carrier was tackled,  the two players were embroiled in a bit of ‘handbags’ and one of the Portsmouth players got hit on the head. That started a  reaction from both teams and also some of the U.S. players who were on the touch line watching the game.  The referee managed to get things under control but not before the U.S. coach had taken his players off the field.  No one was really sure if the game was over or not as the opposition then came back onto the pitch and it appeared as if the game would re-start.  However after a talk between the Ref. and  a player from each team he blew his whistle and got the 2 squads to shake hands, with the match ending with a 24 – 7 win to the home side.  There were several new players on view for Portsmouth and the whole squad acquitted themselves well with the new players showing good touches

    Portsmouth finished the session with a game between their own players for the remaining 20 minutes or so.

    Next week sees Portsmouth take on Hampshire Police on Thursday evening, again under floodlights, at Rugby  Camp KO 1930


    Fellow members

    Second Calling notice – Portsmouth Rugby Club – AGM 2023 – Tuesday 4th of July at 20:00

    The meeting will begin at 8:00 on Tuesday 4th of July and members are requested to sign in by 7.45

    The agenda is as below

    Herewith the Agenda for the meeting.

    1. Attendance and apologies
    2. Minutes of AGM July 2022.
    3. Chairman’s Report
    4. Financial Report and Appointment of Independent Examiners

    5. 1st team Captain’s address

    6. Player’s Rep. Address
    7. Election of Officers.


      President                        N. Morgan
      Chairman                        J Whitehouse
      Vice Chairmen                S Cameron /M Caspall
      Hon Treasurer                 M. Twells
      DOR                                TBC
      Hon Sec                          C Richardson
      House Manager              J Dixon / D Knight
      Players representatives: TBC
      Media & Development    Simon Newsham
      Junior Section                 Gemma Skinner
      Women’s DOR                Fred French
      Social Secretary             Ollie Simpson
      Membership Secretary    R Tyrrell

    6. Captains – to be announced
    7. Questions and answer session
    8. AOB – NOTICE from Pete Smout – This month’s 100 club will be £500

    Many thanks  Roger Highgate

  • 100-Club

    The winners of the June draw were: Mark Witcher – £50 and Jacqui Bailey – £30.

    To sign up and be included in the draw for July and have a chance of winning the £50 first prize or £30 second prize, contact Pete Smout on 07760 400 690 or email for more information.

    The cost is £3 per month or an annual one-off payment of £36.


    For many years now, retired PRFC Vets have been running the line for all 1st XV’s matches, home and away. These ageing dinosaurs require some fresh young blood to come in and supplement their numbers and if you are a former player and would like to give something back to the club, please volunteer to join our merry band from next season.

    At the moment, touch-judges attend three matches each a season but obviously, with more numbers, this could reduce to one or two Saturdays.

    If you can spare a couple of Saturdays from September to March, please contact John Vaughan on 07881 383 387.