INFORMATION FOR VISITING SUPPORTERS (2017/18)

For those heading to Jersey this weekend please see the below match day information from Jersey Reds RUFC.

 

ACCOMMODATION

We have partnered with Seymour Hotels who are offering  fantastic rates for visiting supporters for the 2017/18 season. Choose from either The Pomme d’Or Hotel (from £85 per room including breakfast), a superbly located 4 star hotel within walking distance of all the restaurants, bars and clubs that St Helier has to offer and just a 2 minute walk from Liberation Bus Station with regular services to Jersey’s rugby ground. Alternatively The Merton Hotel (from £75 per room for B+B), a lively resort style 3 star hotel boasting a number of restaurants and bars within the hotel, a superb range of leisure facilities and walking distance to St Helier town centre.

FRIDAY NIGHT

The club will be open on Friday evenings before all Saturday league games. A good chance to meet some ‘native’ supporters, engage in some pre-match banter and have a ‘recce’ of the ground. The Barclays Pavilion will be open between 5.30 and 7.30pm, the ‘Jersey Pride’ ale will be tapped and Sean Dunne the Club Manager will be providing free nibbles.

PRE-MATCH ON SATURDAY

We have introduced a number of new options for pre-match feeding and watering at St Peter and our aim is to offer something for everyone.

Two seasons ago we added a new marquee to the facilities within the ground, and this marquee has recently been moved to a new pitchside location.

The marquee will offer all supporters the chance to have a two-course sit-down meal, comprising a hot main course followed a cheese platter and coffee at a cost of £10 per person. Book asap with Club Manager Sean as space is limited. The marquee includes a fully-stocked bar, including ‘Jersey Pride’ ale on tap.

There is a formal pre-match luncheon on the day for members, sponsors and corporate guests in the Clubhouse. Visiting officials are invited, however beyond this we’re afraid lunch is usually sold out. If you are interested it may be worth contacting Sean in case he’s had any cancellations – sean.dunne@jerseyreds.je. As a result, the Clubhouse is only available (pre-match) to the 200 lunch guests.

The Pavilion Bar adjacent to the Clubhouse will be open to all supporters from 12noon, offering full bar, including ‘Jersey Pride’ on handpump, plus food such as ‘special of the day’, ‘posh dogs’, pasties, burgers etc. It gets busy in the hour leading up to kick-off. Other mobile units around the ground, opening around two hours prior to kick-off, will also be serving food and drink.

The Club Shop near the main entrance to the ground opens at 1pm on match-days until 5pm.

THE MATCH/ TICKETS

For the match itself Ground Admission is £19, or £7 for full-time students with suitable ID. Under 18s are free, proof-of-age is required. Sorry, but there’s no senior citizen concession. It’s a good idea to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the off. Our small stand is fully subscribed, with the exception of seats for the invited officials as above. For those with serious mobility issues, Jersey Reds’ staff will try and help out with vacant stand seats, but these are at a premium and can’t be guaranteed. We have allocated two tiered benches for anyone who has difficulty in standing for long periods of time. Please call the club on 01534 499929 between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday or Thursday and speak to Vicki or Sean if you need to arrange a seat.

Tickets are available in advance via our online partner Eventbrite and you can save £1 on the non-member admission rate by purchasing more than 48 hours before kick-off – to purchase click THIS LINK – or you can pay for admission on the day, although this may involve ‘double queuing’ during pre-match ‘rush-hour.’

There’s not a great deal of space under cover (standing or seating) at St Peter, so it’s wise to have warm / waterproof gear in case of inclement weather, and some sensible footwear. In assessing the likely weather conditions, we recommend Jersey Met Office – their five-day forecast is published daily at 9am.

MATCH PROGRAMME

The Jersey Reds match programme features a range of articles, player profiles, statistics and analysis. Programmes are available on Friday evenings (subject to delivery in time) and on match-days, priced £2.

POST-MATCH

The Clubhouse is open to all after the match and we will only restrict admission if we’ve reached capacity. The bars in the marquee and Pavilion will also remain open for at least an hour after the final whistle; after this punters will migrate to the Clubhouse as the other bars get ready to close. Normally things start to wind down around 8pm, when people head for St Aubin or St Helier.

TRANSPORT

For those flying in/out on the day, the ground is less than 10 minutes walk from the airport. A taxi to/from the ground to town (St Helier) will be around £15. Or there’s the No 9 bus to/from St Helier (£2) which stops outside the ground or the #15 to the Airport (also £2; get off at the penultimate stop, The Mermaid, and it’s a 5-minute walk) or the #22 to L’Etacq (get off at the Jersey Aero Club, which is adjacent to the club). Return bus times will be posted at the main gate on the day of the match or you can visit www.libertybus.je . If you have a car, there is free parking available close to the ground, but traffic can be busy, so please allow lots of time.

NEWS ABOUT THE GAME

The Jersey Evening Post has a match preview in Friday’s edition (on sale from 12.30pm), with more rugby in Saturday’s edition (on sale from 7am), followed by a write-up on Monday. The match will be previewed on BBC Radio Jersey between 5.30 and 6pm on Fridays, and on ITV Channel Television between 6 and 6.30pm. A preview will be posted on Jersey’s website www.jrfc.je , with team news on Friday at 12noon and the latest news is on Twitter – twitter.com/jerseyrfc or Facebook.

MOBILE PHONES

There has been feedback from some visiting supporters who have received large phone bills on their return from the Island because the small-print on their tariffs didn’t include Jersey, leading to higher charges, especially for data if you are roaming. If in doubt about this, visitors are advised to check out their phone contract in advance, or use devices sparingly or with the roaming function disabled.

TOURIST INFO

We’d recommend visiting www.jersey.com which is packed with info about where to stay and what else (besides rugby) to do while you are here. If you’re considering visiting a particular tourist attraction, it’s worth giving the Tourism Office a call to check the opening times of your intended destination – many venues aren’t open 365 days a year. The number is (01534) 448800 and the opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 1pm at weekends.

RETAIL THERAPY

Although shopping may not be everybody’s idea of an approved rugby tour activity, the Island has a fine range of shops, especially in St Helier. One word of warning though – most large shops are not open on Sundays, except for the four or five weekends prior to Christmas. Those arriving early can however take advantage of late opening of a number of the major shops in St Helier on Thursdays until 7pm.

Finally, we hope you have an enjoyable trip to Jersey and look forward to your company.

Jersey Reds

Updated September 2017

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DKTV | Ben Hunter ready for Jersey.

Hooker Ben Hunter looks ahead to this weekend’s Championship kick off away at Jersey.
 
The fifth year veteran had to watch from the sidelines in the first three pre-season clashes of the summer following an ankle injury but returned for last Saturday’s victory over Newcastle. 
 
With just two days to go until the resumption of Championship action the hooker says he is confident going into the 2017/18 campaign and believes the squad has the potential to challenge at the very top of the division.
 

DKTV | Griff on Championship week one.

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths discusses the Knights pre-season victory over Newcastle Falcons and looks ahead to the return of Championship action this weekend away versus Jersey Reds.

Clive states he was please with some of the attacking fortitude shown by the Knights and admits he has a few tough decisions to makes in terms of selection this week. 

Knights finish pre-season on a high

The Knights ended pre-season on a winning note as they prevailed 35-26 over a youthful but competitive Newcastle Falcons side.

On what was the first use of Castle Park’s exquisite new playing surface, nine penalty points from the boots of Simon Humberstone and Dec Cusack proved the difference with both sides registering four tries apiece

Donny started brightly and looked threatening from the off, generating plenty of quick and clean ball under the South Yorkshire sun. The early pressure forced an indiscretion in the Falcons defense which was penalized and Humberstone opened the scoring.

Moments later the lead was increased with the first try of the game.

Another penalty in midfield was put to touch just inside the visitors 22m and the Knights began to attack from the favourable field position. Phases were quickly spun together until a half gap was spotted by Charlie Foley, the outside centre broke through before finding Tom James in support to race away and score. Humberstone slotted the extras; 10-0. 

Newcastle responded with a prompt and direct response very shortly after. From a deep lineout the Falcons carried through the pack and set up a sequence of pick and go carries which ended with Fijian international Tevita Cavubati barging over from close range.

The remainder of the half belonged to Donny who looked very dangerous out wide and pleasingly assured at the set piece. A Ben Hunter charge down almost stood up perfectly for Tom James but the final bounce of the ball was unkind and the Falcons cleared.

The fans didn’t have to wait much longer for a second Doncaster try, however, as Humberstone finished a lovely piece of counter attack rugby. A powerful hit from Junior Bulumakau forced a fumble which was quickly scooped up. Charlie Foley set off with support and a series of offloads resulted in the fly half getting Donny’s second. He converted the effort – 17-7 

Both sides showed glimpses as the the game creped towards the interval with the Knights

offloading game looking particularly potent but neither could muster a further try. A high tackle on Will Owen drew another penalty and Humberstone converted to make it 20-7 at the break.

Both sides made a changes at the change of ends and it was the Falcons who seemed to adjust better; coming out of the blocks showing notable improvement. A fast start quickly became points after flanker Harrison Orr spotted a gap on the blindside and carried before feeding Ruaridh Dawson to sprint away and score.

The try woke the Knights up a little and they reacted with a couple of nicely worked attacking phases.

Another midfield penalty was put through the uprights, this time by Dec Cusack meaning the Knights held an eleven-point advantage just short of the hour mark. 

A couple of moments later it seemed as if the tie were over as Donny registered their third try of the game to make the score 28-12.  Sam Jones carried through the gain line in the Falcons 22m and with quick ball Foley broke smartly to feed Tyson Lewis who scored in the corner. Cusack was unable to convert but the Knights looked comfortable.

The Falcons had no intention of rolling over and reacted with a try of their own almost immediately. Having been the catalyst for the second try, Orr got on the score sheet himself with a fine running line to break and score more or less untouched. Craig Willis converted.

Dual-registered hooker Curtis Langdon scored his second try in as many games to reestablish the Knights lead but a lapse in defense in the dying stages allowed the Falcons the opportunity to finish on a through James Elliot. 

Knights; 15) Paul Jarvis (Brett Connon 37’), 14) Junior Bulumakau (James Wright 69’), 13) Charlie Foley, 12) Will Owen, 11) Tyson Lewis (Seva Bulumakau 69’), 10) Simon Humberstone (Dec Cusack 40’), 9) Tom James (Michael Heaney 51’), 1) Rich List (Jack Bergmanas 50’), 2) Ben Hunter (Curtis Langdon 40’) (Owen Evans 69’), 3) Colin Quigley (Joe Sproston 40’), 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Morgan Eames (Tom Hicks 40’), 6) Sam Jones (Ian Williams 69’), 7) Michael Hills © (Alex Shaw 58’), 8) Aaron Carpenter (Jason Hill 47’)

 

Replacements; 16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Jack Bergmanas, 18) Joe Sproston 19) Tom Hicks, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Dec Cusack. Blank) Owen Evans, blank) Ian Williams, blank) Jason Hill, blank) Brett Connon, blank) James Wright blank) Seva Bulumakau

Tries; James 8’, Humberstone 22’, Lewis 58’, Langdon 68’

Conv; Humberstone 8’, 22’ Cusack 69’

Pens; Humberstone 3’, 33’, Cusack 53’ 

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Adam Radwan, 14 James Elliott, 13 Cameron Cowell, 12 Charlie Wilson, 11 Aedan Moloney, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Ruaridh Dawson; 1 Sami Mavinga, 2 Santiago Socino, 3 Trevor Davison, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 5 Josh Williams, 6 Harrison Orr, 7 Simon Uzokwe, 8 Ryan Burrows (captain).

Replacements: 16 Ben Sowrey, 17 Diogo Ferreira, 18 Adam Brocklebank, 19 Oli Robinson, 20 Rob Farrar, 21 Jake Rogers, 22 Liam Checksfield.

 

Tries; Cavubati 14’, Dawson 47’ Orr 60’, Elliot 79’

Conv; Willis 14’, 60’, 80’

Pens;

 

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Season tickets ready for collection.

2017/18 season tickets are now ready and available for collection from Castle Park. 

All who have purchased a season ticket for the upcoming season can now pick it up from reception at Castle Park.

The office is open until 17:00 today but collection is also available from the ticket window prior to kick off versus Newcastle Falcons tomorrow. 

After the weekend season tickets can be collected from reception Monday*-Friday between 9am & 5pm. 

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle Falcons are available to purchase from the gate, just £5. 

*excludes bank holiday Monday.

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Squad named for Falcons rematch.

The final side of pre-season 2017 has been named as the Knights hope to give Premiership heavyweights Newcastle Falcons a shock at Castle Park tomorrow afternoon.

There are a number of changes to the XV that started versus Loughborough Students last weekend as the playing staff continue to examine a variety of combinations.

Paul Jarvis assumes his usual role of full back with Junior Bulumakau and Tyson Lewis starting out wide. Charlie Foley continues to prove his versatility to the squad lining up at thirteen alongside Will Owen who makes his debut.

Simon Humberstone gets the nod at stand off playing outside Tom James who starts over Michael Heaney this weekend. 

Upfront it’s a familiar looking front row with Rich List, Ben Hunter and Colin Quigley packing down together once more. Morgan Eames accompanies Matt Challinor in the second row whilst Academy flanker Sam Jones starts at blindside with skipper Michael Hills and Aaron Carpenter completing the back row. 

The Knights have named a total of thirteen replacements for the tie.

Dual-registered duo, hooker Curtis Langdon and full back Brett Connon will hope to build on significant contributions last weekend as will Academy wing James Wright who made his debut in the Kingston Park fixture earlier this month.

Another notable names amongst the replacements is Seva Bulumakau. Younger brother to Andy and Junior, wing/centre Seva is another new recruit to the Academy this season who has been training with the Knights since Monday and could well feature from the bench tomorrow.

Kick off tomorrow is 14:30 & entry is just £5. 

Season ticket booklets are now ready for collection from reception and will also be available at the ticket window tomorrow.

Knights; 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Junior Bulumakau, 13) Charlie Foley, 12) Will Owen, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Tom James, 1) Rich List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Morgan Eames, 6) Sam Jones, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Aaron Carpenter

Replacements; 16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Jack Bergmanas, 18) Joe Sproston 19) Tom Hicks, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Dec Cusack. Blank) Owen Evans, blank) Ian Williams, blank) Jason Hill, blank) Brett Connon, blank) James Wright blank) Seva Bulumakau.

 

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DKTV | Ants Posa on Doncaster Phoenix & Academy.

Rugby Development Manager Ants Posa discusses pre-season progress with Castle Park’s Midlands Premier outfit Doncaster Phoenix who take on Sheffield this evening on pitch 3 [KO 7.30pm].

The New Zealander also discusses the Academy developments over the summer and reveals a new arrival to the Academy ranks with strong family connections at the Knights.

Team selection.

Doncaster Phoenix: 15 James Wright, 14 Seva Bulumakau, 13 Will Smith, 12 Sam Bottomley, 11 Josh Ryan, 10 Sam Brooke, 9 Sam Pocklington, 1 Joe Lowcock, 2 Will Holling, 3 Stylianos Theoklitou-Panagiotou, 4 Dan Robinson, 5 Adam Kettle, 6 Clayton Hill, 7 Jacob Robinson, 8 Martin Brink

Replacements; 16 Alex Keeton, 17 Andrew Wheelhouse, 18 Luke Rivers, 19 Joe Watts, 20 Ryan Sorrell, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ed Miles (2nd half only)

 

DKTV | Joe Sproston pre-season 2017.

2017/18 will be Joe Sproston’s third season as a Knight having made the jump to full time rugby is summer 2015.

The versatile front row seems to have continued where he left off at the end of 2016/17 having been one of the Knights most consistent performers during the side’s pre-season campaign.

DKTV caught up with Joe to discuss preparations so far and look ahead to the new campaign which gets underway in just 10 days time.

Brent Stuart

It is with sadness that we announce former first team player Brent Stuart passed away peacefully at home last Monday. 

Brent represented the DRFC first team throughout the 1960s and remained a fervent supporter once his playing days came to an end. Our thoughts go out to Stuart’s wife Suzanne and daughter Rosanne.

Brent’s funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, South Leverton DN22 0BX, at 11.30am on Friday 25th August 2017 followed by burial in the churchyard.

No flowers please. Donations in lieu for the benefit of Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK will be gratefully received by funeral directors, G.D.Hall, 13 Bridgegate, Retford, DN22 6AE. 

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Knights prove too tough for Students.

Knights 63-14 Loughborough Students. 

A meticulous second half display saw the Knights eventually ran out comfortable winners against National Division One side Loughborough Students at Thorne RUFC.

Despite the score line, the Students certainly made Donny work hard for their win and produced a fine opening forty in which they lead twice and appeared to have the Knights rattled with some electric line speed and pressure. 

Indeed, the first score of the game went Loughborough’s way after scrum half Jack Moates won possession in contact and broke deep into the Donny half. Having made it into the twenty-two, Moates fed stand off Owen Waters who trotted under the sticks before converting his own score, 0-7.

Donny’s response came promptly through a finely-executed line out move. Tom hicks collected and popped off to Michael Hills who ran it blind before releasing Dave Nelson to score in the corner. Dougie Flockhart converted, all square.

The lion share of possession belonged to the Knights and they made it count with a second line out score shortly after. A clean catch and drive was rumbled over the line with lock Matt Challinor getting the ball down. 

A loose pass in the Donny midfield gave the Students an immediate reprieve.

Possession was pinched via an interception and quickly spun to winger Will Foster who showed impressive pace to sprint home. Waters successful conversion pushed the Students back into the lead and Donny could have few complaints.

A fast finish to the half eased some nerves for the travelling support as two unanswered scores established a ten-point half time lead. 

Academy man Will Burden made it two tries in two appearances for first team as he collected from a powerful Tyson Lewis carry to narrowly avoid touch and squeeze over in the corner. Dual-registered hooker Curtis Langdon then got over as he spotted a gap at the ruck and bundled through to make the half time score 24-14 in the Knights favour.

At the turnaround the balance looked finely poised, however, the Knights class came to the fore as the Students struggled to maintain their high tempo defensive efforts. 

The Bulumakau brothers grabbed a try a piece within ten minutes of the restart to put the result of the fixture beyond doubt. Both tries came following solid set pieces with Andy profiting from a switch in the direction of play post line out then Junior out wide after good hands from scrum ball.

Academy flanker Sam Jones made his presence felt just moments after entering the game from the bench. The teenager carried powerfully to break contact and sprint home from the twenty-two with what might have been his first touch of the game. Humberstone’s conversion made it 41-14.

Credit must go to Loughborough who stuck to their task admirably and got close to a score through replacement Henry Wheadon. Solid goal line defence forced a turn over just as the Students seemed to be in and that was as close as the visitors came.

With ten minutes to go Tyson Lewis got his first score of the game with a fine finish, cutting back in off his wing having tiptoed the touchline to evade coverage. Andy Bulumakau scored almost immediately after and further tries from Lewis and then Morgan Eames added gloss to the Knights scoreline.

The Knights coaching staff will have been pleased with the second half display and will now be hoping to improve on their previous showing against Newcastle Falcons on their return to Castle Park next week. 

A big thank you goes to Thorne RUFC for hosting the game, I’m sure allthat attended will agree the facilities and welcome were fantastic and we wish them the best for the 2017/18 season.

Knights: 15) Charlie Foley, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Will Burden, 11) Junior Bulumakau, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Owen Evans, 2) David Nelson, 3) Joe Sproston, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Tom Hicks, 6) Jason Hill, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Alex Shaw.

Replacements; 16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Richard List, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Morgan Eames, 20) Aaron Carpenter, 21) Tom James, 22) Brett Connan, Blank) Jack Bergmanas, Blank) Ian Williams, Blank) Sam Jones, Blank) Tyson Lewis.

Tries; Nelson 20’, Challinor 31’, Burden 35’, Langdon 40’, Andy Bulumakau 43’ 71’, Junior Bulumakau 49’, Jones 57’, Lewis 69’, 80’ Eames 79′.

Conv; Flockhart 22’, Humberstone 49’ 58’, 69’

Pens;

Loughborough Students: 15) Will Foster, 14) Sam Robertds, 13) Oscar Hirskyj-Douglas, 12) Tom Stapley, 11) Cal Watson, 10) Owen Waters, 9) Jack Moates, 1) Seb Brownhill, 2) Callum Lynch, 3) George Davis, 4) Luke Frost, 5) Theo Vukasinovic, 6) Sam Hudson, 7) Andy Boyce ©, 8) Charlie Kingham.

Replacements; 16) Ollie Adams, 17) Jarod Leat, 18) Owen Hills, 19) Toby Hutchinson, 20) Henry Wheadon, 21) Harry Nuttall, 22) Cam Dobinson, 23) Joe Carolan, 24) Chris Davies, 25) Ben Pointon.  

Tries; Moates 14’, Foster 32’

Conv; Waters 14’, 32’

Pens;

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Squad named for Loughborough test.

The Knights hope to make a winning return to the region as they take on Loughborough Students of National One at Thornensians RUFC tomorrow afternoon.

The coaching staff have made a handful changes to the side that went down 31-8 to Newcastle Falcons last weekend.

Academy starlet Will Burden is awarded his first start for the Club following a try-scoring debut from the bench last weekend. Burden accompanies Andy Bulumakau in midfield with brother Junior starting on the left wing.

Double centurion Dougie Flockhart starts on the right hand side with Charlie Foley continuing at full back.

Michael Heaney gets the nod at scrum half and Simon Humberstone makes his first appearance of pre-season at stand off.

Upfront Owen Evans, Dave Nelson and Joe Sproston continue in the front row with Tom Hicks partnering Matt Challinor at lock. Skipper Michael Hills returns to the starting line up at open side with Jason Hill and Alex Shaw completing the back row.

A total of 26 players are included in the squad tomorrow with front row replacements coming from Sale dual-registered hooker Curtis Langdon, Richard List, Colin Quigley, Jack Bergmanas and Ian Williams.

Further forward firepower is provided by Morgan Eames, Aaron Carpenter and Academy flanker Sam Jones.

Tom James provides cover at half back with pace wide out coming courtesy of Tyson Lewis and dual-registered Falcon Brett Connan.

Knights: 15) Charlie Foley, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Will Burden, 11) Junior Bulumakau, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Owen Evans, 2) David Nelson, 3) Joe Sproston, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Tom Hicks, 6) Jason Hill, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Alex Shaw.

Replacements; 16) Curtis Langdon, 17 ) Richard List, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Morgan Eames, 20) Aaron Carpenter, 21) Tom James, 22) Brett Connan, Blank) Jack Bergmanas, Blank) Ian Williams, Blank) Sam Jones, Blank) Tyson Lewis.

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