Monday, 28 September 2009

Clifton Tour

The entertainment starts on Saturday night with bowling for all children on tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Cribbs Causeway. Meet 5.10pm (see directions below), cost £3 per game, food and bar available.

Hollywood Bowl, The Venue (Next to VUE Cinema) Cribbs Causeway, Merlin Road, Bristol, BS10 7TT
Tel: 0117 959 2100
From the Premier Inn and Travel Lodge, enter Cribbs Causeway on Lysander Road, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto Merlin Road, then the 3rd exit at the next roundabout into The Venue.

From 7pm onwards we have hired the bar at Clifton RFC together with the Under 11's. Sausage and mash for children, curry and chips for adults, TV/DVD room for children and all within walking distance (10-15mins) from both hotels.

For those travelling up on Sunday morning, please arrive by 10am and find us near the U9's pitches. Entrance is £3 per adult. Food and drinks are available but queues are long so bring supplies. Our first match is at 10.30 and we have 4 group matches with a cup and shield competition for the first and second placed teams after the group stages. Does anyone have a tent/gazebo we could all use for the day?

Directions to Clifton RFC From M5 - J17
Station Road
Cribbs Causeway
Bristol BS10 7TT

1. M5 - J17 signposted Bristol West/Cribbs Causeway A4018
2. At bottom of slip road follow signs marked Bristol West/Clifton
3. At first roundabout take 2nd exit (straight on)(0.3miles)
4. Continue on dual-carriageway past traffic lights - (0.5miles)
5. Take 1st exit and continue on dual carriageway to roundabout making your way into outside lane (1.5miles)
6. Proceed around roundabout (360 degrees) taking the 3rd exit doubling back in the direction you have previously travelled.
7. Move to the nearside lane and take marked left hand slip road. Turn left at "Brown Tourist Sign " (2.1miles.)
8. Move into outside lane (one-way road) and turn right at end (be aware of bus lane joining from right) (2.2miles.)
9. Take first left into Clifton RFC car park

Training Tues 29th 17.30

Well done to everyone who played on Sunday. Some spirited play against a big and aggressive South Gower Team. Congratulations to Tal for a storming all round performance and Dylan for committment in the tackle. Some magic as usual from magician Mellowship. In preparation for Bristol and to improve our running and passing game we will be introducing and experimenting with basic positions.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Change of Plans - Game against South Gower

South Gower have offered us a game against their U9s this Sunday 27 Oct.  Grateful if you could be at South Gower (turn in front of the shops at Pyle Corner, Bishopston and head for the cliffs towards Pwll Du) at 10:30 for 11:00am kick-off.

Let me know if you can't make it:


Thursday, 24 September 2009

Sunday 27 Oct - Training at Underhill

Sorry guys, but Vardre are not ready to field an U9 team, so we'll be training and getting lots of match practice at Underhill this Sunday.  

9:30 start - see you there!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Well Done

Well done to everyone who gave so much effort in today's first matches. A very physical game with Gowerton and Penclawdd with excellent mauling and driving from the Pirates. Great team effort to score 2 tries and congratulations to Jon and Jake for touching down. Real guts shown by many with special mention to Elias and Liam in the maul and tackle and some solid defence by Will, Tal and Connor. Also some hard graft by Josh and Luke upfront. In training we will work now on off-loading in the tackle and picking up the ball around the contact area.

Can I check Clifton Players Please

Night Before:
Jake/Will/Liam/Sean/Tomasz/Josh/Tom T/Tal

On the Day (10.00 arrive)



Freddie/Connor M/Connor O/Alex/Matthew/Max/Max/Ryan/Dylan

Definite No


Saturday, 19 September 2009


We go into action against Penclawdd and Gowerton. Arrive ready to startwarm-up at 1000 for 1030 kick off to 2 matches. We hope to play 10 / side depending on turnout. Please let me know 402057 if definately away.We plan to play 2 15min halves against each visiting team. Shorts are here, but not socks.

Pirates Squads

Jake (Capt.)
Thom T
Connor M

Will (Capt)
Connor O
Max P
Max B

Monday, 14 September 2009

Training Underhill Tues 15th 17.30-18.45

Good session on Sunday. First Match confirmed for Sunday vs Penclawdd. Ruck and match practice tomorrow. Can everyone check shorts sizes in inches for those who haven't yet please. The list for Autumn international tickets is up in the club, all members welcome to sign up for ballot. Free bus to and from Argentina game layed on by club for first 52!

Saturday, 12 September 2009


Fab turn out for training on Tues in the wet, well done to all. Training again at Underhill swings NOT BISHOPSTON NOW, sorry for the late change.

Tackle drills
Maul revision
Ruck Drill
Matchplay with 'slow motion' maul and ruck


Monday, 7 September 2009

Training 17.30 Tuesday 8th Underhill

Well done to everyone who came down on Sunday. Very impressive commitment in contact by all. Training will revise the front tackle, focus on the 'maul' and introduce the ruck - ALL AIMED AT KEEPING POSESSION AFTER CONTACT. We'll meet by the playground again. Please remember to e mail if you are a definate for Clifton Oct 4 and if you are coming up the day before or on the day ( Thanks

Saturday, 5 September 2009

TRAINING SUNDAY 6th SEPT by the Playground Underhill

Many thanks to our shirt sponsors: Orbus Neisch, Verdi's and Panninis
Shirts are Ready!
Training at 09.30 - 1100BY THE PLAYGROUND as there is a football funday on the usual pitches. Try and park on the road rather than the car park or somewhere easy to get out as chaos is expected.

Please Bring Gum Shields

Warm Up
Tackle technique revision, side tackle (CHEEK TO CHEEK, RING OF STEEL, GO LOW)
front tackle
Tackle Bull Dog
Contact Area Workshop
Half Pace Match
Practice Match