All Whites finally put one over Weston
Dec29

All Whites finally put one over Weston

Newton Abbot “All Whites” arrested a run of defeats with a no frills win at Weston-super-Mare. When the two sides met back in September at Rackerhayes the promoted Somerset outfit were beaten 54-5 and although Newton have had a generally settled side since, last Saturday’s team sheet showed eleven different personnel compared to the first encounter. Victory at Weston was based around a solid defence and a strong pack performance with...

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Podium finish for Emily
Dec14

Podium finish for Emily

A Chudleigh horse rider has scooped third prize in an international dressage event. Emily Burns and her five-year-old Andalusian horse Lago Icon made it to the podium of the Iberian Dressage Masters Championships, which were held in Paris. The pair were competing against 30 in their category and in the second of two tests scored a personal best of 81.1 per cent in front of four top judges. Emily, who is the yard manager at Finlake...

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The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football
Nov16

The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football

Watching the football friendly match between England and Brazil the other day reminds me of a story I found during the 1998 World Cup. I came across a story about a chap called Charles Miller, he was a railway engineer and a rather good footballer who played for St Mary’s (now Southampton FC). In 1894 Charles got posted to São Paulo in Brazil to build a railway, with him he took two footballs, a pair of football boots, a pump and a...

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The Lambs continue their fine form
Nov02

The Lambs continue their fine form

With both Lewis Daw and Dave Hallett unavailable Jake Miller and Tegan Rosenquest returned to the starting line-up. The Lambs almost took the lead in the opening minute when a fine move saw Josh Robins and Josh Grant exchange passes; the latter found Jack Crago and his cross into penalty area resulted in Ben Cross shooting over the bar. The home team deservedly took the lead in the eighth minute after a great cross field ball from Ben...

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All Whites battle to beat Lydney
Nov02

All Whites battle to beat Lydney

Newton Abbot “All Whites” had to battle both the conditions created by Storm Brian and a stubborn home side, who belied their lowly status, before recording their sixth win of the campaign. Before this trip to the Forest of Dean, Newton had been involved in high scoring encounters, anywhere between 59 and 95 points; this match was in stark contrast, though the visitors were more than happy with the low scoring outcome. Most of the...

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Maidenhead come from behind to beat Ivybridge
Oct19

Maidenhead come from behind to beat Ivybridge

Maidenhead welcomed Ivybridge to the Braywick Bowl, in possibly the first ever meeting between the two sides, if not, the first in a very long time. Ivybridge enter this game full of confidence, following 3 consecutive victories, including impressive away wins at Newbury, and Lydney. The match started well for Maidenhead, with their number 8, Dave Cole, going over for a try early in the first-half. However, Maidenhead immediately let...

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