Many people may be aware that Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands. Most however will not be aware that the Island now has a Rugby Club. Following a meeting in late march the club was formed and over twenty players have been training regularly twice a week ever since, with their first game, a ten a side match, against a social side in Sark taking place in late August. Despite a 25-10 loss the team were encouraged by the performance with many of the team never having played before.
The long awaited first ever home game for the Alderney Rugby Club took place on a bright and sunny afternoon in November in front of a sizeable crowd at the Arsenal pitch which, thanks to the generous co-operation of the football club, was converted to accommodate the oval ball game. With the opposition, Casual AF, having only 13 players (including Alderney’s Dean Chandler), the captains agreed upon a 10 a side game of 20 minutes each half.
Prior to the kick off the club were presented with a cheque for £300 from the Rotary Club of Alderney.
Facing a much larger side, the Ridunians opened with purpose, and despite initial fears regarding possession from the scrummage, held their own and enjoyed early possession. After only four minutes local PE teacher David Adams scored the first try on home soil and added the extras to provide a 7-0 lead. The rest of the first half was very even with both teams tackling hard and it was not until the 17th minute that there was any more score. The superior fitness and speed of the Ridunian side eventually saw a breakthrough with Joe Burland scoring after a long run to give The Alderney side a 12-0 half time lead.
The second half saw the Alderney side starting to dominate and, with Dan Le Poullain proving a Colossus in the line out, greater possession and speed of the backs saw the game go more and more the Ridunian’s way. Three more tries were added, without reply. On 17 minutes Jordan Shaw, followed by David Adams again on 20 minutes and finally Jordan Clay on full time, all converted by Adams. Thus the game ended 33-0 to Ridunians. Match Sponsors The Campania awarded the man of the match to Joe Burland and Casual AF selected David Adams for their award.
The club would like to show their appreciation to the match sponsors, the Rotary Club, the football club and the huge amount of support that was there on the day and they are looking forward to more games in the new year.