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August 2019 round up                    Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this.

CRICKET      Congratulations to England on winning the ICC World Cup in a most extraordinary final on Sunday 14th July at Lords, the home of Cricket. England defeated New Zealand with the last ball of the ‘Super Over’ having tied on 241 runs after 50 overs.
Much discussion has ensued over the overthrows and the application of Law 19 but the overriding rule is that the Umpires’ decision is final and both Captains have accepted the outcome on the day. Now for the serious business of beating Australia to win the Ashes
at ‘proper cricket’!!

PETANQUE      Collyweston Originals play in the South Division of the Rutland and District Petanque League and after 10 games (out of 18) are 4th on 22 points. The Originals have drawn 2-2 on 5 occasions and just need to get those extra points to convert a draw into a win. In July they drew with Morcott Wanderers and Wheatsheaf Hunters (2-2) and lost 1-3 away to Rockingham. Next up are Ashley Athletic (2nd) (a) and Rutland Agic Soc (5th) (h) and Horse and Jockey (1st) (h), so some tough games ahead. We wish Brian and his team well.

RUGBY UNION      Northampton Saints are raring to get stuck into the 2019/20 season with some tasty early fixtures arranged. September 12 sees a home ‘friendly’ against Leinster prior to the first Premier Cup Fixtures (Saints are the holders). Saints are in
pool 1 with Saracens, Sale and Wasps and play Sale Sharks (a), Wasps (h), Saracens (h) and Leicester Tigers (a) in September/October. Then the Gallagher Premiership programme starts with an away fixture at Saracens (October 19) and a home game
against Worcester (October 26). Saints are again hosting the Premiership Rugby 7’s on 13/14 September with all 12 Premiership teams competing to show off their latest crop of young talent.
Leicester Tigers are in Pool 3 of the Premiership Rugby Cup with Exeter, Bath and Worcester, starting at Worcester on 21st September. They are also in the Premiership Rugby 7’s at Northampton on the 13/14 September. They start their Gallagher Premiership campaign on 19th October at Worcester with several new signings over the summer
recess and are hoping for great improvement on a disastrous 2018-19 which saw them almost relegated.

July 2019 round up                    

PETANQUE       Collyweston Originals have played 7, won 3, drawn 3 and lost 1. They’re doing well in second place in the South Division of the Rutland Petanque League. Recent results include a 4-0 win at home to Hatton Rollers. In July they are at home to Melton Wanderers, Wheatsheaf Hunters and Rutland Agric Society and away to Rockingham and Ashley Athletiques.

RUGBY UNION       Northampton Saints will be hosting the Premiership 7s again this year at Franklins Gardens with all 12 Premiership teams represented, an exciting tournament showcasing new young talent, on 13th-14th September. Saints flanker Lewis Ludlam has been called up to the England senior training squad at Pennyhill Park. Three young Saints, Fraser Dingwall, Alex Coles and Ollie Sleightholme, have been selected to play for England under-20s.
Leicester Tigers have signed Welsh centre Joe Thomas who has previous experience at Ospreys and in New Zealand. They have 6 players in the England Training Squad: Dan Cole, Ellis Genge, George Ford, Jonny May, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs. Gallagher Premiership fixtures 2019-2020 have not yet been announced.

DARTS         Rob Spall and his team are resting their “arrers” until the autumn.

June 2019 round up                    

PETANQUE       Collyweston Originals newly created from the former Collyweston Wibbets team, started the season in the Rutland & District League South with a win against Rutland Agric, a draw against Wheatsheaf Hunter and a loss against Ashley Athletiques, to stand 5th on 6 points. Next games see the Originals up against the Horse & Jockey (A), Hatton Rollers (H), Belton Bees (A) and Rose & Crown Houghton (H). Captain Brian said the new piste was playing “much straighter” than the old unpredictable track, avoiding the frustration of the ‘random bounce’ of previous seasons.

RUGBY UNION    Northampton Saints are coming to the end of what has been one of their most successful seasons for many years. At the end of the Gallagher Premier League programme, Saints finish 4th on 56 points by virtue of winning more games (11 out of 22) than their nearest rivals Harlequins and Bath who also had 56 points. They now face Exeter in the play-off, a tough call at Sandy Park, but Saints will go all out t win as they have nothing to lose. Chris Boyd and the management team have fashioned a new vibrant young team and expect to do better next season. Saracens play Gloucester in the other play off match, the victors to meet in the final on 1st June at Twickenham. Saints second string, the Wanderers, finished second to Newcastle in the ‘A’ league and also lifted the Premier Rugby Shield for the second year in succession.

Leicester Tigers rounded off a wretched season with three defeats against Bristol (H), Harlequins (A) and Bath (H) to finish 11th on 41 points, just avoiding relegation with only 7 wins during the season. They have not qualified for European games next season and must examine closely the management and playing staff and restructure in order to improve next season.

May 2019 round up                    

DARTS   Collyweston Slater finished third in this season’s Winter League and take a well-earned rest during the spring/summer. Slater singles player Dan Whitlam won the League Singles title 2019, 2-0 at this year’s finals night, congratulations to him. 

QUIZ    Collyweston Wibbets finished 9th in the top division with 13 points, above The Blue Ball and Black Horse A, thus avoiding relegation, well done to them in a tough league. The team now turn their attention to Petanque but will resume in the autumn, new players always welcome.

PETANQUE   Collyweston has a new Petanque team, Collyweston Originals, led by skipper Brian Andrews. The piste at The Collyweston Slater has been relaid thanks to help from Hanson Cement at Ketton and new players are being recruited. The Originals have to start in the bottom tier, South division, but hope to rise quickly through the ranks. They start with a Cup game in the Greene King Cup against Queens Head Tigers with further games every Tuesday evening. New players are always welcome, contact Brian via The Collyweston Slater.

RUGBY UNION    Leicester Tigers are having a poor season by their high standards, with 3 games left they are 10th of 12 in the Gallagher Premiership with 38 points. Worcester have 37 points and Newcastle are bottom with 30 points. They next play Bristol (home), Quins (away) and Bath (home). Their survival will depend on how Newcastle perform. Tigers lost their home derby fixture against Northampton 15-29. They have recently brought in former Bath coach Mike Ford and recruited several new players.

Northampton Saints continue to perform well with their young Academy players playing a strong part in their revival, helped by a good squad of senior players – notably Cobus Reinach who has won Man of the Match several times in recent games. Saints are currently 6th in the Gallagher Premiership on 46 points, in a very tight mid-table with Wasps in 5th on 47 points and Quins 4th on  50 points. Bath are 7th on 45 points and Sale 8th on 44 points, so with 3 games to go against Newcastle (away), Worcester (home) and Exeter (away), anything could happen but a top 6 finish is still a possibility, qualifying for European games next season… Don’t miss a minute of this thrilling finale! Saints Academy side The Wanderers (“Wandies”) beat Leicester Tigers in the Premier Shield to secure a semi-final spot, opponents unknown at time of writing this. Saints bowed out of the European Challenge Cup to a strong Cleremont side. They played good open rugby and acquitted themselves well with 38 points but conceded late tries to go down 61-38.


April 2019 round up                   

DARTS   The Collyweston Slater finished third in this season’s Winter League and now have a break for the summer. They had a good finish to the season with wins over Blue Bell, Belmesthorpe, Burghley Arms and Danish Invader – but lost to Boundary Club. Well done to Rob and the team.

QUIZ      The Collyweston Wibbets play in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Quiz League on Tuesday evenings at The Collyweston Slater. They are in 9th place on 11 points having lost the last 3 matches to strong mid-table opposition: a close 76-72 defeat at The Boat, Melton, followed by a 90-78 loss to Ex Owls and a 69-84 reverse to Bob’s Hunters. They have two matches to go against Black Bull A and Stilton Cheesewrights, and should do enough to avoid relegation. In the Cup competition, Wibbetts are 12th on the ladder where all teams play each other on a monthly basis on a handicap system.

PETANQUE       Rutland Rovers have left The Collyweston Slater for a new venue. Brian Andrews is resurrecting the Collyweston Slater team under the new name, Collyweston Originals. They are renovating the piste and scoreboard with a grant from Hanson Cement (thank you very much to them) and have recruited new players. Coaching sessions are to be arranged, anyone interested in joining in should contact Brian on 444421.

RUGBY UNION       Congratulations to Northampton Saints for beating Saracens 23-9 to win the Premiership Rugby Cup final at Franklins Gardens. Their young development team have improved over each round, and several players have earned regular first-team places. A welcome piece of silverware for Chris Boyd and his hardworking team.
        In the Gallagher Premier League, Saints just beat Bath 27-26 but lost to Saracens 36-12, then unexpectedly lost to Bristol 24-26, conceding a converted try in injury time. They are 7th on 37 points, with Sale and Bath above them both on 39 points so a top 6 place is achievable. Next opponents are Leicester Tigers in the East Midlands Derby at Welford Road where Saints are hoping for a win against an out-of-form Tigers side. Following that, there are fixtures against Worcester, Quins and Newcastle. In the European Challenge Cup, Saints are away to Cleremont in a tough quarter final, the winners to face either Worcester or Harlequins in the semi-final. So lots to play for his improving team.
LEICESTER TIGERS are 10th in the Gallagher Premiership on 34 points. They recently lost to Worcester and Sale but beat Harlequins, in what for them is a very lean season. Next up are Saints, Exeter Chiefs, Newcastle Falcons (managed by old team mate Dean Richards) and Bristol Bears. On a brighter note, Manu Tuilagi has decided to stay at Welford Road, having been tempted to go to France for big money so he can keep his England place, injury permitting.

NETBALL. No more news at the moment, but we’d be pleased to receive an update


March 2019 round up                    

DARTS.     The Collyweston Slater have enjoyed mixed fortunes on the oche recently with a 6-3 win versus Walnut Tree and a 6-3 reverse against British Legion. Matches are played on a Monday night at The Collyweston Slater.

QUIZ.         The Collyweston Wibbets, who play in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Quiz League on Tuesday evenings, have met tough opposition recently losing 69-94 to the Whissendine Wanderers and 83-98 to the Twyford Saddlers – but bounced back with an 87-79 win over The Blue Ball, Braunston. They are 10th in a league of 12 but only 3 points cover 5th to 10th place so a couple of good wins would soon boost their position. Next opponents are The Boat Inn, Melton, Ex Owls and Bob’s Hunters.

RUGBY UNION.     Northampton Saints have have hit top form in three major competitions. In the Premiership Cup they beat Leicester Tigers 47-20 to reach the semi-final where they beat Newcastle 59-32. The final is on March 17th, a tough match against Saracens but with home advantage Saints are optimistic about lifting the trophy with such a talented young team.

In the Gallagher Premier League, Saints beat Sale Sharks 67-17 and moved up to 7th place on 31 points. Next up are Bath who are in 6th on 33 points so a win will further boost Saints’ posi-tion. In March they play Saracens (a), Bristol (h) and old rivals Leicester Tigers away in an evening fixture.

In the European Challenge Cup, Saints are away to Cleremont in a tough quarter-final, the winners to face either Worcester or Harlequins in the semi-final. So lots to play for for this improving team who will be without Courtney Lawes (England) and Dan Biggar (Wales) on international duty.

               Leicester Tigers are having a lean season by their high standards, going out of the European Champions Cup and the Premiership Cup, leaving them to concentrate on improving their unusually low position of 9th in the Gallagher Premiership on 29 points. They recently lost 33-10 away at Saracens, next up are Worcester and Sale away and Wasps and Saints at home without the services of Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Jonny May (all on England duty).

NETBALL.    More interest is being shown in the “Back to Netball” team, with more people coming to the practice sessions at Casterton College. They are waiting to join the Stamford Netball League and would welcome any new members, please contact Tina Sayers 07789 923960 or search for ‘S&R Back To Netball’ on Facebook.

February 2019 round up                    
Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this


The Ketton and Collyweston Kites are a new netball team made up of local women who have come ‘back to netball’. They’re on the lookout for more members, so if want a new way to get fit (as well as make some new friends), this fun and fast game could be the perfect opportunity.

Coach, Tina Sayers, from Ketton, says: “We welcome everyone – regardless of age, shape or how good or bad you worry you’ll be! In our training sessions on Thursdays, we run through basic skills and end with a friendly match. We’re relaxed about the rules and we’re learning as we go. There’s no pressure and everyone’s in the same boat!”

The team have weekly coaching sessions on Thursdays 7-8pm at Casterton College, and though they have already played a handful of friendly local matches, there’s no obligation to play in a match until you feel ready. In the meantime, the sessions are a brilliant way to exercise (and socialise!) In the summer some training sessions may be held at the MUGA in Collyweston.

Training sessions cost £5 (to cover the cost of court hire) on Thursdays 7-8pm at Casterton College and provide a friendly and fun sporting opportunity for women of any age, ability, shape or size. Current participants are aged from 17 to over 50. If you are interested, phone Tina Sayers 07789 923960 or search for ‘S&R Back To Netball’ on Facebook.

What is Back to Netball?
The Back to Netball initiative was started in 2008 by England Netball to encourage women to return to this exciting and friendly sport – and as the testimonies from the new players shows, it’s so much more fun as a grownup than it ever was in school….

Annelies Franklin, from Collyweston: “When I heard about back to netball, I was interested, but as I hadn’t had the best experience of netball at school I was also a bit hesitant. I agreed to give it a try and go along with some friends. I needn’t have worried, as the other ladies and the coach were super welcoming and most of us seemed to be around the same level of experience, fitness and nerves! It has been great to learn more about rules and techniques, as well as doing drills and playing games to put our developing skills to the test. I’m really enjoying Back to Netball; it’s much more fun than I remember from school, I’ve met some new people and am improving my fitness.”

Melissa Mabbitt, from Collyweston:  “I’m finding that the social aspect keeps me coming back session after session. Whereas for other exercise classes the novelty would have worn off and I might have dropped out by now, the team spirit we already have keeps me keen. I also get a great work out but it’s so fun that I normally forget that I’m exercising! It’s not scary or too competitive – we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

Lucy Sauntson, from Collyweston:  “I was never a great lover of sports at school but I did enjoy netball. I had been thinking about joining a team for a while but was always hesitant as it has been so long since I last played. When I saw the opportunity to join a Back to Netball group (everyone starting from the beginning and going back to basics) it seemed like the right thing to try and it’s been fantastic – it hasn’t just reignited my love of netball but it’s also been great to have a giggle with a fab group of ladies, and it’s the best way to exercise.”

Liz Goodwin, from Collyweston:  “I’ve always enjoyed team sports more than exercising alone, so when I heard about Back to Netball it seemed the ideal opportunity for me. Despite having not played since school and having forgotten all of the rules, our coach makes playing fun and we’ve found it easy to pick up the basics. Playing netball makes me forget that I’m exercising, but the sweat patches are evidence that I am! Because we’re all in the same boat, there’s nothing to be intimidated about and we are all enjoying getting to know our new team mates. We would welcome anyone else that wanted to give it a try.”a handful of friendly local matches, there’s no obligation to play in a match until you feel ready. In the meantime, the sessions are a brilliant way to exercise (and socialise!) In the summer some training sessions may be held at the MUGA in Collyweston.

Training sessions cost £5 (to cover the cost of court hire) on Thursdays 7-8pm at Casterton College and provide a friendly and fun sporting opportunity for women of any age, ability, shape or size. Current participants are aged from 17 to over 50. If you are interested, phone Tina Sayers 07789 923960 or search for ‘S&R Back To Netball’ on Facebook.

DARTS      The Collyweston Slater had a resounding 7-2 win against The Anchor, Bourne; then unfortunately lost a bit of direction, losing narrowly 5-4 to The Walnut Tree, Deeping and also being knocked out at the preliminary stages of The Albert Wright Sixes. Matches are on a Monday at The Collyweston Slater.

QUIZ           Collyweston Wibbets (home venue the Collyweston Slater, Tuesday nights) play in Division 1 of the Rutland Invitation Quiz League. Recently they won 78-77 at Black Bull A Market Overton and 87-64 away to Grainstore Oakham, but lost 81-92 at home to Stilton Cheesewrights. This boosted them to 8th in the league but there are tough games ahead against Whissendine Wanderers who are top and Twyford Saddlers who are second. Blue Ball Braunston (bottom) should be an easier match and Railway Sleepers are only 1 point above, so all to play for in the next few weeks.

RUGBY UNION      Leicester Tigers are enjoying a slight improvement in form under Geordan Murphy’s guidance. In the Gallagher Premiership recently, they beat Gloucester 34-16 but lost away to Bath 23-16. They are 7th in a tight mid-table on 29 points. In the Gallagher Premiership Cup they are bottom of Pool 2 and cannot qualify, similarly they are bottom of Pool 4 in the Heineken Champions Cup and will not progress further, leaving them to concentrate on the League where they could make the top 6, possibly as high as 3rd.
Northampton Saints did well to beat mighty Exeter 31-28 at Franklins Gardens but lost 27-16 in a scrappy game at Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership, leaving them 9th on 26 points, only 3 points away from a top 6 place or higher. Next up are Sale and Bath, both home games, 2 wins would be a big boost. In the European Challenge Cup a record breaking 111-3 away win (17 tries!) to Timisoara in Romania has put Saints through to the quarter finals against Cleremont who beat them in the Pool stages 48-40 away so Saints will be looking for revenge. In the Gallagher Premiership Cup Saints meet local rivals Leicester Tigers at home on Jan 26th, a win would keep them top of Pool 3 and ensure a semi-final place. Both teams are missing key players on international duties as the Guinness 6 Nations competition gets under way in February.

January 2019 round up                      
Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

DARTS       The Collyweston Slater are having an up and down season, winning 5-4 v The Danish Invader, Stamford, but losing by the same score to The Boundary Club, Deeping. Games are played on a Monday.

QUIZ           The Collyweston Wibbets (named after a particular size of Collyweston slate) are based at The Collyweston Slater and play on a Tuesday in the Rutland Invitation Quiz League Division 1, against 10 other local teams. They are currently 9th on 7 points (as at 11th December!) recently chalking up a 77-78 win at the Black Bull, but losing 90-73 to Bob’s Hunters. Next opponents are Stilton Cheesewrights, Grainstore and Railway Sleepers.

RUGBY UNION            Northampton Saints continue to struggle for consistency with a long injury list, and were without key players during the autumn internationals. In the Gallagher Premiership, they lost 14-16 against Newcastle, conceding a try in the dying seconds, and then were narrowly defeated at Sale 18-13. They lie 10th on 17 points in a very tight middle-of-the-table, with Bath 6th on 19 points, and Bristol, Leicester Tigers and Worcester in Between.
In the European Challenge Cup, Saints are 2nd in Pool 1 with a 48-14 win over Dragons, and a game in hand due to being snowed off in Romania. They are top of Pool 3 in the Premier Cup competition.
A very busy programme is about to start with GP games against Worceter, Exeter and Wasps, followed by two European games against Cleremont and Timisoara, and then a Premier Cup game against Tigers. All the squad will be needed for such a hectic calendar.

Leicester Tigers have not won since mid-October and are 8th in the Gallagher Premiership with 18 points. They are bottom of Pool 2 in the Premier Cup and are third in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup, with Racing 92 and Ulster pulling away.
A tough programme awaits them with GP games against Harlequins, Bath and Gloucester, European games against Scarlets and Ulster, and a Premiership Cup tie against local rivals Northampton Saints.
     We wish all our local teams good luck in 2019.

December 2018 round up                      

RUGBY UNION       Leicester Tigers have had a poor run of results recently, losing to Saracens, Worcester and Sale in the Premiership Cup, then losing 36-13 to Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership. They will need to improve considerably in December, with tough home and away Champions Cup ties with Racing 92 and Gallagher Premiership matches with Bristol (away), Harlequins (home) and Bath (home). They are currently 7th in the GP league on 17 points, and bottom of Pool 2 in the Premiership Cup with just one point. They are clearly concentrating more on European honours.
Northampton Saints are starting to knit together as a team with several youngsters making an impact with wins against Bristol and Wasps, and a narrow defeat by Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership, and a win away to Wasps in the cup. They lie 8th in the GP on 15 points, and are top of Pool 3 in the cup with a good chance of progressing. They have a busy schedule in December with GP games against Newcastle (home), Worcester (away) and Exeter (home) as well as cup games against Timisoara Saracens (away) and Dragons (home).

DARTS     The Collyweston Slater had mixed results in November as the new players bed in with wins against Burghley Arms, Bourne 6-3 and Bluebell, Belmesthorpe 5-4, but came unstuck against Walnut Tree, Deeping 5-4 and British Legion Bourne 6-3. Games are played on a Monday night. Book early to get a decent seat.

QUIZ     The Collyweston Wibbets, whose home venue is The Collyweston Slater, lost 84-74 to the Bluebell, Braunston, won 80-72 against The Boat Inn, Melton, and only narrowly lost 84-85 to The Ex Owls. They lie 7th in the Rutland Invitation Quiz League on 5 points, but have the 4th highest score in the league. Games are played on a Tuesday, and new players are always welcome.


November 2018 round up                      

PETANQUE       The Rutland Rovers have put their boules in mothballs until next season. Will The Collyweston Slater team make a comeback next season? Watch this space!

QUIZ     The Collyweston Wibbets play in the top league (Division 1) of the Rutland Invitation Quiz League. Matches are played weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm, the home venue is The Collyweston Slater. New players are always being sought – contact Brian Andrews. After 4 matches they lie 6th with 4 points (1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses) but have the fourth highest combined points score of 307 points  (the top team have 339). There are 100 points available in each match plus bonus point if you correctly answer a question your opponents have got wrong. Their next opponents are The Boat Inn, Bob’s Hunters, and ex Owls.

DARTS       The Collyweston Slater made a good start in the Stamford & District Winter League 2018/19 with three straight wins (all 7-2) against Ketton Sports, The Anchor Bourne, and The Walnut Tree Deeping St James. Unfortunately they were not so successful in the knockup cup, going out in the first round in both the Foursomes and the Captains’ Cup. Home matches are played at The Collyweston Slater on a Monday night. Captain Rob Spall leads a lively team comprising seasoned regulars Rob Luckhurst, Sam Twiddy, Tim Leigh and young Matt Giddings – crucially supported by new members Dan Willam, Dean Wilkinson, Derek Burrows, Bob Wigginton and Richard Field. New players always welcome; enquire at The Slater.

RUGBY UNION     The much heralded East Midlands Derby game between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers on 6th October was played at Twickenham to provide additional revenue for the Testimonial game for Rob Horne, saints’ Aussie centre, who sustained a severe injury to his shoulder against Tigers at Welford Road last season. This prematurely ended his career. Unfortunately the weather was cold and wet, so the quality of rugby suffered. Tigers secured an ugly victory on a miserable day for all concerned (apart from Rob Horne). The 40,000 crowd looked sparse in that vast stadium.
Northampton Saints suffered a narrow defeat 17-15 at Bath, but came back the next week with a 45-40 win over Bristol in the Gallagher Premiership. They lie 9th on 10 points and face Wasps at home (Nov 17th) and Sale away (Nov 24th). In the European Heineken Challenge Cup they lost 20-41 at home to Claremont, then recovered to win 35-21 at Rodney Parade, to Dragons. They are preparing to face Wasps on Nov 4th, and Gloucester on Nov 9th, to continue their cup run.
Leicester Tigers had two European Challenge Cup matches in October, losing 24-10 away at Ulster and winning 45-27 at home to Scarlets. They had mixed fortunes in September in the Gallagher Premiership, surprisingly losing 37-44 on Worcester but winning 19-15 at home to Sale. They are currently 5th in the table on 17 points. Their next opponents are Saracens, Worcester and Sale in the Premiership Cup, and Gloucester and Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership.

October 2018 round up                      

DARTS       The Collyweston Slater start the new Winter League in October. We wish Rob and his team every success and will report results when available.

PETANQUE      The Rutland Rovers lost their last two games 1-3 at Sewstern and 1-3 at The Boot & Shoe, South Luffenham, to round off the season on 26 points in 7th position in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Petanque League. Fox & Hounds Originals (Knossington) were runaway Champions with 44 points, 8 points ahead of Beach Boys, Barrowden. The 2019 season starts in May.

RUGBY UNION      Northampton Saints started the new season with a new coach, Chris Boyd, an Australian with an excellent track record, a new coaching team and several new players including Wales international Dan Biggar and 19.5 stone winger Teqele Naiyaravoro. Saints had a good opener, winning 25-18 against Harlequins, then suffered a 27-38 loss to old foes Saracens. Next up were Bath away who won narrowly 17-15, with Dan Biggar just missing a last second conversion from the touchline which would have tied the match. They play Bristol (A) on Sept 29th, then it’s the big derby game v Leicester Tigers, this season being staged at Twickenham, as a Testimonial for Rob Horne who has had to retire prematurely from Saints due to injury. Saints are in 11th place on 5 points in the Gallagher Premiership.
Leicester Tigers have had a poor start to the season by their normally high standards losing 40-6 at Exeter, 41-35 at Wasps and a surprise 37-44 home defeat by Worcester. They did achieve a home victory over Newcastle 49-33 and are currently 7th on 9 points. Tigers are at home to Sale on Sept 30th, then on the road to Twickers for the big Derby game v Saints on October 6th.

QUIZ     Collyweston Wibbets returned to Division 1 this season and started with a high scoring match going down 78-91 at home to Grainstore. Matches are played weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm, the home venue is The Collyweston Slater. New players are always being sought.


September 2018 round up

PETANQUE – Rutland Rovers (whose home is The Collyweston Slater) have had a busy month recording a 3-1 win against Grants, a 2-2 draw against Fox & Hounds Originals, and two 3-1 defeats against Beach Boys and Old Black Horse A. They slipped to 6th place in Division 1 on 23 points, with 5 games to go this season… 4 points above bottom-placed Wheaties, who they play next.

RUGBY UNION – Premiership rugby 2018-19 has a new official title sponsor, Gallagher, the Insurance and Risk Management Solutions consultants. The Gallagher Premiership starts on the weekend of Friday 31st August with Northampton Saints away to Gloucester (Sat 2pm) and Leicester Tigers away to Gloucester (Sat 4pm). Tigers then face Newcastle at home, Wasps away, and Worcester at home. Saints meet Quins at home, Saracens at home, Bath away and Bristol at home. They have announced this season’s joint Captains are Dylan Hartley and Alex Waller, and they will be featuring new signings Dan Biggar and James Haskell as well as several youngsters promoted from the Academy.


August 2018 round up

PETANQUE – Rutland Rovers (whose home venue is The Collyweston Slater)have retained 4th place in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Petanque League on  16 points. They won 3-1 at home to Boot & Shoe Cobblers and drew 2-2 away to Crown Nomads. Next up in July are Grants Wanderers and Beach Boys Barrowden who are in second place. In August they have one home game v Fox & Hounds Originals (runaway leaders, currently on 31 points, with six 4-0 wins out of 9!) followed by trips to Old Black Horse A, Wheaties and Sewstern Hounds.

RUGBY – Premiership rugby 2018-2019 has a new official title sponsor, Gallagher, the insurance & risk management consultants. The Gallagher Premiership starts on the weekend on Friday 31st August with Northampton Saints away to Gloucester (Saturday 2pm) and Leicester Tigers away to Exeter Chiefs (Saturday 4pm). The eagerly awaited East Midlands derby between these two sides is on October 6th, a home game for Saints, but to be played at Twickenham. It will be a benefit game for Saints Aussie No 10 Rob Horne, who sadly has had to retire at 27 due to an arm injury sustained whilst playing, which has ended his career prematurely. A large gate is expected but there are still plenty of tickets available.

FOOTBALL – England had strong support in their attempt to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966. With the help of a good crowd at The Collyweston Slater, much cheering and flag waving, they reached the semi-finals but lost to Croatia who went on to lose to France in the final. England hero, captain Harry Kane, won the Golden Boot as top goal scorer (6 goals). Gareth Southgate and his young team acquitted themselves well and have a good base on which to build for the future.

July 2018 round up

PETANQUE – Rutland Rovers (whose home venue is The Collyweston Slater) are in 4th place in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Petanque League, on 11 points. Recent results have been tough, with a 4-0 win, two 4-0 losses, and a 3-1 loss. They next face Boot & Shoe Cobblers (home), Crown Nomads (away) and Grants Wanderers (home).

RUGBY – Northampton Saints are rebuilding their side after a poor season when they just avoided relegation. New coach Chris Boyd is an Aussie with an excellent pedigree and will present his new look side in three warm-up games in August against Glasgow, Ospreys and Dragons.
Leicester Tigers have warm-up games against Cardiff, Treviso and London Irish to sharpen up their new recruits.

FOOTBALL – The World Cup is taking place in Russia, with England recording a 6-1 victory in the group stages. All games are being shown at The Collyweston Slater and with England now through to the knockout stages it should make for an entertaining tournament.


June 2018 round up

PETANQUE – Rutland Rovers got off to a flying start in Division 1 of the Rutland and District Petanque League, with a 4-0 (52-37) win at home to the Crown Nomads. They came crashing down to earth the following week with a 4-0 deefeat away to Grants Wanderers and then managed a 2-2 (45-42) winning draw at home to Beach Boys of Barrowden. They have also suffered a first round exit from the Greene King Cup, losing 1-4 at home to Crown Sproxton A, from the lower North division. Their next opponents are Fox & Hounds Originals (away) and Old Black Horse A (home).

Games are played at the Collyweston Slater on alternate Tuesday evenings commencing at 7.30pm. Come along to see the fun and feel the tension! New players welcome.


May 2018 round up

QUIZ – The Collyweston Wibbets (home venue The Collyweston Slater) finished second in the Rutland Invitation Quiz League with 30 points, 6 points behind Champions Railway Sleepers with 14 wins from 22 games. Well played, Brian and the team!

DARTS – The Collyweston Slater rounded off the season in fine style with wins over the Danish Invader 7-2 and Bourne Snooker Clug 8-1, finishing 3rd in the League. Skipper Rob Spall also won the Captains Cup – congratulations to him and all the team.

PETANQUE – The Slaters Batchelors have not been able to recruit additional players to field a full team every week and have therefore withdrawn from the Rutland & District Petanque League Division 1. Rutland Rovers will be there and start their campaign on 1st May at home to the Crown Nomads. They also have a Greene King Cup game on 24th April at home to Crown Sproxton A. Games start at 7.30pm on Tuesday – new players welcome!


April 2018 round up

DARTS – The Collyweston Slater continue to do well in the Winter league beating the Bluebell, Belmesthorpe 6-3 and Ketton Sports 7-2 but lost to British Legion 6-3. They unfortunately lost in the semi-final of the Albert Wright sixes knockout cup.

QUIZ – The Collyweston Wibbets (home venue, The Collyweston Slater) were put out of the RIQL plate competition, losing 85-81 away at The Stilton Cheese, a narrow defeat. However, they continue to thrive in Division 2 in second place on 26 points, just behind the leaders Railway Sleepers. Recent results include 3 wins against Exiles 83-87, Sun Inn Cottesmore 79-78, and Plough Furrows 87-80.

RUGBY UNION – The Six Nations tournament is now over, a pretty dismal display of rugby all round this year, showing just how competitive it is and the toll the year-round programme takes on all players involved. Ireland took the title and Italy the wooden spoon.
Leicester Tigers recorded wins in their last 3 games against Harlequins, Saracens and Worcester to put them in 5th place in the Aviva Premiership. To finish the season they play Wasps (home), Bath (away), Saints (home), Newcastle (home) and Sale (away) and hope to climb into the top 4 for a play-off place. The East Midlands derby game against Saints is on 14th April at Welford Road and will be full of passion as both teams fight for much needed points.
Northampton Saints continue to struggle in 10th place in The Aviva Premiership with a recent win over London Irish but defeats against Exeter and Sale. They have a tough run in to the end of the season against Newcastle (away), Saracens (home), Tigers (away), Wasps (away) and Worcester (home) but are hopeful of avoiding relegation. They have appointed a new Director of Rugby, Chris Boyd, an Aussie with a tremendous track record at club and International level who will be in charge from August. They have also signed a number of new players and have some great talent coming through from the Academy to give a new look to the team next season.

PETANQUE – The Rutland Rovers will commence the season with the first round of the Greene King Cup in April and league games starting in May on a Tuesday evening.
The Slaters Batchelors are short of players this season and it is uncertain at this stage as to whether they will be able to put out a team this season, more news next month. If you’d like to play, please contact Paul on 07976 437940.



February 2018 round up                  

QUIZ – The Collyweston Slater have had a quiet New Year with a 6-3 loss to The Boundary Club but recovered with a 7-2 win over The Walnut Tree.

DARTS – The Collyweston Wibbets (home venue The Collyweston Slater) recorded wins against The Wheatsheaf Oakham 88-73 and The Horse & Plough 87-70, but fell to a 91-87 defeat at Grants. A new committee now runs the Rutland Invitation Quiz League where The Wibbets are in 3rd place on 20 points (The Railways Sleepers 1st on 24 and The Sun Inn 2nd on 21 points).

RUGBY UNION – The New Year h as not brought better fortunes for our local teams.
* In the Aviva Premiership Leicester Tigers lost 17-29 to Saracens and 30-9 away to Exeter. They just scraped a 19-15 victory over lowly London Irish. They lie 8th on 32 points, with Harlequins & Sale on 33 points, Newcastle on 36 points. Tigers are out of Europe with losses against Castres 39-0 and Racing 92, 20-23. Tigers have a busy month ahead with Anglo Cup games against Cardiff and Wasps, and Aviva games against Gloucester, Harlequins and Saracens, all this with 4 players away on International duty for England (Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs and Dan Cole).
Northampton Saints did not have a merry Christmas, losing 35-14 to Exeter and 50-21 at Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. They are currently 10th on 26 points, 7 points ahead of Worcester and 6 points behind Tigers and Harlequins. In Europe, Saints were already out of the reckoning – but enjoyed a 34-21 win over Claremont – but then crashed 62-14 at Saracens. Next they take on Sale and Harlequins in the Anglo Welsh Cup and then Bath, London Irish and Exeter in the Aviva Premiership. Key players will be absent on International duty (Harry Mallinder, Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley for England, and George North for Wales). New interim Director of Rugby, Alan Gaffney, has produced a much better spirit within the team which it is hoped will put Saints back into Win mode.


January 2018 round up                     

DARTS – The Collyweston Slater have reached the halfway mark in the league with a 6-3 win over Bourne Snooker Club and continue with winning ways with a 6-3 defeat of The Anchor, Bourne.

QUIZ – The Collyweston Wibbets (home venue The Collyweston Slater) recent results have been encouraging with an 80-71 win over The Sun Inn, Cottesmore, and 81-70 win over The Wheatsheaf, and a maximum 100-59 win over The Horse & Jockey, Manton … but alas a narrow defeat 73-88 against The Railway Sleepers. The Wibbets are currently 3rd in Division 2 on 16 points, only 3 points off the lead. The Wibbets have reached the quarter finals of the Plate competition and are away to The Stilton Cheese on 23rd January, good luck to Brian and the team.

RUGBY UNION – It will not be a happy Christmas for our local teams unless their fortunes change dramatically.
Northampton Saints have had a poor run of results, losing to Sale and Newcastle  in the Aviva Premiership, and losing home and away to Ospreys, ending their chances of progressing to the next round of the European Champions Cup. Falling to 10th place on 22 points in the Aviva required drastic action by the Board, which saw the dismissal of Director of Rugby Jim Mallender. Mike Ford (ex Bath) is one under consideration.
Saints face Exeter, Harlequins and Gloucester next, and must recover some form to avoid dropping into the relegation zone.
Leicester Tigers have slipped to 6th in the Aviva Premiership on 28 points, with a surprising home defeat by Worcester Warriors 27-31 and a narrow defeat 32-25 away to Wasps in Coventry. They were also defeated home and away by Munster in the European Champions Cup and will find it difficult to progress further. Upcoming fixtures include tough games against Exeter and Saracens and a slightly easier meeting with London Irish.


December 2017 round up                     Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

PETANQUE – The AGM of the Rutland League was on Thursday November 27th at The Old Plough, Braunston. The Slaters Batchelors received the Runners Up trophy in the Greene King knockout cup, having lost to local rivals Rutland Panthers (South Luffenham) in the final played at The Horse & Jockey, Manton.

DARTS – The Collyweston Slater have enjoyed better form lately. Having lost 6-3 to the British Legion, they then trounced the Bluebell Belmesthorpe 9-0, beat Ketton 6-3 and suffered a narrow 5-4 loss to the Danish Invader.

QUIZ – The Collyweston Wibbets (home venue The Collyweston Slater) beat The Sun Inn Cottesmore 80-71 in round 7 of the Rutland Invitation Quiz League Division 2, and remain on top of the league with 5 wins and 2 draws. They have 12 league points and a total of 571 match points. Second placed Railway Sleepers also have 12 league points but only 561 match points.

RUGBY UNION – Leicester Tigers have hit good form in the Aviva Premiership after a very good 54-29 win against Castres in the European Champions Cup. They beat Newcastle 30-13 away and Sale 35-27 at Welford Road and are currently 3rd on 26 points with Saracens 2nd on 29 and Exeter 1st on 31 points. Forthcoming fixtures pitch them against Worcester (home) and Wasps (away) then top of the table clashes against Saracens (home) and Exeter (away) – an exciting end to the year. They also have home and away games against Munster in the European Champions Cup in mid December. In the Anglo Welsh Cup they won 26-24 over Gloucester but suffered a narrow 37-33 defeat at Bath.
Northampton Saints are suffering a loss of form after a good start to the season, but disappointing results in the European  Champions Cup. Recent Aviva Premiership results have been below expectations, losing 22-28 to Wasps and 30-15 to Worcester (away). They are currently 8th on 20 points with Wasps 6th and Harlequins 7th also on 20 points, so a couple of good results could boost them up the table. Saints had mixed results in the Anglo Welsh Cup, losing 43-28 to Exeter but bouncing back with a 41-7 win over Dragons. A long injury list and loss of star players on International duties has not helped and they are looking to rebuild confidence in the next few weeks with games against Sale (away), Newcastle (home) and Harlequins (away). They also have a European Champions Cup double against Ospreys in mid December.


November 2017 round up                     Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

QUIZ ~ Congratulations to the Collyweston Wibbets (home venue The Collyweston Slater) who are currently top of Division 2 of the Rutland League on 7 points with 3 wins and 1 draw. In round 4 they beat The Stilton Cheese 82-77. 

PETANQUE ~ The AGM of the Rutland League is on Thursday November 27th at the Old Plough, Braunston. After the AGM the season’s trophies will be presented including the Runnes Up trophy in the Greene King Knockout cup which goes to the Slaters Batchelors. Congratulations to them.

DARTS ~ The Collyweston Slater have had a disappointing start to the Winter League losing 8-1 to The Boundary and 7-2 to The Walnut Tree. They fared a little better in the foursomes, reaching the semi-finals. Captain Rob Spall has reached the final of the Captains’ Cup to be played on Finals Night in April 2018.

RUGBY UNION ~ Northampton Saints are in a tough Pool in the European Champions Cup and suffered a heavy defeat to Saracens (13-57) and also lost to Claremont (24-7). In Decembe3r they play Ospreys home and away, they are currently bottom of Pool 2. It will be a struggle to progress beyond the pool stage. In the Aviva Premier League it is a much brighter picture, with Saints lying 3rd on 20 points. They recently beat Harlequins 30-22 at home and London Irish 40-25 away. Next they face Wasps at home, Worcester away, and Sale (away).


October 2017 round up                     Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Darts ~ The winter league starts on Monday October 2nd, and good luck to Rob and his team at the Collyweston Slater. Full results next month.

Quiz ~ The Collyweston Slater quiz team, The Wibbets, have started the season well with a 69-81 win away at The Wheatsheaf, Oakham and a 78 each draw away to The Horse & Plough. They play in the Rutland Invitation Quiz League, more results and info next month. Home matches are played on a Tuesday evening at The Collyweston Slater.

Petanque ~ The Slaters Batchelors had a very successful first season in Division 1 of the Rutland & District League, narrowly missing promotion back to the Premier League by just 1 point. They also won through to the final of the Greene King Knockout Cup but were well beaten by Rutland Panthers who are top of the Premier Division.
The Rutland Rovers (also based at the Slater) finished 8th in the same Division, 4 points clear of relegation. So, both Collyweston teams will play in Division 1 again next season, starting in May 2018.

Rugby Union ~ The new Aviva Premiership season has opened with some exciting games and interesting results for the two local teams.
Northampton Saints had a disastrous start, losing 55-24 at Twickenham to Saracens but have since bounced back to 3rd place on 14 points with 3 wins. They had an excellent win over Leicester Tigers in the East Midlands derby at Franklin Gardens 24-41, then a 24-6 home win against Bath and a 25-40 away victory at London Irish. Some new players have arrived (Ribbans, Home and Reinach) and some Academy players are stepping up to senior level (Mallinder, Collins and Grayson) to good effect. Next up are Harlequins (home), Gloucester (away) and Wasps (home) with European fixtures in Pool 2 against Saracens and Clarement mid-month, Ospreys to come later in the season.
Leicester Tigers also had a disappointing start with a surprising 23-27 upset at home to Bath, followed by a 24-11 defeat by neighbours Northampton Saints. They have since rallied with a 24-10 win at home against Gloucester, and a last-minute snatched win 28-31 away at Quins. They are in 8th place on 9 points with Premier fixtures against Exeter Chiefs (home), London Irish (away) and Newcastle Falcons (away) to come in October. They also have 2 European fixtures in Pool 4 against Racing 92 and Castres, Munster making up their Pool.

September 2017 round up                     Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Petanque  ~  The Greene King Cup semi-final showdown between the Slaters Batchelors and the Rutland Rovers (both of whom play at the Collyweston Slater) ended in a close 3-2 win for the Slaters Batchelors. They now meet the Rutland Panthers from South Luffenham on September 14th – venue to be confirmed. In the league, the Slaters Batchelors are in 3rd place on 34 points behind Greetham Viking Traders (37 points) and Ketton Euros (41 points). Rutland Rovers have recovered to 8th position on 25 points, 4 points ahead of 9th placed Whissendine Cobblers. Each has 3 league games to go so there is still everything to play for over the next 3 weeks – promotion and relegation!

Rugby Union  ~  Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers both have new players to introduce to their squads prior to the start of the Aviva Premier League programme on 2nd September. Then they clash head to head at Franklins Gardens on 9th September  – an exciting start to the season.

August 2017 round up                             Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Rugby Union  ~ Northampton Saints are looking for a top 4 finish this season after last year’s disappointment and have named Dylan Hartley as captain for a second time. They have 4 warm up games in August, then start the Aviva Premiership programme with a bank – on Sept 2nd they play Saracens away at Twickenham as part of the London double header; also playing that day at HQ are London Irish v Harlequins. Then Saints entertain Leicester Tigers at hom on Sept 9th. These East Midlands derby games always produce some fireworks with both sides eager to put one over on their rivals.
Leicester Tigers have 3 warm up games in August followed by an exciting opening game against Bath at home, then travelling just down the road to meet Saints at Franklins Gardens. A fascinating start to the season with both teams showing off their new signings.

Petanque ~ Both Slaters Batchelors and Rutland Rovers have reached the quarter finals of the Greene King Cup, curiously each playing a team from Asfordby near Melton Mowbray. The Batchelors are away at The Crown, the Rovers at home to the Horseshoe, both matches on Thursday 3rd August. Should both teams be successful (which is possible as the opposition in each case is from a lower division) they could be playing each other in the semi-final. If they avoid each other in the semis they could meet in the final – watch this space!
~ In the League, the Rutland Rovers are in 9th place in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Petanque League on 17 points. Recent results include 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss. They next face Sewstern Hounds at home and Ketton Euros away. Slaters Batchelors lie 4th in the same league on 21 points, having recently chalked up 3 draws and lost only 2 of their 10 matches. Their next games are against Greetham Vikings (home) and Whissendine Cobblers (away). The top team are Ketton Euros on 28 points so there is still all to play for at just past the halfway stage in the league.

Darts and Quiz ~ Both are in summer recess, and returning to battle in the autumn.

July 2017 round up                             Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Petanque      The weather has been kinder in June, the pistes dry and fast, testing the skills of the local teams. The Slaters Batchelors  are currently lying 3rd in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Petanque League with 15 points. Recent results include a 2-2 draw against Barrowden Beach Boys, a 3-1 win against Sewstern Hounds, and a 1-3 defeat against local rivals Rutland Rovers who share the Collyweston Slater piste. Hayley Twiddy made a welcome return to bolster up the squad – thanks to Richard and Lesley for babysitting! The Rutland Rovers suffered a 4-0 defeat against Old Black Horse A, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over The Slaters Batchelors and a 2-2 draw against Greetham Vikings Traders. They are in 9th place (out of 10) with 11 points but there are plenty of games to go to improve their position.


June 2017 round up                           Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Petanque     The Slaters Batchelors and the Rutland Rovers are both based at the Collyweston Slater and both play in Division 1 of the Rutland & District Petanque League on a Tuesday night during the summer. Currently the Batchelors are slightly ahead in 5th place (out of 10) on 6 points with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat. The Rovers are in 6th place with 5 points recording 2 draws and 1 defeat – but there are lots of games to go, so anything can happen and probably will! Both teams are still in the Greene King Knockout Cup having received byes in round 2, their round 3 opponents are unknown at present. They could be drawn against each other!

Rugby     Northampton Saints finished the season a disappointing 7th in the Aviva Premiership, missing out on automatic entry into Europe next season. However they have been given a lifeline, a play-off final place against Stade Francais, a very strong side and former European Champions, to be played on Friday 26th May. Saints have had a poor season considering the many international players in their squad and will be keen to make amends in this last game of the season.
                  Leicester Tigers narrowly lost their Aviva Premiership semi-final at Wasps 21-20 having finished 4th in the league, but still get an automatic place in the European Champions Cup next season. George Ford returns to Tigers to help them retain a top 4 spot or better.


May 2017 round up                           Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Quiz     The Collyweston Wibbets went out with a bang, scoring 95 to win their final game away at The Boat Inn, Melton Mowbray. This is amongst the highest scores in the league but not sufficient to save them from relegation.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater darts team is resting at present and preparing for the winter league.

Rugby     Northampton Saints have  had a mediocre season, despite having a good squad with numerous internationals they have not been able to turn this advantage into victories. They are currently 7th on 48 points.  Their last game is against Harlequins who are 6th on 51 points, so this is effectively a play-off for 6th place and entry into European rugby. If Saints lose and Gloucester beat Exeter, Saints could finish 8th!
                  Leicester Tigers are currently 4th on 62 points and play their last game away at Worcester.  A win will see them in the playoffs for the Aviva Permiership but if they lose and Bath win away at Sale Sharks, they will be out of the playoffs – but will qualify for Europe. An exciting rugby weekend coming up.

Petanque      The Rutland and District Petanque League commenced on Tuesday 25th April with the first round of the Greene King Cup.
The Slaters Batchelors, who play at the Collyweston Slater, chalked up a convincing 4-0 win over Whissendine Nailers = who have recently been promoted from Division 1, but who will find it difficult to survive judging by that performance. The Slaters Batchelors start their league programme away at Ketton Euros on 2nd May.
The Rutland Rovers, who also play at the Collyweston Slater, won 3-1 in the Cup against Barrowden Beach Boys. They will play the same opposition at home when they start their league programme on 2nd May. Both of the Slater teams now play in Division 1 so it should make for some interesting competition.


February 2017 round up                           Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Darts     The Collyweston Slater had a good start to the year with a 5-4 win over the Boundary Club in Division 1 of the Monday League and a 7-2 win over Ketton in the knockout Cup taking them through to the semi-finals, opponents as yet unknown.

Rugby     Leicester Tigers have suffered their worst run of results for several seasons in January losing to top teams Saracens (12-16) and Wasps (16-22) in the Aviva Premiership putting them in 5th place on 33 points. They also suffered heavy defeats in the European Champions Cup going down 34-3 at Racing 92 and an astonishing 43-0 reverse at home to Glasgow and for the first time in many years they have not qualified for the finals. Director of Rugby, Richard Cockerill (“Cockers”) was dismissed in January but results have not improved. Tigers hope to return to winning ways in February with games against Gloucester (h), Bristol (h), and Harlequins (a) but will be without Dan Cole, Ellis Genge and Ben Youngs on England duty.

Northampton Saints have made up some ground in the Aviva Premiership with wins over Gloucester and Bristol taking them up to 6th place on 33 points, just behind East Midlands rivals Tigers who have a better points difference. In February they face Bath (a), Newcastle (h) and Worcester (a) but will have a number of players absent on International duties. Dylan Hartley will captain England and will be joined by Teimana Harrison, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood. George North will be on the wing for Wales and Louis Picamoles is no.8 for France. Saints European campaign ended with a defeat by Montpelier despite being victorious over Castres.

Quiz     The Collyweston Wibbets remain at the foot of Division 1, even though they have scored a greater number of points than 4 other teams as they have only recorded 2 wins. Recent results showed very respectable scores with losses of 74-84 to Black Bull B, 84-89 to the White Lion Originals and 85-88 to the Ex Owls.


December’s round up                           Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Rugby     Leicester Tigers continue to improve with 7 wins out of 10 in the Aviva Premiership and are 4th on 31 points. However they have some tough fixtures coming up with Exeter away on December 24th, Saracens at home on January 1st and Wasps away on January 8th. They had mixed fortunes in the European Champions Cup with a surprise 38-0 defeat away to Munster but recovered to beat them 18-16 at home. They lie 3rd in Pool A on 8 points but still in touch with Muster on 11 points and Glasgow on 13 points with 2 games to go in January to decide who goes through to the knockout stages.
Northampton Saints are suffering a loss of form and are currently 9th in the Aviva Premiership on 20 points having lost the services of 8 senior players on International duties with England, Wales and France. They are hoping to make up lost ground with fixtures against Sale at home, Gloucester away and Bristol at home in the next few weeks. They are struggling in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup having lost heavily to Leinster both at home and away. Worse still their skipper, Dylan Hartley, is suspended for six weeks after a red card tackle in the Leinster home game.

Quiz     The Collyweston Wibbets have suffered three further defeats in the more competitive Division 1 of the Rutland Invitation Quiz League and at the halfway stage are bottom on 4 points. They have some slightly easier fixtures ahead and are hoping to move up the table in the New Year but nevertheless are enjoying meeting new teams and rising to the challenge of tougher questions being set.

Darts    No results to report in December, full report next month.

November’s round-up                               Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Darts     The winter league is now in progress. The Collyweston Slater team led by Rob Spall have won two of their first three fixtures: 5-4 against the Boundary Club, a walkover against the Walnut Tree A and a narrow 6-3 defeat by British Legion.

Quiz     The Collyweston Wibbets were promoted to Division 1 this season and as expected are finding the standard of questions and opposition more challenging – but just as entertaining. They have won one and lost three, lying 8th out of eleven – but some 57 points ahead of 9th placed Black Bull B.

Rugby     Northampton Saints have had three close Aviva Premiership games, beating Exeter Chiefs 20-19 and losting to Harlequins 20-9 and Wasps 20-15. They are now lying 9th in the league with 11 points. They are in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup, beating Montpelier 16-14 but were over-run by Castres 41-7.
Leicester Tigers are going well in the Aviva Prem with wins over Bath and Worcester but a surprise defeat at Sale. They now lie 4th with 19 points. In Europe they are in Pool 1 and after an unexpected defeat by Glasgow they beat Racing 92 away 27-17.

October’s round-up                               Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Quiz    The Rutland Invitation Quiz League has restarted for the new season. Newly promoted Collyweston Wibbets, who play at the Collyweston Slater, started well in the top league with a win away at EX-Owls 71-60 (maximum of 100 points each available) puttin gthem in 5th place out of 11. They have league games at local pubs around Rutland during the winter and a knockout cup competition. Anyone interested should contact Brian Andrews or leave a message at the Slater.

Darts     Finals night at Ketton Sports Club saw The Collyweston Slater up for 2 possible titles against stiff opposition. They were runners-up in the 4s and team captain Rob Spall lost in the final of the Captains’ cup. They finished the season 3rd in the Summer League on 18 points, only just behind British Legion on 22 points, and the Boundary on 20 points. King’s Cliffe Club were well off the pace in 4th pace on 8 points. Well done to all who played throughout the season.

Rugby     Northampton Saints had a demanding opening to their season with a win against Bristol but 3 defeats against Saracens, Bath and Wasps, the top 23 in the league. They are well down the Aviva Premier League in 10th position on 7 points, but with new players bedding in are hoping for better results against Exeter, Harlequins and Gloucester in October. Saints are starting their European adventures at home to Montpelier and away to Castres with a double against Leinster in December.
Leicester Tigers have started well with wins over Gloucester, Newcastle and Bath and a surprise defeat against Wasps, they lie 4th in the Aviva Premier League with 13 points. They face Sale, Worcester and Saracens in October and also start their European campaign against Glasgow and Racing 92 with Munster to come at home and away in December. With local support in the village for Bristol, Harlequins and Wasps it promises to be a lively season!September’s round-up                               Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Darts     The Collyweston Slater continued a winning streak in the A league with victories over The Walnut Tree 16-11, The Danish Invater 22-5 and The Boundary Club 17-10 (Rob Lockhurst beating former World Champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams 3-0). They are top of the league but other teams have games in hand. They also reached the semi-finals of the knockout cup but were defeated by The Danish Invader.

Petanque     Rutland Rovers achieved 3 draws and a win in the run-in to the end of the season and finished Champions of Division 2; congratulations to Ernie and his squad who will play in Division 1 next season.

The Slaters Batchelors had 4 close games but were narrowly defeated 3-1 in each game sending them to the bottom of the Premier Division and relegation to Division 1 where they will meet Rutland Rovers next season.

Rugby     2016/17 promises to be a lively season with local support in the village for Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Harlequins, Wasps and Bristol! The first round of matches is on 2/3/4 September, with Saints at home to Bath, Tigers away to Gloucester, Quins at home to Bristol and Wasps at home to Exeter.

August’s round-up                                       Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Petanque     The Slater Batchelors have recently drawn twice and lost twice and are in 7th place in the Premier League but only one point away from the bottom of the league. The Rutland Rovers continue to go well with 3 wins and one draw putting them 5 points clear at the top of Division 2.

Darts      The Collyweston Slater team had a good win against Walnut Tree B 20-7 – but then melted in the heat, going down 20-7 to the British Legion Club.

July’s round-up                                       Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Darts      The Collyweston Slater are holding their own in the top league with a 16-11 win over King’s Cliffe and a 17-10 defeat against the Boundary Club. They bounced back with a hard fought 16-11 victory over the Walnut Tree A in the knockout cup to secure a place in the semi-finals.

Petanque     Rutland Rovers, who are based at the Collyweston Slater, are in a commanding position in Division 2 of the Rutland & District Petanque League, lying 2nd by only one point with a game in hand. They beat the Boot & Shoe Cobblers 3-1 and drew 2-2 with Wheaties and Greetham Valley Invaders. The match against Belton Braces was washed out by torrential rain and is to be replayed.

The Slaters Batchelors are struggling to find their best form but managed 2-2 draws against Oakhamn RFC Wrinklies and The Crown, Asfordby after a brace of 3-1 defeats against Old Plough Furrows, Braunston and the Old Black Horse, Houghton. They lie 9th out of 10 in the Premier League but only 4 points behind 5th place. New recruit Heather is showing great promise on her return to the game.

Rugby     England are 2-0 up and have thereby won the 3 match series in Australia for the first time ever, and hope to complete a whitewash on Saturday 25th June under their new manager, the Aussie, Eddy Jones. There is a strong local contingent in the squad including Luther Burrell, Teimana Harrison, Dylan Hartley, Paul Hill and Courtney Lawes from Saints, and Dan Cole and Ben Youngs from Tigers.

Soccer     England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all made it through to the round of 16 knockout stage of Europ 2016. Scotland did not make the tournament at all. England will face Iceland, Wales v Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland v France. We wish them all luck – two of them could meet in the final!

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…June’s round-up                                Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Petanque     Rutland Rovers, who are based at the Collyweston Slater, are enjoying a successful start to the season with two 3-1 wins and two 2-2 draws, taking them to top spot in Division 2 of the Rutland & District League. The Slaters Batchelors are suffering from inconsistency with four defeats in the last month, three of which could have gone the other way with a kinder run of the piste; they lie ninth in the Premier League.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater are achieving good results as new entrants in the Monday League with a narrow 15-12 defeat by the Legion and a good 19-8 win over The Danish Invader. They are in the finals of the Foursomes Knockout Cup and skipper Rob Spall is again in the Captains Cup final on Presentation Night later in the season.

Rugby     Leicester Tigers made the Aviva Premier League playoffs by finishing fourth in the table but were overcome by Saracens in their semi-final. Saracens went on to beat Exeter in the final. Northampton Saints just missed a top four place, finishing 5th with 60 points. They have four players representing England in Australia this summer, and four more in the England Saxons squad. Both teams are recruiting for the new season starting in September, and are also developing exciting new home grown players through their academies.

…May’s round-up                                 Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Darts     No silverware this season as skipper Rob Spall was pipped at the post in the final of the Captains Cup and Rob Luckhurst suffered a similar fate in the singles final. Better news in the new Summer League with The Collyweston Slater winning 16-11 over The Walnut Tree B and a 19-8 cup win over Ketton Sports.

Quiz     The Collyweston Wibbets had a most successful season and finished second in Division 2 which earns them promotion to Division 1. Congratulations to Brian and the team.

Rugby     Leicester Tigers won the East Midlands derby at Northampton 30-24 and lie in 4th place in the Aviva Premier League, a play off place looking likely as things stand. They lost a close European semi final, 16-19, against Racing 92 who go through the the final against Saracens who beat Wasps.
Northampton Saints currently lie 5th, 7 points adrift from the top four, but hoping to qualify for European rugby next season.

Petanque     The Slaters Batchelors have had one win and one defeat in the Premier League and a first round victory in the Green King Cup with a bye in the next round.
The Rutland Rovers have h ad one draw and one win in Division 2 and were also victorious in their first round cup tie and play the Royal Crown in round 2.

…April’s round-up                                 Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this!

Petanque     The new season of the Rutland & District Petanque League gets underway on April 5th with the first round of the Greene King cup. Two teams play at the Collyweston Slater, The Slaters Batchelors play Wheeties of Greetham, The Rutland Rovers play Belton Braces. The league programme commences April 12th with the Batchelors away to Fox & Hounds, Knossington in the Premier League, and the Rovers at home to Grants Wanderers, Burrough on the Hill in Division 2. New players are always welcome! Contact Paul or Ernie via this page. Games are played on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.

Quiz     Collyweston Wibbets have scored 2 wins (against Bob’s Hunters and Oakham RFC) and 2 defeats (against White Lion, Oakham and The Wheatsheaf, Langham) in the past month. One win and one defeat were by only a single point! They lie second in Divisioni 2 behind the White Lion, Oakham with only one match to go – and stand a good chance of promotion to Division 1.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater did very well in their first season in Division 1 of the Stamford & District Winter Darts League, finishing 4th out of 7 teams. Captain Rob Spall is in the final of the Captains’ Cup and Rob Luckhurst is in the Men’s Singles final. Finals night is Monday April 4th at Ketton Sports Club – and we wish them well. Rob Spall has also scored the highest check out to date with 164.

Rugby Union     Northampton Saints have recorded 3 wins (v Worcester, Saracens and Sale) and only one defeat away to Exeter who are top of the league. Saints are in 5th place and looking to get into a top 4 play-off position with 5 fixtures to go, including a derby game against Leicester Tigers at home on Saturday April 16th – that could be the decider for a play-off place. Saints also have a European quarter-final away game at Saracens on Saturday April 9th.
     Leicester Tigers are hanging on to 4th spot in the Aviva Premier League with 3 home wins (v London Irish, Exeter and Saracens) and an away defeat at Wasps. They also have 5 more fixtures including the derby game v Northampton, where the Saints have home advantage. Tigers have a European Cup quarter-final v Stade Francais at home on Sunday April 10th. Congratulations to England on winning the Six Nations Grand Slam this season, under new manager Eddie Jones.


…March’s round-up

Darts     The Collyweston Slater team are finding things a little tougher in the Monday night A League; recent scores are a 6-3 defeat by the British Legion and a narrow 5-4 by the Walnut Tree B, but they were back to winning ways with a 6-3 victory over the Danish Invader. The league finishes in early April so there is still time to make an impression.

Quiz     The Collyweston Wibbets slipped to second place with a 75-101 loss to the Black Horse and a 79-75 victory over the Exiles – but are still in excellent form with 11 wins out of 15 matches, only 2 points off the lead.

Rugby     Northampton Saints are gradually moving up the Aviva Premier League with wins against Harlequins away (23-27) and London Irish at home (35-7) and an unexpected defeat at home to Wasps (11-24) and a n arrow defeat aweay to Newcastle (26-25). They are currently lying 6th on 32 points, 5 points adrift from a top 4 position.

Leicester Tigers are just holding on to 5th spot (35 points) with a win away to Gloucester (18-19) followed by 3 defeats by Sale, Newcastle and Harlequins.

It promises to be a tight finish to the season as both teams are vying for European honours as well as a top 4 playoff place – and they play each other on 16th April at Franklins Gardens! Don’t miss it.

…February’s round-up

Quiz league   Collyweston Wibbets are enjoying a tremendous run with 7 straight wins launching them to the top of the league. They have a 2 point lead over second place Oakham Rugby Club and have the highest total score of 1,076. Recent scores include a rare maximum 101 point win and one of 91 points against the Horse & Jockey.

Rugby   Local teams Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers met at Welford Road Leicester on 9th January. Tigers had the better of the first half but were dominated by Saints in the second half. Tigers were eventually victorious with a penalty in the last minute taking them to 30-27 in a very close game.

Saints are still in contention in the European Cup lying second in pool 3 to Racing 92 and needing a good win away to Scarlets to secure a place in the next round as high-scoring runners up. They are battling to keep pace with the leaders in the Aviva Premiership, lying 5th with 22 points – 7 points behind 4th place Tigers.

Tigers are top of European Pool 4 and have already qualified for a home quarter final tie. They are also enjoying a good run in the Aviva Premiership holding on to 4th place with 29 points, behind Saracens, Exeter and Harlequins.

Petanque   Two teams play at the Collyweston Slater: the Slaters Batchelors and the Rutland Rovers. New players are always welcome. Contact Paul or Ernie at the Slater for details. The season starts in April.

Darts   Not such a happy new year for the Collyweston Slater darts team who lost 7-2 to the Walnut Tree and 6-3 to the Boundary Club. They were also knocked out of the Cup competition by the British Legion Club – but are looking to get back to winning ways in February.

Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this each month.

…January 2016’s round-up

Darts     The Slater darts team, led by Rob Spall, continued their winning ways in the more challenging A-league with wins of 6-3 against the Danish Invader ad 6-3 against King’s Cliffe Club. Unfortunately they missed out on the Albert Wright Sixes Trophy which they’d won last year, with a very close 6-5 defeat by the Boundary Club.

Quiz league     Brian Andrews and his team The Collyweston Slater chalked up another victory in the Rutland Invitation League and now stand second in the table, only one win behind the leaders. Matches are played on a Tuesday night at local pubs in the area. New players are always welcome – if you’re interested, drop us an email and we’ll put you in touch with Brian.

Petanque     The AGM of the Rutland & District Petanque League was held on Thursday 19th November at the Old Plough, Braunston. The Collyweston Slater is host to two teams, The Slaters Batchelors and the Rutland Rovers. Unfortunately there was no silverware to claim for the 22015 season but both teams will be striving for honours in 2016. Meet Tuesday night at 7.30pm, starting in April – and if you’d like to give it a go, you will be made very welcome.

Rugby Union     European Champions Cup – Northampton Saints suffered a 33-3 defeat away to a strong Racing 92 team in France; the return leg at Franklins Gardens, complete with new north stand, was on Friday 18th December. Saints have a lot to make up. Leicester Tigers are going well with a 31-19 win at Munster; the return leg was at Welford Road on 20th December.
Aviva Premier League – Northampton Saints have several new players in their starting lineup this season, soe new signings and some coming up through the Academy. They are currently 5th on 16 points with tasty fixtures coming up shortly against London Irish (away), Exeter Chiefs at home and then the big Midlands derby against Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday 9th January. Leicester Tigers have started strongly this season with some new personnel and are currently 3rd on 21 points. They are at home to Newcastle on 26th December, away to Saracens on 2nd January and then the big derby against Saints on 9th January.

Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this each month.

…December’s round-up

Quiz league   Brian Andrews and his team The Collyweston Wibbets won 80-63 against The Black Horse and 87-78 against The Exiles, then suffered 2 defeats: 75-83 to Bob’s Hunters and 81-82 to The White Lion Oakham. This left them in 6th position (out of 11) with 8 points from 4 victories.

Darts   The Collyweston Slater darts team are showing good form playing in the A League. A 7-2 defeat by Bourne British Legion was countered by a 6-3 victory over The Walnut Tree B. They also enjoyed success in the knockout cup beating the Danish Invader 6-3.

Rugby Union    Leicester Tigers won 36-3 away at Treviso and 33-20 home to Stade France in the European Champions Cup. Northampton Saints also had 2 victories: 15-11 against Scarlets and 26-15 away to Glasgow. Both look forward to progressing further in Europe.

In the Aviva Premiership league, Saints have had a disappointing start with only one victory against Newcastle, losing 13-12 at Worcester, 20-13 at Sale and 6-12 at home to Saracens. They lie 10th with 8 points. The Tigers have continued good early form with 3 victories against London Irish, Harlequins and Wasps – but fell to Exeter 19-6. They lie 4th with 12 points.

Thanks to Paul Johnson for compiling this each month.

…November’s round-up

Darts   The Collyweston Slater have taken a step up into the A League having this winter been undefeated in the B League. They were defeated by the Walnut Tree but bounced back with a 6-3 win over The Boundary Club who won the A League last season.

Quiz   Collyweston Wibbets scored 3 more wins in the Rutland Invitation Quiz League and are in 4th place.

…October’s round-up

Darts     Winners all the way! The Collyweston Slater completes a whitewash, winning their last game 20-7 against The Anchor, Bourne – thus keeping their 100% record in Dividion B – well done to Bob Spall on the team. 

Petanque    The Slaters Batchelors won their last game 3-1 to move to 6th place in the final Premier League table.

Rutland Rovers (who also play at The Slater) lost 3-1 to Greetham Valley Invaders in their last game, finishing 4th in Division 2, just outside the promotion zone. All players enjoyed the end of season social at The Slater on 1st September.

Quiz     Collyweston Wibbets started the season with a close game at Oakham Rugby Club, losing 76-71 in Division 2. Regular matches will be held every Tuesday, more players welcome. Contact Brian!

Rugby     Wins for England, Wales and Ireland in the early rounds of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Sorry that England then had to bow out… but there’s a long way to go before the final on 31st October.

…September’s round-up

Quiz     The Rutland Invitation Quiz League starts in September. The Collyweston Slater will field a team in Division 2 under the guidance of Brian Andrews – contact him if you’d like to play (see advert on page 16 of Colly News September issue for details).

Rugby     The Rugby World Cup is being held in the UK this year, starting 12th September. Local venues include Stadium MK and the Kingpower Stadium in Leicester. Several top Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers players will feature in national sides. The AVIVA Premiership games are delayed until mid-October. Saints hope to unveil their new North Stand in November if work stays on schedule.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater darts team has exceeded all expectations by remaining unbeaten so far this season in the Monday League. They recently chalked up wins against Archie’s Arrows 24-3, the Green Dragon 23-4 and Ketton Sports 19-8 and are top of the league in their first season. Sterner opposition is expected next season but current form suggests Rob Spall and his team will do well when they move up to the Big Boys’ league.

Petanque     Two teams play out of the Collyweston Slater. The Slaters Batchelors who play in the Premier League put in a late run of good results after struggling for most of the season with a rebuilt team of new recruits. They won 3-1 against Fox & Hounds Exton, Old Plough Furrows Braunston and Oakham RFC Wrinklies and drew 2-2 against Old Black Horse Houghton. They lie 7th out of 10 on 30 points, safe from relegation. They could even go slightly higher with their last game against Ketton Euros, who are bottom of the league and awaiting relegation. Paul Johnson and his team look forward to next season. New players are welcome, and should contact Paul using the number on page 14 of the September issue of Colly News. 

…August’s round-up

Darts     Success breeds success as demonstrated by The Collyweston Slater team who still lead the Stamford & District Division A with a 20-7 win over The Anchor, Bourne and remain unbeated. They also had a 16-11 win over The Walnut Tree, Deeping St James in the 2nd round of the knock-out cup progressing to the semi-finals, opponents not yet known.

Petanque     Two teams play at the Collyweston Slater on Tuesday evenings. The Rutland Rovers are riding high in Division 2, lying 4th with 28 points – only 4 points off the lead! Recent results were all favourable with 2-2 draws against the Rose & Crown, Mrs Brown’s Boules and the Royal Crown and a 3-1 win against Oakham RFC Forwards. The Slaters Batchelors are recruiting new members after 3 leading players became unavailable on a regular basis due to family/work commitments – but are managing to hold 7th position in the Premier League on 19 points; 4th 5th and 6th all share 26 points so there is a bit to make up. Recent results were a 3-1 loss to Fox & Hounds Originals, 2-2 draw at Black Horse, Grimston, a 3-1 home loss to the Gun & Dog, Keyham and a 4-0 loss away to league leaders and local rivals Rutland Panthers who play on a ridiculously sloping piste at the Boot & Shoe South Luffenham. Three new players have been recruited with others in training but more experienced players would be welcome to the squad, no need to play every week. Please contact Paul – number on page 11 of the August issue of Collyweston News. 

…July’s round-up

Petanque     The Collyweston Slater hosts 2 teams in the Rutland & District Petanque League. The Slaters Batchelors have enjoyed mixed fortunes this month losing 0-4 to Old Plough Furrows, Braunston, drawing 2-2 against Old Black Horse (scoring 50 points), losing 1-3 to Oakham RFC Wrinklies but coming back with a 3-1 win against Ketton Euros scoring 51 points – just one point short of the maximum. They are in 7th position out of 10 in the Premier League. The Rutland Rovers also play at the Slater and are going well in Division 2 with a 3-1 win against Oakham RFC Flankers and 2-2 draws against Boot & Shoes Cobblers, Queens Head Originals and Greetham Valley. They lie 5th with 19 points, only 5 points off the leaders. Both teams have reached the halfway stage of their league programme so will now revisit the teams they have played over the previous 9 weeks.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater continued their amazing unbeaten run with a 20-7 win over Green Dragon, Ryhall and a 19-8 win over Ketton Sports. They therefore remain top of the Stamford & District Monday League. Well done to Rob and the team.

…June’s round-up

Darts     The Collyweston Slater darts team made a dramatic return to the local darts scene winning Division B in the winter league and picking up the Alf Prickett Cup. They also won the Albert Wright Cup in the knock-out tournament. Captain Rob Spall and team members did mighty well! They have also made a tremendous start to the Summer League with a 27-0 win over the Waggon & Horses, Langtoft; an 18-9 win over the Prince of Wales, Castor and a 24-3 win over Archie’s Arrows including a spectacular 160 checkout from Sam Twiddy.

Rugby     Northampton Saints finished top of the Aviva Premier League proper and faced old rival Saracens in the semi-final of the playoffs. Despite a home draw they were narrowly defeated 24-29 in a tense game.
Leicester Tigers made 3rd place and faced Bath away in the other semi-final on the same day – and were surprisingly overwhelmed 47-10.
So, plenty of local interest to end a fascinating season, but no cigar for either of the East Midlands rivals!

Petanque   The Collyweston Slater is running 2 teams as usual in the Rutland & District Petanque League. The Slaters Batchelors suffered defeats at the Gun & Dog 1-3 and at home to The Rutland Panthers 0-4 who play out of the Boot & Shoe at South Luffenham. But they bounced back with a 4-0 win at home to the Fox & Hounds, Exton. They are currently in 7th place with 9 points, only 3 points short of second place. New players have joined this season to strengthen the squad.
The Rutland Rovers enjoyed a 3-1 win against the Royal Rose and a 2-2 draw against Oakham RFC forwards on the new piste at the new Rutland County Showground in Oakham. They are currently 6th on 7 points with one game in hand.
Games are played every Tuesday at 7.30pm, so do come along to enjoy the fun. Contact Paul or Ernie if you would like to play – numbers are on page 15 of the June issue of Collyweston News.

…May’s round-up

Quiz league     The Collyweston Wibbets finished in 5th place with 22 points in Division 2, which was won by the Black Bull B on 38 points. The league re-starts in the autumn.

Petanque     The Collyweston Slater is running 2 teams as usual in the Rutland & District Petanque League. The Slaters Batchelors started with a 3-1 defeat at the Fox & Hounds Originals at Knossington but quickly got into their stride with a 3-1 win at home to the Black Horse, Grimston. They are currently 5th with 4 points. The Rutland Rovers unfortunately had a rusty start, going down 4-0 at home to the Rose & Crown, Houghton – but did rather better against Mrs Brown’s Boules drawing 2-2 away. Currently they are 8th with 2 points.
     Games are played every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy the fun. Contact Paul (07976 437940) or Ernie (07762 320089) if you would like to play.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater darts team is getting into gear for the Summer League which started at the end of April. Full report next month.

Rugby     Northampton Saints are still riding high at the top of the Aviva Premier League (71 points) and as things stand will meet local rivals Tigers in the semi-final of the playoffs with a home draw. They have two remaining fixtures, home to London Welsh on 9th May and away to Tigers on 16th May. Leicester Tigers have recovered from a poor season by their standards to stand in 4th place currently with 60 points, Bath second on 66 points and Saracens third on 62 points. Tigers’ two remaining fixtures are against Wasps away on 9th May and home to Saints on 16th. So, plenty of local interest to end a fascinating season. Games on BT Sport are on view at the Collyweston Slater so come along and be in the thick of the action!

…April’s round-up

Petanque    The Slaters Batchelors’ first game is on 14th April away against the Fox & Hounds Originals. The Rutland Rovers (who are based at the Slater) are home to The Rose & Crown, Houghton on the same evening. Practice games are being arranged. If you’re interested in playing call in at the Slater for details or call Paul or Ernie – phone numbers are on page 18 of the April issue of Colly News.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater darts team excelled in their first season of competition by winning the Monday night league unbeaten AND they took the Albert Wright Sixes Cup beating the top 3 Division A teams and former World Champion and this year’s runner up Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams. Congratulations to them and good luck in the Summer League.

Rugby    Ireland just manage to lead England to take the Six Nations title in an exciting final Saturday which staged 3 games consecutively. A good crowd gathered in The Slater to watch the final game. Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers both exited the LV Cup at the semi-final stage, leaving Saracens to beat Exeter 23-20 in the final at Franklins Gardens.

Saints have a tough programme as they approach the end of the season with an a way ERB game at Clermont Auvergne and Aviva games against championship rivals Exeter, Saracens, London Welsh and Tigers, followed by play off games if results go their way. Saints are currently top with 62 points, 9 ahead of 2nd-placed Exeter.

Tigers are currently 5th on 51 points, equal with Bath and just behind Saracens on 52 and Exeter on 53. Their remaining fixtures are against Exeter (home), Saracens (away), London Welsh (home), Wasps (away) and a thrilling finale against Saints at home. With luck they will make the play offs – there’s a lot to play for.

Quiz league    The Collyweston Wibbets moved up to 5th with wins over the Black Horse and the Plough, and a defeat by an inspired Wheatsheaf team who amassed 95 points! Next opponents are The Horse and Jockey as the season comes to an end.

…March’s round-up

Quiz league     The Collyweston Wibbets enjoyed good wins against The Wheatsheaf Oakham and The Stilton Cheese but went down to Bob’s Hunters. They are currently in 6th place with 16 points and face The Black Horse, Plough Furrows and Horse & Jockey in March.

Darts     The Collyweston Slater’s newly reformed team continued their unbeated run with wins over the Waggon & Horses, Langtoft (8-0) and The Anchor, Bourne (7-2) to remain in the top spot in their league. They played only 8 of the 9 legs against Langtoft as both teams were one player short.

Rugby     The Northampton Saints remain the top team in the Aviva premier league with wins over London Irish 15-9 and Bath 13-21 at the Rec. They have 56 points, 9 clear of Bath, and face Harlequins, Gloucester and Wasps in the next few weeks. They have booked an LV Cup semi-final place away to Saracens having beaten Wasps 29-6 and suffering a narrow defeat 17-8 against against Leicester at Welford Road and could meet local rivals Leicester again in the final.
Leicester Tigers lie 5th in the Aviva premier league with with 43 points after wins over Gloucester 18-15 and London Irish 12-6. They need to get ahead of Saracens and Exeter (both 44) to make the play-offs this season, both of whom they will be up against in the next few weeks. They will also meet Exeter in the LV Cup semi-final in March, having beaten Saints 17-8 and Cardiff Blues 43-9 to top their group.

TV sport     The Collyweston Slater shows all live soccer and rugby games on BT Sport and also screens the 6 Nations rugby games, all nationalities welcome!

…February’s round-up

Darts     Recently re-formed local team The Collyweston Slater have taken the Stamford & District Darts League Dvision B by storm. As this season’s “new boys” they have won every game and are top of the league. Recent successes include wins against Ketton Sports 6-3, Prince of Wales Castor 7-2 and The Railway Ketton 7-2. Skipper Rob Spall said the team were going well with a strong squad all eager to play their part.

Petanque     There are 2 teams based at the Collyweston Slater, which compete in the Rutland & District Petanque Leagues. The Slater Batchelors (named after a type of Collyweston slate) led by Lewis Jackson, were runners up in the Premier Division playing an exciting final against the Dog & Gun from Keyham at the new piste at Oakham Rugby Club. The Rutland Rovers, contact Ernie Lowther, are rebuilding their squad and came 6th in Division 2. New players are welcome for both teams. Fixtures are mostly played on a Tuesday evening at local hostelries. At this time of year players are carefully polishing their Boules and undergoing intense pre-season training (mainly at the bar) – and the season runs from April to September. Anyone interested in playing should contact any team members or speak to Kelvin or Helen at the Slater.

Quiz League     Local side Collyweston Wibbets (another Collyweston slate!), based at the Slater, compete in the Rutland Invitation Quiz League on a Tuesday evening at local pubs in the area. Skippered by Brian Andrews, there are 6 in a team plus a scorer who also reads out the questions. They currently stand 6th in Division 2 with 12 points from 12 games, well ahead of local rivals the Horse & Jockey, S Luffenham, who have 4 points from 13 games including 10 defeats. Questions are set independently by a national organisation and sent to the home venue in a sealed envelope which can only be opened in front of the competing team captains. There are 10 rounds, 8 team rounds and 2 individual rounds. The leagues run from September to April. In January the Wibbets lost 73-81 to the Black Bull B (Market Overton), won 77-69 at Oakham Rugby Club B and won 76-73 at home to The Exiles (White Lion, Oakham). In February they come up against Bob’s Hunters (stabled at The Wheatsheaf, Oakham) away, The Wheatsheaf Langham (home), The Stilton Cheese (away) and The Wheatsheaf Oakham (home). New players are always welcome.

Rugby     Northampton Saints go marching on with recent wins over Harlequins at Twickenham* 30-25, Newcastle at home 39-31 and despite a surprise defeat 7-20 at Sale they remain top of the Aviva Premiership with 48 points, one point ahead of Bath. In February they will face London Irish (home), Bath (away) and Harlequins (home), a tough test with some senior players injured. *A contingent from Collyweston endured 5 hours of train delays when they went to the Saints v Quins game at Twickenham. Saints faced Racing Metro at home in the European Rugby Champions Cup (ERCC) and were a little off-colour on the day losing 8-32 at home. They still go through to the last 8 but will not enjoy home advantage. They have 2 challenging matches coming up in the LV Cup against local rivals Leicester Tigers (Jan 31st) and Wasps (Feb 7th) and are thus leading contenders in all 3 major rugby competitions.
Leicester Tigers are clawing their way back from a shaky start to the season, turning the corner into the New Year in 6th place in the Aviva Premiership with 35 points as their senior players return from injury. They won 30-32 at Sale and 17-8 at home to Bath, but fell to Harlequins away 32-12. In February they have home games against Gloucester and Sale and are away to London Irish which should give them a good chance of improving their current position. Their ERCC campaign came to an end when a tricky visit to Belfast (where few visiting sides are successful) resulted in a 26-7 defeat by Ulster. They can now focus on two LV Cup group matches coming up against Northampton Saints, a mouth watering local derby, on 31st January, followed by a trip to Cardiff on 7th February.

…January 2015’s round-up

Rugby     The highlight of December was the local derby between old rivals Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers on Saturday 20th. Saints started riding high at the top of the Aviva premier league with Tigers back in 5th but showing improvement in form with the return of some key senior players. On home soil Saints started strongly but suffered an early setback when skipper Dylan Hartley was show a red card after only 16 minutes, leaving the Saints to play the rest of the game with 14 men (Tigers also lost Tom Croft for 10 minutes). Man of the match Luther Burrell drove Saints forward and eventually they won 23-19 with a converted try in the last few minutes of this very exciting match before a sell-out crowd.
In previous weeks Saints won at London Welsh 43-14 in the Aviva league then did the double over Treviso, 15-38 away and 67-0 at home in the European Cup. Saints are currently top of the league on 39 points. Tigers’ recovery continued with a league win over Wasps (1-16), a terrific home win against Toulon 25-21 but slipped to a defeat away at Toulon 23-8 in the ERC. They are in 6th place in the league on 26 points.

Soccer     Stamford Daniels staged their first game at the new Zesco Stadium at Borderville on Ryhall Road on 13th December and drew 2-2 with Nantwich Town before a crowd of over 800. The new facilities are superb and will be shared with New College, Stamford and are available for hire for functions, corporate events, etc.

…December 2014’s round-up

Darts      The Collyweston Slater darts team got off to a storming start in the Stamford & District Winter Darts League with 4 wins out of 4. Skipper Rob Spall leads a team of 6 players playing 6 single legs and 3 doubles. The squad includes Sam Twiddy, Pete Barber, Matt Giddings, Rob Luckhurst, Rob Sanders and Ben Taylor. They were unlucky to come unstuck in a Cup game against The Boundary, Deeping who fielded Martin “Wolfie” Adams, a former World Champion!

Rugby     Leicester Tigers continue to fight against injury and achieved a creditable draw against Saracens (21-21) at Welford Road on 16 November in the Aviva Premiership. On 23rd November they ground out a bonus point win away at London Welsh 5-26. They face local rivals Northampton Saints on 20th December (away). Tigers are in 5th position in the league with 21 points. They also notched up 2 victories in the LV Cup against Sale Sharks and London Irish but were overwhelmed by the Baa Baas 59-26 in the 125th Anniversary game. In Europe they went down 15-3 to Scarlets, with games to come against Toulon (last seasons’ champions) on 7th and 13th December.
Northampton Saints have had good results in November despite having 8 players unavailable on international duties. They enjoyed 2 wins in the LV Cup against Newcastle (37-23) and Scarlets (24-7) and surprisingly fell to Exeter 18-24 at Franklins Gardens in the Aviva Premiership. Against Saracens away they pulled off a gritty win 24-31 on 23rd November to remain top of the table with 30 points. In December they have home and away games against Trevison in the ERC cup, a mouthwatering tie against Leicester Tigers at home on 20th and an away game at Twickenham on 27th December against Harlequins.

Soccer      Stamford AFC (The Daniels) played their last game at Wothorpe Road on Saturday 22nd November before their move to the new stadium at Borderville and halted a run of defeats with a 3-0 victory over Rushall. Before the match several former stars were paraded on the pitch along with the Directors and red balloons were released to mark over 100 years playing on this ground. There was also a training session for the junior players. Their first game at the Zeeco Stadium is on 13th December.

…November 2014’s round-up

Rugby Union     October saw the two local sides in League and Cup action with differing fortunes. Leicester Tigers lost 19-22 at home to London Irish, lost 33-16 at Gloucester and won 26-14 at home to Harlequins in the Aviva Premier League where they are in 8th place with 14 points. In the new European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 they won 25-18 against Ulster and lost 15-3 away to Scarlets. They await home and away games against Toulon in December and are 3rd in their Pool. Northampton Saints remain at the top of the Aviva Premier League with recent wins over Bath 31-24 at home, London Irish 19-12 away and Sale 43-10 at home. Saints had a difficult start in the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 5 losing 20-11 away to Racing Metro in Paris but followed up with a convincing 34-6 win at home to Ospreys. In December they have home and away games with Treviso (Italy) and they are top of their Pool.

Darts      The Collyweston Slater started the season with a win in the Monday night Stamford and District League. Full details will follow soon!

…October 2014’s round-up 

Petanque   The Rutland & District Petanque leagues have now finished till next year. The Collyweston Slater team ‘The Slaters Batchelors’ came 4th in the Premier Division, Dog & Gun Nomads from Keyham (near Leicester) just clinching the title ahead of local rivals Rutland Panthers based at The Boot & SHoe, South Luffenham.

The Rutland Rovers, also based at the Collyweston Slater, finished mid-table in Division 2 of the Rutland & District Petanque League.

The Slaters Batchelors also fought their way to the final of the Greene King Knockout Cup which was played on the smart new pistes at the new Rutland Showground, home to Oakham RFC Petanque Club. Their opponents were old rivals The Dog & Gun who were in excellent form and took the title to add to their league win.

Anyone interested in taking part in this very sociable game played at various pubs in the area on a Tuesday evening should contact the Collyweston Slater for details.

Darts   The Collyweston Slater is putting a team in the Monday night league which starts in October. The squad is in intensive training mode and raring to start the season. New players welcome.

Rugby Union   Last season’s Champions, Northampton Saints, have won 2 and lost 1 of their first three games, winning at home 53-6 against Gloucester, losing 20-16 away to Wasps and winning 10-35 away at Newcastle. On Saturday 27th September, Saints entertain top of the table Bath (who beat Leicester Tigers 45-0 last week) at home in what will be a highly competitive match. League position 3rd, 11 points including 3 bonus points.

Leicester Tigers have also had 2 wins and 1 loss so far this season, winning 36-7 against Newcastle, 20-24 away at Exeter and a surprisingly heavy defeat 45-0 away at Bath (lots of absentees due to injury) – Saints beware! League position 5th, 9 points including 1 bonus point.

If you are involved in a local sporting activity – be it cricket, darts, tennis, petanque, pony club, point to point, bridge, basket ball, hockey, netball, pool, table tennis, dominoes, beetle drive, football, rugby or any other competitive sport – please email your news and photos to this page and to Collyweston News!


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