Friday, December 16, 2005

International Bath Rugby Radio

Joe Maddock crosses the tryline on a soggy pitch at the Rec in Bath's 21-12 victory over Gloucester.

It would appear that being put in my blog is good luck for Bath ruggers. Danny Grewcock, featured in the margin to your left has had a stellar year, and Joe Maddock (who hasn't really been playing well in the past year) manages to score a try after a picture of him appears on my blog. Coincedence? Um, yes, absolutely. But still, it's good to see Bath win.

It was even better to HEAR Bath win. While doing some homework on Saturday I tuned in to the the BBC Sport's Live Radio Broadcast of the match. It was fun to listen to English announcers again, even if it was the Gloucester crew.

For a full match report, read Dom Rumbles' report.

Til next time

GO YOU BATH

Tom the Yank
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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Quick notes

A couple of quick notes:

1. As you can tell, this blog is undergoing some architecture changes, will be complete soon
2. Had the oppurtunity to listen to the Bath v Gloucester match this past Saturday, recap will be up later today or tomorrow
3. a couple of polls and maybe some focused advertising coming soon
4. I'm including this link for people interested in outdoor trampolines chester.

Til then
GO YOU BATH

Tom the Yank
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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Digging through the photo album...

Found this photo of Joe Maddock and I following a defeat to NEC Harlequins at the Rec in the spring of 2004. Joe was a very nice guy, and kind enough to take a few photos and answer a few questions. Here's hoping he returns to the form he once played at in his NPC days (that's New Zealand's National Premier Championship.) He's not normally in the starting XV, but is a good fullback who hasn't quite re-discovered his touch. Best of luck to him, he's a genuinely nice guy.

GO YOU BATH
Tom the Yank
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bath fall late to champion Wasps

One of many hard scrums that took place during Bath's 28-20 defeat to London Wasps at Causeway Stadium.

Our little Bath team, without 6 internationals and 1oth on the table took on Wasps and almost came away victorious. In fact, at the half Bath was tied with the champs at 11 all. And then it fell apart. A couple of penalties made, Wasps charging down a kick to get great field position and an ensuing 5-meter scrum and the rest is disappointing history. Bath didn't even manage to salvage a point out of the debacle. Sad times, especially for John Connolly in his second-to-last game for Bath. Match report by Dom Rumbles.

Congrats to Wasps winger Neil Baxter, who scored 2 tries on the day. In addition to being a solid rugby player, he is also an American Football player. He was recruited to go to training camp in Germany for the NFL Europe.

GO YOU BATH
Tom the Yank

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A draw's ok by me

Michael Stephenson hit a drop-goal to draw a tough match against Saracens, 12-12.

Still minus 5 England Test players, as well as Salesi Finau, Chris Malone, Frikkie Welsh, David Flatman and Martyn Wood through injury, getting a draw against a resurgent Saracens side is no small feat. According to math reports, neither team really played anything close to cracking rugby, instead both teams settled for penalty kicks when they couldn't make tries happen. I'm sure John Connolly is not elated with a draw, but being relaistic man I'm sure he's happy to have the points in the standings (Bath currently being 10th of 12.)
Speaking of John Connolly, his run as Head Coach for Bath Rugby is coming to an end. His final match will be against Leeds Tykes. He will be replaced by Brian Ashton. Ashton will officially take office on New Years Day.

GO YOU BATH
Tom the Yank

Sunday, November 06, 2005

When England calls, Bath falls

Joe Maddock is brought to ground in Bath's 13-36 defeat at the hands of London Irish.

Well, as it turns out losing 5 players to international duty and another few to injury will catch up with you. Had we had the services of resurgent locks Danny Grewcock and Captain Steve Borthwick, who knows what would have happened. Sadly, the match is already over with a dissappointing outcome. Here's hoping Bath can turn it around, I've quite gotten use to winning.
Congrats to former England test star Mike Catt for a match well played, as well as a try.

Speaking of Danny Grewcock, I was surprised to find that there's a wikipedia article on him. Much is made of his alleged apetite for all-blacks in the entry.

GO YOU BATH

Tom the Yank

Thursday, November 03, 2005

England calls

Congratulations to locks Danny Grewcock and Captain Steve Borthwick, Lee Mears and Matt Stevens and Olly Barkeley. All were called up to the England 22-man squad to face Australia at Twickenham. Best of luck!

GO YOU BATH!
Tom the Yank