Evening folks and welcome the final Mighty Barum Blog for the 2022/23 season, which will be shorter than usual, as we see all three senior sides on the road to their respective fixtures on this the final weekend of rugby for Barnstaple until September. Mind you that doesn’t mean we don’t have any sport for you as there is plenty to get your teeth into including on May 7th to both celebrate the end of the season and the King’s coronation there is the Barum Fest our very own annual 7’s tournament which kicks off the day at 10am full of fun and festivities, check our Facebook homepage for details https://www.facebook.com/BarnstapleRFC

Before that we have boxing at the clubhouse this Sunday with the St. George’s Day special Boxing tournament. Always a great sporting spectacle and very much worth the entry fee, £15pp with under 6’s just £5

Then there is our Committee Chair Paul Shaddick will be running in the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon which takes place on Sunday 14 May 2023, which is dedicated to Rob Burrows a rugby league player suffering with MND. Please give generously both to this worthy cause and to help Paul continue his epic journey, his giving page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-shaddick

If that wasn’t enough then it is on to June for the first in what will hopefully be an annual Barnstaple Rugby golf Day for full details and who to contact read the poster below.

This weekend’s Rugby

Finally to the Rugby and did I say this would be a shorter blog, even worse you actually believed me. Well I will try and make it quick and as painless as possible. First up we have the Chiefs heading down to Exeter to take on the Uni boys in the final National 2 West fixture of the season kick off is 3pm as are all the games today and if you are thirsty Topsham Rugby Club are open for pre game drinks and it’s only a short walk to the pitch, so no Lidl’s takeout’s. If the Chiefs play as well as they did last Saturday they might just give the Uni boys a grand finale, whatever happens following that display by the Chiefs last Saturday, 7 tries can you believe it, I am already getting excited to see what the new season will bring. Thank you Chiefs for giving all the supporters at Pottington Road a big smile for that final home game, enjoyed it immensely.

Talking of final games it’s off to Cullompton for Athletic to fight for the 2nd XV cup against, you guessed it, Cullompton II. A great chance for the lads to bring back some silverware to Pottington Road to cap off what has been a fantastic season for them. If you are going, entry is £5.

Then it in to Sunday and another chance for some Silverware with the Bucc’s at Cullompton to face Kingsbridge in the Dave Butt final following their 29-23 win over Torquay Athletic II, although it wasn’t as clear cut as expected with the Torquay lads making the game more than interesting clawing back as 21-3 Barnstaple lead to just a single point in it at 24-23. The Buccs though were not going to be denied and made sure of the win with a final try to go on to the final. That sort of fight will certainly be needed again on Sunday against Kingsbridge but if anyone can bring it home the Bucc’s can, entry for that match is also £5.

Also on Sunday is the Fishermans cup finals hosted as ever at Brixham Rugby Club, with Barnstaple U16’s playing in the Plate final against Exeter Saracens U16’s, Kick off is 11am and we here at the Mighty Barum Blog wish them all the success in that final.

Finally I just wanted to thank this seasons Barnstaple Colts for what was a fantastic effort in a great game of rugby last Sunday. Yes I know you were all disappointed losing to such a narrow margin but you gave it everything and the rugby you showed us on the pitch was top notch, in particular the second half were you came back hard dominating large parts of the game. It was great to watch and despite the result you made Barnstaple Rugby proud of you, good luck to those moving on to senior rugby and ventures new as for the first year Colts, revenge is always a dish best served cold.

That’s it from me for the season. There will be posts going up as and when events come to light, in particular keep an eye out for news on what Barnstaple Rugby will be doing as the World Cup nears, but for now enjoy your holidays in the off–season and prepare for another thunderous season in September coupled with the world cup which will be shown at Barnstaple Rugby Club.

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