Marham Bulls Rugby Football Club in first Royal Navy Rugby Plate Final

Since the drawdown of the Tornado Force last year and the introduction of Lightning to RAF Marham, the Marham Bulls Rugby Football Club has transformed into a joint Royal Navy / Royal Air Force Team and has established itself as one of the dominant forces in both the RN and RAF rugby communities.

A new coaching team was formed consisting of 3 RFU Qualified Rugby coaches and a new coaching philosophy was formed. We strongly encourage our players to maintain their own levels of personal fitness so we can focus on Rugby training – not fitness training ensuring all of our drills and games are Active, Purposeful, Enjoyable and Safe to comply with the RFU APES framework.

Towards the end of last season, we were proud semi-finalists in the RAF Cup and were narrowly defeated by RAF Benson under floodlights in Milton Keynes. We also went on an end of season tour and to the annual RAF Akrotiri 10’s Competition in Cyprus and played various RAF, Army and Civilian Teams and came back as Leon Beer Cup Champions.

Our pre-season started in July with the introduction of playing O² Touch Rugby which is open to both male and females of any age or ability to enjoy. We have continued this initiative and O² Touch Rugby is played every Tuesday evening at 1700 on the Rugby pitch and welcome more players to come along to this.
We rounded off our pre-season training with a game against Honington Centurions where we performed exceptionally well winning 57 – 10. This coming season we are the only club to be competing in both the RN Cup and RAF Cup Competitions.
On 11th September we travelled to RAF Brize Norton to take part in the revived Binbrook Bomb 7’s Competition and did extremely well winning the Plate Final and our very own SAC Adam Potter was named player of the tournament. On 25th September Marham Bulls played

their first ever RN Rugby Cup fixture away against HMNB Clyde in Scotland who were 2018 runners up and 2017 champions. We stayed in Edinburgh a night either side of the fixture and played a very physical game, with a massive second half fightback we narrowly lost 31- 25 to one of the best sides in the RN.

We are now playing to win the RN Rugby Plate and were drawn to play HMS Collingwood away in the Quarter Final which we comfortably won 5 – 37 to set us up for an away semi-final against HMNB Portsmouth which we also won 0 -24. We will now be playing Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Plymouth on the 11th December in the final of the RN Rugby Plate at 1400 and HMNB Devonport.

Going forward we still would like to encourage more players to join the Marham Bulls, we have a fixture most weeks on a Wednesday afternoon which is followed by a great post-match social event and welcome more Marham supporters to come and spectate and join the players for a beer post-match. Even if you have never played before or not since school, we can coach you and bring you into the game when ready. This year we have already developed 2 players for the RN Under 23’s and another 5 for the RAF Hawks Academy.
If you are not yet ready for contact then please come along to one of our O² Touch Rugby Sessions on a Tuesday evening at 1700. We have many female players who play O² Touch on a Tuesday but are actively seeking more so that we can enter a ladies 7’s Team into next years Akrotiri Rugby Tournament to run alongside the men’s 10’s competition.

So come along to training Mondays 1700 or O² Touch Tuesdays 1700 on the Station Rugby Pitch and join the Marham Bulls RFC and have the opportunity to play in fixtures the length of the country, participate in the Akrotiri 10’s and ladies 7’s tournament in Cyprus as well as an end of season tour to the USA.

If you are a service person, civil servant or dependant, male or female of all abilities and are interested in playing rugby this season or just want to play some O² Touch or to become a Marham Bulls RFC social member then please contact the coaching team below.

PO Stewart Wright – stewart.wright460@mod.gov.uk
Sgt Jamie Douglas – Jamie.douglas360@mod.gov.uk

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