Valley Fort RFC

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Valley Fort RFC
Full name Valley Fort Rugby Football Club
Founded 1978 as Stanley Fort Rugby Football Club
Location Stanley and Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Ground(s) Stanley Fort (PLA barracks), Happy Valley sports ground
Chairman Keir Macintosh, V/C Simon Anam
League(s) Hong Kong Mini-Rugby Club League, Colts-Rugby Club League
2009-10 Division One/Pool A
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.valleyfort.com

Valley Fort Rugby Football Club or Valley Fort RFC is a rugby football club located in Hong Kong, offering rugby for players 4–18 years of age. It follows the widespread Football Code of Rugby Union.

It is the Academy Section of Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Division One Club, Valley Rugby Football Club.[1][2] It was named Stanley Fort Rugby Football Club before its partnership with Valley RFC. The 'Stanley Fort' name came from the barracks at which the club is based, located at the southernmost tip of the Stanley peninsula, Hong Kong.

Membership[edit]

Being a mini/youth rugby club membership is through the youth players themselves; parents are not required to obtain a membership before their child can participate in rugby Although there are no adult memberships, unlike the social norm practised by a number of prominent social clubs which offer mini/youth rugby, parents get involved by taking up the role as a team manager or coach – usually in one group in which their own child plays. In other cases, these parents join the club council/committee and administer the club.[3] Membership application is relatively straightforward. There are few formalities apart from annual membership renewal at the start of each season in August/September.[4]


2012-2013 senior squad[edit]

in bold = players internationals
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Andrew Kelly Hooker Scotland Scotland
James Lythgoe Hooker England England
Rico Lorenzana Hooker Philippines Philippines
Alastair Kalin Hooker England England
Alex Ng Prop Hong Kong Hong Kong
Jack Bennett Prop Hong Kong Hong Kong
Terry Tsang Prop Hong Kong Hong Kong
Tom Morgan-Harris Prop England England
John Hamilton Prop Hong Kong Hong Kong
Kevin Curtis Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Chris Mason Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Sean Emmerton Lock England England
On King Lock Hong Kong Hong Kong
Brent Kotze Lock South Africa South Africa
Paul Nolan Lock England England
Grant Livingston Lock England England
Andrew Bridle Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Nick Hewson Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Ollie Niessen Flanker England England
Rory McGregor Flanker England England
Tony Wong Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Terence Montgomery Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Alex Baddeley Number 8 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Edward Taylor Number 8 England England
Jack-Daniel Spoors Number 8 England England
Player Position Union
Kirk Munro Scrum-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Joshua Peters (rugby) Scrum-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Kaikobad Karbhari Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Ben Rimene Fly-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Ryan Meacheam Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Charlie Knox Fly-half England England
Niall Rowark Fly-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Lee Jones Centre Hong Kong Hong Kong
Ian Molyneux Centre England England
Parvin Daswani Centre India India
Justin Temara Centre Hong Kong Hong Kong
Tim Sutton Wing Hong Kong Hong Kong
Salom Yiu Wing Hong Kong Hong Kong
Chris Scott Wing Wales Wales
Dom Sing Wing Italy Italy
Martin Field Wing England England
Jean Baptiste Aldigé Fullback France France
Kelvin Lea Fullback Australia Australia

Notable players[edit]

Seasonal coaching[edit]

A regular season; which involves the inter-club league; begins at the start of every September and technically ends by mid-march with the playoffs/finals. There are several off-season on-day leagues usually played throughout the rest of March and April. The season officially ends at this point.

The club holds regular training sessions before and through the entire season at the three locations where the club is based – Stanley Fort Barracks, St Stephen's College Pitches and Happy Valley Sports Grounds[5]Pre-season training sessions are held as the players need to be warmed-up and there are pre-season friendly matches.

Training sessions are generally held every Sunday morning throughout the season, the Colts also train on Thursday evenings while the Contact Mini's (U9-U12) train on Friday evenings. The mini-rugby section (U5s-U12s) trains at the "Fort" (Stanley Fort Barracks) or St stephen's while the colts-rugby section (U14s-U18s) trains at the Happy Valley sports field.
There are no training sessions held before the season resumes in September.

Leagues[edit]

During the main season, the inter-club league is held where the colts-section teams play the other division one colts rugby clubs such as Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC)and DeA Tigers RFC. The colts league is divided into U14, U16 and U18 matches with other teams of each age-groups in different pools. Allocation into pools are based upon the strengths and skill-levels of teams; like that of different divisions. The colts section of Valley Fort RFC currently stands in Pool A/Division 1.
However, teams with a lot of players often field a separate roster of a "seconds" team which are fielded to play weaker opposition sides in one-day tournaments. It is rare for a club team to field a second team to compete in a weaker division in the inter-club league.[6][7]

After off season playoffs (finals), there are other off-season tournaments. For instance the 'New Year’s Day tournament' at the Hong Kong Football Club grounds and the 'International Youth Day tournament' in March at Kai Tak / King's Park allow the Under 12's, 14s, 16s and 18s to play against overseas teams.[8][9]

Club structure[edit]

The VF U18s team; runners up at the HK Rugby Club 10s Tournament; 2007-8 season

- Chairman: Keir Macintosh

Colts-rugby section[edit]

-U19 Valley-Fort: Fred Laine Head Coach
-U16 Valley-Fort: Scott Dale Head Coach
-U14 Valley-Fort: Becky Maltas Team Manager, Deano Herewini Head Coach

-U14 Girls Valley-Fort: David Mallinson

- U13 Valley-Fort: Jonathan Berney

Mini-rugby section[edit]

Valley Fort is one of the largest mini-rugby clubs in Hong Kong. The club runs a number of teams at all age groups from Under 5's to Under 18s.

Like the senior game, mini-rugby is played from September to April. There are full festivals involving all clubs around Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories and regional festivals are organised where clubs with smaller facilities are able to invite clubs based close to them or specific age groups to participate. Valley Fort RFC also promote inter-club training sessions foster greater competitiveness.[10]

-U12 Dragons: Philip Lynch Head Coach

U12 Girls: Robert Sleigh Head Coach
-U11 Tigers: Keir Macintosh and Andrew Tam Head Coaches
-U10 Tigers: Simon Anam Head Coach

U10 Girls: Steve Hersey Head Coach
-U9 Tigers: Michael de Sombre and Allen Head Coaches
-U8 Pandas: Steven Glynn and Matthew Moskey Head Coaches
-U7 Pandas: Warren Lockner Head Coach
-U6 Team: Nick Carlson Head Coach
-U5 Team: Cassius Taylor-Smith Head Coach [3][10]

Sponsors and affiliations[edit]

The club is a recognised member of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, and is affiliated to Valley RFC as their Rugby Academy Section.[11] Valley RFC is an adult Rugby Football Club also offering Team-Hockey and Netball. The hockey section has a Youth Academy Section.[12]

The teams' rugby kits are manufactured and designed by Kukri Sports, and bear the corporate logo of sponsors, Linklaters.

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