Posted by PhilF on March 3, 2017
Held at Exeter College on Thursday 2nd March 2017.
Listening to comments on the night, this will surely now be
established as an annual Supporters Club event.
Good food, expertly prepared by the college trainee chefs, was enjoyed by all.
Posted by PhilF on November 19, 2016
Annual Dinner Tickets now Selling ....
Friday 24th March at Sandy Park 7:00 pm
Members £34. Non-Members £39
Bar - Disco – Auction - Raffle
Dance until 12:30 am !
Starters: Kenniford Ham Hock & Wholegrain Mustard Seed Scotch Egg
Vegetarian – Sweet Potato & Confit Onion Tart
Main Course: Mozzaralla & Harissa Stuffed Chicken Breast
Vegetarian – Butternut Squash Pot
Dessert: Caramelised Apple Tarte Tatin
(If you could let Bob know details of who is coming and if a vegetarian option is required.)
Payment – It is easier if one person is able to collect the money and let Phil Briard ( Treasurer) have it on the night. I think he would prefer a cheque if that is possible.
We will be having a raffle and silent auction on the night.
For the auction we already have a signed Chiefs Shirt, Signed Ball, 2 VIP Tickets etc in the Baxter Suite, Caravan for a week at Ladram Bay ( Awaiting details but will be off season)
Also we had vouchers from local companies
Any raffle prizes gratefully received.
Contact: Bob Mobile: 07768 697768
Posted by PhilF on October 19, 2016
The AGM was held on 19/10/2016 at Sandy Park.
An exceptional year was described by Rosie Bates.
Rosie Bates announced that she was standing down as Chairman after 3 years fulfilling the post and Richard Cresswell was voted in as the new Chairman.
David Brown announced that he now wished to stand down as Secretary but would continue in post until a new Secretary is identified.
The committe and members showed their appreciation to both Rosie and David for their hard work.
The AGM was followed by a fantastic talk given by referree Luke Pearce. A wonderful insight into the work demanded to be a top level referee including a detailed description of how referees are observed and continually assessed.
Posted by PhilF on September 8, 2016
WINE & CHEESE EVENING POSTPONED
We're very sorry to have to let you know that our wine and cheese event at John Lewis has had to be postponed - just a day after we let you all know about it!
Unfortunately, the local store has only just found out that a national event is running in all their restaurants on that day, so they have asked us to rearrange.
It is likely to be an evening in January, and as soon as we've found a suitable date we will let you know.
Our apologies to all those who have already booked, hopefully you'll be able to join us in January!
Posted by PhilF on July 12, 2016
A warm and wonderful day at Woodbury. Well done to all the teams who took part.
We would like to thank the following for their generous hole sponsorship.
Please support all of them wherever possible.
C.A.P. CEILINGS & PARTITIONS LTD.
Harrington Lane, Pinhoe, Exeter, 01392 464407
COOKSLEYS Residential Sales & Lettings
86 South Street, Exeter, 01392 202220
DESIGN TROPHIES & AWARDS
54 Causey Lane, Pinhoe, Exeter, EX1 3SH 01392 209376
DUNN & BAKER Quality Solicitors
21/22 Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QQ 01392 285000
ESTUARY LETTINGS & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
44 Fore Street, Topsham, 01392 876444
FESTERS FENCING & LANDSCAPING
07875766200, 07548615894, 01392 757396
Warren Road, Dawlish Warren, 01626 862955
HEAVER BROS LTD, Road Hauliers, Container Sales & Hire
Exeter Airport Industrial Estate, 01392 447747
14 Parkside Crescent, Exeter, EX1 3TW 01392 466187
NORTCOTT BEATON LTD Independent Insurance Intermediaries
70 Fore Street East, Heavitree, Exeter, 01392 426046
PRESENTS GIFT SHOP
35A, The Strand, Dawlish, 01626 866464
PUFFINS OF EXETER LTD
Childcare Centres, 13 Mont Le Grand, Exeter, 01392 496017
QUEEN STREET CARPETS & FURNISHINGS
Church Road, Alphington, Exeter, 01392 433299
RFC FNANCIAL SERVICES
Richard Cook, 3 Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, 01395 512582
RODNEY SPILLER WEALTH MANAGEMENT
12, Rookswood Lane, Rockbeare, Exeter, EX5 2LG 01404 922927
CHARLES STANLEY & CO LTD
Broadwalk House, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1TS 01392 453600
THOMPSON JENNER FINANCIAL SERVICES
Colleton Crescent, Exeter, 01392 258553 & Alexandra Terrace, Exmouth, 01395 279521
We would like to thank all the following who have donated prizes and given other support
THE JACK IN THE GREEN
THE HEART OF OAK, Pinhoe
ST AUSTELL BREWERY
LLOYDS KITCHEN, Exeter
FRANK TUCKER COMMERCIALS
LANGSTONE CLIFF HOTEL Dawlish
HAVEN SPA, Exeter
LLOYDS BANK, Exeter
WHITE HORSE INN Sidmouth Rd
THE SMUGGLERS INN, Nr Dawlish
ABODE, Royal Clarence Hotel
THE HARTNOLL HOTEL, Bolham
THE DEVON HOTEL, Matford
THE TOM COBLEY, Spreyton
MERCURE SOUTHGATE HOTEL
THE HALF MOON, Clyst St Mary
THE CRAB SHACK, Teignmouth
THE PUFFING BILLY, Exton
THE WALLED GARDEN, Dunsford
THE FIVE BELLS, Clyst Hydon
EXETER RUGBY CLUB
DAVID LLOYD LEISURE, Exeter
HOTEL DU VIN, Exeter
THE DIGGERS REST, Woodbury/S
THE BLUE BALL, Clyst St Mary
CAFÉ ODE, Shaldon
HARE & HOUNDS, Kingskerswell
THE GLOBE, Topsham
THE SALUTATION, Topsham
MARCOS NEW YORK ITALIAN
THE BOWD INN, Sidmouth
THE SADDLERS INN, Lympstone
THE SWAN, Lympstone
THE SIR WALTER RALEIGH E Budl
and the following GOLF CLUBS:
WOODBURY PARK HOTEL
NEWTON ST CYRES
ROYAL NORTH DEVON
BUDE & NORTH CORNWALL
Posted by PhilF on June 7, 2016
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the lovely afternoon at Whimple Cricket Club yesterday.
Perfect weather helped of course, but although we lost the match, the players produced a huge comeback in the second-half (does that sound familiar) to get narrowly beaten. Well done to Otter Brewery, they were looking worried with 2 overs to go!! Also, well done to our youngsters who were called up at the last minute – players for the futureJ Everyone commented on the food, so huge thanks to our BBQ chefs and cake makers, to Oliver’s Bakery for the rolls and scones, to Burrow Farm for the sausages and burgers and to Otter for the beer.
Your support was invaluable, whether it was officiating for the match, donating prizes, spending money on the auction or the raffle and by just being there – THANK YOU.
Posted by PhilF on May 5, 2016
DON ARMAND - SUPPORTERS PLAYER OF THE SEASON 2015/16
At the end of a thrilling victory against Wasps, many of the capacity crowd stayed on to show their appreciation for another highly succesful season.
With a final premiership match to be played to determine whether there will be one more home game, the seasons awards were handed out.
Voting was held via this web site and when the counting was completed the "Supporters Player of the Season" was announced by Rosie Bates on the pitch at the end of the match.
Well Done Don... and thanks to all that voted.
Posted by PhilF on March 24, 2016
Wine & Cheese Evening
On Friday 26th February 2016 eighty one members and guests attended a “Wine and Cheese Experience” at the John Lewis Store, Sidwell Street, Exeter from 7pm to 9pm on their fourth floor restaurant area.
A selection of wines and soft drinks were available for all on our arrival, then the Wines Manager of Waitrose (Heavitree Road) Mr Steve Millican did a presentation and sampling session on five different wines he had chosen for us all to sample. These included white wines from Italy and New Zealand and fine reds from Spain, Chile and finishing of with a Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes-Hermitage from France. Each wine was accompanied by a selection of breads, olives and cheeses from around the world selected by the Waitrose Deli Manager to match the fine wines.
At 8.15pm the whole of the store was then available for private shopping with staff on each level to assist with any enquiries. I know several ladies took great advantage of this facility whilst many of the men watched the first half of the Six Nations match between Wales and France in the restaurant on a huge TV screen the John Lewis staff had installed specifically for us. All the men hoping their credit cards didn’t go into meltdown with their ladies!!!!
I wish to thank the staff of John Lewis and their Waitrose colleagues for making this event such a magnificent success. This was our first venture with the John Lewis Store and I have since received overwhelming good reports from all who attended and I am sure we will repeat the venture in the future.
Posted by PhilF on March 2, 2016
Europe. Always an incredible adventure. Wherever we go we always have the best of times. This season, Exeter Chiefs have made history by progressing to the quarter finals of the top tier of Europe for the first time. If I’m completely honest, I’m still not entirely sure how we’ve done it.
The group looked incredibly tough. Clermont, Bordeaux and Ospreys. Clermont, the ultimate big winners in Europe. We know, we’ve played them before, and it didn’t go too well. Picking up points against them will not be easy. Bordeaux. The team that beat Gloucester to that all important 7th place playoff. They played with such intensity and ferocity that we know it’ll be tough, Ospreys. They haven’t had the best start to the season, but they struggle without their big hitters, some of the most prolific players in Welsh rugby will have returned by the time we play them.
Our away form was certainly not on form, with our best performance coming in Bordeaux, where we secured a losing bonus point. The point, though, wasn’t the best thing about our performance. It was the way our team stood up and made themselves accountable for what was, in the end, a really entertaining and high scoring game. During the few days leading up to the game there was a lot of talk about selection and that Rob possibly hadn’t picked the best squad to do the job. I saw one comment saying that he wasn’t showing the competition the respect it deserved. Utter rubbish, in my opinion. Naturally, had we won the team would have been inspired. But, what people need to realise is that this season is so packed, and we have suffered so many injuries that we need to change the team up. Each player fielded had a point to prove, stood up and proved that point. They arguably performed far better than our ‘first’ team did away in Clermont. A game I can’t quite bring myself to talk about.
Ospreys away was the game that, some say, was the away game we should have targeted to win. First up and all, going into it after an incredible string of wins in the Premiership, to turn up and, to be honest, just not play. It was kind of disappointing to watch. But Ospreys are a very good side. They are teaming with Internationals and have a strong European home record.
Clermont, then. Their stadium and setup are quite incredible. They have more superstar players than I’ve had hot dinners and they absolutely handed it to us over at the Stade Marcel Michelin. They were spoiling for it to be fair, after we handed it to them back in Sandy Park the previous week. The best thing for me about that trip was before the game, stood outside with the ASM fans singing and drumming and generally having a good old laugh. The French really do have a great set of fans, and have done at every ground I’ve been to. Also, the cameo hello by Hoani Tui was rather lovely too.
What really won the group for us though was our home form. 15 of our 16 points came from Sandy Park. I think we were quietly confident we could beat Bordeaux. Getting 5 points against Clermont will be one of my highlights of the season for me. That shows a huge improvement within the team from the last time we hosted them at Sandy Park. To see the boys go out, square up to and play beyond a team littered with big names was just phenomenal. A very proud moment.
By the time Ospreys arrived at Sandy Park we thought the group was all but done. I thought it was a given that the Welsh outfit were heading through to the Quarter finals. Their form in the group was without doubt the best, picking up 4 bonus points away in France and 12 at the Liberty Stadium, it was difficult to see past them going through. They needed to win to be doubly sure. We needed to beat them with a bonus point and rely on Bordeaux to beat Clermont away. It seemed like a huge ask. Not the win for us, of course, at that point we’d been unbeaten at home in over a year, we were confident that the game was ours. But we felt sure that on 8th April we’d be stat at home watching the quarter finals. Not actually be suiting up to play in one. As I said earlier, I’m still not sure how we did it. But I’m over the moon that we did.
I always talk about how much I love Europe. I love going to away grounds and visiting places you wouldn’t usually get to see, and mix with fans you wouldn’t normally. One of my favourite aspects, though, is getting to watch those players that have their name in lights for their international sides. Even better, getting to see them play in Exeter. Think about who this competition has brought to us. Jonny Wilkinson, Bryan Habanna, Leigh Halfpenny, Sam Warburton, Brian O’Driscoll, Morgan Parra and so many more. It is an absolute wonder to me that they’ve come down to little old Exeter to entertain us with their brand of rugby. It’s a pleasure to see them play, but also to stand up and absolutely take it to them. I’m already excited to see who we draw next season and who we will be welcoming to Sandy Park.
So, next up then is Wasps away in April. Can we make history again and go through to the semi finals? There is absolutely no reason why not. It’s going to be huge occasion and I can’t wait. Will the last person out of Exeter please turn off the light.
Posted by PhilF on February 9, 2016
Former Players Day at Sandy Park
Saturday 12th March 2016
£20 to include a 2 course carvery lunch plus a Grandstand ticket for
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons (K.O. 3 pm)