Message from the President
I should start by perhaps giving a short introduction to the club’s history. The club was formed in the 1997/1998 season, this came about after a falling out from another club and a drunken discussion in the Joseph Paxton pub on Hunts pond Road. We were then called Paxton Pumas and if truth be told we only had 9 players. Our first season was a bit of blur, rocking up to play with 9 and getting thumped by the opposition, but the spirit was great and more players started to play for us towards the end of the season. Our second season saw us winning a few games and by the start of the third season HRFU asked us to join the leagues.
The club since those days has gone from strength to strength and now sees our 1st XV playing in Hampshire 2 having previously been crowned Hampshire 2 champions and we now run a 2nd XV (Angry Squirrels) who compete in the merit league.
Whilst we are serious about our rugby this club is all about the social side for the lads, wives, girlfriends, civil partners and kids. We have always believed a strong social set up will keep players and the fact that we are attracting more players is testament not only to the style of rugby we play, but to the fun off the pitch as well.
All that is left to be said for those playing remember this is about enjoyment, if you give 100%, then the beer tastes 100% better after the game (thanks for that one Tom O!)! For those watching we thank you for you continued support I know the lads appreciate it and as President that 16th man is invaluable to us this season. For those perhaps reading this and coming across us for the first time, come down, watch a game, have a drink after and let us entertain you!
All round good egg
Locksheath Pumas RFC
“Bringing Rugby to the Community & the Community to Rugby”