Supporters info for Jersey v Leeds23/02/2014
The following info has been prepared for visiting supporters heading to Jersey for the game with Leeds Carnegie on Saturday March 8th (k-o 3pm)
All at Jersey RFC are looking forward to welcoming you to Jersey ahead of our game in the Greene King IPA Championship. To help your trip go as smoothly as possible, here is some info to assist you. We hope your visit to JRFC will be part of a really enjoyable weekend.
The club will be open on Friday evening before the game. A good chance to meet some 'native' supporters, engage in some pre-match banter, have a 'recce' of the ground, visit the club shop and pick up your tickets for the game the next day. The Barclays Pavilion will be open between 5.30 and 7.30pm, the Liberation Ale will be tapped and Sean the Club Manager will be providing free nibbles.
PRE-MATCH ON SATURDAY
There is a pre-match lunch on the day for members, sponsors and corporate guests in the Clubhouse. Leeds representatives have been invited through the official channels, but beyond this we're afraid lunch is sold out. As a result, the Clubhouse is only available (pre-match) to the 200 lunch guests.
The Pavilion Bar adjacent to the Clubhouse will be open to all supporters from 12noon, offering full bar, including locally-brewed Liberation Ale on handpump, plus food such as 'special of the day', 'posh dogs', pasties, burgers etc. It gets pretty busy in the hour leading up to kick-off. Other mobile units around the ground will also be serving food and drink, including the almost legendary Pork van.
There are three pubs within walking distance of the ground. Two are in St Peter's Village: the Star & Tipsy Toad and the St Peter's Inn, although they're not particularly 'rugby pubs' as such and are probably 15 minutes walk away. We've had some decent feedback from some fans about the Star, and there's a betting shop next door. General de Gaulle had a swift half in the St Peter's in 1940 en route to an important meeting with Winston Churchill in London. Or there's the Mermaid opposite the airport and adjacent to the Lakeside Manor Care Home (5 minutes walk from the Club).
Other pre-match options might be some of the restaurants in St Aubin which is a 5-minute taxi ride away. The Boathouse is one venue that offers transport up to the club, and the Salty Dog, Cheffins & Old Court House have a rugby lunch as well, while in nearby St Brelade the Oyster Box & Sugar Reef have a similar pre-match option, as does the Prince of Wales in Greve de Lecq. Or if you want to look at the surf at St Ouen's Bay try (options going south-north) La Pulente, Le Braye, El Tico, The Watersplash or Big Vern's. A booking at any restaurant and a 2pm taxi should work fine.
There are various 'off-site' options adjacent to JRFC, the first
of which is the neighbouring Jersey Bowl which backs onto the club
and does a good trade in pre-match rugby lunches (and Liberation
Ale!) and tables can be booked there. Another 150 yards away you
can indulge your inner plane spotter at the Jersey Aero Club,
overlooking the runway - they have a cafe.
For the match itself Ground Admission is £15, or £5 for full-time students with suitable ID. Under 17s are free, proof-of-age is required. Sorry, but there's no senior citizen concession. It's a good idea to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the off. Our small stand is fully subscribed, with the exception of seats for the invited officials as above. For those with particularly severe mobility issues, JRFC will try and help out with vacant stand seats, but these are at a premium and can't be guaranteed. We have allocated two tiered benches for anyone who has difficulty in standing for long periods of time. Please call the club on 01534 499929 between 10am and 1pm Thursday or Friday if you need to arrange a seat.
While the game won't sell out (the ground capacity is approx 5,000) visiting supporters can purchase tickets in advance to avoid match-day queues. Tickets can be obtained on Friday at the club, or match-day sales commence at 12noon
There's not a great deal of space under cover (standing or seating) at St Peter, so it's wise to have warm/ waterproof gear in case of inclement weather, and some sensible footwear. We'd recommend Jersey Met Office, www.jerseymet.gov.je - their five-day forecast is published daily at 9am.
Did anyone buy a programme when they came to Jersey last year? Rubbish, wasn't it?! We're pleased to say that our programme has had a total revamp. Please give it a second chance - we think you'll like it!
SIX NATIONS - SATURDAY
Both the Clubhouse and Pavilion have TV sets. Hopefully most
people will be too busy watching the 'main event' in the flesh to
worry about Ireland v Italy (k-o 2.30pm). But it will be on for
those who want it, and then at 5pm France's game at Murrayfield
will be shown. (for Sunday 6N - see below)
In recent seasons we have had difficulty accommodating everyone in the Clubhouse after the match. Therefore, and to begin with, access will once again be limited to players, officials, JRFC members and anyone in possesion of a wrist-band. Ideally, we do not want to exclude anyone from the clubhouse and, as soon as we are below our fire limit, we will let all supporters in, typically at around 6pm. The Pavilion bar stays open all afternoon from 12noon to approx 7pm. Normally things start to wind down between 7pm and 8pm, when people head for St Aubin or St Helier.
For those flying in/out on the day (the last flight to Gatwick is 5.50pm), the ground is less than 10 minutes walk from the airport. A taxi to/from the ground to town (St Helier) will be around £15. Or there's the No 9 bus to/from St Helier (£1.80) which stops outside the ground or the number 15 to the Airport (also £1.80; get off at the penultimate stop, The Mermaid, and it's a 5-minute walk). Return bus times will be posted at the main gate on the day of the match or you can visit www.libertybus.je . If you have a car, there is free parking available close to the ground, but traffic can be busy so please allow lots of time.
SIX NATIONS - SUNDAY
The Pavilion Bar at the club will be open on Sunday from 1.45pm, and showing the crucial England v Wales game starting at 3pm. It's less than 10 minutes walk to the airport if anyone's flying home afterwards. The Liberty Bus No.9 service leaves the bus station in St Helier at 1.25pm.
NEWS ABOUT THE GAME
The Jersey Evening Post will have a match preview on Friday (on sale from 12.30pm) while Saturday's edition (on sale from 7am) will have the Inside Centre rugby spread. A full preview will be posted on Jersey's website www.jrfc.je on Thursday, with team news on Friday at 12noon and the latest news is on Twitter - twitter.com/jerseyrfc or Facebook.
We've had feedback from some visiting supporters who have received large phone bills on their return from the Island because the small-print on their tariffs didn't include Jersey, leading to higher call/ roaming/ data charges. If you're in doubt about this, it might be a good idea to check out your phone contract in advance, or use the phone sparingly.
Finally, we hope you have an enjoyable trip to Jersey and look forward to your company.