Saturday 21st September
Bandits v Old Dartfordians
A match of ‘Two Halves’
In the first half Bandits showed great structure and discipline on the ball, executing the Game-Plan well against a young and well drilled Dartfordians team.
At half time we saw Bandits leading by 22 points to 3 after dominating the first half.
In the second half however the Bandits lost structure and discipline on the ball.
We all agreed after the match that we should have scored at least 4 times more but due to poor execution and lack of discipline on the ball we failed to do this.
So, in the second half we failed to score any more points. On the other hand; Old Dartfordians scored a well-deserved try.
We also lost discipline with the Referee! In the pre-match briefing the referee had been very clear about his expectations and behaviour from Players.
We still need to understand that there is one referee and he understands the Laws of the Game. Some of our players are still making comments and appealing for decisions (like soccer players) which cost us dearly. We were fortunate that we did not receive at least 3 yellow cards. If I had been adjudicating this match, I would have issued at least 3 yellow cards.
A great first half performance, which showed how well Bandits can really play. If we can repeat this 1st half performance for the majority of the season, we should do well in this league.
My’Man of the Match’ was Sim, after an outstanding performance in midfield.
Next Saturday we are at home again against Old Alleynians
Sunday 22nd September
The U18’s opened their Kent Cup campaign on Sunday against a very good and well organised Beckenham side.
To be representing Club at any age group or level is always a proud moment but having not seen an U18’s side for two seasons the coaches and players are hugely proud to be representing Blackheath Football Club at the level once again.
The England success over Tonga in RWC shown earlier at Well Hall meant that many had stayed on to see the boys opening game and it created a great atmosphere and one that clearly inspired the home team.
In the first 5 minutes Beckenham were moving the ball through the hands confidently looking for gaps that pleasingly were not there and ultimately the excellent defensive pressure told as a spilt ball was hacked through and the last defender was forced to carry the ball over his own try line to concede an attacking five metre scrum.
The scrum was text book and the hard work over the summer told against a significantly heavier pack, as Club No 8 Dan Ademola picked up and dived over the line to open the scoring. The conversion from Conrad Scrivener was good and Club had started exactly as per the script 7-0.
There then followed an uncharacteristic mix up from the kick off that saw Finley O’Sullivan flattened by one of his back row players which gifted Beckenham the resulting penalty thus allowing them to apply 10 minutes of excellent pressure.
But much the same as the opening of the game the Club absorbed the opposition pressure by working hard in defence, making their tackles, covering the field and waiting for the mistake that eventually came.
Progress was made through some good movement of the ball and some quick pick and goes that fractured the opposition defence and allowed Dan Ademola to break for his second score. Ultimately the big Number 8 would score two more tries on the day to bag a brace.
The opposition took the only opportunity they were afforded in the first half by scoring a try wide out towards the end of the first half to make the score 17-5 at halftime.
The second half saw Beckenham throw everything at Club with some muscular and determined play but conditions required accuracy as the ball and surface were wet and with constant pressure from the home teams defence they were simply not able to convert their territorial advantages in to any points.
Even when on their own line the Club would not concede a score and the organised and determined defence found the way to exit to the safety of a line out which was an area of success most of the day with Nathaniel Ticehurst and Finley O’Sullivan leading the way.
As we moved into the final 15 minutes fitness then became a factor and some of the bigger opposition forwards were clearly out on their feet and the gaps then began to appear and Club made their way steadily back into the opposition 22 through Laurence Ticehurst, Ted Burrows, Todd Revell and James Bush moving the ball into the right areas looking for more points.
Pleasingly the home team kept their composure, patience and were able to deliver two more scores to end the game 29-5 winners.
A good game played in the right spirit by both sides with correct levels of respect shown to each other and the referee on the day Mr Andy Bishop, who we were all very grateful to for officiating.
Good luck to Beckenham for the rest of the season.
Blackheath U16’s welcomed Ash in the first of their Kent Cup Group fixtures at the weekend. Ash, unfortunately, are struggling with numbers but we were able to provide them with some additional players and hence the fixture went ahead. Given the circumstances therefore there is not much to be said about the score or the game in general, however we saw a number of standout performances from the Blackheath squad and special mention should be made of those squad members who turned out in Ash green. With some judicious use of substitutes etc., 42 boys from Blackheath and Ash were able to play some rugby and get a run out. Thanks to Kelvin Bush who refereed and we look forward to our next group match against local rivals OE’s.
Great application and efforts from the players yesterday who put in excellent team performances against strong Old Alleynian sides. There was lots of commitment, passion, intensity, skill and teamwork from players across the whole squad which contributed to the vastly improved results compared to last season. Scrums were very solid, as was linking up between forwards and backs us and getting the ball out wide. The support and speed to the ruck were improved, with not so much of “the nearest player watching and admiring” on show, but we need to remember our technique (body low and drive through) to either retain or disrupt/slow ball.
Last year the 1s lost 15-30 and the 2s lost 15-50 showing how much improvement they have made as teams. It was great for us as coaches to see their own mild disappointment at the end as they reflected on the performance and realisation how much better they can still be. Just need to cut our some of our inconsistencies and mistakes (and learn the line-out).
Overall September report grade B1 – B for performance but a top grade 1 for application! Well done boys.
Blackheath 2s 12 – 17 Old Alleynians 2s
Tries – Levi Adedoyin, Archie Hurrell
Cons – OIllie Tournes: 1
Blackheath 1s 12 -12 Old Alleynians 1s
Tries – Sahib Dhaliwal, Finn Stafford
Cons – OIllie Tournes: 1