On Easter Saturday, a team of Blackheath Students / U23s took on their Old Colfeian counterparts at Horn Park to contest the Anthony Fitzgerald Challenge Shield. The purpose of the game was twofold….firstly to give both clubs an opportunity to maintain contact with players who have headed off to University and also to honour Anthony, a young Blackheath player who we tragically lost to an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 18. Anthony’s family have thrown themselves into supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and substantial funds were raised on the day which will go towards setting up a testing day for young people.
Although Saturday was a wonderful day for watching rugby, it was far from ideal for playing in!! Some of the lads had not been playing regular rugby and it was a struggle to keep going in the heat, particularly as we only had 2 replacements, but all stuck to their task which is to their great credit.
The game was played in exactly the spirit you would hope for, in view of the occasion, and there was no shortage of skillful rugby on show. Blackheath ran out very narrow winners (33-29) but the game really could have gone either way. By the time the whistle went, our boys were totally out on their feet and, had the game gone on a few minutes longer, the result may well have been different.
The Anthony Fitzgerald Challenge Shield competition between Old Colfeians and Blackheath student will now become an annual Easter event .
Lastly, on behalf of everyone from Blackheath, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Dave Hodgkiss, Mary-Jane Moore and all at Old Colfeians for their wonderful hospitality….they are a thoroughly decent bunch!! A special thank you to Steve Edwards who put in a huge amount of work to ensure that the day was such a success.