Match Reports 26th & 27th October

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Saturday 26th October

Blackheath Bandits

Bandits 39 Beccehamians 5

We were a bit rusty after a few weeks without a match and the wet and windy weather did not contribute well to this important game.

However, Bandits stuck to the ‘Game Plan’ well and produced a magnificent result.

We all agreed after the game that we could have and indeed should have scored at least 20 points more but small errors at critical times thwarted our efforts.

Every player put in a good shift and we were pleased to welcome our two new Spanish boys to the team. Nacho & Thomas, congratulations on a great start. We were also pleased to welcome new player John Blade who has started well with the Bandits team.

As always there are some areas to work on and it is crucial that we are all at training on Wednesday. We have a rest this coming weekend (whilst we all watch England in the World Cup Final) but we must take advantage of two training sessions before our next and most important match on 9th November away to Sidcup. Another must win game!

A message from coach: I am so proud of you all, you showed great discipline throughout the game when the other team clearly lacked discipline. You kept your shape and structure and this paid off with a marvellous result; Another good win to keep us at the top of the table.

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the efforts that Tim Bridle has made to make sure all is prepared and correct so that we can play our matches. I would encourage all players to thank Tim personally and recognise the massive contribution that he makes on behalf of the Bandits team.

Look forward to seeing you all at training on Wednesday

Chappers (Bandits Coach)

Sunday 27th October 2019

Blackheath Women

Henley Hawks Women v Blackheath Women 0-38

It was a sunny day in January when these two sides last faced each other, and with similar conditions this weekend, we must naturally conclude that it is always sunny in Henley. With boats bobbing up and down on the river and many waterfront pubs, many of the Blackheath team commented on the picturesque location in which we found ourselves on Sunday. But this, dear reader, is not a guidebook entry, so let’s get down to the rugby. In January, Blackheath had secured the narrowest of victories with the final score at just 8-5 to Club. This season, however, our away record has much improved and Blackheath were very much the on-form team going into the game.

As in previous years, Blackheath struggled to find our pattern in the opening minutes of the game. Henley battled hard and it looked as if the match might be another close one. However, after what seemed to the bench to be the longest seven minutes of rugby ever played, wing Tashana Goode dotted down Blackheath’s first try of the day. Conversion missed, Club went ahead 0-5.

For the next twenty minutes Blackheath challenged the Henley defence but couldn’t find a way through. There were strong runs from centre Alice Rooke and prop Becca Leharne, and moments of excitement such as a excellent crossfield kick from captain Frankie Newby, but Blackheath couldn’t capitalise. Handling errors from the Blackheath side led to scrums for the opposition, but the Blackheath defence, and flanker Aoife Fehilly in particular, pressed hard. Eventually, 30 minutes in, a turnover in Blackheath’s own 22 led to a stunning run from wing Nicola Mcintosh and quick hands to Goode, who ran from Blackheath’s own half to dot the ball down straight under the posts. This time the conversion was good from Nancy Lismore, taking Club’s lead to 0-12.

Blackheath wouldn’t have to wait long for their next try as dominant scrum led to number 8-turned centre Sue Neumann shrugging off a tackle to put Rooke in for a try. Conversion once again kicked by Lismore, score 0-19.

In the second half, Blackheath stepped up the pace, and with a renewed energy began to really take the game to Henley. However, with a couple of handling errors, it would take twenty minutes for Club to score again. With 60 minutes on the clock, a cheeky grubber through from Newby led to a try from McIntosh, and Lismore added the extras. Score: 0-26.

With just ten minutes to play Blackheath were hungry for the bonus point, and a quickly taken penalty by Carter inside the opposition’s 22 soon gave Club the chance to add to their total. A strong pick up right on the try-line from replacement hooker Steph Wilson, latched by replacement flanker Jen Evans, gave Blackheath the bonus point. Conversion kicked, almost from the touchline, took the score to 0-31.

But Blackheath were not done yet. With just two minutes left on the clock, a dominant scrum in Henley’s 22 marched Club right up to the try line once again. Quick hands from scrum-half Ruby Hughes, led to Lismore getting her first ever try for Blackheath. Conversion kicked again by Lismore, and Blackheath led 0-38 with just 20 seconds left to play. A slightly risky final kick of the day from Blackheath could have given Henley a final opportunity, but luckily touch was eventually found and the game was Blackheath’s. Sitting at the top of Championship South, next week’s game at home against third place Hove is a must win. Join us for kick off at 2:30pm, Charlton Park Rugby Club.

Tim Brindle

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