Match Reports Sunday 25th November

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Women’s 1st XV

Blackheath took on Bath at Home. Having played away earlier this season and come away with a very narrow loss, the coaches and squad were meticulous in their game plan approach, leaving no room for error.

Some initial strong carries proved Blackheath had brought their A game. In a slightly unusual turn of events, No. 8 Katie Harries found herself hanging on the wing and with some slick hands and fast feet went over in the corner, the try went unconverted.

Bath hit back with some strong play and laziness on the floor from Blackheath led to a number of penalties with Baths 10 kicking vital territory and punishing Blackheath’s errors. But Blackheath made strong work with their maul defence and an extremely well executed and heavy dose of luck allowed a kick to touch from a penalty which hugged the touchline for a good few bounces before leaving the pitch.

Bath looked somewhat threatening in set piece, but our defensive shark Charlotte was quick off the mark putting excellent pressure on the opposition, making hit after hit and ensuring a forced pass would only allow for centre Becky show her strength in tackling.

Lineouts were strong today and with a line out just 5m from touch, there would be no stopping Leona, with some well-rehearsed play, Leona trundled over the line with many defenders still attached. Having now found the correct tee, a difficult conversion sailed over the crossbar with just a hint of assistance from the wind.

This was just the start of Leona’s attachment to the defence as shortly after she broke from Blackheath’s 22, sucking in many players! A slick offload led to a strong carry down the wing, and it wasn’t long before Second Row El, proved too strong and crossed the whitewash with a successful latch. Conversion successful, 19-0 at the half.

A strong line-break from Flyhalf Lyndsay looked almost certain for a try on the wing, had she remember the crucial to rules of rugby…Run Forwards & Pass Backwards. Denying Janet a try in a pass so far forward we wondered if she had switched teams.

Going in at half time not only kept the team warm, but gave the squad a quick opportunity refocus and start the second half just as strong.

Bath took the restart but with pinpoint precision, gave the ball to Maeve who appeared to tuck it up her jumper and take on many a player. Blackheath switched off a little and found themselves defending a multitude or errors, but after resetting back to basics, the found themselves with a scrum on the 5m line. And if there’s one thing we love to do its scrum, if only to keep Coach Trev happy. A dominant pack lead for an easy pushover try for Katie Harries, who got her third only minutes afterwards after deciding against using the overlap and instead crossing the line herself!

With many a change around the 60min mark, Club defended well, a catch from Wing Habiba after a kick over the top maintained possession, with scrum half Julia doing an excellent job of bossing the forwards it wasn’t long before Frankie used those dancing feet to make a break, with beautiful support from first team debutant Tash, who used those long legs to step defender after defender on the wing and score almost under the posts.

Credit to Bath who kept their heads up at all times, started with some strong scrums, showed some excellent carries and great jackeling at the ruck! We hope your injured played is ok.

 

Thank you to all those who came down to support, the crowd were just fantastic and a great spirit shown by all.

  • Forward of the match: Eleanor Shorrock
  • Back of the match: Lyndsay Whitley
  • Sponsors player: Charlotte Gramont

 

Becky Watling

 

U17s

Another tough game in this year’s Kent Cup competition saw Club claim a narrow victory away to Thanet Wanderers.

Both teams struggled with the wind and the officials interpretation at the breakdown.

However it was the set piece catch and drive that saw Club get over the line for a strong show of intent in the first half.

Sadly with so much first half possession and only one score to show for it the second half into the wind was always going to be tough and it was.

However despite the Club line being crossed new fewer than four times the home side were not able to ground the ball against what was (beyond) solid defence from Club which meant that the single score in the first half ultimately determined the final result.

The courage and strength of our U17 squad cannot be questioned but the coaches are keen to see the boys start to move the ball more as we progress and move forward.

 

Good luck to Thanet for the rest of the season.

 

Russell Ticehurst

 

U15s

The U15 played a mixed 1st and 2nd team squad against Woodford, the reigning Essex Champions and had a convincing win 39-12.  Praise must go to the 2nd team players in the squad who stood up to the challenge and held their own.

Paul Roberts

 

U14s

Another positive Blackheath U14 result with a 47-10 victory over Aylesford Bulls. A great squad victory with many of the previous week players rested after qualifying for the Kent Quarter finals.

A fine morning on a well-presented pitch saw Blackheath scoring 7 tries. An outstanding performance by all but Max George stood out scoring 4 tries. Other tries scorers Georgiy Savchenko and forwards Josh Watson and David Bampoe also added to the deserved impressive score line. Ben Kenny converted 4 and Daniel Withem 2.

Aylesford were in the game till the end and scored two well worked tries in the first and second half.

Blackheath U14 look forward to hosting Sidcup on Sunday 2nd Dec. at Well Hall. Come on the Club.

Andrew Gowing

Tim Brindle

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