Saturday 12th January
The Bandits march on! By Matt Clark
Old Alleynians 7 – 67 Blackheath
Another great win on Saturday for the Bandits. Some debut tries scored for the men’s section, coming from David Thompson and Ryan McSweeney. A hat trick from Juan, produced by some amazing, elusive running. We didn’t have our best game, in fact the first half was a bit shambolic at times. We pulled it together at half time and were able to pull away with a win to keep us top of the league.
Nik D x6
Sunday 13th January
U13’s by Nick Stone
On Sunday the U13s took the short trip to Old Elthamians with the intention to emulate the 1st XV away win, but could we?
We expected a tough A fixture knowing a lot of the opposition players and their qualities. We played over two 15 minute halves – shorter than the normal 25 minutes each way – and were able to control large periods of the game. The scrummaging was excellent with a brilliant first scrum setting the tone for the day. 3 or 4 were won against the head….so important to get good ball for our backs. The level of communication between the players and the backline moves, whether or not successful, were great to see. Tries were scored by Edward Gbafa (2), Dom Wade, Ollie Tournes and Sahib Dhaliwal. The try by Dom was particularly pleasing after great forwards work and hands through the backline for a try in the corner. Quality rugby! It certainly wasn’t all one-way and the movement and quality of the OEs players put us on the backfoot several times, with them scoring a couple of tries meaning we won 25-10. The coaches were really pleased to see the players applying what we’d been discussing in training, and as we work on other aspects of our game we can hopefully see the same execution and application.
Our Bs joined forces with Southwark Tigers and Old Elthamian B players as we are forming a Barbarians team for the next Kent Waterfall day. This excellent idea, from the Head Coach at OEs, will enable so many more players to play, especially the Southwark Tigers who have less than ten players in our age group and would not be able to field a team. All players were excellent and gelled quickly over a relatively short period of time. The Barbarians vs Barbarians game was full of great rugby with huge effort, commitment and good skills from all players. The fact both Barbarian teams then combatively played and competed well with the A teams was really pleasing to see.
Well done to all of the boys who played in all the fixtures. This coming week its back to training at home so we can work on those specific parts of our game that we need to get up to the quality we know there is in our players.
And a word on the Minis by Graham Colledge
We held our annual New Year Cup (3 club tournament) with Beckenham and Medway last Sunday. Fantastic spirit and some fantastic rugby played by all, Blackheath in particular excelled across all the age groups and really entered the spirit of fair play (which was what the day was all about). The u7s loaned Medway players as they were short, the u8s, 9s, 10s and 11s really showed proper team spirit and scored considerably more tries than they conceded, playing rugby the Blackheath way!
Fair play trophy awarded to Medway in a close call with Club but everyone enjoyed their days rugby.