Other Match Reports: 16th & 17th February 2019

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Saturday 16th February

Bandits v Old Colfeians

Welcome back to ‘Winning Ways’

Congratulations on an outstanding win against a strong side from Old Colfe’s

39-7

The score-line is not a true reflection of the game but thanks to an enormous improvement on our defence and in particular our tackling technique we stopped Colfe’s in their tracks time after time.

In attack we were devastating and with the heightened intensity and physicality that was asked for, we converted pressure and possession into points.

Some outstanding hands, which produced some cracking tries.

One in particular that stands out; After the ball had been won once again by our dominant pack the ball went through everybody’s hands and several phases and eventually found its way into the hands of the magnificent John Hull who managed to suck-in two of the Colfe’s defenders and give a gift to Cormac on the outside to run in his first home try.

Sometimes we take for granted the input of key players/leaders and certainly this week saw yet again tremendous leaderships and effort from Andy Lock (Pack Leader) and our Super-Skipper Matt Clark. Both lead by example and motivate players to excel and perform at their very best.

Special Note

I big thank you to all those players who made a concerted effort to be available for the match.

Especially as Colf’s messed us about and didn’t confirm the KO time until the last minute!!

A special ‘Big Hand’  to Fionn for completely re-arranging his Saturday so that he could play for Bandits. I have saved a Chupa Chup lolly for you!

The rescheduled home game against Old Dartfordians (the only team the Bandits have lost to this season) will kick off at 2pm at Well Hall on Saturday.  

On the 9th March we are at home to Beccehamians, with whom we are vying for the title, and we hope to have another early kick off before the 1st XV game against Cinderford.

We would welcome lots of home support at both these games!

By Michael ‘Chappers’ Chapman (A very happy Coach)

Sunday 17th January

Blackheath Women

Blackheath Women have had a very successful season. The first team finished third in their league, the highest league position held in 10 years and secured their place in this year’s Championship Play-Offs. Our twos have also been successful, and are currently sitting a comfortable sixth in their league, with four remaining games. They are also now through to the semi-final of the Women’s Junior Plate which will see them take on Bath II at the end of March.

The final fixture for the first team was an away game against top of the table Thurrock. Having put in a strong performance against the 2017/18 league champions at the start of the season, Blackheath were gunning for the win.

And for the first half, Blackheath had Thurrock on the ropes. Two penalty tries and a strong finish from hooker Rebecca Carter, saw Blackheath establish a half time lead of 21-14. However, Thurrock are not a side to write off after 40 minutes. A difficult ten minutes for Blackheath saw Thurrock score three tries in rapid succession, and although Blackheath began to pull it back towards the end, it was not to be. Thurrock came away the victors with a final score of 37-26 and another league title. However, securing a losing bonus point meant Blackheath bagged a third place finish and now progress to a cup competition against the top four Northern Championship sides.

This weekend sees the first of these cup fixtures, where we welcome Lichfield to Rectory Field. Lichfield finished second in their league and will be looking to bring their strong form against the Northern Championship teams (550 points scored in 14 games) to Southern Championship territory. When the two sides met last year, the score was 7-10 to Lichifeld, so both sides will be keen to secure the win, with Blackheath fired up following the disappointment of the Thurrock loss. And, with the cup played in a round-robin format, every victory will be crucial.The game kicks off at 1.30pm.

The twos also return to Rectory Field this weekend. The last home league game of the season against Seaford kicks off at 2.45pm. Having lost the past two matches against Seaford, the second team are ready for a re-match and to fight for the win! This match is sponsored by Draft.

Join us at Rectory Field this weekend for what are sure to be two thrilling games of rugby. Free admission for all!

Remaining fixtures:

1st XV fixtures:

  • 24th February: v Lichfield (Home)
  • 3rd March: v Novocastrians (away)
  • 17th March: v Barnsley (away)
  • 31st March:  v West Park Leeds (home)

2nd XV fixtures:

  • 24th February: v Seaford (home)
  • 3rd March: v New Ash Green (away)
  • 10th March: v Lewes II (away)
  • 17th March: v Heathfield and Waldron (away)
  • 24th March: v Bath II (TBC)

By Emily Rutter / Jen Evans

U17s

So after the first two rounds where the boys had acquitted themselves better than could have been expected as a wholly U17’s side playing “full time” U18 Academy sides they progressed to the Bowl Quarter Final against Cranbrook who were mixed U17’s and U18’s, which proved what we already believed. 

From the first kick off Club gathered the ball carried twice into midfield broke the line and scored plus conversion 7-0 inside 2 minutes. That set the trend for the rest of the match and a carbon copy followed from the ensuing re start 14-0 and 5 minutes gone. It almost happened a third time but a floated pass went to ground and forward so we were down for the first scrum of the match. But Club timed the drive perfectly pushed hard and took the ball against the head which meant they were back in possession once again and this time moved the ball with pace through the hands to cross again for 21-0 at 15 minutes and Cranbrook knew, if they didn’t already, that they were in for a long day at Well Hall.

Pitch 1 not only suits the 1st XV but the U17’s too as they continued to attack the edges and stretch the opposition defence. First one way then the other and once the gaps appeared the midfield exploded into life with quick passing and yet more scores to end the half 45-0 and well ahead.

The boys came in at half time with beaming smiles and feeling good but as the coaches suspected complacency soon followed at the start of the second period. Cranbrook were digging deep and fighting back and eventually got on the score sheet after many phases and an increasing number of Club infringements that had U17’s Captain Laurence Ticehurst clearly scratching his head and seeking clarification from the referee as Club looked like they’d lost their heads.

Fortunately the Captain calmed the side down gave them clear instructions and they then began to put the phases together and retain possession for a sustained period culminating in yet another try but a familiar on Pitch 1 missed conversion.

Towards the end of the match Club U17’s were totally dominant taking opposition line out, scrum and turning ball over at almost every breakdown which ultimately lead to another score which pushed the score to 57-7 when the referee finally blew his whistle.

To their credit Cranbrook never gave up and when they retained possession they showed why they had reached the quarter final but Club U17’s had too much pace, power and quality to be under any real pressure and ran out clear winners on the day and now progress to the Semi Finals. 

By Russell Ticehurst

U14’s

A beautiful spring morning saw the Under 14s host Aylesford Bulls at Rectory field. Half-term meant that both teams were a little depleted, but players from both sides gave 100% commitment in a high scoring match played in a great spirit.

Aylesford got off to a good start as Club struggled to deal with their big runners and soon the Bulls had a commanding lead.  However the Blackheath boys didn’t give up and continued to play their quick expansive game which eventually saw some results.  Some great runs by Gio Obert-Wilson caused havoc in the Aylesford defence, seeing him go over for a penalty try (high tackle on him as he scored) in the last minute of the 1st half and in the 2nd half creating space for Ashley Agbonaye to go over twice and Neccati Hassan once, both showing their pace in scoring well worked tries for a more even 2nd half game of rugby.

Both teams were exhausted at the final whistle leaving everything on the pitch, but showed true sportsmanship and respect for each other when they got together after the game for food and awards.  Man of the match went to Eddie Rowlinson for his resolute defence and sniping runs.

By Zak Veasey  

U13s

The U13s played Sidcup at Rectory Field for their first ever fixture against each other.

Playing across three thirds the game ebbed and flowed as we both changed players and mixed As and Bs.

The games were incredibly close.  We had  a dominant first 15 minutes with our big forward ball carriers breaking the gainline but we let ourselves down with numerous handling errors. Sidcup then got on the front foot and managed to convert three times to take a 0-15 lead before Blackheath did better at moving the ball through their hands to get over the try line.  We went 25-15 up before Sidcup pegged us back again making the final score 25-20.

All sets of players contributed greatly to a very competitive morning of rugby and did both clubs proud.

The boys then donned their respective club shirts and ties before enjoying after match teas.  We won’t wait so long to play Sidcup again and have already agreed a return trip next season.

Special mention goes to Lysander Naimji who played out of position at Fullback.  He caught cleanly all the numerous high balls and put in several great last ditch tackles against bigger opponents!

Try scorers were Sahib Dhaliwal (2), Dom Wade, Ollie Tournes and a Penalty Try.

By Nick Stone

Tim Brindle

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