A number of the other Club games were cancelled at the weekend, but three took place with two significant wins and a disappointing loss…..
Saturday 27th October
Old Colfeians 3rd’s v Bandits
Another win for Bandits placing them equal top of the table with a game in hand!
The Bandits were sluggish to start and in the first 10 minutes of the game Colfeians dominated the play and possession. Bandits were also guilty of a selection of errors and wrong choices. Certainly we were ‘Under the Cosh’ in the first quarter but the players are resilient and kept their discipline and shape. And we were excellent in defence, which we needed to be as Colfeians attacked with venom.
As the game developed our players turned the tide and started to dominate both territory and possession. We still gave the ball away cheaply at times and an attacking error led to a try for Colfeians, which was totally against the run of play.
At the start of the second half, Colfeians once again showed great strength in depth and came at Bandits time and time again. Our defence held strong and there were notable performances from David Thompson, Isimbwa Obonyo (Sim) and Ian Nash (Nashy)
The Bandits were now in total control and started to run-in some wonderful tries. A brace from Ian Nash and an outstanding ‘Try of the Match’ by Connolly Melon (Mel)
A result of fitness and training:
After a long kick by Colfeians the ball was collected by Andrea at Full Back, who exploded out of his own half and after linked with a couple of Bandits (who could keep up with him) the ball was in the hands of our Welsh dynamo Dan Yeomans, he was bravely tackled by a Colfeian on their 22 and looked for support to keep the ball live……..and on his shoulder was the mighty figure of Andy Lock (Locky) who had managed to keep pace with the ball and collect the pass from Dan and move on to the next phase. Truly outstanding play and fitness in the last ten minutes of the game.
We might not start well but we bloody well finish well. A great turn out at training every week has helped our success.
Chupa Chup awards went to:
Connelly Melon (Mell) ‘Try of the Match’
Ian Nash (Nashy)
Special Note: Ian Nash (Nashy) travelled up to the match all the way from Southampton to play for the Bandits as he heard that we were short of front row players. NOW THERE’S A BANDIT FOR YOU!!
Sunday 28th November
Women’s 1st XV
Blackheath took on Henley at Rectory Field on Sunday and showed a positive start strong with heavy possession in the attacking 22 for a long time, but failed to convert this to any points. With lots of changes to the starting team, it took a little time before the team found their flow. As always, Blackheath’s scrum proved a force to be reckoned with, earning countless penalties. The first try went to Janet Okolie, who ran a strong straightening line following the ball being spread wide, and Blackheath were first over the whitewash. This set the tone of the game and after gaining ground with the scrum, some fancy handling in the backs lead to fullback Elaine Jaxon scoring.
A brief lapse of concentration following a poorly executed kick let Henley back in the game, and with some smooth offloads and a number of missed tackles they dotted down just before half time.
Some tactical kicking from penalties in the second half gained some heavy territory, but Henley proved to be strong in the lineout, making it difficult for Blackheath to capitalise.
A strong performance from a team who showed their versatility with a number of players in different positions.
Blackheath 19 -7 Henley.
On a cold and wet Sunday morning, the Blackheath U15’s 2nd XV visited Bromley A for a friendly match over half term. Both sides were depleted given other commitments and half term but Blackheath generously lent Bromley a player and the match commenced.
It was a close, competitive first half where conditions played a part and a number of turnovers for both sides occurred given the slippery ball. The half ended 5-0 to Bromley but was marred by two serious injuries for Blackheath: one concussion and one fractured foot, and we also lost the scrum half at half time. Unfortunately the first two injuries occurred to our two fastest players and best strike runners which constricted our game plan for the second half.
Although Blackheath conceded a try in the first minutes of the second half, the team then mounted a sustained rally. Despite dominating the possession, a combination of dropped passes and a lack of pace on the wings meant that we could convert our possession into points but with 5 mins to go we had narrowed the gap to 10-5. Sadly Bromley then scored, our heads went down at bit, and Bromley scored with the final play of the match.
A result of 20-5 to Bromley does not reveal how close the game was but also the boys need to reflect that this was a game they could and perhaps should have won. We failed at certain points to match the intensity Bromley had and basic errors cost us the match.