A lot of Club sides were in action last Sunday, when the Nation marked Remembrance on the 11th hour, of the day in the 11th month. Club sides and their opposition all fell silent at 11am, whether at home or away and at Well Hall there was a special poignancy to the service and wreath laying that’s held every year at the old Memorial Gates. Wreaths were laid by Blackheath FC, our friends at Millwall FC, and members of the Woolwich Poly Masonic Lodge, who join us every year.
Below are the match reports of those games played on Remembrance Sunday.
Blackheath Buccaneers are a new Club Veterans team, organised by John Hull. Quite different from the old Banshees side, which was primarily made up of ex 1st XV players and a smattering of ex internationals, the Buccaneers is a team for those social players aged 35 for over who wish to continue playing rugby but perhaps don’t play regularly anymore or wish to start stepping away from league rugby to make way for the next generation.
Unfortunately, on Sunday afternoon the Buccaneers fell to a heavy defeat 53-0 at the hands of a very experienced Old Colfeians veteran’s side, containing a host of their own ex-first team players. In the Buccaneers first outing Captain Nik Dinning led the team bravely, but in the end, Club’s defence couldn’t hold out the waves of Colfes’ attacks. The game finished with a respectful 2 minutes silence observed by both teams.
The Buccaneers go again this Saturday against Guy’s Hospital Veterans at Brockley Rise, kick off 12.30pm, as part of Guy’s 175th Anniversary celebrations.
If you are interested in playing, or just coming along to support, please contact John Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07879844862.
The women’s 2nd XV hosted Lewes at home this weekend for their 4th league fixture of the season. The previous three matches helped build towards the win with Blackheath scoring 3 tries and Lewes one converted try.
Sponsors player of the Match Mimi Smith showed great hands to allow the game to flow and built a half time lead of 10- 0. Consistent phase play coming from both the forwards and the backs allowed the team to stick to our game with some excellent line outs, scrums and phase play. Forward of the match Inez Lane, back of the match Habiba Nasir.
The final score was 15-7.
In Upcoming games Ones take on Cheltenham away on Saturday 17th and the Twos are away to Seaford Sunday 18th November. The 25th November sees Blackheath women welcome old girls for a celebratory lunch prior to the first team Match v Bath.
Once again Sunday was a ferocious local derby against our old friends at Dartfordians.
As has been the case in the last two previous meetings between the two sides our visitors held out for a narrow but deserved 19-22 victory following a bruising encounter that was dominated by physicality rather than ball handling, skill and quick thinking.
Club U17’s were too keen to get into an arm wrestle and rather than let their rugby do the talking instead, which coaches had stressed prior to the start would have made the match far more straight forward.
As with all defeats there were key lessons learned (again) and as always there were some notable performances which on this occasion was the front five who dominated the set piece all day. Against a heavier and bigger pack the Club won almost all of the scrums and the position was similar at the line out with secure ball and constant pressure on the opposition ball throughout. In fact the first try of the day went to the pack after a top quality take at the line out was driven over with authority. Sadly the possession afforded to the backs was not converted into points quite as effectively and we will now review the game and address the issues that are stopping us winning these games as we believe we should.
Good luck to Dartfordians in the next round and look forward to seeing Thanet in the next round.
The U15 1st XV played an unbeaten Westcombe Park side in the Kent Cup in very wet conditions and against a tough side came out on top with a 15-53 win.
It was a tough day at the office for the U15s 2nd XV who were away to Old Alleynians in the Kent Shield. They started the match poorly and never got out of the blocks in the first half. Poor line speed and some lacklustre tackling meant they were losing 43-5 going into half time.
The coaches knew that this team were better than the first half performance suggested and in the huddle at half time, with no substitutes available to call upon we spoke about some basics, playing for each other and about pride. It was the players choice, not the coaches, to approach the referee to ask him not to stop the game if it reaches a 50 point differential, as he’s supposed to do. They wanted to play on.
They then played more like the team we know they are in the second half. A more aggressive defence, led by Pap and Josh, they more effectively shut down the OAs attack then, being without their talisman speedsters they adopted a more patient approach. The half backs (using moves stolen from the Bandits) used the forwards well, and the big runners started punching holes, which led to tries. They lost the match but the final score was 50-22. The try scorers were Josh, Max, Emmanuel and Man of the Match Pap. Further credit to Tyrese who, despite it being only his second ever game of rugby, made several try saving tackles and secured a key turnover ball.
The result was obviously not what they wanted from the game but the coaches were proud of how the boys reacted and how they dug deep to find within themselves how to step up when they were struggling the most.
Blackheath u13Bs made the trip to Bromley. Playing a very competitive team containing some of their As the boys lost 10-1. The score line does not reflect how competitive the game was. The boys played with real commitment – scrum was good due to our technique of getting low against a pack probably 50% bigger! At times we recycled the ball through multiple phases so rucking and getting to the breakdown were much, much improved. Tackling was much better and the boys went LOW! Handling was also much better given how wet it was.
We had several opportunities to add to our single try but couldn’t execute. Well done to Orin Vitalis who scored our try.
Finally please join please join us in sending our best wishes to Ben Bowler who broke his collarbone on Sunday. We all wish you, Ben, a speedy and complete recovery.
The U12’s had a home fixture against Bromley RFC. Two matches were played with a break in-between to mark remembrance Sunday. Blackheath won both matches.