Results from around the club will be added as they are submitted
Saturday 28th September 2019
Blackheath Bandits v Old Alleynians
This was an extra-ordinary effort by the Bandits players against a very strong and very well drilled Old Alleynians side.
In my opinion this was the best team that we have played against in the last two seasons, a really good test of how far Bandits have come.
A strong start was disrupted by a massive collision by two Bandits players, which saw both removed from the field of play. Miles Marlow-Thomas, our formidable scrum-half received a nasty cut to the head and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The good news is that after being thoroughly checked out at the hospital he is okay, just a few stitches.
Our other wounded soldier from the same incident was David Goginashvili, who was concussed. He too was removed from the field of play and although did not need to go to hospital, he was checked-out and watched the rest of the game from the side-line.
Within a few minutes we also lost our dynamic Full-Back Andrija Grubisic, who damaged his ankle!
Fortunately, we had some excellent players on the bench and after a short period of disruption Bandits gained the momentum yet again.
Old Alleynians were very strong on the ball and attacked the Bandits with vigour and style time after time and were looking as though they would comfortably win this important league match.
Bandits worked hard, keeping to our successful game plan and after some marvellous phases of play saw just rewards. Jonny Moore scorching passed the whole of the Old Alleynian’s backs to score a magnificent try.
After a couple of well taken penalties by our Skipper Matt Clark we were 5 minutes to full time and at 27-27
Old Alleynian’s were still knocking at our door and it took a massive defensive effort to keep them from scoring again.
Then after some good hands by Bandits we saw our little Spanish Dynamo Juan, blast through the Old Alleynian’s defensive line to score a really well-earned try.
There was still 3 minutes on the clock and Bandits had to dig deep to hold of the Old Alleynians onslaught. We dug deep and held out to win this marvellous match 32-27
What a match!!
Sunday 29th September
Club under 15s hosted local rivals Old Colfeians for the second round of their Kent Cup pool matches. Both teams had secured bonus point wins in their first round matches and this game would have a big impact on who would qualify for the quarterfinals.
The early exchanges were fairly even with neither team threatening the scoreboard.
Mid way through the first half Blackheath worked the ball out to our right flank creating some space for Juan Rodrigo to run half the pitch to score in the right hand corner.
OCs responded well with a nicely waited kick over Club defence chased down to bring the scores level.
Our boys had noted the opportunity on the right from our first try and exploited this to our gain twice before half time. Juan Rodrigo started a move with perfectly waited cross field kick, which the forwards quickly recycled allowing Juan to run in his second. Not to be outdone our number eight Tom Speed then barged over in the same corner for a third try, which was well converted from a wide angle by Ben Kenny.
Half time 17-5 to Club.
OCs started the second half with renewed purpose, but a combination of solid defence from Blackheath and handling errors and indiscipline from OCs kept the scoreboard quiet. And despite all their pressure from OCs a turnover in Club 22 saw a good break by Brydon Duncan taking the ball into OCs half, which was then nicely worked down the back line to full back Ben Kenny who beat a couple of players to set up Juan for his hat trick and importantly our bonus point.
OCs replied quickly to bring the score back to 22-10 but despite more pressure from OCs they could not add to this.
Final score 22-10 to Club. Not a vintage performance by under 15s and they will definitely play better but a combination of strong defence and good discipline was the basis of victory.
A quick mention for the man in the middle Jon Rowlinson who kept this potentially feisty local derby flowing and despite the emotions on both side ensured we saw decent rugby played mainly in the right spirit.