Saturday 17th November
Beccehamian 2s vs Blackheath Bandits
On Saturday the Bandits travelled to West Wickham for a top of the table clash with Beccehamians.
Everyone arrived on time, followed by a good warm up and Captain Clarky winning the toss. The perfect start to the day.
Clarky kicked off, Mel contested well in the air and won the ball back. The first 5 minutes were very well contested by both sides, neither of which could gain the upper hand. Club scored a try on the right hand touch line, the kick was missed.
Beccs then had a period of pressure on the Bandits 5-metre line which resulted in a yellow card for Full Back Andrija. Beccs scored and converted soon after.
The Bandits then went on the attack. Outside centre Tom moved well to score the first of a brace, Openside Dan, intercepted on the Beccs 10m line, and with shades of Underhill last week, he stepped in and out to evade the Full Back and scored, one handed under the posts. (I’m sure Coach Chappers will be doing a session on how to put the ball down on Wednesday). A couple more first half tries put the Bandits in control at the turn around.
5 minutes in to the second half there was an incident off the ball. No-one really saw what happened, the result was a second yellow card for Andrija and a straight red for one of the Beccs props for a punch. The Bandits scored soon after.
Up the other end of the park a scrum was called on the Blackheath 5m. Beccs put in and an almighty shove comes on. The Bandits pack walked Beccs back to the 22m and won a penalty.
Bandits continued their dominance in the most complete display of the season so far. This was only tarnished by Beccs young winger managing to use his pace on the outside to score his team’s second.
Final score Beccs 12- 48 Bandits. Excellent debuts for Miles, Ryan, Fioon and Tom.
We currently sit top of the league having won 5 from 5.
Next match is at home to Park House, another team towards the top of the table, on December 1st.
Dan x2, Tom x2 Miles, Ben, Rory, Harry
Matt x 4
The new Club Vets side travelled over to Brockley to face Guys Hospital Pengiuns as part of Guys Hospital RFC’s 175th anniversary. As the 17 Club players warmed up in the sunshine they lost count of the number of Penguins arriving for the match but they could tell they’d be up against plenty of fresh legs all afternoon.
The game kicked off and after punching it up the middle for a number of phases the Penguins through and scored under the posts, with former Club player Shane Roiser opening the scoring for them. We went through a period of our own pressure but they absorbed it well and a kick for Shane to chase looked threatening, but we cleared our lines. The Penguins dominated the first half with several tries but Big Jim Nugent opened the scoring for Club.
In the second half Club fared better as they tightened up their game, and with 14 forwards in the 17 man squad it’s fairly clear what the game plan would be. Although Guys Penguins scored 4 tries in this half, the pressure the Buccanneers were putting on began to tell as they won a series of penalties. One such penalty came from hands in the ruck 10 metres from their line, following a break from skipper ‘Super’ John Hull. The pen was tapped and carried hard by Rob Cook who was stopped 5 metres out but the recycled ball was given to Club stalwart Olly Brewer who rampaged to the line, scoring in the final play of the game.
Whlist the game was lost 60-12, it was one payed in excellent spirits as a Vets game should be, and the Club players were proud to have played a part in Guys 175th anniversary.
Sunday 18th November
Womens 1st XV
Blackheath women’s first XV faced Cheltenham Tigers away for the second time this year in their eighth league match of the season. Blackheath stamped their dominance from the first minute with a strong carry from kick-off by Becca Leharne making a break through Cheltenham’s defensive line. Blackheath lost possession following a knock-on which was quickly turned back over thanks to aggressive defence and penalty awarded by the referee. Lyndsay Whitely takes the option for kick to touch to set up for a lineout – Blackheath wins the lineout and continue phase play with a series of pick and gos in quick succession, resulting in a try by Andina Brown latched over the line by Janet Okolie. Conversion kick taken successfully by Lyndsay Whitely, score Blackheath 7 – Cheltenham 0.
Blackheath continues to assert dominance during the first half with powerful scrums driving Cheltenham metres back at several points. However, this was countered by their number 8 looking to get the ball out quickly out of the scrums. Despite applying continuous pressure on Cheltenham in their 22 Blackheath is unable to score another try before the whistle blows for halftime. Score, Blackheath 7 – Cheltenham 0.
Second half sees Cheltenham on the front foot scoring two tries in quick succession and successfully converting one. Blackheath increase intensity in their defensive line with some big clashes midfield and some dominant hits by Becky Watling in the centre. Defensive efforts pay off and Blackheath regain possession, eventually returning to Cheltenham’s 22. Try opportunity arises with a mismatch on the wing but points were not scored due to a knock on. Cheltenham scrum awarded. Blackheath demonstrate the strength of their pack once again by winning the scrum and a penalty is awarded. Scrum option chosen again. Cheltenham unable to respond to Blackheath’s strength in the scrum concede points to Blackheath after a penalty try is awarded due to repeated infringements in the scrum. Score Blackheath 12 – Cheltenham 10.
The last 20 minutes of the game proved to be a power struggle between both sides. Cheltenham gain the edge making a break midfield from a missed tackle scoring another try. Conversion is successful, score, Blackheath 12 – Cheltenham 17. Blackheath continue to fight to get more points on the board in a race against the clock. Blackheath loose possession after taking the ball into touch under pressure, giving Cheltenham possession. Cheltenham maintain possession of the ball after winning their lineout. After a few phases the ball is kicked into touch. The final whistle blows, full time Cheltenham 17 – Blackheath 12
Blackheath 2’s v Seaford
A tough encounter on Sunday against Seaford who were sitting just above us in the league table going into the game. With a squad of just 11 and strong winds throughout the game we new we would have to put a shift in.
Club were first to put points on the board and continued to do so throughout the first half with tries coming from Tash and Lindi. We went into the Half-time break leading 26-22.
Despite having the wind on our side during the 2nd half, fatigue set in and Seaford put more points past us leading to a final score of 26-54 to Seaford.
Despite the final score, it was a really positive match. There was some amazing play from Mimi at 10 and Cerys controlled the game beautifully at 9. The backline ran some amazing lines and the forwards put in an absolute shift at the breakdown.
Final score: Blackheath 26- 54 Seaford.
Tries: Tash- 2, Lindi- 2.
Conversions: Tash- 2, Lindi- 1
Forward of the match: Georgie
Back of the match: Tash
An outstanding defensive display saw Blackheath U14s win three out of three games in the preliminary round of this year’s Kent tournament without conceding a single point. On top of the solid foundation offered by the defence, the organised and intelligent attacking play saw a total of 12 tries scored. Full credit to all the boys with particular mentions for Josh Watson, Illy Calogeras and Jude Codd who put in huge shifts in defence; Max George, Ollie Gibbons and David Bampoe for their significant contributions in attack. Player of the Day was Tom Speed for making his presence felt all over the park and getting three tries as just reward for his hard work.
A phenomenal effort from all who played for the U13s in what was an excellent all round team performance to top our pool in the 1st round of the Kent Waterfall. It was great to go through all 3 games without conceding any tries and, after losing our fixture earlier this season 7-2, very satisfying to beat WP where we controlled large parts of the game.
Our tackling across all the backs and forwards, intensity at the breakdown and scrummaging, especially in the WP game, were at a level we have been aspiring to reach so far this season.
The results were:
- Tonbridge Juddians we beat 9-0 (although recorded as 6-0 for Kents) – tries from Marcus (3), Ollie, Orin, Finn, Sahib, Dom and Dylan
- Westcombe Park we beat 1-0 – try from Marcus
- Aylesford Bs we beat 4-0 1 – tries from Raphael, Orin, Sahib, Charlie
All the boys were a real credit to themselves, parents, coaches, fellow U13 team-mates and the Club. It was great to hear so many positive comments from the parents and see so many happy players.
Although 19 boys were fabulous today we would like to just make a special point of Charlie, Will S and Diego. The match v WP must have had 15 scrums and the pressure in the front row would have been huge with the big shove from behind as well as from WP. Yet not one of them mentioned it and they were all around the park hitting hard in the rucks. Unglamorous, but 3 unsung heroes!
And finally, for Player of the Day. We only give one award even though all 19 boys could have chosen. Marcus edged it for his all-round contribution, solid defence, finishing and the vital try against WP. Unfortunately he was injured near the end of that game. Well done Marcus and please join us in wishing him a speedy recovery.
Last Sunday saw us play in the first stage of the Kent waterfall competition. The U12’s squad played very well winning all games (Westcombe Park Tigers 4-1, Tonbridge Judds Devs 1-0, Beckenham Dev 4-0 and Tunbridge Wells Saracens 3-0).