Whilst there was no rugby on last Saturday (with a host of people watching the 6 nations at the Club instead), there was plenty of action on Sunday: The Women’s 1st and 2nd XV were both away, to Barnsley and Heathfield respectively, the U14s played Park House at the Rectory Field, U13’s hosted Old Elthamians on Pitch One at Well Hall and the U12s were away to Aylesford.
You can read the U14s and U13s match reports below:
U14s by Matt Fields
A lovely morning at Rectory Field with the sun shining, the birds tweeting and the faint smells of Tony’s cooking wafting across the pitch.
A warm up separately with each team taking half of pitch one.
The calculation of 27 players soon reduced to 17 and we matched Parkhouse in terms of numbers. But not by size.
Kick off at 1045 brought Blackheath camped in their opponents 22 and they pushed on hard for a try. Lucca Hewitt soon broke free and made some deadly ground, a mazy run ended with him making for a well-deserved try. Converted by Noah Fields to make it 7-0 after the first 10 mins of play.
Excellent team play by Jake Mullen, Jack Hartland and Will Gowing forced the opponents back line and opened a gap. Ryan Walsh took the option and busted through. A couple of missed tackles by Parkhouse again, ended with another try. Another nice conversion by Noah Fields. 14-0.
Much like the England game, the game flipped towards the end of the first half. Parkhouse saw an opportunity and broke free on the left wing. A scrappy ending saw the opponents taking the opportunity and suddenly Blackheath were on the back foot. The try was not converted but alas Parkhouse had now smelled blood.
2 mins later Parkhouse were again in the same corner, battling for another score. It finally came and although not converted, resulted in more than just 5 points against Blackheath. Two head injuries, Jake Mullen and Jude Codd, took them to touch and the only two substitutions were made. Ollie Price and Illy Calogeras were now on the field.
This was short-lived and after a battle in the centre, Illy came off after a leg injury – studded in the ankle (ouch)!
The Captain William Gowing made representations and Parkhouse’s sporting attitude, gladly agreed to remove the number 8.
14 a side.
Parkhouse gained another try but it was not converted.
Half time. 14 – 15
After a team talk and some motivation the expectation that Blackheath were going to win was short-lived. A fantastic run by the Parkhouse number 14 was unstoppable. This time converted. Score 14-22.
The fight was on and a mid pitch battle ensued with several wheeled scrums. The resulting aftermath saw Jakob Dunkel busting through the defensive line and only stopping after the referee awarded 5 points. A brilliant display of teamwork and converted by Noah Fields. Score 21 – 22.
Parkhouse now knew their weak spot and went back to the strategy they knew would win them the game. Two great tries in the next five minutes nailed the scorecard to 21 – 32.
Battered and bruised – Blackheath fought to the death and almost regained a try in the last few minutes of play – but alas some handling errors let them down.
Final Score 21-32
Man of the match was Lucca Hewitt.
Tony’s sausage and chips saved the day and brought back smiles to the losing team.
As Wilma Rudolph said – “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday”.
U13s By Nick Stone
Well done to all the boys who took on local rivals Old Elthamians and Southwark Tigers on the 1st XV pitch and especially welcome to Levi Adedoyin for his first try out.
The A’s game was a tight affair in the first half with the game going backwards and forwards to each team’s try line. There was some great running by Ollie P and the forwards put in a great shift at both the scrum and the loose as we turned around 15-5 up. OE’s came out fighting in the second half, however, our fitness on a big pitch showed in the last 10 minutes with some sublime play by the backs and some great drives by the forwards to end the match 45-10. Shout out to Dylan Reynolds, who is usually one of our forward enforcers, but played 10 minutes at centre as cover and scored a lovely try from the halfway. Tries scored by Oliver Tournes x 3, Ollie Pearton x2, Dylan Reynolds x 2, Archie Hurrell and Orin Vitalis.
The B’s showed excellent rucking throughout the game particularly against the big Southwark forwards. Particular mention to Chidi Emenike who was frequently 1st into the ruck and won countless balls. Orin Vitalis bossed the backline and scored a cracking try from half way picking the ball up from the back of the scrum and speeding down the left wing. Levi was MOM for his brace of tries. In particular the last one where 6 OE players tried to tackle him without success. He was unfortunate not to have a hat trick in the second half. We ended losing the game 20-25 but great progress from all the players.