President Des Diamond met former player and coach Mike Williams at the Coventry game and Mike followed up with this interesting match appraisal:
The match – startlingly good.
Coventry has always been one of the countries’ toughest teams to defeat and yet in the end The Club took them apart. At the beginning of the game, despite the early Blackheath score, the power of the Coventry pack at the maul and scrummage suggested otherwise. But we worked hard together during the first half and in the second almost ran riot. How? Because rugby is a team game and Blackheath oozed “collective” – at the breakdown, in open play and especially where there was the hint of a score. Yes, there are some good players in the side but much more important than talent is the desire and ability to play for each other.
The “COLLECTIVE” was outstanding – at the breakdown, when defending our own line, and when there was the chance of a score. While the energy and desire was high when we were without the ball, it was even more precise when we came close to the Coventry line. The two tries scored in the far left corner were wonderful examples of precise decisions made together. And throughout, there was considerable “talk” between players urging one another on, and as a consequence building confidence.
Silent teams are losing teams – the current team we have will be hard to beat.
Look forward to the Blaydon game in 2 weeks. Oh – and one other thing – how pleased my Dad would have been by the presentation, last season of the plaque – beautiful in itself – by Blaydon to Blackheath commemorating the last match at Rectory Field. Look forward to seeing it on the wall.
Started his senior rugby at Blaydon when his father, as President, was determined to lift Blaydon out of local rugby and emulate the likes of Blackheath, a club he admired. Mike played for Rosslyn Park before being invited by Jim Turner to join Blackheath where he played from 1966 to 1972. He was Vice Captain 1970 to 1972 before serving several stints as Club coach.