In 2018, Graham Cox wrote a piece for Blackheath Rugby on a young man who was coming to the end of his university education, and who had been playing in Club colours since 7 February 2015 (his debut, a 24-24 draw against Richmond). In that article Freddie Owen, the player Coxy was writing about, said “I’ve no clear plan about my long-term future though I know I’d love to travel.” Fast forward to April 2023, and we bid a fond farewell to a true Club Man, who is leaving the UK to start a new life in Australia.
In his time at Club, he has amassed an impressive 158 games. James Shanahan, Head Coach, says “Anyone who plays over 150 games for a club means they will always be part of the game. He’s been a great servant and great person on and off the field. He’ll be sorely missed by all. Hope Oz suits him well, and that he keeps away from Harry Fry and Mike Perks!”
Freddie leaves us having helped to secure our promotion back to National One. He will be missed on and off the pitch by players and supporters alike, but he will always be part of the Blackheath Rugby family, and a warm welcome will be ready for him at Well Hall whenever he visits.
Good luck, Freddie!
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