Match Report: Old Dartfordians vs Blackheath U13s – 08 Oct 23
In what can only be described as a classic encounter, Blackheath U13s locked horns with their fierce rivals, Old Dartfordians, in the highly anticipated Kent Waterfall Competition match. On a hot sunny morning at Old Dartfordians, fans were treated to an enthralling display of youth rugby where both sides showcased their skills, determination, and passion for the game. The final score read 25-15 in favor of Old Dartfordians, but it was a battle that had spectators on the edge of their seats till the final whistle.
The game was perfectly poised at 15-15 at the break, highlighting the neck-and-neck competition. The star for Blackheath in the opening half was undoubtedly Ethan Turner, whose agility, pace, and nose for the try line saw him cross over twice. He was ably supported by Alfie Dack, who crashed over for a try, epitomizing the spirit and grit of the team. The dynamic play from Blackheath, marked by intricate loops and precise cuts, enabled them to breach the Old Dartfordians’ defenses multiple times.
However, Old Dartfordians were no pushovers. Their captain exhibited leadership par excellence, dictating the pace of the game and ensuring Blackheath was kept under pressure. His tactics and game management were pivotal in Old Dartfordians edging ahead in the second half and securing the win.
While the result didn’t go Blackheath’s way, there were several silver linings. The free-flowing rugby they played in the first half will undoubtedly give them confidence going forward. Ethan Turner, with his outstanding breaks and two tries, was rightly adjudged the Backs Player of the Game. Alfie Dack’s indomitable spirit, relentless tackling, and crucial try earned him the title of Forwards Player of the Match. Both players embodied the heart and soul of Blackheath on the field.
As the dust settles on this hard-fought match, Blackheath will look to take the lessons learned into their upcoming encounter. They host Westcombe Park on the 22nd of October, a match they will be itching to stamp their authority on.
Blackheath might have fallen short on the scoreboard, but their performance was a testament to the talent, commitment, and potential this young side possesses. With a week to regroup and focus, the future looks bright for Blackheath U13s.