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Blackheath 'A' Festival - 12th October 2014

Winners!

A 9am meet near Blackheath meant an early start for all, but we were greeted with great weather, and a friendly and well run traditional festival.

 The format was two pools, with the winners and runners up playing off in finals, and no conversions. Being a Kent festival some new opposition meant a step into the unknown, but the standard was good.

We had two excellent A Team debuts by Freddie Harrison at loose head prop and Ben Stefanik at full back, both of whom slotted in seamlessly.

 v Westcombe Park W 30-0 

Everyone was fired up for the first game, and a clinical start saw Fabian drive forward and Lucas feed Bryn for a quick score. The set piece was again superb, and we took the first scrum against the head . We also stole the first lineout and the ball was whipped down the line for Coxy to finish in the corner. Then, before half time the pressure told again, and Fabian scored after being set up by Freddie and Tim. 

Westcombe knocked on from the restart after half time, and Josh Savigar took advantage to score. Bryn then scored straight from the kick off , and Jamie Curtis finished another attach straight after, meaning we had scored 3 tries in two minutes after half time. That was effectively it, and the handling and commitment was superb, with half backs Max, Jamie and Tim getting the back line functioning immaculately.

 v Old Whitgiftians W 10-0

 Handling so crisp in the first game went missing, as did  the quick ruck ball. Fabian was accused of “going in too high” by coach Spencer and despite a reasonable effort, we went into half time 0-0. After an improved scrum and ruck, Fabian crossed over to all round relief. Jamie C went over from a tap penalty, and with a third try disallowed the game finished with just the two scores. A wake up call!

 v Cranbrook W10-0 

 We next met a strong Cranbrook team, well drilled and clearly fancying their chances. A tight start saw the scrum continuing to have the edge, and despite a Ben Cox break, and full commitment all round, half time came at 0-0. The first score game after a scrum against the head as the pack gained the advantage, and yet gain the try was scored by Coxy on the wing as the ball was whipped don the line. This was the first time we were really put under pressure,. Max made a great tackle in midfield, and when their powerful centre looked sure to score he was hit by Bryn and Josh and we held out. Coxy scored again after a great drive by the pack led to a penalty, as Robbie, Zac and  Joe backed up the front row, as Fabian terrorised the backs by appearing in the centre.

 v London Irish W 15-0 

 Another solid performance, Zac coolly scored after a wonderful Jamie Harris charge down, as the ball declined to go dead, following intense pressure on the Irish line. More swift back play, with Josh and Bryn working well in the centre, led to another try in the corner, with Lucas finishing off perfectly this time. Then Brownie , on the other wing, scored after a Ben Stefanik break and forward drive. That saw us top the group, and we all expected to play Blackheath in the final , but were presented with the unfamiliar Tonbridge Juddians, who topped the other group.

 Final v Tonbridge Juddians W 15-0  

 This was a step up against very strong and committed opposition, and we met a pack who were a match for ours and who competed fiercely for the ball. What was really satisfying was that everyone in a Cobham shirt raised their game, and collectively saw it through. 

 The pack continued to control the scrums and won their fair share of ball on the floor. The tension was broken when Max and Tim zipped the ball down the line (which again included Fabian!) and the Coxmeister put it down for yet another try by a winger in the corner. But at 5-0 at half time the game was still anybody. The god looking front row, of Freddie, Alfie, and Jamie, who had played all of every game dug deep, and it was from another solid scrum that Bryn launched himself at the line to settle the nerves. Buoyed with confidence, we piled forward towards the end. Ben Stefanik ran the ball back strongly,  it was quickly recycled, Tim took it down the blind side and offloaded out to the side of the hand for Josh to score another try in the corner. A fitting end to a massive performance by every single on of the boys.   

So, despite a step up in quality from the previous week, a second successive Festival win without conceding a score, and 16 tries scored, mostly in the corner by backs. Awesome!

  Squad: Alfie Tann, Fabian Pountney, Freddie Harrison, Jamie Curtis, Joe Moss, Rob Lewis, Zac O’Connor, Ben Cox, Ben Stefanik, Bryn Bradley, Jamie Harris, Josh Savigar, Lucas Elliott, Max Franks, Tim Lamming, Will Brown,

 Coaches – Geoff/Spence

 Ref - Ian

 First Aid - Carrie

 

Manager:
Karen Bradley
Tel: 07813 604482

Head Coach:
Nick Moss
Tel: 07810 813999