Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: Merry Lashmas Everyone!
When: 17th December
What’s the theme? Well, Sexy Santas, Randy Reindeers, erotic elf! Or think outside the box with bubbles, angels, and 3 wise men (whether there is even one wise man within this club!! Or why not come as one of the animals in the manger? The options are endless! The club’s Christmas Party will be at Mcgettigans, who to encourage xmas cheer have booked a band!
All welcome, so bring a mate who likes Lashmas, and we’ll see you there!
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: Christmas training
Its not quite time for the Turkey just yet but the last session before Christmas will be Tuesday 20th. We then return to training on the 3rd January and then on Thursday as normal.
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-11-20 (u14s vs. Ruislip)
The injury hit U14s managed to scrape together 16 fit bodies for the trip NW to Ruislip.
We arrived to be greeted by the usual car park shenanigans, a locked changing room door and general indifference. All these problems quickly resolved themselves however, and the TLC were soon sampling the breakfast fayre (special mention for Rob for finding an option without processed meat)
Rain was in the air and the wind was biting as the Hammers made the long walk to the back pitches. Warm ups and drills out of the way, the match kicked off at 11:02am.
At 11:03 Hammers found themselves 5 - 0 down as one of the Ruislip centres showed a Taz-like turn of speed and stepping to blast over from 40 yards off first phase ball. Hammers caught cold like a boxer still rising from his stool at the opening bell
From the restart we finally got hold of the ball, but conceded a penalty for not releasing. Ruislip kicked to touch, secured the line out and span it wide on a couple of occasions. Our defensive line held well, but we eventually ran out of tacklers and their flanker barrelled over from close range. 10 - 0 to Ruislip
Looking for a quick response the Hammers won the restart, recycled the ball beautifully and after 4 or 5 phases moved the ball smoothly along the line to the 22’, but sadly freezing cold fingers meant final passes just wouldn’t stick. Harry then decided on a more direct approach and a couple of trademark charges took us up to the try line. Ruislip forwards were handling in the ruck like lecherous octopuses peep penalty to Hammers. Noah taps quickly and over for a close range try. 10 - 5 to Ruislip.
More was to follow - Rex caught the kick off and made 30 yards with some impressive running. Great support from forwards and backs took us past the 10 metre line, where a short pass put Victor clean through with a run to the line. The Ruislip full back just caught up, but the Hammers arrived quickly and moved the ball to Reuben who spotted space on the blind side and nipped over. 10 - 10 and the Hammers were back in the game.
With not much time left in the half Hammers engineered a comedy of errors near their own line. The ball was juggled, pushed, nudged and eventually touched down behind the try line. Sadly by a Ruislip hand. 17 - 10 down at half time.
During the 2nd half my notes get very brief as my fingers were feeling they could snap off with the cold. The first real action was a huge run from Constant up to the 22’, but support was slow and the chance went begging.
The first three scores when they came, were all for Ruislip, two of them on the counter attack, including one with some outrageously lucky bounces from fly-hacks. 36 - 10 down at this stage, a harsh score line as the game was not far off being even in terms of pressure and possession.
Hammers scored twice more with strong runs from Harry and a slick back move nearly sending Tom over in the corner - in both cases Noah finishing the moves with short runs (and trademark hand offs on the fly half who must still have palm marks on his upper torso as I type)
In between Hammers scores, Ruislip’s big centre scored a length of the field effort slicing through 5 or 6 tackles to score a great solo effort. “Great team try” announced the home coach to bemused grins from the TLC.
Final score 20 - 43 - an unfair reflection of the game, but perhaps a lesson for the Hammers about how to turn pressure into points.
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-11-06 (u14s vs. Old Albanian)
Unknown territory - Old Albanians away was new ground for the Hammers U-14s this season. With Albanian phrase books packed and a wallet full of leks we headed North.
We arrived at their immaculate grounds only to be confronted by a huge queue of cars trying to get in, scenes vaguely reminiscent of the Westfield slip road on 24th December. Before long cars were being abandoned on patches of spare grass everywhere, but before you could say “car boot sale”, the Hammers had grouped safely in changing room 6, and the TLCs had safely negotiated the stairs up to the bar.
After a brisk warm up we were ready to kick off on time at 11:00 sharp.
From the kick off and through to the 10’ mark OA put us under heavy pressure, with a clear game plan to spread the ball wide. The Hammers defence held firm with Tom, Victor and Rafa all tackling hard and forcing knock-ons in our 22. However we failed to clear our lines and were pinned down deep in our own half. The relentless pressure eventually paid off for OA who won a 5 metre scrum, from where their no. 8 picked up from a retreating pack and ghosted over. With their outhalf adding the extras we were 7-0 down, a fair reflection of the match so far.
From the kick-off OA gathered cleanly, but Bertie “the flash” was on them like a ….errr….. flash with a thumping tackle to force a Hammers line out and our first territory of the game. A clean win at the line out and the ball was whipped cleanly to Taz for his first big carry of the game. A characteristic strong pacy run through some tackles and he was away down the touchline, but was brought down by a strong tackle from the opposition right winger and collapsed in obvious pain. That was the end of the game for young Tsielepis, we all wish him a speedy recovery.
At the restart (a scrum to OA) they moved the ball repeatedly across the pitch and after four phases the Hammers ran out of tacklers and their left winger nipped over in the corner. 12 - 0 down and Taz in pain - “bad times”
Some scrappy play at the restart saw errors from both sides, with a held-up maul giving OA another attacking scrum. Although the Hammers pack was marching them backwards at every set piece, the 1.5 metre rule meant we couldn’t turn the dominance into a turnover, and with the ball moved quickly up and down the backline again, their slick handling ended up with their winger over in the corner again. 17- 0 at half time.
Hammers kicked off the second half, and Harry burst forward to win one of his many turnovers at the breakdown, and with OA blown up for handling at the ruck, Hammers kicked to the corner in search of early points. A clean catch at the line out and the forwards mauled over the line for a try, with Bertie coming up with the pill and a grin wider than a Hammers club tie. At 17 - 5 we were back in the game.
The next phases of play in my notes reflect errors and scrappy play. From a dropped ball in midfield, again OA show some silky back play to give their winger half a yard of space which he galloped through for another try from their wide men. Extras added and we were 24 - 5 down.
OA dropped the restart and from our scrum Noah had his first real lung-busting-hand-off-everyone run, and with support arriving we were somehow held up over the line. Amazing this then happened twice more, and with OA being warned about repeat offending (offsides and ruck handling) we looked odds on to score. Somehow OA held firm, and worse was to follow when their backs pushed up aggressively and picked off a midfield pass to run to the other end and score against the run of play. Conversion added and we were 31 - 5 down.
However the last word was to be ours - one of their demon wingers was well tackled by Reuben in open play, and with Harry snaffling the ball at the breakdown we moved the ball out to Victor to make huge ground down the left wing. From an attacking penalty we again kicked for position, and after claiming the line out, Noah smashed his way over from 20 yards out. 31 - 10 felt a lot better than 31 - 5 and the referee blew for full time.
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-10-29 (3rd XV vs. Old Priorians)
For the Hammers 3s, three consecutive losses in the league meant an away game against local rivals Old Priorians (OP’s) was bigger than ever, especially after having only beat them by 3 points in a heavily contested pre-season fixture. The boys we keen to right a few wrongs and banish the losing streak and we duly delivered.
A mild and dry day provided a good platform for the traditional free flowing and expansive Hammer’s rugby. The warm up began before leaving the changing room, with some interesting cognitive vs. physical meditation/visualisation/yoga encouraged by coach Richard. Although there were probably a few initial sceptics in the room, it actually created a ‘body on fire, brains in the freezer’ type mind-set that we later used in the game to great effect.
Come kick-off, the Old Priorians game plan was an obvious one. Usually a big outfit and on a playing pitch that seems to be conveniently narrow, we knew we had to front up in the first phases and in defence if we wanted to apply our structures and dominance on the game.
The whistle blew and after some sloppy ball retention we were on the back foot for the first 10 minutes. The narrow pitch left little room for long touch finders but after some strong tackling the OPs only came away with 3 points, the first and last points they would claim that day. After some good work from the likes of Theo The Greek, JP and Matt Jones at scrum time, there were early signs that the hammers backs could carve them open. As the minutes went by we became more accurate and soon enough after moving up the pitch with multiple phases it was George O’Hara who crossed the line first. Stepping off the left foot and showing the kind of athleticism not often associated with a hooker. Alex Rapallo being delighted that the athleticism meant a kick in front of the posts and an easy two points could be added.
You could see the confidence was coming back, the forwards were breaking first tackles and Captain Steve Harris at fly-half ensured the backs maintained structure and ran good lines. With Dave Buchanan maintaining the pace from scrum half a second try soon resulted after some nice work through the hands from the backs, this time it was winger Alex Jones who finished in the corner standing up his opposite man to touch down. Another abrasive burst by George O’Hara not long after saw another 5 points in the corner, and after a sweet strike from the touchline by Rapallo, the lead was looking very healthy going into half time.
After some more visualisation and constructive words from Richard and Steve during the break, we returned to the field eager to finish the game and work on utilising our structures. Pete Johnston, playing at outside centre had other ideas and within 3 mins of the kick off and after nice line break ghosted past three tacklers in a 40 yard sprint to score under the posts and secure the much needed bonus point. His centre partner Matt Chesterfield continued to punch holes in the defence and the Old Priorians showed they were rattled when their winger threw a weak punch (ref didn’t see it) that Alex Horner barely flinched at before continue to put him on the ground all game. After 15 minutes of inaccuracy, we found our rhythm again and Alex Jones was on hand to finish off a good pass from Steve Harris and solid carries from the forwards. In defence disruption was the key word as the likes of Olli Mitchel , Rob Power , Fred Stubbs, Billy Rylance, Tom White and others continuously destroyed the OP’s clean ball and forced numerous turnovers.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the game, was in the last 10 minutes. OP’s having made a clean break down the wing began throwing the kitchen sink out our defence as we repelled wave after wave of OP’s attack on our own 10m line. We were aggressive but totally focused, patient and confident in our ability to carry on stopping them. Our blitz defence made them panic when they took a tap penalty on the 5m line and we soon had the ball back. We had repelled the storm and not conceded the try and all agreed that now it was time to work our way up with pitch. After some nice touch finders by Steve, good line out work and phase play from the forwards, were back on their 5m line. After a strong scrum, No.8 James Cramp had an easy carry over the line and it was the cherry on top after some strong defensive work and calm game management 5 minutes earlier. Harris converted to mean the final scored was Op’s 3 Hammers 40 and the boys could enjoy that winning feeling.
Richard and Steve reinforced our capabilities and the importance of game management as we looked forward to another big game next weekend against HAC at home as we look to further consolidate our league position.
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-10-22 (1st XV vs. Tabard)
Hammersmith 45 - 10 Tabard
Hurlingham Park was the venue for a key clash between two old rivals at a defining point in the season.
The fixture promised to be a great contest, with Hammersmith beginning to show some real form (+83PD in the last two games) after a mixed start to the season, and Tabard always a challenging opponent with a physical pack and a fly-half able to punish with the boot from great range.
To add to this, a strong home crowd had assembled to watch, boosted by the presence of Club President Jason Leonard and a particularly boozy old boys’ pre-game lunch. Even Alex Dudley (who?) was in attendance, and proceeded to tell anyone that would listen that this had nothing to do with the social media roasting of the previous week.
The first twenty minutes of play proved to be a cagey encounter, with nerves and some questionable decisions featuring in the play of both teams. A converted penalty by Tabard proved to be the only thing separating the two sides at the end of the first quarter.
This penalty proved to be the spark the home side needed to begin controlling the game better and venturing forward with more purpose through a number of dangerous forays into the opposition’s 22. Whilst the pressure was beginning to show in Tabard’s game, it was Hammersmith who would be hurt first by this attacking intent as centre Mark went down with a torn hamstring. After a strong debut the week before and the ability to actually kick at goal, everyone on and off the pitch was saddened to see Mark crying his eyes out on the turf. Everyone except for CCS on the sideline that is, who sources report chinned his beer and began singing “one more season, one morrrrre seaaaason for me”.
The injury proved to be a turning point in the game, with Stephen “the fire marshall” Goode and James “much stronger than Tony B” Lo moving inwards to form a new centre partnership. Sporting a new pair of contrast colour boots, the pressure was on JLo to perform and he did, powering through the opposition backline to start the Hammersmith points fest. More great work from the forwards saw Hammersmith back in the opposition’s half quickly, with “Big Red” Bowen rounding the opposition full-back to finish off a swift backs’ move. One neutral spectator commented that the Tabard 15 should probably spend less time working on his cheap shots at the breakdown, and more time learning how to tackle.
With the conversions and a penalty added by Keith, Hammersmith went into the break in a strong position.
The second half began much as the first had ended, with the Hammersmith pack showing their technical superiority at set pieces and the backs demonstrating their clinical efficiency in open play.
Ryan, on as a replacement wing following the injury and causing the opposition constant trouble, marked his second cap for the first team with a well-deserved try, showing great pace to finish in the corner.
The next phase of play saw another Ryan, the tight chino’d Aussie one, stamp his mark on the game. After a period of sustained pressure in the opposition’s half, he expertly put Richard “DJFC” Horsley through a hole for him to register his first try in over three seasons. Fully aware that this record had now ended, the crowd went wild and joined CCS, who was still singing at Mark’s expense, in celebration. With Richard finally back amongst the spoils, it seems that it really is only James Darrall who is struggling to score at the moment.
Sensing the dehydrational effects Darrall’s dry patch was having on the home side, the Hammersmith coaching staff replaced him with Corban for the last quarter. This would prove to be a smart choice as the back row’s hard running and pace was rewarded with a well-taken breakaway try.
Heading into the final ten minutes, the pace of the game slowed as both sides began to show the signs of tiredness you’d expect from such a physical and high tempo encounter. That however did not stop Aussie Ryan, previously try assistor, running an extra yard from his already grossly offside position to intercept a wayward Tabard pass and cross the white line from 40 yards out. Keith added the extras once more.
The final moments of the game belonged to Tabard. Having put down their handbags and ceased their constant complaints to the referee, they actually had a go at the Hammersmith try line. After an afternoon of defensive impenetrability, the Hammersmith try line was finally breached with the Tabard number thirteen latching onto a loose ball to score a deserved try.
All in all, it was a good result for Hammersmith against a tough opponent. Although far from a perfect display, Hammersmith will be pleased to have achieved a 45-10 win with so many things still to work on.
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-10-22 (2nd XV vs. Rosslyn Park Hatters)
The Mighty Hammers 2’s returned to Rosslyn Park on Saturday with a point to prove, after narrowly going down under the lights a few weeks before. In the cold light of day James ‘mutant’ Spearing was in no mood for frivolities, encouraging his charges to play in the Hammers way, and to ‘put the delightful chaps (n.b words might have been changed) to the sword’.
Hammers got off to a blinding start, playing direct, powerful rugby, and charging towards the Hatter’s line from the very first Kickoff. The first score of the game came within the first 5 minutes, the Hammers scrum provided a strong platform for the furious Spearing at 8 to pick the ball and run, followed up by 3 well executed forward’s balls, and some quick hands from debutante fly half Will Finn and Centre Jack Petchy allowing Alex ‘goalkicker’ Gee to flop over almost unopposed from 5 yards out. The resulting conversion was missed (also by A.Gee, much to his shame), but the Hammers were off to a strong start.
Sadly, the initial momentum did not hold on much past the Hatter’s kickoff, and the rest of the half was a disappointing display of poor cohesion and individual endeavor wasted with poor support play, allowing the Hatters to play their direct brand of rugby, and run in several tries with no response.
The Half time whistle finally lumbered around, and coach Andrew ‘Hansen’ Neal reset the sights for the second half. Unity and support were the watchwords, and with 40 minutes to go and beers to earn, and Spearing’s furious words still ringing in their ears, the Hammers set out to take the game to the Hatters in the 2nd half.
Initially, the beginning of the half was much the same as the end of the 1st, with the Hammers struggling to hold on to the ball for any length of time, and Rosslyn park able to capitalize and score more tries. Alex Gee also earned his tinman award by missing a penalty from 10 feet, somewhat summing up the first 50 minutes.
However, with fresh troops re-enforcing the beleaguered Hammers, their much higher fitness levels, and never say die attitude started to pay off. The game finished with a flurry of 4 tries from Hammersmith, Alex ‘only scores for the 2s’ Gee finished off a well executed backs move before retiring from the game with cramp, and a better player coming on seemed to galvanise the Hammers in attack, playing the best rugby in the last 15 minutes.
Gary ‘tweed’ Leith scored from a sniping dive from 2 yards, replacement centre Newman skipping through the ailing Hatters defence, and Sheppard driving from close range to close the game on a positive note.
The final score of 40 something to 25 was fair for the run of play, although Hammersmith left at least 13 points on the pitch from the kickers failing to intersect the uprights all game.
We downed our pints faster though, and really what else matters?
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-10-16 (Ladies XV vs. Chesham)
As the grey clouds rolled in over Hurlingham Fortress the Hammers took to the field to face Chesham. We quickly got a taste of their power when a few penalties were given away early on while both teams got used to the ref’s interpretation of the offside line, and this resulted in several scrums in quick succession. Their well-drilled and imposing pack put a lot of pressure on ours, but we pushed back hard and kept them at bay.
Our first try came about 10 minutes in when we managed to break through their defence, and a last minute cheeky offload to Ezzy, who had run a fantastic supporting line, allowed her to dive triumphant over the try line. 5-0.
Shortly after, the heavens opened, and while the supporters retreated under the cover of the pavilion, play continued, albeit somewhat scrappier than before due to the slippery wet ball. We spent a good proportion of this time within our own 22, defending strongly as a united line, but eventually Chesham broke through to score. 5-5.
It wasn’t too long until we found ourselves back in their half though, and working through the phases to get into their 22. A Chesham scrum signalled the final phase of the half, and as one of their players took the ball into contact, she was met by Ella and Alex, and shortly after, most of the Hammers pack. Together, we turned the ball over, and mauled from the 22 to the 5, before sending the ball out the Leah, who deposited it over the line, squarely between the posts. A great kick from Sophie left us in the lead at half time 12-5.
The second half saw us gain increasingly more control and momentum, and it didn’t take long before Leah scored yet another try after some brilliant play from the entire team, moving the ball through the phases encroaching on their territory the whole way. Chesham continued to fight back hard, and had a lot of strong forward ball carriers capable of breaking through our defence, had we given them half a chance. All that defensive and tackle work paid off, and that chance never came for them, although Leah did manage to flatten one of their smaller girls to the resounding “ooooff” of the supporters before she was taken off the field.
Our penultimate try came from Sophie, who rescued the ball from Alex’s hands as she was held up in a tackle, then darted through the gap left by their defenders to place the ball down by the post, and then casually proceeded to convert her try, giving us a further 7 points. 24-5.
With four minutes to go it looked like we were going to struggle to get our bonus point. With great spirit, we kept possession, and rucked hard, protecting that ball with all our might. In the final phase, the ball was shipped through the hands out to Lizzy on the wing, who sprinted to carry it into the corner and over the line as the whistle blew. Emma was awarded the opportunity to convert, and managed a dazzling kick that went nowhere near the posts. Final score 29-5.
Forwards of the match went to Carola and Fred for great rucking, tackling and generally making life extremely difficult for Chesham. Back of the match went to Sophie for gallantly returning to the backline, and executing some great carries, running some fab lines, putting in some hard hits, and scoring a try and two conversions! Most importantly of all, we totally demolished them in the boat race (thank you Ella for taking Sophie’s pint for her)!
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-10-15 (4th XV vs. Old Rutlishians)
The 4ths headed to the outer reaches of London to take on the forces of Old Rustlishians where they were faced by not one but two teams to dismantle. With a depleted bench and a strong home crowd to contend with, the 4ths were confronted by a long day at the office.
The game started well, with the 4ths showing their speed to cross early in the first 5 minutes, a well worked try by the forwards and backs made the start to the match look extremely positive. However, the miscellaneous Old Ruts side started to make their sizeable pack work to their advantage, taking the ball forward up front before allowing their elusive backs to run through the Hammers defence.
The game continued in this fashion with both sides conceding tries from all areas of the pitch. Sam Eastoe on this inaugural game as Captain benefitted from well put together plays to score twice, while Alex Rapallo manoeuvred his way through a gap to score. Despite the flurry of tries at both ends, the game began to get heated as the ‘friendly’ aspect disappeared, and a number of niggly encounters involving players from both sides caused tempers flare. With the rising fury of the game, the tempo began to rise before half time, both teams scoring quick successive tries, with ‘El Capitano’ (Sam) securing his hat-trick just before the half time whistle as a quick well worked move paid off, resulting in the skipper dotting down in the left corner.
The second half saw a near full fresh fifteen on to the pitch for the brave Hammers to see off. The game became tighter and the ball remained predominantly with the forwards as the even larger opposition pack attempted to assert themselves. In defence the 4ths held strong, with some incredible scramble defence dealing effectively with some strong running by the Old Ruts’ maundering flankers. Centre Cillian Waldron was very unlucky to have a try disallowed in the corner, by his own touch-judge nonetheless, however, from the resulting 5-metre line-out, George Osborne showed he was the sharpest player around, pouncing on the loose ball to earn Hammers a lead. Waldron was not to be denied either, and soon after Osborne’s try the centre picked a sweet line from a set backs move to score under the posts.
During the final moments of the game the Hammers defence was put to the test following a pushover try for Old Ruts. Some well-disciplined defence, and timely interventions, notably a sharp turnover from Will Desprez relieved the pressure periodically, although with the clock running down the defence faced one further test as the referee awarded one more scrum, this time to the Hammers close to their own line. With Old Ruts requiring a converted try to draw level, the Hammers scrum held firm against the hefty opposition pack and the game ended with a win for Hammers 34-27.
Courageous defence, expansive structured attack and great fitness came through for Hammers in the end. The pack put in a shift against a far bigger side, taking on the Old Ruts forwards and disrupting ball all over the pitch.
Sam Eastoe can put this down as a day to remember, as he started and finished a victorious boat race, marking his captaincy debut, hat-trick and man-of-the match award. Notable mentions, and the captain’s nomination went to Cillian Waldron and George Osborne respectively.
Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-10-14 (Vets XV vs. Thamesians)
Mark Blyghton WINS HIS FIRST CAP FOR THE VETS
The Vets played their first match in the new Middlesex Vets League against Thamesians and were joined on the field by the former 1st Team Captain! A man who was willing to pull a shift and a half over the weekend.
It was the match that nearly didn’t happen after being relocated 4 times around the grounds of southwest London, but ending up on the 4G at London Irish. The opposition also tried to cry off on the day due to injured players, but instead of borrowing our players managed to pull a team of younger guys together to fulfill the fixture. They had some gas……..
Undaunted, the mighty vets took to the field with a front row of Blyghts (now a sprightly 36), Hugo Lowry and the Colossus/Doctor of Love (Delete as appropriate) that is Peter Hunter. Asked how it was after the first half, the newly blooded Blights was heard to say… “ It was a bit faster than I am used to!” At this point Peter had to have a lie down.
Blyghts also appreciated playing in real rugby shirts - i.e. ones that he did not have to combine running around in whilst wondering why his organs were unable to move through restrictive tightness.
The match was a hard close fought contest with Thamsians narrowly winning by 26 points to 22. Hammers highlights included Mr Tickle (More on that Later), Steve Harrington playing out of his skin and Big Brent Purtell crashing over on his debut.
Thamesians nearly ran away with it at the end of the first half, but the Vets strength in depth with 10 on the bench and some very strong tackling, put Hammers back in contention in the last 10 minutes to lose by just one try, against players 20 and in some cases 30 years younger!
But the irony is that Hammers really should have won! They lost the match by giving away possession, 3 of the 5 opposition tries were actually intercepts from good Hammers attacking positions. Even our illustrious Captain was found at fault and enjoyed a pint of orange juice and lemonade for his punishment (He was driving, the second pint of beer was duly administered once the car had gone- he was put to shame by the debuting Rinaldi who is pushing Hammers Drinking ledgend Tim Bowles territory for speed)!
The man of the moment was definitely Mungo who as the last line of defense found himself being run at by two under 21’s. But “Mr Tickle” just stuck his long hands out in both directions and somehow managed to fingertip, an intercept of epic proportions.
Overall a good first outing for the Vets and for their new recruits. Keep possession boys and you will be a force to be reckoned with! Thamesians offered the points, but the Vets in sporting mood, opted for a rematch against men their own age.
A first for the old timers was a match photo afterwards from a drone.