Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A big hand...

...for my old club Barnes RFC who achieved the remarkable feat of promotion to the National leagues on Saturday. Having finished 2nd in London 1 only on points difference to Shelford, Barnes faced Bracknell, runners up in South West 1, in a winner-takes-all play off at Barn Elms and emerged 39-18 victors to clinch their place amongst the elite.

It's a fantastic effort when you think that, back when I joined the club in 1991, we were playing in Surrey Division 2, and we thought we were pretty special when we achieved promotion to Surrey 1 during our unbeaten 1992-93 season. Nothing compared to subsequent achievements of course.

So, trips to Lydney, Henley, Bridgewater and Clifton beckon next season as well as the resumption of local hostilities with the likes of Richmond and Rosslyn Park. It isn't going to be easy - far from it - but it should be one hell of a ride.

Congratulations boys!

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