And so the Chesham Touch Rugby league is once again underway as the defending champions from last year took to the field last night against my alma mater, the Chairman’s Choice.
Decked out in fetching Brazil-style yellow t-shirts with
green trim, the team was missing 3 key ingredients from last year’s team –
Tommy (travelling in Cambodia), Rich (University) and Billy (jumped ship to a
younger, fitter team).
Nevertheless the team, re-christened “Billy Who?” fielded
able replacements in the form of Tom, Ben and young Ollie, all of whom were instrumental
in getting the season off to a winning start despite the best efforts of yours
truly whose form, frankly, was about as impressive as his fitness.
A 14-6 winning scoreline masked a sloppiness in performance
not helped by some of the most bizarrely pedantic refereeing ever witnessed on
any touch rugby field in Christendom – including us being penalised for having
too many players on the pitch whilst 2 of us were walking off having been
subbed. I kid you not.
Nevertheless a winning start accompanied by the usual aches
and pains the following morning. Onwards and upwards.