The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a lack of updates about the progress of yours truly on the Touch Rugby fields of Buckinghamshire this summer and may have assumed that my silence was a consequence of poor performances and disappointing results.
Far from it.
This week saw the mighty Billy Who? approach the last game
of the season having played 7, won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 – needing only a draw
with Chairman’s Choice to secure a second successive league title – and the
fact that our opposition could also take
the title with a win meant that it was very much a “winner takes all” encounter.
It was a desperately tight affair – we started very well but
then tried to play too much “Rugby” and not enough “Touch” whilst our
opposition – boosted by the arrival of several young, fit and quick ringers
from another team and (it must be said) some erratic refereeing decisions –
stuck to the basics much better than we did and clawed their way back into the game.
With a minute or so to go, and 6-7 down, we secured
possession and it looked like a late escape might be on the cards but basic
errors let us down and we had to concede that on the night (and consequently
the season) we were second best.
As seasons go, 2013 (my 8th) might best be
described as enjoyable but frustrating. As a team we only really hit the
heights of previous years occasionally – suffering from changing personnel each
week and often simply having too many players to ensure any kind of continuity.
On a personal level I felt I contributed very little this year other than 100%
attendance – largely due to an embarrassingly disgraceful lack of fitness on my
If I do play next year (and over a beer or two afterwards
plans for 2014 were already being discussed) then the simple fact is that I
must turn up in better shape. I can feel yet another fitness campaign coming on…