Friday, 12 July 2019

Finishing Touch 2019


This week saw the culmination of my fourteenth consecutive touch rugby season. And what a season it was.

The final match this week turned out to be a winner-takes-all encounter against the reigning Chesham Premiership champions - all fit and fast twenty-something young men who had beaten us 9-8 earlier in the season and who had taken the league by storm.

And so to Dave's Dad's Dog's Dead, a squad regularly featuring (as well as our own fit young twenty-somethings) four over-50s, a couple of over 40s and a couple of females, who somehow, after some impossibly tight matches all season (never settled by more than three scores), found ourselves with the chance to take the title with victory in our last game.

By half time things weren't looking great - the opposition's 100mph style finding regular gaps in our defence to lead 6-2 at the break. 

But then the comeback - slowly but surely the defence tightened, skipper Tommy started to weave his magic and, with everyone working their socks off we eased back into the game and - at 8-8 - it could have gone either way.

Sadly I have to report that DDDD ultimately came up short, going down 9-8 once again, but there was a huge amount of pride and satisfaction taken from our efforts. The fact that this bunch of players can even compete against teams of far younger and fitter players is testament to the hard work and competitive nature of the group. It's a team the core of which has been playing together for 10 years, and I'd say that this season has probably been the most enjoyable so far, given the way we have responded to and dealt with the improving standards of the opposition across the board.

This time last year I was doubting whether I was capable of continuing to play in the more competitive league (with the slower-paced social league beckoning) - but I am so pleased to have stuck with it. Yes it was tough physically, but hugely enjoyable and satisfying - and the end of the 'season' again leaves me feeling somewhat bereft.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Gavin Henson is Wanted

Forget the announcement of England's World Cup training squad (which appeared to say sayonara to the international careers of Messrs Robshaw, Care and Brown).

Forget the launch of yet another England kit (hint: it's white) and the Wales World Cup kit (red, would you believe?).

No the key news of the week as far as this blog is concerned is the news that former Welsh centre, the perma-tanned Gavin Henson, appears to be on the run for the Channel Four reality TV series "Hunted" - a show where celebrity contestants are instructed to go on the run for a period of 28 days in mainland Britain whilst trying to avoid capture by a team of hunters including former police and intelligence personnel.




It must be nice to feel wanted.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Rise of Jaguares spells trouble for England?

Although admittedly not a Super Rugby aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, I have to say I am very impressed by the achievement of the Jaguares in reaching the Super Rugby Final this year.

It's the first time the Argentinian franchise has made it through to the Final and potentially doesn't bode very well for England who will face a whole host of Jaguares players, boosted by several European-based Argentinans, when they take on Argentina in Pool C at the World Cup in Japan this autumn.

 The group of death has potentially just become even more deadly.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Sacre Bleu

Continuing the Rugby World Cup new kit theme, here's my favourite shirt so far...

Allez le bleus!

Monday, 1 July 2019

All Blacks all black



As the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2019 continues the All Blacks have today launched their World Cup kit and it's...err...black!

Who'd have thought?

The Kiwis have also launched an 'away' kit which, as you can see, is a blatant attempt at cultural appropriation and is hugely disrespectful to England 😉