Here we are at the end of what can only be described as the best season that I can remember at BRFC. Sure we all have other favourite seasons, but this one has come together as a perfect storm, both on and off the field.
Saturday was the last match of the season for the 1's and 2's following 6 years with Simon Tattersall at the helm as Head Coach. Both teams playing at home and the sun was out (well, it wasn't raining).
Before kick off we had our final Pre-match lunch with 122 people! An unbelievable turn out with a brilliant meal meal from Jane, Sally, Katie and team who have provided all of us, with what are unquestionably, the best lunches in the league all season - thank you Ladies! A room filled with sponsors, friends, the opposition was a great way to start the day.
On the pitch the 1's were playing Wimborne, who we played and only just beat, in the opening match of the season and the 2's were playing Thatcham.
Lets deal with the 2's first, they have been outstanding all year, led by Dan Wilson and Rob Beck, they have played the best rugby of any BRFC 2's in recent history and this week was no different, OK, Thatcham are not the best, but when I wondered over after 15 minutes and asked the opposition coach what the score was, he looked at me in horror as he tole me we were 4 tries up! Obviously, a bit of a miss match, but you can only play whats in front of you and the 2's went in to win 118 - 0. leaving them 2nd in the league and getting promoted - Job Done!
The 1's had a much tougher assignment as Wimborne are a very good and physical team, I doubt that there are bigger centres in the league. Amazingly, after 40 minutes it was still 0-0 and I dared to hope for the best as we turned around with the wind in our favour. The players had been immense in defense for the whole 40 minutes and told me afterwards that if it had not been Tatts's last match, they might not have been so resolute. The 2nd half opened up a bit and we continued with some excellent deference and some great attacking rugby that saw us scoring 4 tries to finish the season off with a bonus point win. Final score was 28-14 with the last word going to Wimbornes No 8. a big man that had worked his socks off all match and ran a try in from about 40 m's out. The whistle went and we ended up 6th in the league. An unbelievable ending to our first season in this new league and a great send off for Tatts!
To all of the players and coaches, I would like to say on behalf of every person that has come along to spectate, thank you very much, you have given us some fantastic rugby to watch, a few nervous moments and a huge amount to be proud of as BRFC members. The comments on the side line, every week, are just full of admiration and pride, so thanks again and look forward to more of the same next season!
As if the weekend was't good enough, the Colts beat top the league Bracknell 34-8 on Sunday in an awesome performance and have a possibility of winning the top league now depending upon other results. Te future is bright at BRFC!
That's about it from me for now, a truly great season and many thanks to every single person that has been involved in anyway whatsoever - the people are the club!
I have no doubt that touch rugby will be starting on Sunday very soon, so throw some boots on and come down, everyone welcome from 6-66 (and above).
Have a great Summer.
Updated 06:24 - 15 Apr 2019 by Chris Summers