What a fantastic start to 2019!
There was only one match on this weekend with the 1's welcoming Witney to Oak Lodge Meadow where we saw a display of some of the best rugby of the season which is really saying something.
Witney have always been a difficult side to play against, and they were no different this time, but they came up against us after a well needed rest, with several players back from injury and highly motivated. The final score was a very well deserved 53-5 win to BRFC!
Last Wednesday, down at Marlow, we had a return fixture from last Christmas for our returning Students. Huge credit goes to Dave Breckenridge and Rob Beck for getting 29 lads from Beaconsfield down to the match. The value of this fixture cannot be underestimated as a means of keeping the lads interested and motivated to paly at BRFC whenever they can!
Please see the match report below on this fantastic event.
"A great nights U23’s rugby v Marlow”
A fantastic Wednesday evening, hosted by Marlow in what will now be a regular ex Youth / Uni ( u23’s ) fixture. It was tremendous to see so many ( 29 ! ) returning faces with a real appetite to play together again.
The game itself started cautiously with the first 15 minutes being a sparring match between both teams. As confidence grew both sides showed flair, uncompromising grit and some excellent passages of play.
Marlow who had played together on Saturday, showed more cohesion and opened the evening with a try after 22 minutes then another 28 minutes in. Beaconsfield then decided that this wasn’t in the script and up’d their game with Connor Fairman scoring in the corner after numerous attempts at battering the opposition line.
Marlow with some piercing running challenged Beaconsfield repeatedly and it was only a matter of time that they scored again, despite valiant efforts from the visitors. The first half, which seemed to go on for ever allowed Beaconsfield one more chance to score via Cameron King and at half time the score was 19 – 14 to Marlow.
With the luxury of having so many players Beaconsfield made almost and entire change and so the 2nd half was on !
Again Marlow would score, but the resilience and teamwork of Beaconsfield kept them in the hunt. Marlow scored, then Beaconsfield in a real ding dong game bringing it even at 26 all, mid way through the second half.
In the last 15 minutes, Marlow, with the benefit of having played together recently, started to ease ahead in terms of territory. A clever cross field kick resulted in them scoring again.
Not to be out done, Beaconsfield fought back with a great break by Niall McCarthy and Adam Smith resulting in a final Beaconsfield score, but in the end the clock was against us and despite the resurgence by Beaconsfield, Marlow won the day ( evening ) 40 – 33.
The result wasn’t the important bit. It was the returning ex youth players, with beaming faces, catching up with their mates, asking if they can play for the seniors on free weekends from Uni and of course talking up their own game in Rev’s afterwards !
Thanks to everyone who took part, Rob Beck, Jenny as physio dealing with the walking wounded and; if this is anything to go by, the future of the club with returning players, look bright."
In other news, the first team will be welcoming Chippenham next week for a home match, the seconds are also at home to Marlow and the 3's are away to Mill Hill. Lots of great rugby to watch, Kick off is 2.15 and will be preceded by our usual lunch. With so much rugby going on and Christmas out of the way, email Mike Wood on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a seat for lunch, or better still get a few friends together and book a table!
Lastly, we are making progress on starting the extension at the back of the club. This will eventually be for putting toilets and showers into the changing rooms, but whilst we raise funds for the inside, we will use the structure as a weights gym for players so if anyone has access to gym equipment, please let me know.
Once the building is up, we can move the cellar, extend the kitchen and add some additional access to make the club much more efficient behind the scenes!
Obviously, all of this costs money, so any donations or sponsorships are always very welcome. Do get directly in touch with me if you would like more information on ways you can help.
In the meantime, have a great week and see you on Saturday.
Updated 18:06 - 6 Jan 2019 by Chris Summers