Emmo Cup presented to U15s by Club President - Mike Newsome
In front of a large crowd for the final home game of the season Mike Newsome Club President presented the Emmo Cup to the Blackheath U15s.
(Match Day Programme insert)
This years Blackheath Junior U15s have won the Super 8 "Emmo Cup" but what does that mean.
This local Kent competition (named after Steve Emmerson from Old Elthamians who organised and I think paid for the Cup) involves 8 strong Kent sides and instead of a traditional Cup knockout format where the best side on that particular day wins, instead rewards consistency across 7 matches, requiring 60 mins of commitment, performance and try scoring.
Bonus points are awarded for scoring 4 tries or more and also losing bonus points are awarded if you finish within 7 points of the winning team.
High standards of Independent referees are used wherever possible and this has raised the boys standards of play to avoid giving away penalties, is has endorsed teams great discipline and finally helped reduce comments about home referees.
The competition was played with great spirit by all the boys involved and great thanks to the clubs and coaches involved.
This is the second year it has run, last year it was very close as well, with both sides only losing one match, eventually won on points difference by Old Elthamians with Blackheath second.
This year the boys have performed superbly with a Magnificent Seven wins from Seven matches, but reflective of the high standards of close play we were only separated from second place Old Elthamians by 3 points at the end of the competition, as they had drawn with Ashford earlier in the season.
Also the U15s did it the hard way with 5 of their 7 matches being Away fixtures
Teams involved were Ashford (Away 5-36), Aylesbury (Home 36-5), Beckenham (Away 5-12), Old Colfeians (Away 12-24), Old Elthamians (Home 20-17) Sidcup (Away 7-69) and Westcombe Park (Away 5-12).
What shouldn't also be forgotten is on the same days Blackheath U15Bs played 4 of the clubs above with B teams and produced a great set of results with 3 wins against Ashford, Aylesford, Beckenham and a draw against Westcombe Park.
The B team have all season played a number of B and A sides, they have won the majority of their matches and have also provided strength in depth with a number of players playing in the A team.
Winning the Cup is as a result of a lot of hard work from boys, coaches and support from the parents throughout the season.
It has been a nice end to the season which has included a winning 3 match tour to Wales with all the squad playing, a number of our boys playing various representative rugby at County, District, Welsh and Scottish Exiles.
We now look forward to a well earned break and a return for U16s in September.