Blackheath Banshees Forced to Withdraw from defending Evergreen Title
Inflexibilty of organisers leave Blackheath no option
Unfortunately Blackheath old boys have been forced to withdraw from defending the title they have held for the last two years due to the change in date for the final which is normally at the end of April.
After comfortably beating an over-aggressive Maidstone team in the semi-final it was brought to the attention of The Banshees that the final would now take place on the 12th May, a date when the majority of the team is unavailable.
The Boys offered to play on other dates in May but alas the organisers wanted it on that day despite all previous rounds being significantly changed.
The old boys have had many adventures this year having to travel to deepest Thanet and play with 14 men with the youthful Albert Patrick playing full back, but in true Banshee tradition the boys just got with it, played for each other and fronted up.
Mike Friday says, ‘It is disappointing that the organisers were not prepared to be flexible with the final especially after the way in which the season has been subject to so much change, but that is life.’
‘The eclectic group of Banshees goes unbeaten for the 5th season running and we will definitely be back a little grumpier next season!!’
‘We wish Maidstone luck as they benefit from our misfortune and maybe they will become the first team to lose in the cup to then subsequently win it!!’
The final will now be between Sutton & Epsom and Maidstone, taking place on the 12th May at Croydon RFC.