Third's Enjoy a Fiesty, Fun, Muddy Day Out.
Still seeking that elusive first win, but who coined the phrase "its the taking part that counts".
On a day when Malvern once again fielded three teams, not only did the 3s have a full complement of players (20) but also fielded possibly the strongest team all season.
This was a good job, as we were playing what turned out to be a very strong Old Hales team due to Ledbury not being able to field three sides. A perfect day for rugby on a wonderfully muddy pitch then followed with Malvern Fielding a mixture of experience and youth full exumberance. From oldest to youngest there was a spread of maybe 45 years but as always the lads gelled wonderfully.
We welcomed a number of new players (Brad and Chris) who both had shiny brand new boots. The first half was a bit one way due in part to the ridiculous decision of the Malvern skipper of choosing to playing with the wind, the half finishing 4 trys to 1 for Old Hales. The even busy Eacock at flanker took exception to the OH 10 and both had 10 minutes on the naughty step and Link having a rest because someone had cruelly stepped on his rally drivers toes brought Holden to the field, who brought a new dynamic to the game.
After sourcing an oxygen bottle for Malvern own Billy V, Marc Gaubert who managed to get subbed 3 times, we ended the half with a sniff of a chance after scoring a try. We played better in the second half, and when Tobie V wasn't busy in a name calling exchange with some of the opposition, Malvern managed to play some decent rugby. Robinson distributing nicely from the breakdown eventually fed to Bryer on the wing (although why he was there was anyone's guess) who in turn used soft hands to pass to the impressive Colt Basford to score.
Trys from Eacock, Brad, Gaubert, Link made the final score 47 - 25 to OH. With Malvern pressing hard with the final play of the game we were awarded a scrum on the OH 5 metre line which was bound to have been pushed over for a 7 point score, the OH no 10 suffered an unfortunate dislocation of his shoulder, and so we decided that enough was enough. We wish him well for his recovery.
The excellent referee managed the game with humour and fairness, and with lots of aching bones but no injuries Malvern 3s are in good shape for the next scheduled game, a home encounter against Bromyard on 10th Feb, after which Steve Coops is organising a curry night, so get your brownie points in early.