Old Freemen's 27 Old Walcountians 10
Surrey Shield Final
Played at Esher RFC
Monday May 1st 2017
Old Freemen's hoisted the Surrey Shield for the fourth time in the competition's 19-year history thanks to an impressive all-round display.
Freemen's finished 2017/18 in celebratory fashion after a difficult season that saw the Old Boys side obliged to vacate their long-time home, the Old Freemen's Memorial Clubhouse in Ashtead Park.
Played on the large main pitch at Esher, Freemen's were soon into their stride and dominated both territory and possession in the first half, playing with a breeze at their backs. This led to an early try when good work by Sam Tresadern and Phil Earle enabled flanker Chris Hatcher to cross for a try that went unconverted.
With 10 minutes of the first half to play, Freemen's had failed to make the most of their control, but persistent pressure through the forwards and some good running lines sparked by half-backs Pete McKee and Jim Wilson enabled them to register late tries from Paddy Williams and Tom Abraham and establish a useful 15-0 margin at the break.
An early penalty from full-back Ross Norton gave Walcountians their opening score soon after the resumption, but when Tresadern crossed for his side's fourth try, Freemen's pulled further ahead.
A fine solo score by winger Dom Barnaby gave Walcountians hope, Norton's conversion making it 20-10, but Alan Auld gave Freemen's the last word as he snaffled a loose ball and sprinted over. Gus Noble added the extras and it was Freemen's who took the honours against a side who have been promoted to join them in Surrey Division One next season.
Freemen's (1-15): Charalambous, Knowles, Moodie, Thompson (capt), Hyams, Earl, Hatcher, Earle; McKee, Jim Wilson, Williams, Jon Wilson, Auld, Tresadern, Abraham. Replacements: Coyle, T Ormrod, Gough, Gotto, Noble, Duke, J Ormrod
P.S. – Peter Hyams broke his hand, and Henry Gough will need a shoulder operation…so the victory comes at a cost.
Updated 15:42 - 24 Aug 2017 by Dominic Smith