Old Monks beat Juggers in regular season finale
Fast start no help !
A substantial Juggers squad travelled the short distance to Thorney for the final regular game of the season (maybe it was the thought that many of the team would not play after next weekend that saw them turn out), and what may have possibly been the final regular game for one (or more) Juggers stalwarts. The hosts included a number of players who have worn a Juggers shirt.
Kicking off into the wind something remarkable happened, the Old Monks let the ball bounce and Damo was on hand to collect it and score. Within 15 seconds !! Then Thorney did something similar from the restart. It looked as if a number of us were missing our tag belts. Thorney continued to make the most of good support runners to score a few more times. But we stuck at it, and in a rare case of what may have been common sense, looked to rotate our squad at regular intervals, getting the youth on before the second half. Just as importantly, our tackling improved (despite the hard ground and the effect it was having on our arthritic joints). Our effort was rewarded when in the final play of the half, Richie was on hand to make the most of a mix up, and win the race to the ball and score. He converted the try as well (show off).
Half time, orange froth, more squad rotation and back to business. We now had the wind at our backs and the sun in our faces. Plenty more hard work, but our hosts managed to keep the score board moving (metaphorically, as it wasn't in use today). Then a highlight, a break from Ryan, offloaded to Richie who stepped a few players then made a basketball pass to Alan (Gwinnett), who drew a defender and then offloaded (again via the medium of 'the basketball' pass) to a looping Richie who stepped a few more players before scoring under the posts. He ruined his hard work by his bizarre method of putting the ball down ! He got the conversion (again, show off). The match finished when Thorney scored again. We knew we had been in a game, but it was good to have been back on the pitch after a three way lay off.
Thanks to Thorney for the match, played in a great spirit (as you would expect) and our match official. Nice to see Flo have a run out.
Our bring along was a pork pie and a candle, the reason being in the olden days an 'umble pie was made for a birthday, and this became humble pie. There was a band called Humble Pie, whose guitarist and singer, Peter Frampton, has his birthday on this day.
Called before the court were Squeak for comments about the orange froth, Alan (Gwinnett) for appearing to do an impression of Tom Daley, Richie for his try 'celebration' and the Banker for the use of a mobile device in Court. No surprises but the Banker was found, by a jury of his peers, to be the Plank of the Week.
Next weekends shenanigans, PRUFC Vets 10s on Saturday and the Dinosaurs on Sunday. You know you want to, luckily it is a bank holiday on Monday, as walking may not be an option for some of us.