Gin Slushie ?
Juggers unable to claim back Gin Bottle
On an absolutely freezing Saturday, the Juggers welcomed Stamford Vets to Fortress Fengate to play the 2018 Gin Bottle game.
The Juggers were pleased to welcome some younger faces and some familiar older faces. These included Mr Coyle, Dick, who 24 hours earlier had been in India in 28 degree heat, Fred and Mick. In a BBGT injured before kick off flashback, Kevin realised his ankle was gone and couldn't play.
Kicking off with the wind, we conceded immediately when the visitors No 8 danced his way through the Juggers defence (how apt on this of all days). Still, we started again, nil nil and all that. From this point on, I think the extreme cold impacted on my memory. We may have conceded again, but were getting on the front foot through Fred's vigorous crash ball. We did score when Skips took a leaf from Fred's book and was able to crash over, he may have started his run while still in our half, but we knew that at this point our fate was doomed ! In all honesty we didn't make the best of the conditions in the first half, but were still in touch. Towards the end of the half, Skips had to go off having taken a bump to his head.
Half time, we are behind, some changes made and people trying to get lumps of frozen orange froth out of the bottle.
In the second half, the tries continued to flow. However, following some masterful tackling in their own half by Moose and yours truly, we were able to see the other BBGT, Pete, aka the gas man, scamper down the touchline and score in the corner (chalk up a joint assist to us). Somehow, JT found himself coming on, and with the exuberance of a young thing ran round like a exuberant young thing. Next thing we know he is busting tackles and sprinting to the line to score under the posts. Shortly after, he volunteers to take a penalty in our 22 (with his dad, Tim, shouting don't let him kick). Enough to say that Tim knows his son better than we do ! Stamford may have scored a few more, by now it was raining and not very pleasant at all.
Final score, we lost having scored 15 points.
Thanks to Stamford for the match, played in an excellent spirit and to our match official.
As it was the Gin Bottle match, we had a Christmas Dinner, with the Juggers bringing crackers, wine, hats, jumpers and some small holly trees.
In a quick court, up before their peers for plank of the week, were Skips (getting a bump to the head and leaving the field of play) and JT for his "penalty kick". JT won hands down, but as he had left to go to work, it was Dad who bailed him out and wore the plank. Somehow, I was awarded the man of the match mankini, thanks lads.
Next up (possibly) Dads and Lads at Boro, and the next scheduled Juggers match is Oundle at home on Saturday 12 January.
Gents, have a great Christmas.