On Saturday 6th of August, Uxbridge RFC entered the annual Ash 7's at Hayes RFC in aid of Help for Heroes. This year a new competition called the "Fat Boy Trophy" was created alongside the normal tournament. The normal competition featured six sides with the top four sides going through to the semi-finals. Meanwhile the Fat Boy competition featured four sides with the top two playing off in a final.
Uxbridge seemed to get off to a flying start in their first match against Hayes Baa Baa's where they scored three early tries in the first half. But Hayes came back strong and countered with a converted try before the break. Then after the restart the Baa Baa's continued where they left of scoring a further three more tries with one out of three being converted. Leaving the final score to be 24-15 to the Hillingdon Baa Baa's.
However, the Fat Boys did get of to a screamer against Hanwell Fat boys. With scoring an early try in the opening minutes. But the advantage soon rolled back to Hanwell after Fat Boy's captain Wes Spiller was sent to the bin for "gobbing off to the ref". This left the Fat Boy side defending with six players on the field. Hanwell capitalised on the opportunity and scored under the posts with a easy conversion taking place. Soon after that Fat Boys were back to full numbers and were straight up the other end with another try before the break. And nothing changed in the second half as the Uxbridge Fat Boy's dominated the second half scoring two more converted tries before the end of the break. Which meant the Fat Boy's won their opening game 28-7.
Uxbridge normal side went on three out of four of their reaming games beating Hanwell 24-19, Northolt 35-7 and Sodom 17-0. While losing in a close thought game against Old Isleworthians, the side that we narrowly lost in the final of the Herts Middlesex Division 2 Shield last season, with game finishing 17-7 to Old Isleworthians. This meant we were through to the semi-finals and would face Hayes Baa Baa's again.
The Fat Boy's side continued their winning form beating Hayes Old Boys 21-5 and then beating a strong Hayes Fat Boys 24-7. After both games the Fat Boys were incredibly up for the final. But due to scheduling they would have to wait a while before they could play in the final against Hayes Fat Boys.
After the main completion round robin stage was the complete, the biggest moment of the Fat Boy's history had arrived. The final was all set. A crowed had gather around the main pitch. The undefeated side of Uxbridge Fat Boy's against the hosts Hayes Fat Boy's. In a unusual fashion the tournaments coin toss was replaced with two players one from either side having to chug down a pint the quickest to see who would win the toss. But this was a final. All seven players lined up for either side for a boat race. Uxbridge Fat Boy's got off to a brilliant start being two pints ahead but a couple of early cheeky by Hayes meant they managed to get back into the race. Uxbridge seemed clear winners but onto the last man Uxbridge just could not finish the pint meaning Hayes could steam home and win the boat race. But after that Uxbridge did put their drinking defeat out of their minds with a try in the opening play. The conversion was good which left Uxbridge with a 7-0 win. After the restart Uxbridge quickly re-won the ball leading them to be in again to score another converted try. Meaning the score was left 14-0 at half time. But after the break Hayes bounced back with a quick try under the posts which was easily converted. It seemed the half time break came at the wrong time as Hayes scored another try. Uxbridge seemed down. They could not string a few phases together. But in the last play an Uxbridge scrum lead to a one man overlap with the make shift winger, for the day, Jake Lamport be with a chance of a clean break around the outside. He broke through after the offload leading him to be clean through. With three Hayes chasers he made the line and scored! Uxbridge had won! The missed conversion meant the full time whistle would be blown. Uxbridge won the Fat Boy final 17-14!
This success spurred on the normal side in a brilliant open half to the semi-final, against Hayes Baa Baa's, with two quality converted tries going into the break leading 14-0. But the winning mentality soon left the player’s heads as Hayes bounce back with their own two converted try. The scores were still level as the final whistle went. This meant a five minute golden rule would be played. Were the first team to score would be sent through to the final. A long kick-off by Hayes meant the ball rolled over the touch line giving Uxbridge a five metre lineout. Uxbridge won the ball but where quickly put under pressure. The ball was fumbled by Uxbridge in the ruck and was picked up by a Hayes player who dived over the line. Meaning Uxbridge's double glory hopes were completely over.
Overall, a brilliant day out at Hayes RFC for a great cause. As we are aware lots of money has been raised for Help the Heroes with the official total to be announced. The final contested by the dominant Old Isleworthians and Hayes Baa Baa's saw another dominant performance by Old Isleworthians meaning they retained the overall crown of winning the Ash 7's for the second time running.
Well done to all Uxbridge players who completed whether you were part of the Fat Boys side or the normal side!
Updated 23:30 - 9 Aug 2016 by Matthew Jones