Scooby Doo’s Xmas Report
As its the Xmas holidays and I have been whinged at by loads of people (1 in particular)about the lack of reports especially when we win and certain people score I thought I would update people on the Scoobies first half of the season.
Firstly, a massive thank you to any one who has donned the 2nd team shirt this season, it is appreciated.
A second massive thank you must go to POGO and NIKKI. They have been a near ever present so far this season and have taken a lot of the pressure off me as a captain. The welcome presence of shirts and water bottles arriving on time on a Saturday afternoon from Pogo and having players who have been strapped back together from the previous week by Nikki has been a massive help. The boys also no longer get away with sneaking off early and not paying subs because you go on the dreaded debtors list (which started off massive and has gradually been whittled down).
Our games this season started with a lovely trip to Bournville/ ex Moseley and a debut for most of the lads on the 1st team pitch at Brum Uni. They were already training by the time we turned up and the 5 coaches on the side line trying to look important with clip boards in hand were already writing their winning report for this match after looking at our warm up. Shame we were 19 points up by half time. They made a whole load of subs (their 1s had no game!!!) but still only crossed our line once. First league game of the season was a short trip to Luctonians. We took 17 players including a number of colts and put in a superb defensive display in the worst conditions we have played in so far (and this was the middle of September). A narrow 13-12 defeat was disappointing but the attitude of the lads was pleasing.
The first home league game was DK 3’s who caught us on a day a rather good day and were soundly beaten 76-14. This game welcomed back Phil Ferdinand who got well and truly sat down making a tackle to allow them one of their two tries (haven’t mentioned it since, honest!). Phil has made a positive impact since coming back to play after a number of years in the wilderness and has scored tries against Walsall and Worcester in recent performances. Bringing Ferdy back came about due to “this is your Captain Richard Roberts” aka “Harry” coming out of a self imposed exile. Having Harry at fullback is nice because I know he will make all the tackles I miss and there are a number of them. The pace is slowly returning but it was nice to see him blowing out of his backside against Lichfield after fifteen minutes in his first game back to prove he is human.
The Old Hales game is one to forget so it’s already forgotten. The team replied well beating Old Salts by 30 odd points but failed to turn up to Shrewsbury even though we did tell them that half the team were doing a half marathon the next day and would like to re-arrange. Apparently 2 months notice was not enough for them to re-arrange the fixture so unfortunately we couldn’t raise a team. The month of October finished with a fabulous win over Sutton 8-7. They beat us twice the season before by 40+ points so this was a massive effort from the boys.
Turning up to Walsall with 14 men was probably a low point this season but those that did turn up put in a dogged performance but it was notable for the conversation I had with Dog. He had already been off with a head injury and had come back on. Part way through the second half they scored their 4th or 5th try and he trotted over and asked, “whats the score?” “30 or 40 points to 7”, I replied and then there was a pause before “who to?” He has had a few games off since and has even been heard to mention the word retirement but Fran (his wife) is already getting annoyed with his presence on a Saturday afternoon so watch this space!
We also beat Kings Norton 1’s just!! Woody played for all of 2 minutes before Danny decided to sit on his knee and that was the end of Woody’s return. Eager, Caves and Dog made up the back row, not bad I hear you say. Along with a new scrum half in Will Hemming it looked like more than enough for Kings Norton and this was proved by the 18-0 half time score. The problem came playing up the hill and against the wind in the second half. Legs just about held and we sneaked a competitive game 18-17. The Old Boys game helped us find a new prop in Akeel who has played every week since and looks a superb prospect for the future until Count gets his hands on him and ruins him.
The last game to mention was against Worcester who turned up with all the gear and ... you know the rest!!! They battered us for 15 minutes and I thought this could be a bad afternoon. But when Darrell got to the bin for fighting (and I have been reliably told it wasn’t his fault) we scored 3 tries. We out Worcestered Worcester with a Worcester scored by Ali Wildey who ran through 3 tacklers without even getting tit slapped and has whinged about no match report ever since!
So here it is Ali.
Men injured and /or missing in action
Tom Horton: did something to his knee apparently at rugby although walked off pitch had 15 pints and then started whinging. Borrowed Franks knee brace to make it look good. Back running now, something he couldn’t do before his injury so looks like it has done him some good.
Ben Gibbons: Fell over away to Old Hales and squealed. It was the first game of season for him which was a shame as he looked a good prospect. Hopefully see him back soon in the New Year.
Woody: Left to go to Ashby, his local far away club, dislocated his knee playing for us against Kings Norton, still a Villa fan and still injured and still thinks that Ashby is closer to him although he lives in Shirley. How can you not miss a man whom after losing by 60 points is sat happily in the corner because he won one against the head in the scrum, miss you big man. Stop being soft and get back to Camps
Frank: Pulled a thumb and wore a condom on it for 6 weeks and miraculously it got better!!!
Dan Carroll: Playing Tiddlywinks for his local pub team although did play against Lichfield but didn’t score from the edge of the 22. Comeback Yetti, Danny hates playing second row.
Nick Humphreys: K.I.A. possibly by a rogue paint brush
Rob Hunt: hurt his back a while ago but hoping to have him back New Year?
Rich Simmonite: pulled his groin against Old Salts and has struggled with it ever since.
Most of our games in the New Year are closer to home and with a number at the “Shrine” I am hoping for a top half finish in the league. Those of you who are injured I wish you a speedy recovery and those of you, who have found something else to do on a Saturday rather than play rugby, have a quiet word with yourself and get yourself back playing. See you all at the player’s dinner at the end of the season with hopefully a good report for the second half of the season.