Thanks to all of this years Tourist for making last weekend 's trip to Northampton such a memorable experience on so many levels.
As usual there were lots of laughs and many highlights but the training session with George North on Saturday morning was high on the list, together with Tom terrorising that group of Catholic OAP's. Congratulation to Lucy for winning the Most Presentable Mum on Tour, Phil for the Hardest Man on Tour Award, David Bailey and Alison Bailey for the Tit For Award and No Dogs at Eltham Award and finally Rob Whichello for the Most Metrosexual Man (anywhere) Award.
On the rugby front Sunday's performance by the boys was first class, despite sleep deprivation, as we played mixed sides and still beat all comers to win the Dunstablians International Festival of Rugby Cup. There was some real high quality rugby played at certain points and to beat sides from France and Wales without conceding a single point was awesome. Alec and Jack captained the team well with Jack picking up the trophy.
Results of our matches were as follows:
OE's v Gujan Mestras B's - WON 33-0
OE's v Gujan Mestras A's - WON 35-0
OE's v Bletchley - WON 28-0
OE's v Dunstablians - WON 28-0
OE's v Valley Crusaders - WON 49-0
So that brings the curtain down on another successful season, which finished on a high with the Tour, victories in the Met Cup, Kent Cup and Kent 7's. The progress all the boys have made this season has been incredible and the quality of some of our play exceptional. I know we've lost some boys along the way, but hopefully we'll see them again and some new players will arrive as we're looking to enter two teams into the Kent U15 Leagues next season. If you know of any boys interested in joining OE's please spread the word and bring them along.
Finally my thanks go to John, Kevin, Alex, Mike, Andy and Nik who've been great again this year on the coaching front. Also Viviene, Sandra and Alison for organising our Admin, Tour and Medical requirements - we couldn't have done it without you.
So all that's left to say is have a great summer, enjoy the rest and try not to get too unfit standing around 'playing' cricket. For those boys going to Correze in August work hard and enjoy and for the rest we'll be in touch about pre-season training in July which will hopefully have an Academy based theme this year.