Sandal ex colts v Hegians ex colts 19th Dec
In true Hegians style, challenged with raising a side at short notice, aimed at lads who may have gone off to Uni or not playing so much because of work, the lure of the Hegians shirt ( and free barrel of beer at Sandal!!) was enough to patch together a competitive side.
Playing under the lights at Sandal against a large experienced squad of 26, Hegians were up against it, but what's new, the lads grew up enjoying challenges like this!!
The hosts started at an alarming pace and a couple of early tries after terrific handling from their outside backs seemed to jolt Hegians into action!! MOM Dragan was ably supported by Tom Illingworthin taking on the home pack and gaining good field position. Hegians gained a well deserved try on 16 mins with Ewan Cameron & Dragan taking the play deep in to the home 22 and Tom plunging over for the score. Captain Ali Deuchars cooly slotted home the conversion. The Hegians forwards continued to impress with the likes of Josh Esgate, Brendan Nolan and Joe Richardson putting in big shifts!! Some of the boys like Rohan Hawley & Ben Wilson ( who lost 5 stone for the occasion, good effort Ben) were blowing a little having not played for a couple of years but Hegians competed admirably. The half time whistle earned Hegians a well earned breather.
The 2nd half was equally entertaining, Sandal shuffled players around and gave lads a breather. Hegians were working out how to best use Super Sub Bruce Cameron, who was last a colt many, many moons ago!! (Congratulations to Bruce and his 2 lads for all playing rugby together on the evening, a great achievement)
Sandal scored a few more but Hegians hit back with 2 more good scores from Ali Deuchars and a Neil Back like effort from live wire Joe Richardson.
All the lads were delighted to hear the referee blow for full time, the score was irrelevant (apart from Hegians 3 cracking tries) & the festivities continued in the bar!!
Thanks to Darren at Sandal for arranging & the kind sponsor who organised the barrel of beer!! Hopefully we will have a return fixture in the Easter break and some of the lads will pull on their Hegians shirts more regularly as a result of this get together.
Super Sub / Impact Man - Bruce Cameron
All welcome at Hegians festive T&P at the club on 29th Dec from 1:30pm (bar open afterwards of course) or for selection on 5th Jan
Updated 14:17 - 22 Dec 2018 by Mick Mulligan
Thanks to all who helped raise the side.