Arising on Saturday morning, the day was perfect: blue skies, slight breeze - magical. Members of the club in previous years have often been unable to tell the time, so the meet was confirmed as an early 12.45. Rid of Worthington and co, everybody showed to the minute, with Ellis being early!
After a busy two weeks pre-season Medics were looking as fit as animals. The front rows resembled athletic hippos, the second rows monstrous mockingbirds and the backrow godlike Great danes. The backs all looked pretty average, with the birthday boy McHale rocking a lovely hair do. After a prompt warm up viewing the days cricket kick off approached with focus and tension in the dressing room. Words were said, inspiring words at that, and the team headed off down to the first team pitch of fortress Norton, psyched and ready to rumble.
The crowd roared, thousands on their feet to welcome the Medics to the Colosseum where they would meet their fate. I was told by Fawdry that McHale's mum looked rather dapping and he was to dedicate his performace to her.
The first 5 minutes of the game was controlled by the Medics with Baildon having none of the ball. The increasing pressure and ball retention lead to a lovely backs move which was scored by Pete Goodwin in the corner. Eddie missed the conversion.
The rest of the first half was a stongly contested affair with Baildon having ample ball and several key stike runners including their 6 and 4. (I'm not too sure who scored next so this is a bit of a guess). After some ruthless defence on their own try line Medics cleared and were awarded a penalty on the 10 metre line of Baildon's half. A percise and controlled move was to follow - something the England coaching staff on the side line were surely to note. Eddie amazingly cross-field kicked the ball, straight to Pierre who walked in under the posts, trying, but failing drastically a swan dive to mimic those seen on TV. He looked like a dick.
Baildon fought their way back for the remainder of the half, scoring on the far side of the pitch after numerous good carries by their pack.
End of the first half.
Second half was also good. Eddie scored two penalties. Baildon got another try. Ovie came on the pitch to up our "youth" presence, removing his mask and hoodie as they were not allowed on by the referee. Several huge hits were made and the Medics held out for victory.
Credit must go to Baildon who played some lovely rugby and fought hard to the death. Thanks to all the supporters who came down.
Record attendance Norton: 50.
Thanks to all who showed up for pre-season - it really made the difference. MOM, Sack and rude word to be added after the social tonight.
Final thought: "Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."