Askeans 12 – 49 Brockleians
Whilst we did not get the desired result, Askeans gave a spirited performance against a well drilled and good Brockleians side.
A slow start cost Askeans dear and Brockleians capitalised on their forward power, which gave them a base for some excellent back play - just after the first quarter they were leading 27 – 0.
Askeans then began to play much more expansively, throwing the ball wide and were rewarded by a well worked try on the right, which started from midway - There was still work to do when centre Jacob Jackson received the ball – He made an excellent break and scored! (Jacob is one of the Greenwich Students playing for us)
Askeans continued to be on par with Brockleians well into the second half and it was an exciting period of the game, typified by enterprising play and excellent defence by both sides.
Into the fourth quarter, however, Brockleians re-asserted their authority with three quick tries.
Askeans were not to be denied a final hurrah and with some enterprising play from the re-start, enabled Adam Maguire to score in the right-hand corner, just before No-Side
Player of the Match: Ghazie ‘Ghad’ Gadie
Before the match we held our Annual General Meeting. We reflected briefly on the challenges of last season and more importantly looked forward excitedly to this season –
- We have new some recruits and will continue to be active in player recruitment
- Our relationship with Greenwich Students is especially encouraging – they are training and playing regularly for Askeans
- We are very fortunate to be based at the Rectory Field for several years to come
- We will be part of an RFU pilot project, which will enable us to attract more volunteers
- We work closely with our ‘Charity ‘Friends of Askean RFC’, enabling us to support community participation in healthy recreation through the playing of Rugby at Askeans
- We have a very active social calendar – such as match day pre-match buffets, evening pub quizzes and curry nights.
The season’s first Pre-Match Buffet was an excellent affair and reflected on an excellent day’s organisation by Kerina and her Team.
It was good to see members Mike Lalley, Chris Peters, Alan Hunt, Nick Linklater, Dave Ricketts, Graham Smith, Carol Houghton, Bill and Ennis Ruston, Tony Simms.
Jack and Charlie’s partners, Holly and Maddie were at the game giving them support
Our intrepid band of Blackheath supporters were there, and it was excellent to see The Jeffreys, - AJ, Chris, and Len – Len has been quite poorly and it really good that he was able to be watching Askeans once more for the first time in three years!
Brockleians are a good side and a good club, staying on well after the game, adding atmosphere and bonhomie and helping ensure that our first home game of the season truly captured the spirit of grass roots rugby and was a Grand Day Out!
Many Thanks to Mark Finnis, RFU Club Developer, London and South East ,for coming along to the game on Saturday - He has given us and fellow grass roots clubs excellent support and ideas over the last 2 years. He messaged Ian Lunn - 'Thanks for your hospitality. The result may not have gone your way but the win is getting the players on the pitch! It was great to see a full clubhouse afterwards!' Indeed
Next Social Event - Former Plyers' Lunch Friday 7th October, 12 noon onwards at The Rectory Field
Next Home Game - Saturday 15th October - Old Gravesendians 2.30 pm