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14th March - Legends V Saxons
What an awesome game. Despite having a dozen late cancellations the Club was able to field 40 players for the interclub challenge from the Legends.
The Saxon's captain, Billy Cleaver, decided to go for youth, fitness and speed - leaving the slightly less-young, less-fit and less-quick players for the Legends. School boy error you might say, as the experience of at least 17 years of Club captains undertook a standard 1980's pre-match warm-up.
The quality of play was actually remarkably good, enhanced by the exceptional refereeing style of Linden Duncan, who kept the game flowing with a generous approach to advantage. For those who have never seen a referee in action armed with a whistle in one hand and a bottle of port in the other - you missed a rare treat.
Lots of tries kept the crowd entertained (thank you to all those who came to support). The final result being a very fair draw must mean the Legends retain the Tiara until the next re-match. The bar remained full until 8pm as talk of past achievements rounded off a truly great day for the Club.
Man of the Match - Referee and Port Monitor
22nd Feb - 2xv Away Win 26-19
V Heathfield and Waldron (League)
17 Saxons arrived at Waldron to face only 14 opponents. The new rules mean the game started 14-a-side giving plenty of space to run. Heathfield started the game by exploiting a gap on the wing to open the score sheet. Trys came from both teams (including Matt Smith) bring the scores even to 12 all. Luke Davies added an older head in the second half at No.8.
The Heathfield pack remain a tough unit, but Hellingly are growing in confidence in the scrum and lineout. The commitment to the Saxons continues to build, with old faces re-joining and enjoying the run out with some of our newest members. Steve Gower, the Peter Pan of rugby, earned man of the match with 2 great trys. Matt Dauber, skippered well - adding a try and 3 conversions.
Man of the Match - Steve Gower
15th Feb - 2xv Home Win 8 - 0
V Eastbourne (League)
With the return of some more old faces the Saxon squad has continued to grow and get stronger. A day that started wet ended with 30 players playing in the same heavy, saturated, brown kit - you remember what that feels like. Both sides played well with the soap - I mean ball. Hellingly' Matt Dauber (captain) scored an unconverted try early in the first half and hovered over the Eastbourne line on 3 occasions without converting to points. Eastbourne did get over the Hellingly line but the ball squirted from the unapposed player's hands in all the excitement. A converted penalty by Matt Dauber sealed Eastbourne's fate as both teams retired to the shallow end to finish the game.
Man of the Match - Mickey Whiteman
8th Feb -1XV Home WIN 31 - 12
v Barns Green (L) Double Header
Man of the Match - Jack Cowell
Hellingly fielded another strong team for the double header against Barns Green, captained for the first time by Billy Cleaver. Dave Searle was mercurial for a man of his age at scrum half, but the efforts of Jack Cowell (returning from injury) got him Man of the Match.
8th Feb - 2xv Away Loss 44 - 0
V Heathfield and Waldron Cup Game
A testimony to Ron's efforts, as Team Manager, is the building numbers of players for the Saxons. It was great to see so many making themselves available, but disappointing we could only field 3 from the bench.
Injury plagued Hellingly during a tough match against a well drilled opposition. Bradley Spokes (pictured) deserves mention for the tireless runs to gain ground and recycle ball. Ryan Knowles (picture to follow) was outstanding at scrum half, deservedly being names Man of the Match.
Man of the Match - Ryan Knowles
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Brad Spokes - tireless ball carries.
1st Feb -1XV Away LOSS 44-24
V East Grinstead (L)
A great team effort from all involved and the score didn't reflect just how close the game was at times against a good East Grinstead team that had a balance of youth and experience mixed with power and speed. This team is going from strength to strength and are becoming more and more cohesive as each week passes.
Man of the Match - Paul Smith
1st Feb - 2xv Home Win 55-0
V Lewes (L)
With several in the 50's and a number in their 30's, Hellingly demonstrated some old fashioned foraging for the ball. Solid scrums and some great support running built the score quickly. Lewes suffered injuries and were further disadvantaged by giving the Hellingly Chairman a half. Great fun game had by all.