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The Removal Men Lunch - 10th December in London
Tony Alexander is organising another lunch for the Removal Men of 1961, lunch is organised for 10th December at Number 12, The Ambassadors Hotel, Woburn Place, WC1H OHX, timing is 12noon for 13.00 sit down, it’s not too late to be included, if you would like to attend please send an email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Haberdashers' RFC
The 1st XV enjoyed an excellent win away at Staines and went up one place in the league to 1st place as we got the all important winning bonus point by scoring 4 tries. We are now on 31 points, a point above Fullerians. It remains close at the top of the league with just six points between the top 5 teams but there is now some clear ground between the 5th placed side and the rest of the league. Club Captain Simon Wallis reports ;
“Habs ventured away to Staines to play a dramatically improved side from the team that we pumped last year. Habs arrived without balls to warm up with, so we had to borrow some of theirs. Kick off was delayed by 5 minutes, which allowed the travelling support (McCarthy, Alexander x 2, Hughes, Davies, Wallis and Zhang aka Francis Booth) to get another pint of bombardier, note to self don’t get the frosted frolics again, queue obvious jokes given the temperature outside!
It would be understatement to say it was windy, it was freezing and blowing a gale. Habs were playing into the wind first half and had an extremely strong start with plenty of early pressure. The scrum was clearly on top and after a huge surge Habs won the penalty, given the conditions they elected to kick to the corner. A catch and drive proceeded and Vernon McGeoch went over for Habs first score (0-5), McGhee followed with a tricky conversion attempt and the wind proved too strong, the score remained at 5-0.
Insight of the week from Zhang, “Aidan Deery is looking skinny, is he eating properly?”
Some Staines pressure followed and they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts (slightly dubious Lowcock for not releasing, when there was a clear release) and with the wind at their backs they duly converted. (3-5)
A similar situation materialised a few minutes later with a catch and drive to the first try, however the referee judged that there was truck and trailer in the maul, so Seb Taylor’s try was disallowed. The Staines number 10 with the agricultural boot was then sent to the bin for ten minutes after a no armed tackle on the mercurial Matt Lowcock (who made it evidently clear). The ball was kicked off the pitch and Twitch ran after it, after running over Hughes he then proceeded to kick the ball which landed square on the head of the refereeing assessor (‘Simon Hardcastle’). According to Moon his glasses nearly fell off, but after my quick apology he soldiered on.
The ball was kicked to Charlie Johnson at full back, he broke through a couple of tackles and showed some electrifying pace, several phases of played occurred before Scott Chatterton rolled back the years and gassed their winger, with a lovely inside ball back to Charlie Johnson, who ran in for a score, champagne rugby, vintage habs. The conversion was missed by McGhee (3-10).
Habs went in at half time with a 10-3 lead, the travelling support went to get a Bombardier and Zhang had a lime and soda. The second half kicked off and straight from the kick off, Habs stole the ball and after several good phases Matt Lowcock broke through the line to score the try and Butterwick followed up with the conversion (3-17). Habs were piling on the pressure and dominating in the set piece. After more pressure from Habs, the quick thinking and vision from Jonny Whittle spotted the overlap down the blindside, offloaded to Brian Butterwick, Brian to Matt Lowcock and try in the corner to Habs, the bonus point win was secured (3-22), conversion was missed by Brian Butterwick.
Habs kept on piling on the pressure and a quick tap from Jonny Whittle close to the Staines line resulted in a yellow card for not being back 10m and in all honesty could have been a couple more as Staines were desperate to keep Habs out and after a number of tap and gos and heaps of pressure, Seb Taylor eventually got his try and Butterwick duly converted (3-29).
That result sends Habs to the top of London 2 North West, however it is very tight so a lot more hard work to come! An excellent day and an MOM performance from Matt Lowcock. All in all, a cold but extremely satisfying day! Aidan Deery revealed in the bar that his girlfriend clearly isn’t feeding him enough, so will ask for double portions in the future.”
There are no matches on 28th November, the next matches are on 5th December with both sides at home, the 1st XV against 5th placed Woodford and the 2nd XV against Bishops Stortford.
Our Past Players lunches at Croxdale Road will take place as follows :
Tabard - 24th October at Croxdale Road
Harpenden – 12th December at Croxdale Road
Old Fullerians – 9th January at Croxdale Road
Hammersmith & Fulham – 13th February at Croxdale Road
HAC – 16th April at Croxdale Road
OMT – 23rd April (St Georges Day!) at Croxdale Road
Please follow this link to download your copy of the 2015-16 Handbook, containing results, fixtures, list of officers and two great articles from the President and “from the touchline”.