Effingham & Leatherhead RFC News
Eagles retain place on London SW2
8th April 2017
In a fine game Eagles 1XV hung on to beat KCS Old Boys 34 – 22 and gained a bonus point for four tries.
That makes a total of 43 points for the season
Old Reigatians lost to Andover 24- 34 giving Andover 44 points for the season
Camberley trounced Portsmouth 90 – 21 giving Portsmouth 43 season points, ie the same as the Eagles but we have won/drawn more games so the foot of the table looks like this:
9th Place Andover
10th Place Eagles
11th Place Portsmouth
12th Place Warlingham
And so after a nailbiting finish Eagles avoid the bottom two place relegation. Hooray!
See you next season but don’t forget the May Ball
200 Club winners
4th April 2017
The April shower landed on J Stocker and G Philp. You don't have to be famous to win but you do need to buy a ticket - see ticker.
2nd April 2017
The win today was relatively straightforward. Poor Warlingham have had a terrible season with numerous injuries and guys leaving the Club. Our 2nd XV were due to meet their 2nd XV but they cried off because of lack of players.
The Eagles took a while to get going. Brian Collins opened the scoring with a penalty (3-0) before James turner scored in the corner after 20 minutes (8-0). Penalties were exchanged (11-3) and Warlingham were giving as good as they got. In the period to half time they missed three kickable penalties. One highlight (?lowlight) was watching an Eagles player who won’t be named stand and watch a ball bounce in front of him. Just before half time James Turner added a breakaway try which was duly converted for an 18-3 lead. To be fair the mighty Warl deserved to be closer.
The second half was very different. The Eagles were now dominating the scrum, gaining yards of ground at every engagement. Luke Blythe made a telling break and the Eagles camped in the Warl 22. Eagles took 10 minutes to break the Warlingham defence when James Turner (I think) dashed over, Brian Collins converting well (25-3). The bonus try came within 2 minutes. Joe Triegaardt kicked ahead and won the chase to score (30-3). The floodgates now opened with the backs playing as if it was a seven a side match. The last 15 minutes produced 5 more tries. Tries came from the forwards - Ed Ralph, Ben Lines and two from Mr? (I don’t know who).
9 tries – a most satisfying result – only to be spoilt by the news of Portsmouth and Andover earning 5 point wins.
Dinner Dance Tickets Still Available
28th March 2017
Tickets are still available for the ELRFC Dinner Dance which is to be held on 6 May 2017 at Epsom Racecourse. Tickets are £60pp and can be purchased through the club house, your age group manager or direct through me.
I will also be at the Club AGM on Saturday selling tickets.
Any questions please email me.
1st XV Win Again!
26th March 2017
A glorious spring afternoon welcomed the Eagles to Twickenham RFC whose pitch looked in tiptop condition.
Twickenham were enjoying an excellent season and were lying 4th in our league, just one point behind Old Reigatians.
The Eagles were at last able to field a strong side with most of their players available for selection. As an illustration of the problems that they have had – 10 of the 15 who took the field today did not play in the reverse fixture on 26th November (which incidentally we lost 12-26).
The Eagles started brightly taking the game into the Twickenham half. After sustained pressure Richard Smith broke through in the centre and scored a brilliant solo try which was duly converted by Brian Collins. 7 minutes gone and Eagles led by 7-0. The game ebbed and flowed but after a couple of injuries and a yellow card for an Eagles player Twickenham managed a smartly taken try down the blind side. The kick failed and half time came with the score 7-5.
Twickenham must have been given a talking to at half time as they started the second half with repeated attacks on the Eagles line and eventually they managed to score in the corner. A controversial try as the referee could not see if the ball had been touched down but the opposition touch judge assured him it had. An excellent conversion left Twickenham 7-12 up.
Errors were creeping into the Eagles play and their long suffering fans were looking worried. To the players credit they rallied and with 10 minutes left found themselves on the attack. Constant pressure left space for James Turner, the Eagles left wing, to squeeze in the corner. The Eagles stormed back to pressure the Twickenham line and with one minute to go the impressive Richard Smith swept over the line to score in the corner and Brian Collins with the last kick of the game converted from the touch line. A win by 19-12.
A most enjoyable game between two well matched sides. Danny Blythe, the coach, refused to name a man of the match as everyone had given 100%.