Vets End Of Year Report 2016
Once again the time has come to report on the activities of the Vets. Well, you will understand that I cannot report on everything for old established reasons but here goes.
My previous report ended with some speculation as to what would happen on Tour and at the AGM. Er, I refer to my comments above with relation to details about those events but please take it from me that Cardiff was well challenged; Jonathan Davies was a delight; Liggo can lick ANYTHING and that tour clothing is and always will be expendable.
Also, last year’s AGM proceeded at record pace and melded into the Beer Festival successfully. That’s all I can say.
The actual rugby started with the family 7’s on the August Bank Holiday. The Vets and 5ths combined well and it was a personal pleasure to have my Son on the same pitch on the same side – a pleasure shared by a couple of other Vets/Extras/5ths that day. A highlight for any parent and a massive testimony to the community of rugby.
Our season proceeded normally with fixtures being in chaos from an early point. We entered in a Vets Cup but some of the opposition did not really commit and we had dropped matches. The RWC had a large effect on availability and I am glad that is over for another few years at least.
We had an interesting Home and Away with the BJB Coaches which we will win next year. We had a lull over Christmas again because of fixture droppage and the subsequent re-organisation meant an unprecedented squash in March and April.
We had a great day with Silsoe on Super Saturday and that may occur again next year if they can dig up enough players. Always a great day – early rugby with fine opposition, a great lunch and then a long kip in front of the 6 Nations (at least that is how I dimly remember it).
Our season ended officially in the UK with a heart warming win at Peterborough against a team who play in similar spirit and who we will meet again next year. They are a fine bunch and this year also brought port for half time!
And speaking of fine Vets teams, we found that Stamford are also a team we wish to play again. We took 15 players to that match only to lose narrowly – tough match in good spirit against good blokes. You can’t ask for more.
What next? Only a small tour to Northern Spain organised by Les Wards Freres. For a Vet it is like waiting for Christmas….
My last privilege in this report is to thank the deb’s that have joined this year and who have contributed so much and to bestow a massive pat on the back to the Usual Suspects – those who form the bedrock of the squad; who make sure things gets done; who step up again and again.
Vets rugby – there’s nowt better when you are over 35 and do not want to fade away into pastel trousers, sensible shoes, wife bought shirts, and the odd pint of shandy.