On Saturday the 19th May Seven of our MACKS represented Kent in the London County Vets 15s tournament. It was an excellent event and the standard of rugby was exceptional with several ex pros, Championship and National League players in the sides.
The format was four 30 minutes games to decide the competition. With only 20 minute breaks and having to keep the legs moving between each game it certainly took it's toll on the older but wiser bodies. That added to the rock hard surfaces and 21 degree heat made this a real test for all involved. Everyone stood up to the challenge and most managed to keep going over the four hour long competition.
Although this was the first time Kent had played together they were a class act and won their first 3 games 21-7, 38-5 and 21-19. The final game was against the hosts Surrey on their home soil at Esher RFC. Although at the end of the day and with bodies battered and bruised Kent pushed hard and dominated the final game of the day. Although Kent were the better side (words of the ref may I add) a lapse of concentration in the last few minutes allowing Surreys 8 to sneak in off the back of a scrum saw them take the glory 19-17.
The Oaks boys did themselves proud and gave a great account of themselves. Congratulations and well done to Captain Chris Bright, Tim Gold, David Paton, Rory Innes, Pete Wilson, Del Mcrone and Tom Kelly.
Report by Chris Bright