The Falcons swooped down on an unsuspecting Old Colfe’s festival on Sunday.  Ben Kay, Oscar Goodwin, Ethan Henrey, Harry House, Sam Kay, Elliott Knowler, Oscar Owen, Charlie Mottram and Max Westrate were in awesome form!

First up, Dartford – winners of the Cup from our last tour, so we had a score to settle!  It was obvious from the start that it would be settled, with the Falcons tackling strongly and playing lovely flowing rugby to set up try after try.  Our 7-1 win shows the strength of our great team-play.  Charlie Mottram’s direct running was particularly noticeable, regularly punching holes in the Dartford defence.  Harry House also impressed, with real turn of speed and running in a fine try.    

Next up were TJs.  The Dartford win in retrospect was a shame, in that the players hadn’t really got used to a hard-tackling, aggressive team.  TJs certainly were that – very organised, very tough and very loud from the off!  The Falcons tried their best, but couldn’t cope at this stage with their superior pressure and strength.  We lost 6-1.  We should highlight our one try – Max played amazingly on Sunday, running like lightening, showing great balance and intelligence throughout.  His try against TJs also showed another side of him, which reflected the spirit of all the Falcons; grit and determination.  Max literally had 4 TJs players hanging off him, trying to pull him down, and he kept going, kept going, kept going, until he just got the ball over the line.  Awesome!             

We sadly had one casualty from the TJs game – Charlie injured his leg and had to rest up.   We were however very pleased to welcome Elliott Knowler into the Falcons as a replacement.   

The hosts came next – Old Colfes.  It would have been easy for the Falcons’ heads to go down after the TJs result, but we were the opposite – fired up and determined to show that the mighty Oaks are winners!  We did – 5-4.  It was a brilliant game – two evenly matched sides playing passionate, committed rugby.  We should highlight a great team try owing to real pressure from Ben Kay, his brother Sam and Oscar Owen.  Their persistence and “pressure, pressure, pressure!!” caused OCs to make a mistake on their try line. Ben grabbed it and went over – well done all!!    

Our final game was against Cranbrook. TJs drew against Cranbrook, so this was going to be a hard game.  We had however properly warmed up – there was only ever going to be one result – the Falcons won 3-1!  It was a very tough game – the tackling was immense. Elliott and Ethan both came very close to scoring, with searing runs through Cranbrook, but just getting caught by them at the last minute!  We should also highlight the fired-up Oscar Goodwin, who nailed their largest player with a tackle that took their player into touch and left him requiring a rest!  This was just however a demonstration of the spirit of how all the Falcons played – as a team, totally committed and playing with real pride.

So – a good days work, 3 wins and 1 loss.  If only TJs had been the team we played after Old Colfes!!"

Jez Goodwin

PS from Jane..please send in any photos of the day and I can add them to the blog

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