Incentive FM Surrey Rugby Finals Day another resounding success!
The first Bank Holiday Monday in May has traditionally seen a stream of Surrey Clubs and their supporters descend on Esher RFC, for the various Surrey Rugby Finals. This year was no exception and the crowd was treated to some magical rugby.
Surrey Bowl Final – Bec Old Boys 10 pts v Old Haileyburians 24 pts
This game produced a surprise when Bec Old Boys newly promoted to Surrey 2 next season surprisingly came unstuck against a young, slick and very fit Old Haileyburian side who will be playing in Surrey 3 from September, having gained promotion from Surrey 4.
Bec Old Boys were missing a few of their key players and perhaps this accounted for their lack of penetration in attack, while the younger Haileyburian's side seemed half a yard quicker in all areas of the game. So despite mounting a few promising attacks, it was the newly promoted Haileyburians who pulled away in the second half and enabled them to win this trophy for the first time.
Surrey Shield Final – Cranleigh 33pts v Old Whitgiftians 53 pts
This game saw Cranleigh, who flirted with relegation from Surrey 2, pushing Old Whitgiftians –who came close to promotion from Surrey 1 battle all the way, in a very exciting 86 points extravaganza.
From a spectator point of view this was classic open rugby with the flair of Whitgiftians, desperately trying to crush the dogged determination of the guys from Cranleigh in the division below. Tries ebbed and flowed, but perhaps the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Surrey Rugby Committee man Les Todd, now in the vets stage of his career, showed there is still plenty of gas in the tank when he tore over for a popular try.
Surrey Trophy Final – Battersea Ironsides 5pts v Camberley 8pts
These two sides had become used to each other this year, as they battled away in the same London 3 South West division. Camberley had gained promotion next season, while Ironsides had consolidated their position in this League finishing fourth, in what was their first season at the highest level the Club have ever played.
Ironsides have become remarkably successful having won the Vase Final at Twickenham and Silverware at Surrey Finals Day, last year. The Club are also running a thriving Minis and Youth section and next season their Ladies team, ‘Ironside Pumas’ will compete in the National Conference League.
Nevertheless, in a tense and highly competitive low scoring Final, it was Camberley who continued their successful season and snatched victory by way of a penalty goal, which at the end of the day between these familiar rivals was the only difference between the sides.