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END OF SEASON POLL - THE RESULTS #2
So here it is - Part 2 of our End of Season Poll.
END OF SEASON POLL - THE RESULTS # 1
The votes are all in – they have been independently verified and counted and we can now publish the results of the most eagerly anticipated ballot (sorry Boris & Jeremy) of the year – The Saracens’ Supporters End of Season Poll. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote – this is what you decided!
WHY I WAS A HOOKER: PART 3
This final part of the rugby trilogy should be called The Game Against Varoomshka. After Sandhurst, I was separated from rugby for some years. Service in foreign lands, service in jobs that prevented getting involved in rugby, meant that I lost touch with the game. I had also played rather better hockey than rugby, so that rather took over for a while. Indeed, after leaving the Army, realising that it was no career that appealed to me, I played hockey in London for three or four seasons. Then one day, I met up with old school friends for a drink in Surrey. They had just formed a new rugby club and wanted players. The oddity was that almost with no ground, facilities or fixture list, they had a sponsor, a proper, real sponsor with money and discounted beer. Courage Breweries had a fund for such projects, and so, as we sat together in the Four Horseshoes in Chobham that day, my friends had a priceless sales proposition, ‘Come back to rugby and enjoy cheap beer.’ A local farmer had offered a field with a derelict barn alongside it, to be pitch and clubhouse. On player’s parents had a retired caravan that could be pressed into service, with some adjustments, as a place for getting changed, scarcely home and away facilities but better than the open air.
WHY I WAS A HOOKER: PART 2
With an undistinguished rugby career, one route into a good medical school was closed to me. In those days the Hospitals Cup was a major part of the rugby calendar, and medical schools were mysteriously able to identify promising candidates for the medical profession through their school-days rugby achievements. The other official route into medicine was actually to pass three A-levels. However, an unofficial route also existed in those far-off pre-UCAS days, the old boy network.
WHY I WAS A HOOKER - PART 1
Aged eight, just, I found myself at boarding school. On the first Saturday we had games afternoon. It was a school of 78 boarding pupils, and rugby was the only sports option during the Christmas Term. First Match was made up of the god-like figures of the First XV and the cannon fodder of their training opponents. Second Match was the next group, the future First Match and a few useless lumps who had neither skill nor desire to progress to such heights. The remorseless maths of such a small school meant that Third Match was largely played as anything from five a side to nine a side: the number depended on who was injured, in detention otherwise unavailable.
END OF SEASON POLL 2018-19
It’s that time of year again – The end of Season Poll Everyone is invited to contribute – send your nominations for some or all of the categories below (don’t worry if you don’t have a view on all of them) to:- “unofish at hotmail dot co dot uk” The more votes we get the more representative our poll is of your views so PLEASE VOTE! Even if you’ve never voted before there’s always a first time!
A FINALE FIT FOR CHAMPIONS
We have all been waiting for this match-up for the whole season. Both teams pretty much at full strength, but a couple missing to give them the get out if they lost. The sun was shining, shorts on and supporters seemed to be from a lot more clubs this year. I got a real feeling of community, smiling away at other spectators. Seats decent too, although as it turned out we were at the wrong end for most of the tries.
It is fitting that the 2 best teams in the premiership this season will be at HQ for the Premiership final. Saracens and Exeter have been head and shoulders above the rest and any other contest would have been a travesty.
Cherries Nicked, no harvest for Gloucester.
There is a certainty about one aspect of watching Sarries at Allianz Park: if the opposition take the first kick-off, Sarries have won the toss and will play into the wind. So it was this weekend. Oddly, the wind seemed to be fairly innocuous to begin with, certainly not the 15-20 pointer that the forecast suggested. The first action of the game in play was a straightforward drop into the perfectly placed pod of George Kruis and attendant lifters. Wind or none, the first Sarries touch of the ball was George mistiming his catch and giving Gloucester an attacking scrum inside the Sarries 22.
SARRIES LOOK TO ADD GLOS TO THEIR SEASON
The season is brewing up nicely for the climax of the Gallagher Premiership and Saracens, reigning Champions and newly crowned Champions of Europe (sounds good doesn’t it) will take on Gloucester Rugby on Saturday for the right to defend their domestic title at Twickenham.