Chairman’s XV 15 President’s XV 15
In the first ever playing of the Tom Addis Cup both sides served up some excellent Boxing Day fare. But the inaugural winners will have to wait until next year as the game finished in a draw.
Mo Chapman led his younger team out and Simon Bettridge took the honour for the President.
Early exchanges where ferocious and the Chairman’s team made most of the early running. This eventual led to their first try with Henry McVittie racing clear. This only spurred in the Presidents whose forwards took control, with former Matson hooker Gary Short winning balls against the head as if he was shelling peas. The chances came but the Presidents team could not get over. Half time Pres 0 – Chair 0. The halftime refreshments were of a more festive nature but both teams started the half with intent.
Then came the try of the match, with the Presidents team deep in their own half, Short shelled another pea, number 8 Aide Clarke made some hard yards. Former Dowty Scrum half Dazzle Francis whipped the ball away, too former postman Russ Morrison, who was playing his usual role of dummy fly half. Morrisson made the sweetest of dummies and put centre Paul Grayson away. Grayson had 70 yards to go and was being chased by two first team backs. The keystone cop chase was on but the old legs of Grayson held up and he went over for a try to remember.
The veteran Presidents team now had the whip hand and were playing Fijian type rugby with backs and forwards linking up with great skills. One such move saw club stalwart Paul Crombie go on a typical barnstorming run and crash over. The president now in front tried desperately to keep the ball tight but from a turnover, Number 8 Marcus Latchford threw a magic pass wide to Wayne Smallman who galloped over. 10 all. The game was now on a knife edge with both side giving it everything to win the cup. And it was the President team who then nudged in front when a loose pass was picked up by Crombie who again scooted home. 15-10 to the Presidents team 7 minutes left.
The ageing Presidents were now holding on for dear life but they could not stop Smallman again out pacing the cover to score to the great delight of his teammates. With the game in its dying embers. Chairman’s full back Dom Richardson made a half break and found second row Smith up in support. He was away for all money but a thumping covering tackle by Mark Harris, wearing his beloved 6 jersey endured the game ended in a draw.
Fantastic effort by both sides Tom would of been so proud.