Old Laurents welcomed a leaderless Broadstreet 3rd team to Lime Tree Ave due to the recent loss off their inspirational/vocal captain Darroll Dead Arm Watts. There was a sense of dismay amongst the team and the many travelling supporters somewhat reminiscent of when a certain David Beckham suffered a metatarsal injury prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Broadstreet 3s turned up anticipating a 2PM kick off which everyone was aware of including the ref and their fixture secretary however nobody seemed to think to inform Laurents?
After a solid 3 hour warm up Broadstreet started strongly putting immediate pressure on the Laurents pack, Streets pack created a great platform for Connor "Piled the pounds on" Hunt to release the backs with Stuart "I hope the claw isn't playing" Crawford crashing over for the day's first points. Callum "I can kick from the half way line" Abbott stepped up to take Streets tally to 7 from an acute angle but unfortunately his effort came crashing off the post.
The weather then took a turn for the worse and Broadstreet were subjected to gale force winds and torrential rain in there face for the remainder of the first 40. The flock of travelling fans including Rick "White, Coffee, No Sugar, Stirred to the left" Skene & Simon "Bottle of Pills" Butriss to name a few were forced to take shelter in the stands to prevent their arthritis from flaring up due to the adverse cold.
With this in mind Andrew "The Architect" Skene stuck the ball up his jumper and continued denting holes in the Laurents defense continually making it over the gain line. Bearing in mind the greasy conditions the backs still managed to spin the ball wide to release Sam "The machine" Taylor (Who confidently gave himself this nickname) to skirt round the final defender and dot down in the corner, which Callum "I can kick from the half way line" Abbott failed to convert.
There was a small amount of pressure for the boys to absorb during the first half which was short lived due to the smallest man on the pitch Jordan "Sit down" Simpson who decided it was a good idea to pick up his opposite number and go for a walk with him. Once Simpson put his man back down on the ground with a bump Danny "Turnover" Rowston come over the top and ripped the ball which he continued to do all afternoon. Australia back row David Pocock has since been on the blower to The Tinkerman asking to set up a training session with Rowston as he believes he could learn a great deal from the way he continually makes a nuisance of himself and turns over the ball.
There was 5 minutes towards the end of the half which was missed by our Sports Correspondent as he was ordering light refreshments at the bar. I have however been reliably informed that during this time a penalty for each team was kicked and also Brendan "Used to be an Exile" Maguire made it over the whitewash for a further score. As our Correspondent wasn't there to witness this Brendan gave us his own view on what happened. "it was a quick penalty 10 meters out. Sat one of their players down and went over for the try" Callum steps up to convert, no he doesn't.
Half Time : Old Laurentians 3 - Broadstreet 18
The game restarted with Broadstreet on the back foot for long periods of the half albeit Laurents were finding it difficult to come up with the goods in the final third, Broadstreets organisation and line speed in defense was the difference in disrupting the Laurents onslaught, hands down the best defensive display we have seen so far this season.
Street managed to weather the storm and came out without conceding any further points. Street had a line out just out side the 22 where Ryan "Pinpoint Execution" Evans picked out his man with ease like he had been doing all afternoon and after a few phase and quickly recycled ball street found themselves meters from the try line in the opposite corner. At this point Broadstreets blindside back line consisted of Brendan "Used to be an Exile" Maguire, Danny "North Atlantic Salmon" Havart and one of the Jedward twins. Brendan picked the ball up at the back of the ruck and headed for contact. Once slowed up and obstacles in the line of his pass Brendan performed a Fijian style loop pass to prevent an interception which found its way into the welcomed grasp of Danny "North Atlantic Salmon" Havart who leapt majestically to reel in the ball and he meandered his way to the line with one half of Jedward in support but Danny decided to go it alone. We won't mention conversions again.
In the dying moments Sam "The Machine" Taylor received the ball on the wing and for a lad with pace in abundance seemed to almost grind to a halt in the fear that he may injure himself during contact and walk round the jaded defender to score his second of the day.
There was another try scored to which there has been much debate on social media and many claimants as to who got it, Les Cambell, G-G-G-Garnet, John "Selfie Stick" Brown, Andy "I'm too busy opening gyms" Tetley and also The Tinkerman himself.
However we have decided to award this try to Jack & Jack who are 2 lads that have been training with us recently on a Wednesday and made their debuts for Street on Saturday. The lads rocked up on Saturday in full matching Wasps stash, and looked like they had fell head first into the players lost property box at the Ricoh. Nobody was under any illusion that these two were clearly twin brothers, after a bit of heckling from Ricky Watts on the sideline the lads were kindly branded John and Edward. After the game and once the nickname of Jedward whipped round the changing room the lads publically confirmed that they in fact weren't related, barely knew each other and didn't call each other before the game to ensure they both rocked up in the same gear! All jokes aside, welcome to the club Jedward and keep up the good work!
A couple of others to mention Jamie "Can't drink soup" Coleman wasn't a stand out performer on the pitch or back at the club where it took him 45 minutes to neck a dirty pint, Lewis "I'll do it all on my own" Kavanagh who gave a pass! However, it was very Phil Smith-esk and nearly end up with his team mate being split in two. Tobyn "Sound system with no battery's" Smith who had a very solid with some great tidying up at 15 he also ran some great lines however this was all forgotten when we discovered he brought a solar powered docking station to get the atmosphere going, and finally Stu "I turn up when I feel like it" Grundy whose bald head must have been freezing on the touch line.
Full Time : Old Laurentians 3 - Broadstreet 33
MoM - Jordan Simpson, made what he done look effortless and put in a couple of great hits.
DoTD - Callum for constantly telling me every training session that he can now kick from the half way line and then the above happens :-/
Would also like to show a little gratitude to Brendan's Grandad who turns up every Wednesday and Saturday to help us out, ran the line on Saturday in horrific weather. Bill Busby for the obscenity’s he throws around the changing room and the physio side of things he offers, The Tinkerman for continually keeping it all rocking, and finally for those who come to watch! All greatly appreciated.