Saturday proved to be a mixed day for the ‘Dogs’ squads as they both welcomed teams to Iffley Road as they continue their journey towards Varsity and the Oxford Derby, thankfully the weather was kind providing good conditions for both games.
The Greyhounds were first up as they took on annual opponents Kew Occasionals, who included a number of familiar faces including the ‘mercurial’ Ross Swanson at fly-half and captain. The Hounds started impressively and were soon tow converted tries ahead, but then perhaps having thought the job was done relaxed and the visitors hit back before the half was over making the score at the interval 19 -1 4 in favour of the students. The second half mirrored the fist as the Hounds scored first to extend their lead, however the introduction of uncontested scrums played into the visitors hands and the set piece dominance of the Hounds was suddenly removed and the Kews had possession and space to play and ran in four tries. The Greyhounds were suddenly on the end of a poor loss but responded well to score the final try and the opportunity to tie the scores on the final whistle, but the conversion attempt drifted wide to allow the Kew’s a perhaps unlikely victory.
The match was played as a Memorial to Jeff Chislett who very sadly passed away three weeks ago aged just 54. Jeff won Blues in 1986 & 86 and then went on to represent the Kew’s with distinction for many years.
Greyhounds v Kew Occasionals
Team Alasdair King, Bernie MacKenzie, Vincent Tang, Will Garson, Ollie Adams, Josh Southworth, Tristan Louveaux, Sam Ridgway, Dylan McGagh, Louis Pincott, Henry Martin, Luca Ignatius, Scott Fernquest, Tobi Clarke, Andrew Abraham
Subs Louis Wright (on for Bernie MacKenzie), James Mash (on for Alasdair King), Niel Naude (on for Vincent Tang), Malachi Rayner-Philipson (on for Will Garson), Will Barker (on for Josh Southworth), Joe Kearney (on for Dylan McGagh), Sebastian Haddock (on for Luca Ignatius), Patrick Haughton (on for Andrew Abraham)
Scores T: Tobi Clarke (2), Luca Ignatius (1), Will Garson (1), Ollie Adams (1) C: Louis Pincott (3) P: Louis Pincott (1)
Next up were the Whippets who welcomed the Bath University Freshers for the first of home and away fixtures with the students from the west country. The match proved to be a very evenly contested contest with both teams trying to play with ball in hand resulting in an entertaining match for those who could drag themselves away from the England v South Africa match on the TV in the Pavilion! The Whippets outscored Bath by three tries to two with the final score being 20 points to 17 in their favour, giving the return leg in February an extra edge.
Whippets v Bath University Fresher
Team Barney Vaughan, Felix Stocker , Michael Gorry, Reuben Green, Charlie Allen, John Saunders, Liam Peck, Will Aynsley, Peter Hensman, Luke Butcher, Julian Manieson, Henry Hackett, Nick Etherington, Arron Shaw, Mark Baeker
Subs Wilfred Sandwell (on for Felix Stocker ), Isaac Uwins (on for Michael Gorry), Tom Auckland (on for Barney Vaughan), Tim Stuart (on for John Saunders), Kieran Smith (on for Liam Peck), Fraser MacDonald-Lister (on for John Saunders)
Scores T: Felix Stocker (1), Peter Hensman (1), Nick Etherington (1) C: Luke Butcher (1) P: Luke Butcher (1)