Rugby: Surrey Trophy Final
The Old Boys finished their league season in 5th place in London 2 SW – which was the highest finish of any alumni club in our RFU area, which comprises South West London, Surrey and Hampshire. The Club has enjoyed one of its more successful seasons ever.
We defeated fellow Old Boys Team Old Reigatians by 60-7 in the semi-final but were defeated by our final opponents, Guildford RFC, from the league above KCS Old Boys (London 1 South/RFU level 6).
They narrowly won the unofficial SW alumni clubs’ contest, with Alleynians ending in 6th place just 5 points behind, and Old Reigatian in 9th. It’s worth reflecting with some pleasure on our comparative performance versus other London alumni rugby organisations: Midwhitgiftans, Tiffinians, PJF and Tonbridgians and all in mid-table in London 3SW, whilst the Whitgiftians, Paulines and Wimbledonians are two divisions below in Surrey 1; and the Old Wellingtonians have now been relegated to Surrey 2.
Last year’s 3SW champions Farnham have been relegated along with Tadley, having been pipped by a point by Portsmouth.
I’m sure our supporters will join with me in expressing our appreciation of the King’s team’s Corinthian style which we have enjoyed all season long – even during the cold and damp of winter, when some might have preferred a more conservative approach. The playing of running, handling rugby was always the team’s preference, so thanks to Captain Kiddle and coach Sam Richards for delivering this in most of the league games. At its best, this squad has the speed and skill to stretch and break higher level defences, and the pack has becoming increasingly effective at delivering the required quality possession and try-scoring support.