Saturday 21st September – Winlaton IIs 25 v Blaydon Bricks 22


Trys Chris Collins, Jerry, Joe
Conv Thacks 2
Pen Thacks

A friendly with Winlaton, draw would have bene a good result for such a close encounter, game played in good spirit, hard but fair, a good social event, 3 retirements from rugby; Kevin Scott, Paul Burr and Tony Rutherford, followed by a few beers, all in all a good day..

Similar story to previous seasons, it takes the Bricks a few weeks to get going and again we were short of players on the day with a few last minute cry offs / no shows. Winlaton thankfully loaned us a player, thank you, Grumpy played a blinder and played almost 65mins, Drennon showed up to watch and came onto play.

This game could and should have been won, but we got drawn into a close encounter exchange, when every time we went expansive and off-loaded in the tackle, Winlaton had no answer and we ran in good trys.

Highlights of the game:

  • Keith’s new married life seems to have affected his balance, twice breaking through and tripping over the long grass….
  • Jerry, making a return from a few seasons at Consett played scrum half and annoyed the dickens out of Winlaton. Played well, scored, tackled well, but lost ball in contact close to the line.
  • We had a Turland father and son centre partnership with Dan (playing last game before he returns to uni) and Andy.
  • Dan, Chris and Joe made great yards in open play
  • Nat tackled everything and got beat up by the opposition, a tribute to how much he annoyed them
  • Big Lad continued his impressive return, Winter brothers love this sort of encounter and Brett made a good return
  • Thacks was good kicking from hand

Next week is a rest week, before returning to league action on 5th Oct v Ashington IIs away and given the amount of injuries we have the rest comes at an opportune time.

1 Paul Winter
2. Grumpy
3. Brett
4. Mike (Winlaton)
5. Big Lad
6. Craig McBurnie
7.  Nat
8.  Keith Winter
9.  Jerry
10.  Thacks
11.  Chris Collins
12.  Andy Turland
13.  Dan Turland
14.  Liam Bradley
15.  Joe Snowdon