While Covid did a few first team games before and after the celebratory break, Farnham Rugby Club continues to get people young and old into the sport.
Making the most of youngsters returning from university for the holidays – from even Spain and the US – the club played an under-23 team called the Farnham Vandals in games against Old Reedonians at Weybridge before Christmas and a President’s XV at home after the festivities.
A loss of concentration at the start of the second half enabled Old Reedonians to score four tries in ten minutes and win the encounter 31-15.
The match against the President’s XV was the final of a club day on December 28, when all the playing sections of the club took the opportunity to eat some Christmas pudding.
The President’s XV was a mix of current players, veterans, and those who hadn’t played in a while.
In a highly entertaining and hard-fought match, the pace, skill and enthusiasm of the Vandals outweighed the wisdom and weight of the older, if not fitter, players – but not by many, as in the final standings the Vandals won 36- 34.
A highlight of the match – of which there were many – was the referee, none other than Mike Hudson whose regular job is to referee Premiership matches.
Dominic Parker, the main instigator of the Vandals formation, said: “The core of the current first XV, including skipper Ollie Brown, learned their trade as juniors at the club.
“The Vandals are the link between the club and the many young players who inevitably leave to continue their studies or start their careers.
“In due course they will come back to join our senior team on a full-time basis and given the quality and dedication the boys have shown in both games, the future of the club looks bright.”
Last Saturday was the second XV to represent the club in a league game at Monkton Lane against Dorking A.
Given the absence of isolation and others yet to return from vacation, the second XV featured a number of players from the third and fourth teams, proving profoundly the strength of the club.
It took the first half for the team to learn, during which Dorking ran in their attempts.
The honor, however, was even in the second half with a try apiece, Farnham’s scored from the base of the scrum by No8 Officer Cadet Mike Mitzi, on leave from RMA Sandhurst, as the match ended 15-33.
The club enjoyed winning ways on Sunday when the women’s first XV, the Falcons, had 52-22 winners at Crowthorne RFC.
This convincing competition win was sealed by attempts by Ella Wilson (2), Beki Hardman and Zoe Robinson. Zoe also converted three of those attempts, including hers.
In addition, Rachel Gold, one of the original women to form the Falcons, not only scored her first try for the club, but then scored two more to complete her hat-trick.
Courtney Trodd contributed to the healthy score with three conversions.
The First XVs have had a stuttering start to the second half of the season as games against Camberley and KCS Old Boys have been postponed due to Covid issues.
The matches have been moved to February 5 and 26 respectively.
For their next game on January 22, the team travels to Rochester to face Medway RFC, who are currently third in London 1 South.