It's a double celebration for Whits!
Terry Brown, 1 May 2007 11:23
Old Whitgiftians 13pts Cranleigh
Old Whitgiftians capped a highly successful
season at London South Africa’s impressive ground at Imber Court
last Sunday. In front of a crowd of around 1000 and in
perfect conditions they ran out the winners by 13-12 to beat
Cranleigh and to take the Surrey Shield . They had already been
crowned champions of Surrey League 2 .
The match started evenly and for the first 15
minutes there was little to choose between the two combatants .
Cranleigh then began to assert a worrying ascendancy in the set
scrums and there was a fair amount of pressure on the Croydon side
to hold their own . This pressure began to tell and after 18
minutes Cranleigh went over for a try . However they did not
succeed with the easy conversion and ultimately this was to prove a
vital miss . If Cranleigh were unable to put the ball between the
sticks then Gordon Colletta for Whitgift was finding it equally
difficult to score for Old Whitgiftians with his penalty
After 35 minutes some outstanding play between
Colletta , Les Todd and John Coleman saw the
latter bring Whitgift level with a fine try. The extra points were
not taken. Then just before half time Tom Maynard
scored a further try from a clever and quickly taken penalty .
Again the conversion was unsuccessful leaving the score at 10 – 5
in Old Whitgiftians favour at the break and all to play for.
At the start of the second half the Whitgift
forwards began to win back control and Maynard’s tactical awareness
at scrum half served the O.Ws. well . At this stage the Croydon
side should have increased their points tally and have made the
game safe, but due to moments of carelessness they were unable to
score until after 30 minutes Gordon Colletta
finally found his kicking boots and added a penalty .
With a man in the sin bin Cranleigh were
contained until the last minute when they scored a converted try .
It was too late to affect the outcome of an exciting match and
Whitgift captain James Schad lifted his second trophy of the
season. Les Todd won the man of the match award, but must have been
run close by Mick Grant and Tom Maynard.
After a wonderful season both on and off the
pitch the old boy’s coach Mike Andress was asked about the success
of his team. ‘ Put the work in – put the training in and then
synchronisation follows ‘ were his simple comments .
Congratulations to all at Croham Road, and may the bandwagon
continue to roll into next season.