Royal Anglian Memorial Match 2012- In Aid of RFH and The Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund
The 12th match in this series took place on Sat 13 Oct 12 at Old Northamptonians Rugby Club. The club, ably led by Roly Cox laid on a BBQ, a stash auction,bouncy castle and some children’s rugby matches in an attempt to get the 250+ crowd in the mood. The day was gradually building towards the finale an expected fast and open game of rugby in aid of the two charities to be played on the 1st team pitch. Alas this was not to be and the two sides with an average age of 40+ fought out a 12-12 draw in a tough encounter.
The Royal Anglian side was made up of about 10 serving members (2 of whom had just arrived back from Afghanistan 48 hours before) and 15 or so ‘older’ members. A deadly combination of pace and absolutely no pace!
The Royal Anglian’s aided by some younger players from the Poachers (2nd Battalion) started well but against the run of play conceded a try that was converted. 7-0 at halftime and a raft of substitutions, the Fijian flavour in the Royal Anglian backline produced some magic to tie the scores. A series of 8 scrummages (yes the handling was that good!) led to a try for the ONs No 6. The try was unconverted and following the restart the Royal Anglian’s No 8 broke free to level the score. Final score 12-12.
The third half was won emphatically by the Regiment as Maj Ian Wilkins and former Sgt Jock Mutch led the singing, silly dancing and drinking. There was however enough time between songs and pints for the Regiment to thank the ONs club members for their superb efforts and support in helping to raise over £1400 for the charities. The day raised the awareness of many, of the good work done by the Regiment for its former charges and the work of RFH in partnership for the Remount program. A great day for rugby and some sore heads the next morning!