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Wooden Spoon Vets defeated by British Army Masters

BRITISH Army Masters hosted the first fixture against Wooden Spoon Vets. One a force of firepower, the other a force for charity; though at the start of the game it was hard to tell which was which. The Army started attacking well but after 20 minutes their defence charitably gifted Wooden Spoon’s first try.

It was from scrum half Mitchell who sold an outrageous dummy to the two guardsmen posted at the ruck who couldn’t resist the opportunity to hit on debutant Spoon Vet Peter Kewn.

After a decent series of phases, ‘Man Of The Match’ JJ Abadom’s blistering try in the corner was initially referred to the assistant referees, but was eventually adjudged to have been spectacular.

Late in the second half, Danger-Russ Keegan took the ball from skipper Daly at 10 and skipped through the initial defence popping it to Niki Davies about 40-50 metres out. Davies beat two more players and crossed the line with a one defender on his shoulders and two others clinging on.

Front row hooker Stafford Butt, said: “We had 60 years more experience than them in the front row, which we were unable to turn into points”.

Final score 71-17.

Centres Ni Cooper and Rob Butler together agreed: “We played some vintage Prosecco rugby and celebrated afterwards in the same style”.

The match was followed by a delicious curry and a raffle of Rickety Bridge wine and Jonny Wilkinson photographs (signed by the team quartermaster Nigel “Big Vern” Pooley). The Army and guests were also treated to some traditional rugby songs led by members of the Wooden Spoon Choir which included a rendition of The Green Fields of France (which is still available on iTunes and from other online music stores).

The match was played for the giant spoon trophy which was presented after the game to the British Army Masters’ Captain by Wooden Spoon Captain Daly, who added: “The Army Boys were up for the game and will be a force to reckon with in the forthcoming Inter Services Cup, for which we wish them all the very best.”

Wooden Spoon National Rugby Manager, Matt Mitchell said: “I’m very proud of what Wooden Spoon Vets have achieved both on and off the pitch – they are a dedicated and special group of rugby enthusiasts with huge benevolent hearts. They are helping make a difference to the lives of children with disabilities or facing disadvantage, across the UK and Ireland.”

Winger JJ Abadom said: “Regardless of the score Wooden Spoon Vets played with courage, determination and heart; which is all we ask.”