8 April 2000 – YCAC sevens

Garlo reports:

The YC&AC side were unceremoniously beaten to be sure but there was a great deal of fun had (mainly by our opposition) but also by the guys who were good enough to turn up and play. James Lovegrove skippered the side admirably in between signing autographs and hunting for a pro-contract and the player of the day for us was probably Pat Martin who didn’t take a backward step, tackled hard and carried the ball forward on the two occasions we touched it. Ryota covered more of the paddock in two short games than he did for most of the season this year. The forwards – Fraser, Pat Martin & Ryota probably had it easy in retrospect.
Best hit of the day – not surprisingly – went to Danny LeSmash who will be devastating next year when we teach him that he can’t play on both sides at the same time. I think the hit he made was actually while he was carrying the ball which was good to see. The opposition for the most part were either bigger, fitter, faster, younger, professional or slightly angrier but the YC&AC performed well with only a small amount of pill.
Our first game versus the strong Kubota outfit who thankfully rested the rather small Willie O, was a torrid affair. Well torrid may be a funny word for it. It was more like watching a great team train and being so close to the action but not actually interfering. Fabulous stuff. I applauded several moves before the try actually came from it but that was the eventual result on most occasions. I think we lost 0-51 but considering we didn’t touch the pill which is pretty special as we had it kicked off 7 or 8 times, we did OK !!
Next time we played a very lively Kanto Uni outfit fresh from their National University 15’s title win over Keio Uni. They had attitude, speed, skill & youth. We had what we usually have – Joi de Vivre !!! We got a little more ball, made some spectacular movements, one off the kickoff where James “Tugboat” Lovegrove took the ball at knee height coming forward on the fly and smashed some Kanto kids like tenpins, offloaded to what seemed like the whole side – or was it just Pat Martin, who then ran several yards and offloaded to a flying “Flash” Ryota who completed a wonderful 78 metre phase with a quadruple movement and was thankfully awarded the try. That was our goal attained – to bring the large & festive crowd to it’s feet – so we relaxed and ended up getting beaten around 7-26 I think.
A great day was had and thanks to the 8 YC&AC heroes who showed up – those being… Benn Shepherd, Danny Le Blanc, Johnny Hammond, James Tugboat, Flash Yashima, Patrick Martin, Fraser “Skylab” Jamieson, Mal Barnett & a very unlucky mate of Danny’s who ran on at the final whistle !!


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