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Your News Old Caterhamians Easter 7's

Park braved the elements to retain the Caterham Easter 7’s

Trophy for third consecutive year.

Saturday was not exactly the day for playing seven a side rugby.

Near freezing temperatures and a gale force wind punctuated by hail

storms made the hills of Caterham a pretty uncomfortable place for

both players and supporters. Despite the conditions the Park squad

delivered a controlled and disciplined performance throughout to

defend their title and win the trophy for a third consecutive year.

In the group games they beat a determined Castaways team 26 – 17,

recovered well from an early ten point deficit to defeat Worthing Old

Boys 24 – 15 and, in the last group game, convincingly disposed of

Warlingham B’s 24 – nil.

In the quarter final, two quick tries provided a cushion against an aggressive

Warlingham A side. Playing the conditions well Warlingham

fought back strongly scoring a converted try and holding Park in their

22 for almost the entire second half. Park defended well and only a

try, scored from their own 22 in the final minute, gave Park a clear

margin of 17 – 7 and a place in the semi finals.

In the semi final, St Mary’s Twickenham produced the most skilful

opposition of the day. Young, fit and well prepared they held Park until

the final seconds of the first half when Park scored for a seven point

lead at the turnaround. In the second half playing up the slope but

with the wind gusting behind them, Park produced an accomplished

performance adding three converted tries to record a very satisfactory

26 – nil victory.

The final against Dorking proved a nail biting affair. A try in the first

two minutes gave Park an advantage but from there on Dorking

retained possession and forced Park into almost continuous defence.

In the dying seconds, to the dismay of the Dorking supporters, Park finally

broke the Dorking strangle hold to add a second try in the corner

to secure the trophy with a 10 – nil win.

Caterham is not the most demanding tournament but in the conditions

this was a credible performance.

Park squad: Brown, Blackburn, Watkins, Canty, Riley, Boyle, Jones,

Coetzer, Bemmings, Kendal and Steve ? and Marcus (player / coach).

Also there, Chris Kibble, Andy Wyeth, Bob Fisher.

Supporters / food carriers John Weatheral, Brian Lawrence.

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