Mill Hill Away
By Ollie Green
Berko Roll on
Saturday 3rd October – Mill Hill 2's 20-39 Berkhamsted
1.Ieuan Griffiths 2.Dan Prince 3.Tim Brickle 4.Tom Hansard 5.Matt Cain 6.Ollie Green (Captain) 7.Karl Wordsworth 8.Ron Herriott 9.Joe Dalton 10.Rich Symonds 11.Shane Symonds 12. Sean Wasley 13.Simon Payne 14.Mitchell Ayres 15.Michael Hollington 16.Will Oare 17.Dan Vials
The Berko machine continues to gain momentum. Another show of strength with Berko dominating the opposition in both the forwards and the backs… It was by no means a faultless performance but we were always ahead and always in control.
We must give due credit to a Mill Hill team that played with incredible heart and passion. There were a lot of ‘old dogs’ in that team and each and every one of them should be proud to pull on that Mill Hill shirt. The tries they did score were well deserved and right up until the final whistle we were given a run for our money. A special mention to their 13 who had an outstanding game. With exception of their horrible little number 11, the game was played in good spirits and the ref was decent. He allowed plenty of advantage (for both sides) and that facilitated the free flowing rugby and scoring that we all like at this level.
So… the game. At times it was a bit of a blur owing to the pace at which it was played. There were 11 tries in total and thankfully 7 were scored by us !! All of them from the backs.
The game set off to a frantic start. Lots of contact and lots of work to do in the contact area. Matt Cain (along with a couple of our back-row) was playing right on the edge (as good forward do). This ref was VERY tight at the breakdown and Matt was fortunate to avoid an early sin bin for his efforts in this key area. The forwards set a decent platform for attack after winning the ball at a ruck. A neat pop from Joe Dalton set Simon Payne on his way for our first try just a few minutes in. He received the ball in the midfield and hit the gas to cross for a converted try. 7-0 to us. Another try followed shortly after by one of the Symonds Brothers (I’m not certain which one but I think it was Rich). Ball through hands and Symo skilfully passed their winger to touch down. Also converted to make the score 14-0.
Shane then chipped in with (I think 3?) tries in fairly quick succession. One a brilliant piece of individual skill following a chip over the top and run on to touch down. The others were simply text-book ball through hands rugby. Foxy was next up on the scoresheet. He scored a great try out wide after using his pace to beat the last defender. Foxy’s try was the end result of some clever rugby by Simon who skilfully sent a pass out wide, deliberately missing the obvious recipient and drawing the attackers away from Foxy. In reality it’s simply rugby and something that we’ve missed in our first 2 seasons. As a forward (and I think I speak for us all when I say) it’s great to score tries, however I must say just how refreshing it is to see all our hard work at the breakdown enable the backs to showcase their skills. Week-in week-out go, they tear the opposition apart with try after try. And it’s beautiful rugby to watch
We were unlucky to go down to 14, and then 13 men for a period just before and after the break. Joe was spotted retaliating to a cheap shop earning him a yellow and Karl received a yellow for his efforts in making a last ditch tackle on one of their try scorers. These things are generally open to interpretation and Karl was unlucky when the ref deemed that he went in late and with intent to injure.
It was good to see my mate Mitch get on the scoresheet in the closing stages. Mitch always gives 100% and quite often goes as the unsung hero, cos he doesn’t get on the scoresheet too often. Mitch took a neat ball out wide and had zero margin for error to beat the last defender to touch down right in the corner. A great way to wrap the game up.
I need to give a special mention to two stand-out performers in the forwards. Will Griffiths – An absolute animal in defence. Will put a guy (that was at least twice his size) on his arse a handful of times (when most of us didn’t fancy the contact!!). Tim Brickle – showing great fitness levels and demonstrated an exciting ability to break the opposition line in midfield.
Our injury list is growing and please join me in wishing ‘Big Ron’ and Symo speedy recoveries from their respective injuries.
MotM. Tim Brickle. This guy is in the shape of his life, add to that his vast experience in the game and you’ve got a dangerous beast. Great in both open play and at the break-down. Well done Tim.
Final score: Mill Hill 2's 20-39 Berkhamsted
This was another well-earned victory. In the merit tables, it’s played three, won three with a home game vs Old Ashmoleans coming up on Saturday. Let’s make it 4 from 4 and stay top of the league.
Dan Prince 05.10.15