England (Whitchurch) 22 - Wales (Wrexham) 5
By Mark Dyche
A spirited classic saw the oldest player EVER to play for Whitchurch, Doug Hayward at 70 years of age, come on to steady the scrum, What A Legend!!
If you missed this game, you missed a classic. Wrexham turned up with their own huge squad, huge in numbers and size. I for one thought we were in for a tough afternoon, and we were, but those who turned up to represent the club can hold heir heads up high as everyone contributed to a fantastic win, which really showed the quality of old.
I would be here for days paying the accolades due to everyone, but will single out only a few.
Doug Hayward - Now known as "Legend" came on for a cameo appearance, made a massive difference to our scrummage and refused to go off.
Steve Beard - Playing at full back was fantastic adding real pace to our solid back line.
Kev Hayward - Not wanting to be out done by his dad, played another excellent game, enough for Pipes to ask him if he would register for the first first team. Just as his dad showed, form is temporary, class is permanent.
Mully & Jim Huxley - Another two who could still perform at the highest level and should consider signing up for the first team so they can play the odd game for the first fifteen adding experience and guile when injuries leave us thin on the ground. Both players had a great game putting their bodies on the line and driving the pack forwards.
Mick Hoskins - Had a great game and led the line in the fight, landing one or two good punches on his fellow county men.
John Pemberton - John was everywhere, showing real class both in attack and defence.
John Canney - This was a real privilege to see JC back on the park, he played a great game controlling the game, kicking Wrexham all over the park and moving the ball well.
Steve Leonard - Started off on the wing and was excellent, he went off set at half time and after make-up and sound check was back on as flanker and what a game he had.
The best part of the day, seeing the team walk off the pitch grinning like "Cheshire Cats", and hearing the war stories in the bar "Priceless".
For the record - We have had to cancel the vets game against Market Drayton on the 17th November due to a annual Heber/Ellesmere tournament taking up the whole grounds/changing rooms for the morning. There will be a VP's day and it would be good to see all vets attend as paid up VP's. Vets please remember the aim has always been to get the 'old and bold' back to the club, boost the VP's membership, support the 1st team and get the back to how it used to be. Please please please help and support me in getting the club rocking if the club means as much to you as it does to me.
The next game will be 15th December against Mold, KO 11am. So please put the date in your diary and lets have a great turnout, its going to be our xmas party and i want everyone there.