Heathfield v Hastings 3rd March 2019
By Charlotte Child
Wind and rain but spirit not dampened
Heathfield and Waldron RFC vs Hastings and Bexhill RFC
by Jamie U13
On Sunday 3rd March Heathfield and Waldron met Hastings and Bexhill for a waterfall match. The game took place on an incredibly wet and rainy day at Cyprus (the pitch not the country!) but both sides were fired up and ready to go. The conditions were not in either team’s favour, it was very windy and the ball was slippery but nonetheless we pushed on.
The match started quite slowly with Hastings in dominance showing good use of their forwards, but Heathfield won an early penalty and pushed into the opposition’s half. A few phases and a penalty to Heathfield later and a quick tap and a good pass sent Heathfield across the line to score the first try of the match.
The match continued with neither side scoring, but some excellent runs had earnt Heathfield some space, and with some quick passing down the line by Heathfield we found our chance with the backs running in to score Heathfield’s second try of the game.
The game went on with exciting runs but no tries and lots of scrums. Hastings showed good decisions with ball in hand which lead to a try for Hastings. The half time whistle blew and the two teams went in to a score of 10-5 to Heathfield.
The second half was very exciting with Hastings scoring another try and Heathfield almost a number of times. But with three minutes to go and the scoring tied the Hastings backs scored a last-minute try! In the closing minutes Heathfield worked up the field but Hastings won the ball and ended the game by kicking to touch.
Although a disappointment for Heathfield the game was very exciting to watch. Heathfield played very well under the conditions and showed good communication between the backs but unfortunately couldn’t convert it to points. Everyone walked leisurely back to the clubhouse to enjoy a barbecue, sweet shop and raffle. The atmosphere at the clubhouse was cheerful and friendly as the man of the match awards were given out: congratulations to Ben Ca who won the award for showing dedication and great handling. A thoroughly good day enjoyed by all.