The second Super Saturday of the touch rugby season at the South Sound ground showed who can be considered favourites for places in the season ending play-offs.
In Division Two, in the game between Campbells and the Heineken Light Maidens, Pete De Vere was a powerhouse for the law firm. Campbells richly deserved their 2-0 win. Time after time De Vere punished the Maidens defence on their own five metre line.
How Campbells scored only two tries baffled the crowd who witnessed a very one-sided affair. Bryan Little and Johnny Lewis scored the winning tries. De Vere had a sublime game. He would have been chaired off the field at the final whistle if only his team could lift him.
Campbells topped off a super day with a win over the division’s form team Deloitte. Nick Quin, Marcus Cumber, Karen Hart and Wiki Hitchman who did the damage. A mention must go to Alistair Lum who scored four tries and got the MVP award for the umpteenth time this season.
Lum went onto get another MVP award as Deloitte won 4-3 against Broadhurst.
In Division One, the SteppingStones juggernaut just keeps on rolling. There appears to be no stopping this inexorable force in its quest to smash the recent monopoly on the title held by Maples1. Having beaten their main rivals earlier in the season they dispatched Maples1 6-2 with total efficiency.
SteppingStones then routed Dart 7-1 ensuring they sit on top of the table as the season’s end approaches. Rudolf Weder scored a fine hat-trick.
Maples1 beat their colleagues Maples2 6-1 in a one-sided affair. Jyoti Choi, Scott MacDonald, Chris Palmer and Jo Ziegler scored the tries as they secure second place in the table.
In Division Three it was business as usual for Zolfo Cooper who had yet another two victories – against Delta Force and Ernst & Young – whilst Queensgate Grizzles Old Fellas lost both their games. Tom ‘Tractor Boy’ Elliott is proving to be a real find this year with four more tries to his harvest of scores, whilst the Old Fellas have unearthed a try-scoring machine in Laura Edmonds. How she managed to find herself totally unmarked on her opponents try-line is still a mystery but she dotted the ball down with unbridled joy.
Credit Suisse put more points in the bank with a win over the Old Fellas, Delta Force and a draw against LIME. Stacey Ottenbreit used to laugh at her inability to score tries. Not any more. Three more gave her the best scoring season ever.
But it is Johann Prinsloo whose eight-try haul for Credit Suisse that has put them in contention for the play-off places. He put the sword through Delta Force and made the Old Fellas walk the plank.
LIME had a strong showing too. A commendable draw against Credit Suisse was followed with a win against GCM. Mark Woollard, the heartbeat of the team, the soul of the side deserves special praise. He won the MVP award with a stunning performance of decoy runs and stealthy moves. Although rarely got the ball he distracted the opposition long enough for teammates to take the spoils.
KPMG2 and GCM both secured winning points on the day and Ernst & Young earned an invaluable draw. But what has happened to Delta Force? Early season brilliance has become derailed as three defeats in one day dented their season’s hopes.