Quins U18 Academy shine in the rain.
Quins met Aylesbury Colts for a wet but eventful fixture on the new 3g
We welcomed Aylesbury RFC Colts to Horspath Road on Sunday, it was a good quality game, competitive throughout played by two very able squads of players. The perennial problem of lack of numbers lead to Quins lending Aylesbury players, firstly to make up the 15 then to cover injuries.
Both teams put out a good performance, with Aylesbury starting stronger and running in an early try. After than the Quins boys sorted themselves out beneath the posts and put in a very strong performance to score 5 tries. Aylesbury scored a second try when Kaveh Babaahmady (who had been wearing the Aylesbury 13 shirt and chatting with his Quins club mates all match) intercepted a pass and ran in a try beneath the posts. Well done, Kaveh (I think). Overall a very good JBA performance and we're seeing progression across the squad. Every squad member got on the pitch for at least a half, and it was an absolute joy to see Under 16 Mitch Brownlow smashing things up in his first game in a JBA shirt, well done Mitch.
Unfortunately one of our most popular squad members, Joe Hanlon, suffered a serious double-break to his clavicle whilst playing full-back for Aylesbury. He was rushed off to hospital. In A&E despite being in great pain, he insisted that Aylesbury's shirt shouldn't be cut off so that it could be returned to them - the medical staff helped him to inch it off and it'll be returned to Aylesbury washed and ironed this weekend. Joe is a player who embodies the spirit of rugby, of Teamwork Respect Enjoyment Discipline and Sportsmanship, he's always the first to volunteer to pull on a shirt for the opposition when they're short of numbers, already this season he's played for Wallingford and Bletchley and this past Sunday he insisted on playing both halves to help out Aylesbury. Joe's injury leaves a big hole in the squad. The boys are gutted for him and all of us wish him a speedy recovery, the sessions won't seem the same without his big grin, effortless good humour and his fancy footwork. Get well soon Joe.