Men’s Vets v Tulse Hill & Dulwich (HOME)
On a very sunny 21 May the cream of Guernsey’s more mature players took to the turf at Stadio Osmond Priaulx to take on the might of the travelling Tulse Hill & Dulwich Vets fresh from their boat trip over from Jersey where they had beaten a Jersey Over 50s XI and lost to a Jersey Over 40s XI. In all senses they had left the best to last.
In the spirit of the occasion Guernsey had a mixed age group side combining the [relatively] more youthful such as Messrs Ferry, Gomes, Veillard, Clark, Rea and Savident with the more mature such as Slimm and El Presidente, and the strong mid section such as Hardy and le Page.
Guernsey pinned a lot of their game plan and pre-match planning on the inter changing forward pack of Stokes, Wray, Gilson and in the latter stages anyone who fancied a go. The extensive planning paid off in a 5 – 2 victory with the opposition mesmerised by the [slow] passing and [even slower] movement they faced. Whilst an all round effort we must acknowledge the goal scorers in Gilson (3), Stokes and Hardy.
The appreciative crowd of 5 or 6 must have been entranced and recognised the decades of skill and technique in front of them.
The story is not all about the mazy skills of the forwards. Without the strength and grit of the more defensive minded such as Thompson M and a cameo from Collins who knows what would have happened.
All was skilfully and sensitively managed by our home grown umpiring team of the Wills Thompson and Bisson to both of whom much thanks.
The game was followed by a very convivial lunch at the Farmhouse with the opposition and a certain amount of red wine – the absence of stories in the Press suggest all cyclists and pedestrians got home safely.
It was a very enjoyable day for all and hopefully we will see more such squads of our senior players in action home and abroad; certainly there have been requests for repeat fixtures. Watch this space.