The Baltic Exchange Rugby Club had its first outing for a number of years at the Wimbledon Seven’s last weekend. Having not yet played together, there was undoubtedly a feeling of apprehension going into the first game against a well prepared team of accountants. However, this was quickly quashed with a strong team performance and a cricketing score in the Baltic’s favour of 60-0.
The Baltic managed to develop a distinct game style of steady defensive play mixed with an electric attacking style and it paid off in the next game against the youthful Caterham Rangers.
After conceding two quick tries early on the Baltic wrestled it back, winning by 22 points at 34-12. A great effort, especially from Abel Smith (ICAP) and Tom King (V Ships) who dug deep, turning on the gas when needed.
Our final group game was against The Thundercats who looked like a decent outfit, with their own club shirts and matching gazebo. Despite a valiant, defensive struggle for first place in the group, including noteworthy tackles from Colin Mortimore (ISCA Marine) the Baltic were unable to grab enough possession and took second in the group.
The quarter finals vs Chipstead RFC, was a well fought game with tenacious tackling and physicality similar to that of a 15 a side game. It was an encouraging sight to see Henry Reynolds (Gearbulk) bring out some flair, chipping over his opposite man and scoring in the corner. Will Knight (EDF Trading) and Jamie Mcdonald (Zodiac) ensured a tight defense from the middle of the park, as well as making some strong runs. Bitterly, with the Baltic up by two points and just 30 seconds left on the clock, the opposition managed to get a lucky break and score under the posts.
Overall a solid performance, and with the next fixtures coming soon it is fair to say the Baltic Exchange can only build from this. To receive updates on forthcoming fixtures email firstname.lastname@example.org