WSM Accounting & Tax partners held their third annual charity rugby 7s competition on the 13th of June, raising money for the Royal Hospital for neuro-disability and attracting some high profile teams. Colin Mortimore (ISCA Marine) stepped into the breach to skipper the side for their second attempt at silverware.
The Baltic Exchange’s first group game was against HSBC, which turned out to be a frustrating encounter as we showed promise of things to come but ultimately failed to overcome a more cohesive opposition, losing 24 – 10.
In our second group game, Chineham Rugby Club proved a stern test for us as we began to gel as a team. There was solid orchestrating from Max Beasley (Thurlestone) with ball in hand, Hugo Garland (BRS) making some noteworthy breaks and James Watkins (World Fuel Services) showing glimpses of a decent running game, we ran out eventual winners putting ourselves back on track for glory (22-12).
In our final group game we played London Japanese which turned out to be a rather one sided affair, the Baltic scoring tries at regular intervals to see us progress into the Plate Competition (won 43-5).
The plate quarter finals saw us matched up against Old Eastbournian Stags on the main pitch – a team that we had beaten in a humdinger of a game back in December at Regents Park. True to form it was a tense match with a fantastic team performance from all the guys. Worthwhile mentions go to Jamie Mcdonald (Clarksons) for his great work at the breakdown, Toby ‘Cannon Ball’ Shadarevian (Thurlestone) busting through the oppo’s defence at regular intervals, and Will Burrows (Denholm Coates) playing out of his skin despite a suspected fractured knuckle (won 14-7).
Our plate semi-final pitted us against Reeds Weybridge RFC, who started the match strongly, with the Baltic’s increasingly fatigued defence leaking two early soft tries. A following score followed for Reeds Weybridge and it started to look like the Baltic Exchange was a spent force by halftime. Bringing on Will Knight (EDF Trading) and Derek Ikwueke (Global Marine Energy) re-galvanized the team, and a gritty fight back ensued. With 1 minute left on the clock and the Baltic now down by a mere 5 points, the opposition’s inexplicable attempted drop goal to secure the win was skilfully parried and collected by Chris Symes (Clarksons), the ball was recycled and landed into the hands of our flying wing Henry Potter (Hartland), who after punting the ball the length of the field gave chase, with literally seconds left and the final play of the game the Baltic were cruelly denied what would have been an epic come back to beat the eventual winners of the Plate competition (Result : 14-19).
Congregating in front of the club house afterwards, with the band in situ, jugs of beers flowing and numbers boosted nicely from the netball tournament, post-match was the icing on the cake of a highly enjoyable day. Thanks for everyone who turned up and represented!