SENIORS' LEAGUE UPDATES
The final quarter of the season proved to be quite the show for the Men’s 1st XV, rounding out the year with 6 wins from 6 and protecting their perfect home record for the 2019-19 season. Whilst they weren’t able to catch the free-scoring Winchester team in top spot, the best defence in the division ensured that the team finished a healthy 16 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Portsmouth, in 3rd. Rounding out the season with a 41-29 win over Andover, the Men’s 1st XV will next year be competing in London 2 South West for the first time in the clubs history.
Rounding out the year in the Women’s NC London & SE 1, the Ladies 1st XV were unable to claw back any ground against the early leaders, Sutton & Epsom, but held off local rivals Streatham & Croydon. Improving on last years 4th place, the team remains in the hunt for silverware, heading to London Irish on April 14th to face up against S&C for the Bowl Final.
Going into February with an unbeaten record, yet only a 2 point advantage over Old Haileyburians in 2nd spot, top spot wasn’t guaranteed for the Men’s 2nd XV. To play it safe, the team finished the season with six wins on the trot, including an impressive 40-7 demolition of 2nd-placed Law Society in their own backyard. Going into the playoffs, having put almost 200 points in total on their top-4 rivals, the Men’s 2nd XV have to be looked as favourites for the competition, starting April 13th at home against Old Reigatian.
With Bracknell Ladies racing away with the Women’s NC South East 3 title, the Battersea Ironsides Ladies 2nd XV did well to consolidate their top-4 finish in this their first year of competitive rugby. Enjoying some big wins against the likes of Hackney and Marlow, as well as four well-fought losses against the league leaders, the team will no-doubt be looking forward to their 2nd year of league fixtures in 2019.
Despite a pedestrian start to the season, including a disastrous loss against local rivals Old Bec, the Men’s 3rd XV have powered their way into the Surrey Conference North playoffs, with the tightest defence and 2ndhighest-scoring offence bagging a first round fixture against Mayfair Occies. Boyed by a recent 42-27 away win to Mayfair, and a hard-fought 21-15 loss away to KCS, the team remains in a good position to challenge for the title. And whilst silverware is important, a home 76-0 demolition job over the hated neighbours is the icing on a promising 2019 for the 3s.
Down in the deepest corner of Surrey, the Men’s 4th XV continued to hold onto their all-important playoff place, slipping from 2ndinto 3rdspot by the seasons end. Facing off predominantly against 2nd XVs, a last-kick loss to Sutton & Epsom and a 27-17 defeat to Old Walcountains have the 4s once again having to trek out to Banstead to face the Wallington old boys twice in two weeks for their first playoff fixture.
Rounding out the Mens Seniors, the 5th XV narrowly missed out on post-season rugby in the Surrey Combination 2, just two points shy of Teddington in 4th. Facing teams from the perennial Surrey powerhouse Sutton & Epsom, as well as 2ndand 3rdXVs, the Ironside 5s do at least hold bragging rights over Bec Old Boys, completing the double over our local rivals with a 28-14 win on The Hill.
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