OCA Autumn Sports Afternoon
In spite of the rain, Old Cats, staff, pupils and parents came together to cheer on the rugby and lacrosse. As always it is wonderful to see old friends and teammates reunite at this most cherished set of fixtures.
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OCs 14 v 6 School
Old Caterhamians Recent Leavers v School match report
As the Old Cats from Class of 2020 and 2021 took on the School, it was lovely to see so many pupils come and play against us on a Sunday. It was also fabulous to see so many Old Cats come back for the match and to pick up a stick again which, for some, has been a long time – since we left school.
It was a hard fought match from the School but the Old Cats came up victorious with a 14-6 win. Goals were being scored by everyone on the pitch, which was very enjoyable to be a part of as we haven’t played together as a team for over two years. Thank you very much to all the staff from school for setting up such a good day, we look forward to returning next year.
By Zara Russell (OC 2020)
President’s XV 27 v 5 OCRFC 1st XV
President’s XV v Old Caterhamians RFC XV match report
A cloudy Sunday played host to the much-anticipated Presidents’ rugby game on Home Field. The early exchanges were tight with Old Cats taking the Presidents to the cleaners at scrum time but a sturdy defence and some crunching tackles from Anthony McGowan and Alex Corbett repelled the Old Cats early offence. The momentum swung and after Old Cats parted like a fresh haircut, Will Buxton came marauding into their 22. Lewis Young soon broke the defence with a dominant carry and crashed down on the line, the Presidents were up 5-0. Tyler Green followed with a terrible kick, 5-0. The first half remained tight with Old Cats dominating set-piece. Somehow, Oscar Nye was kept out after a great move off a lineout. The Presidents XV, continued to resist a barrage of attacks from their own 5-meter line and after a turnover from Fin Lach, Lachlan Coyle was able to send the ball soaring out of the Presidents half. The Presidents rebuilt and after some Old Cats penalties gifted territory, it only took a few storming runs from Alex Corbett and Kwesi Effina-Williams, until Fin Lach found the egg in his clutches and produced a partly brilliant and partly illegal forwards roll to touchdown. Another terrible Tyler Green kick kept the score at 10-0.
The second half started with haste. Old Cats continued to monopolise the set piece and were starting to get some front foot ball after George Perry crashed into the Presidents’ defence. James Hanson’s kicking game keeping Old Cats on the front foot. The pressure took its toll with Presidents’ resident hot head Wesley Poku receiving 10 minutes in the bin for blocking a kick chase, something he profusely denies. Despite this set back, the Presidents, inspired by the presence of Manager Alex Criscuolo and Assistant Head of Beverages Grant Davidson, started to play the rugby of the day. Tyler Norwood got the Presidents moving off their own try-line, the ball moved up field with some silky skills from Ben Herbert as it advanced with David Hocking finishing off what was undoubtedly the best try ever. Isaac Salem got on the end of a perfect cross field kicks from Lachlan Coyle, rugby’s answer to Kevin de Bruyne, and crossed for another excellent try and after Luke Denny nudged over the first conversion of the day the score was 27-0. Old Cats had a brief second wind, with a brilliant forwards try being scored after a great set of crash balls from Ollie Brame and Alex Kelly. A very deserving score after being so strong upfront all day. It was a fantastic event and a very well contested game played in good spirits as always.
By Will Buxton (OC 2019)