The inaugural British Club Vets rugby (over 35 years) tournament was played last weekend in Bangkok, with six teams from across Asia competing in the event.

By the end of days play, no-one suffered a heart attack, or randomly forgot where they were so on that measure, it was highly successful.

Congratulations go to the Old Bangkok Bangers who beat our Southerners Old Boys (SOBs) in the Cup Final four tries to one in what some have described as the greatest game of rugby played…until the Wallabies beat South Africa later on that night.  Go you good thing Kurtley!

Old boys skipper Darrel Lintott has more:

A great effort from everyone that pitched up and played at the British Club vets tournament. There was a great Southerners spirit on show – despite us not quite having the squad depth some sides boasted on the day, we somehow managed to get through our games and into the Cup Final only to fall to the Bangers.

A special thanks goes to our Japanese friends Kitah, Teru and Tomo who came and subbed for us after they had finished playing their own games. This was especially nice of them since we managed to sneak a 7 – 5 win against the BKK Japanese in our 2nd pool game…

Highlights from the weekend included:

  • Brad & Greg’s first ever tries in Southerners colours.
  • Duncan’s dropped ball 2m out unopposed (bringing questions of match fixing…)
  • Popeye’s destruction of his opponents in the ‘Run-to-the-22-chop-a-beer-and-run-back’ race. Usain Bolt would have shat himself after witnessing such a display – granted most of the time was made up in the beer-drinking part, not so much the running, but he did romp it home by a good 5 metres!!

Thanks go to Reed for organising the whole thing, as well as Belly, Siam and Ronan for coming down to support and help with water & subs. Also a huge thanks to Mummy for putting a jersey on for 5 minutes and taking it off again…

Thanks must also go to Brad for pulling the side together, especially since his missus was about to drop.

Organiser Reed Passmore:

For a first-off event, I was really happy with the result. Socially, the spirit was high and the rugby was played in good spirit. With the help of our great sponsors, next years event promises to be even bigger and better.