Sometime in May 2005
The weekend saw an extremely spirited performance by the Southerners squad in Pattaya and despite having not trained once together as a team, managed to get into the semi finals (again) where we were beaten by the Thai Barbarians.

Day one saw us take on and beat the Singapore Cricket Club Tankards, Bangkok Japanese and an extremely hard and heated match against the Corsairs. Some excellent rugby and good skills as well as solid defence.

Day two saw the defeat of the Kaesetsart University before being ousted by the Thai Barbarians, although we were leading after the first half. Once again I think the legs let us down against the Thai speedsters.

So all in all an extremely positive start to the season. Also a mention must be made of the performance the three new players to the team: WWF Dan, who played brilliantly in only his third outing, Andrew Steel who made some big hits and was responsible for the temporary loss of my wallet after drinking Jacks and of course A.D.D. (Attention deficit disorder) Ultan who also put in a great performance and had the chaps constantly amused.

Highlights of the weekend:

Wagga playing after being knocked down on Sukhumvit road the night before

Captains Cooks THB 295 eat as much as you can recommended by Dave Rimi(job)

Jason’s seven stitch haul in the quarters, and then still coming back to play in the semi’s

Mick Doran’s new tan

Cameron’s European swimmers

Drinking Jacks !

The great support between the Southerners touch girls and the rugby boys

Ultan being photographed as a team member of the plate winning SCC Tankards

Great fine session held in the pool

Tommy trying to smooth his image from being a tough Kiwi to a cool Rastafarian

Lowlights of the weekend:

the heat

As discussed chaps, an awesome start to the season and it illustrates that Southerners will still very much be a force to be reckoned with. Special thanks must go to Vaughan, Tommy and Neil; thanks guys.

Brendon Jones

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