RAF Waddington vs The Royal British Legion Lincoln
Score 19 – 10
The Geospatial Intelligence experts, Envitia, are proud sponsors of the RAF Waddington Hornets, winners of the RAF Inter Station’s Cup for 2014. Envitia continue to provide Situational Awareness with POAET “Boz” Baxter describing their latest (and once again victorious) encounter of the season in a charity fund raising match against the Royal British Legion (RBL).
The RBL Lincoln challenged RAF Waddington to a charity match at Lincoln Rugby club which kicked off at 13:00 on Sunday, 11th January with dry but windy conditions prevailing. The RAF Waddington side was a mixture of regular players and older players who don’t often play – most notably the club president Vaughan donned his boots for the first time in a few years. The RBL side was made up of Lincoln Rugby Club coaches and RBL members, many of whom had also not played contact rugby for a few years. Being a Charity match there were unlimited rolling substitutes permitted throughout the game.
The game started with a bang and within the first 5 minutes RAF Waddington had made a breakaway try; testament to the fact that most of the Waddington players play regularly compared to the RBL team. This was converted by the team captain for the day, ‘Evo’. This try focused the RBL side and for the next 20 minutes, there was very little movement up and down the pitch as both sides fought for possession. With 10 minutes before half time Waddington managed to breakaway again and score another try; this time not making the conversion. Just before the half time whistle the RBL broke through the tired Waddington defence and scored a try, which they were unable to convert. The half time score was 12-5.
The second half started as the first had finished with the RBL side pressuring Waddington. The RBL spent almost 15 minutes in the Waddington half testing the defence, but to no avail. Waddington won a couple of penalties and the play was kicked back into the RBL half. After some pressure from the Waddington forwards the backs were finally released, allowing a third try for Waddington which was converted. The final twenty minutes of the game was a great test for the older players who were showing signs of fatigue. The pressure applied by Waddington was, however, repelled until the final whistle. The final score being 19-10 to RAF Waddington.
The game was enjoyed by both teams who hope to make this an annual event in support of such a deserving cause. Alongside the game there were some charity stands, a raffle and a silent auction that raised £1030 for the Royal British Legion.
Confirmed Rugby Fixtures:
February 5th; Home V Marham
February 12th; Away V Marham
February 19th; Away V Digby
February 25th; Home V Leeming
March 5th; Away V Honnington
March 12th; Home V Honnington
March 19th; Away V Ranby Prison/Newark
Mark Richardson, Account Manager