KCs under 16s v Milwaukee High Schools
One Easter Monday a KCs youth side played a touring
team from the USA in memory of their former coach
who used to live in Tenbury before emigrating.
The American team informed me quite late on that
they were actually an under 18 team so I began
a frantic search to bring in a few superstars
to boost the ranks of my u16 team and managed
to secure the services of some u17/18s playing
for the thirds and what I thought was going to
be the trump card, one Oliver Toms.
The game was played with 1 period of 30 mins
and 2 of 15 mins to give everyone some playing
time and the American boys showed that they were
strong and committed with some useful ball handlers.
The majority of the KCs players were 2 years younger
and this showed as the visitors powered in for
4 tried in the first period with KCs scoring two
of their own through the promising Alex Hinds.
Mass changes in the 2nd period on both sides
brought only one score to MUHS and then in the
third period I brought back all the big guns with
instructions to run everything against a tiring
opposition playing their 3rd game in 3 days. This
they did with great success, scoring 2 tries to
bring the score back to 24-26.
Ollie had requested to play the last 15 minutes
on the wing, assuring me that he used to play
there so I was delighted that such a wonderfully
gifted and talented player should be in a position
to capitalise on a mistake and fly hack the ball
towards the try line. With nobody within 20 metres
of him all he had to do was safely gather the
ball and run in unopposed for the winning score.
The vast crowd held its breath, hoping that this
sublime rugby player would do its bidding. Then
Ollie, with all the touch and finesse of a forward
playing in the back, gently hacked the ball over
the dead ball line and into Franche Road!
The whistle went and the Americans had won a
After the game the Rigsby family put on excellent
food and a post match “soccer game”
restored some English pride.
Some members of the bowling section showed the
some of the Americans how to play the more sedate
version of bowls and once they found out that
this was the game that Francis Drake was playing
when the Spanish Armada was about to invade England,
they were all having a go.
Loads of thanks to everyone that made this a
great day Brian Garrett, Keith Skirving, Colin
Preston, Phil Altimas, Nogger, the bar girls,
the Rigsbies, Bish, Rocky, Taff Evans, Jo Royall,
Barry Chuckle etc.