The Blue Sox XV travelled to Newcastle on 16th September for their 20th consecutive tour.
Prior to departure there was the small matter of inducting the five new members into the Blue Sox family. They were;
- Alan Thompson
- Josh Edwards
- Shane Honeyford
- Tim Sinton
- Tim Savage
On to Newcastle and after an afternoon and evening of relaxation squad headed for Gosforth RFC on Saturday.
The weather was glorious which made the surroundings look even more superb.
By sheer coincidence it transpired that our own Rory Best had played at Gosforth for a season or two whilst studying in Newcastle. Gosforth have Rory on their Internationals board.
When the match kicked off the Blue Sox went on the attack and were soon narrowly ahead. The match was played Barbarian style with very little kicking and was a highly entertaining encounter.
Unfortunately for the tourists, in the second half, Friday night’s relaxation soon kicked in and Gosforth were back in the game. Bann suffered injuries to Jackson, Ramsey and Marshall which meant that Richard Clinghan, who hadn’t donned a pair of boots for some time kitted out and took to the field. His brother James also turned out as a guest for the Blue Sox. Gosforth took the lead and though the Blue Sox continued to press, the home side held on to secure the win.
Tour Court was opened with His Honour Jerry Ramsey presiding. When all crimes had been suitably punished Court was adjourned until 2017.
Gosforth RFC were excellent hosts and are another club who would be made most welcome at Rifle Park should they ever choose to visit.
Tourists to Newcastle 2016 were;
Andy Baird, Gareth Briggs, Paul Cairns, Brian Clinghan, Andy Craig, Kris Eadie, Josh Edwards, Mark Fisher, Shane Honeyford, Stephen Jackson, Johnny Johns, Mark Lewis, Stuart Marshall, Roger Martin, Barney McKevitt, Pete McQuaid, John Mullan, Chris Nelmes, Jerry Ramsey, Tim Savage, Tim Sinton and Alan Thompson
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