Broadmoor RFC confident of upsetting the oddsBy Adam Lee
April 21, 2010
The 2009/10 season has been an epic one for Broadmoor, with the club ending its four-year tenure in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier Division by winning the league title.
However, after a stunning season for the club, which was founded just 15 years ago as a social team for staff at the neighbouring Broadmoor high security hospital, the group of players are set for the toughest test of all on Sunday.
They will run out at Lily Hill Park for the biggest single game in the club’s history when they look to wrestle the Bekshire Cup away from holders Bracknell (3pm kick-off).
Even when they begin life in the Southern Counties North division next season, Broadmoor will still find themselves at step seven on the RFU ladder, two below Sunday’s opponents.
But head coach Adrian Price, who is ably supported by coaches Dave Coghlan and Pete Chamberlain, is adamant that his side will not be going out to roll over and let their esteemed local rivals ease to victory.
“We’re in good spirits at the moment, but under no illusion of the task ahead,” said Price.
“We are going in as underdogs, but we know what they’re about – we watched their semi-final game against Redingensians and they were very impressive.
“But we know what we have to do to compete with them and we’ve got no intentions of going out there to be whipping boys.
“We’ll be going out there with the attitude that we have to give it a go – we have earned the right to play them in the final.
“I think we can cause an upset. They had a very very big win against Basingstoke last weekend, but they have a league fixture on Saturday so you never know – everyone has an off day from time to time.
“We’re going into the game on the back of two very good wins ourselves.”
Broadmoor won the league in some style this season losing two of their first five games before going the remainder of the campaign unbeaten in the league.
In fact, their only other defeat came at the hands of Marlborough in the SC Senior Vase in September.
They secured the title with a stunning 120-5 win at Abingdon two weeks ago, and followed that up with a 104-0 win over Alchester (one of the two teams to beat them in the league) last Saturday.
The team is essentially the same one that finished third behind Newbury Stags and Amersham & Chalfont in the 2008/09 campaign, with only wingers Lewis Rowe and Laurence Drew, fly-half David Coghlan and hooker Tim Parker added.
The squad also boasts four sets of brothers in the squad – Dom and Joe Kleiren, Rhys and Gareth Lewis, Simon and Damion Evans as well as Ben and Ross Yates.
And Price jokes that such a tight-knit team can have its drawbacks as well as its advantages.
He added: “When something goes wrong with one of them, it tends to go wrong with all of them – it can get quite interesting at times.
“But our pack is particularly good – we have got a good line-out and we’d like to think that we’ll hold our own in the scrum.
“Ben Yates is a threat at any level and we also have a good half-back pairing in scrum-half Ross Yates and Shaun Franklin at No.10.”
— Broadmoor are always looking for players to help strengthen the team, and are also hoping to start a new development team for the 2010/11 season.
Anyone interested can visit the website www.pitchero.com/clubs/broadmoorrfc or contact head coach Adrain Price on 07729 349366