Hammersmith Hills Hoists 46 Bristol All Golds 8

•Venue:Chiswick RFC Dukes Meadows Chiswick London
•Weather:Hot and Sunny

The tranquil serenity of the adjacent River Thames was in stark contrast to a blood and thunder clash rich in entertainment between these two combatants. Due to the searing heat the match was played in four quarters to provide the opportunity for water replenishment.

The home team was soon into its stride and with only four minutes on the clock pin point handling exposed the visitor’s weak left side defence and Charles Beatty glided in wide out. Even so it appeared the All Golds had levelled matters shortly thereafter but the referee adjudged a knock on over the line by Brandon Lamb. The first quarter continued to witness end to end action and at the end of it Hoists led 4 – 0.

Within three minutes of the resumption the excellent Beatty had added a second touchdown which was goaled by Blaise Lomax. Five minutes later Bristol responded with Lamb plunging over from dummy half. The conversion was missed but a fine encounter was unfolding. The All Golds continued to gain momentum and a skilful handling movement ended with an impressive Jack Uren try. At this juncture Hammersmith led 10 – 8. The half time break was a few seconds away when Lomax exposed a weakness in the Bristol defence. With his conversion the second quarter ended 16 – 8 in favour of Hoists. The third quarter saw the London side take a firm grip on the game with the addition of further scores from Lomax and Rob Cooper with both being converted by the former. At 28 – 8 in the final quarter Hoists were now well in command and showing why they are one of the favourites for the Grand Final in September.

Bristol continued to display great tenacity and endeavour but the team work and overall class of Hammersmith proved to be a decisive combination and the visitor’s goal line was breached thrice more courtesy of Cooper, Tom West and Riccardo Caligiuri. Blaise Lomax –  pivotal to much of Hoists outstanding play – converted all three.

The final scoreline was a touch harsh on the All Golds. However this is their first season in what is proving to be a first class Southern Conference Premier League and valuable lessons are being learned on a weekly basis.


The general welcome and after match hospitality provided by the hosts were worthy of what proved to be a memorable occasion.
A major contributor was also the match referee who officiated in a way that enabled the skills both in attack and defence of the players to come to the fore.
● Hammersmith Hills Hoists:
Thomas West; Tevita Ruhen,Charles Beatty,Mark Elbourne,Russell Kelleway;
Blaise Lomax,Luke Morrissey; Darcy Allan,Matthew Lockyer,Rohan Pixley; Robert Cooper,Joel Strasser; Rohan Napoli.
Bench: Troy Carter,Max Wolfson,Mark Dowling,Riccardo Caligiuri.
● Bristol All Golds:
Michael Holden; Rohan Chatterjee,Mason Ball,Dominic Williams,George Orriss; Gregor Hamilton,Joe Uren; Dylan Thomas,Owen Priest,Michael Harrison; Morgan Lewis,Brandon Lamb; Jack Uren.
Bench:Matthew Blacker,Adam Turner,Henry Symons,Luke Bowyer.
● Referee: Gareth Winnard (RFL).
● Hammersmith man of the match: Charles Beatty.
● Bristol man of the match: Jack Uren.
● Penalties: 4 – 8.
● Scoring sequence: 4-0,10-0,10-4,10-8,16-8 (HT) 22-8,28-8,34-8,40-8,46-8.