The 1st XV have had another excellent year. Beating Daily Mail Champions Whitgift (23-22) along with Epsom, Cranleigh and Dulwich has enabled them to come top of this years Evening Standard League. A huge amount of credit should go to all the players but in particular Joe Beckett and Pahymahn Seyed-Safi who have both been in the 1st XV for the 3 years. The 1st VII also won the Reigate Norton Rose Sevens and the Worth Sevens beating Epsom and Tonbridge in the final respectfully.
The 2010 Hall of Fame dinner will see Gordon Bendon, Matt Greenwood, Alex King, Nigel Melville and Roger Uttley immortalised by the Club.
The day started a little disappointingly with several last minute player drop outs but after a few texts and phone calls we managed to muster a squad of 17 rather than the anticipated 22. However there was a great degree of optimism on the minibus and the results certainly showed that the players didn’t let it get to them.
This year saw a slightly different format in that we played Old Reigatians rather than Old v Young Old Brightonians. The day started with Brighton College U15 A’s & B’s v Reigate Grammar on the Home Ground; this was followed by Old Brightonians v Old Reigatians before Brighton College Ist XV took the field at 2.30pm.
Max Maidment (R. 2007-09) has just signed a contract for Bath Academy from New Zealand where he has also been selected to represent the Taranaki U18 Provincial team. Max has had a year out from Education to play Rugby for Worthing and then play in New Zealand. The Chief Executive of Taranaki Rugby is Mark Robinson the All Black center who played with Mr Buoy at Cambridge University which is how the opportunity came about. Max will start training with Bath full time this Summer on his return and continue his education at Bath University studying Economics. Max is the now the 5th player in 3 years to leave Brighton College and sign a professional contract with a Premiership Club.
Tom Aiken (A. 2003-08) will be playing for Brighton Blues in the final of the EDF Senior Vase competition at Twickenham on 15th May.
Sunday 25th April saw a somewhat relaxed and laid back Pelicans squad take to the field at this year's Sunshine 7s. Our first game was against Esher who run a regular 7s squad and were expected to do well at the tournament.