A host of unavailabilities meant that the must-win final league fixture was left in the hands of 12 players and, although Trinity Guild generously made up the numbers even after two AEI players had succumbed to injury, resulted in a disappointing finish to the season.
Visiting a strong home team whose performance on the pitch belied their relatively low league position, AEI were never able to come to terms with the Guild’s muscular backline, frequently failing to tackle the ball-carrier after making the initial hit. While the 12 plus 3 guests continued to compete even as the elusive top spot slipped out of their grasp, the psychological impact of turning out short-handed for such a vital fixture proved as much a terminal blow as the 19-0 advantage Trinity Guild enjoyed after the first 40 minutes.
AEI did make inroads into the home team’s territory throughout the game only to lack composure 5 metres out from the tryline when a penalty move was fumbled from the start and Guild’s centre was able to pick up and race the length of the field. With nothing but pride in the shirt to play for in the second half, AEI briefly threatened to pull off an unlikely victory; sustained pressure and strong running from man of the match Erwann Mauxion (in an unfamiliar number 8 shirt) and Rory Macdonald eventually allowing Rob Bollen to follow his own grubber through to prevent a first whitewash of the season.
The captain would like to thank the players who have contributed to a winning season and express his pride in being able to lead a team which has, despite numerous injuries and setbacks, never failed to honour a league fixture.