04:44AM, Tuesday 31 December 2013
Phoenix Over 30s 29, Phoenix Under 30s 17
Phoenix RFC's 'senior citizens' showed the club's 'young pups' how to play rugby by winning their annual head-to-head on Saturday - the first time thay had done so in several years.
The ages taking part ranged from 18 to 53 and included the father and son combination of Alan and Charlie Herd as well as the Symonds brothers, Matthew and Dan who both featured strongly in the youngsters team.
The match, refereed by Phoenix vice president and former Bucks referee Simon Wilkinson, saw the seniors dominate from the first whistle, frustrating their younger counterparts by tying the ball up in the ruck and maul, slowing the pace of the game.
The seniors went ahead with two unconverted tries while other notable contributions and tries for the senior team came via Albert McMillan, Martin Aldridge and James Richardson.
The youngsters came back strongly in the second half the highlight being a late solo try from Matt Symonds which he also converted.
The post match festivities were well attended and later in the evening a fundraising event raised more than £1,200 in aid of Meningitis Research.
Phoenix resume their Bucks, Berks & Oxon Premier Division programme on Saturday at Institute Road when they entertain Gosford All Blacks.
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