22nd May 2016
The Harlequins assembled for the annual match against old rivals Box Hill for the Bruce Bailey Blazer. The 'blazer' was last seen at the Quins more than two years ago and with the added excitement of a top of the ladder clash there was much to look forward to. It was also time to thank Peter 'Cowboy' Williams for his organisation of the Saturday lunches for the past five years and wish Peter and Janet well on their travels overseas.
Images of the Match
Click here to see some images from the match courtesy of Peter Leaver and Martin Fuggle.
The speaker for the day was Peter Grigg. Peter played 25 tests on the wing scoring 12 tries for total of 48 points (60 points in present day terms). Of the 25 tests played, 8 were against the old rivals New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup and 5 in the 1987 World Cup. He was one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, speaker that we have had (it's only to be expected from a winger!). He did say that he had mentioned to one of his coaches that he had "half a mind to play in the forwards" to which his coach responded "that's all you need my son!".
After the lunch it was time to watch some rugby. The 2nd XV was leading by 11 points only to be overrun in the last fifteen minutes by a motivated Box Hill side and eventually lost the match by 10 points, 23-33. The 1st XV led Box Hill for the entire match but it was not until the last quarter of the match when the Quins piled on the points to score a 50-23 win to regain the Bruce Bailey Blazer.