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Kent Veterans Tournament 2022

April 11th 2022

The 2022 Kent Veterans Finals day is in the books, in what was one of the most competitive and busiest days in the tournaments history.

With beautiful weather on display we kicked of the proceedings with the Shield final between Dover and Sittingbourne. In one of the most tense finals in the competitions history, both sides were tied leading into the final few moments. Sittingbourne had a chance to creep ahead with a penalty, but saw their effort slide wide of the uprights. Minutes later, Dover had an opportunity at the posts to surely win the game and decided to go for a drop goal penalty attempt, which ended up closer to the corner flag than the assistant referees behind the posts. A back and forth game where no side could find that winning score. In the end, under competition rules it came down to the first Try scored to determine the winner, which was Sittingbourne. 

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The second final of the day took place on the 'Somme' as Old Gravesendians took on Thanet. The former led for most of the game, but two late tries by Thanet meant they nipped in to take this years trophy 24 - 17.

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Back to the top pitch for the Bowl final between an excellent Lordswood side that surprised all in the tournament and the outstanding Vigo. In fairness, the score line did not reflect the game as it was a close contest, with Lordswood having a little more of a cutting edge to take the Bowl, 15 - 0.

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Finally, it was the Cup final with Sevenoaks looking for retribution for the narrow loss to Westcombe Park in the 2020 final. The last before Covid. It was the Oaks that started the brightest and took a 3 - 0 lead early in the 1st half with a slotted penalty. Park were struggling to fire and Sevenoaks looked dangerous throughout the first forty, looking good to avenge the defeat last time out. Westcombe Park did manage to score an unconverted Try close to the end of the first half to lead 5 - 3. Whether there was something in 'Combes half time juice, or wise words spoken remains to be speculated on, but the second half belonged to them in a huge way. The tactical kicking and wide running play stifled Oaks of whom could not seem to find a riposte. As the second forty went on, Sevenoaks faded and Westcombe Park ran out eventual 38 - 3 winners. A score you would have got great odds on after the first half.

We thank all of the teams for attending and participating in the tournament, making it a feast of rugby for all. Thanks also goes to Dougie Dick of Shepherd Neame for the continued sponsorship of the tournament. Referees were presented after each game with medals, as well as trophies for all finalists and gratis Spitfire ale. A massive thanks goes to the volunteers for the day, from parking, programme selling, BBQ hosting supervised by a chef and a plethora of others. Lastly, a huge thank you as ever to Richard Ewence whose vision it was for this tournament and for putting in so many hours into making it a success.

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