It was a bright bright sunshiny day at Gravely Point this afternoon.
The Northern Virginia RFC “Old Gray” stepped onto the pitch against Baltimore RFC in an “over35″ match with cool heads but passion in their hearts.
The Greatest Generation got off to a fast start, as all-star flankers Brandon Bruckner and Jason Figley dominated the loose play, scooping up loose balls and breaking down ball carriers. And, there he was, a young Figley galloping to glory — young Robby Figley (age 17) — who utilized the little known “father-son” exception to Old Boy age limits and dashed off with the first try.
From there, the Old Gray took it up a notch, breaking through the Baltimore line behind the strong running of Tim Hardmon, Dave Welch and Casey Craig to score an additional two tries. And it was 19-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Baltimore busted through the Old Gray pack to dot a try. From there, the Old Gray defense pulled together behind the welcome addition of Simon Gillett at hooker and a veteran pack with “Half-Pint” Ernest Cardwell and “the Phantom.” Half-back and endurance athlete extraordinaire Dave Lett provided perfect ball to the backs, with wily fly-half Chap Petersen directing the attack.
A goal-line stand in the second half, with Lett in the middle of the fracas, led a to sudden break-out by “Billy from Philly” Eckhart and the Old Gray shifted into fast-break mode for a counter-attack score that put the game out of reach.
The final minutes saw Old Gray put forward two more tries, with young Figley providing the finishing touches on the last score before “the Barefoot Ref” finally called full time. The final tally stood 36-7 for the boys in gray.
Afterwards, the two sides shook hands, took the obligatory post-match photo, and drank the obligatory post-match beer. Wives, children and probation officers looked on with approval as the lads walked off the pitch, covered in glory.