Another Great Banger Family Day

The Bangers hosted the Bangkok Japanese last Sunday afternoon in the annual Bangers Family Day game. Over the years this game has always provided great running rugby. The Japanese club seem to enjoyed the afternoon of rugby and the family BBQ.

Both sides contributed to a entertaining match what proved to be again an open flowing encounter. Frequently play was end to end. The score on the board did not matter. Both teams freely exchanged players so everybody got a game. it was still four quarters of rugby so their were some tired and sore bodies at the the end of the game

The pretty Tiger Beer Girls were on hand to serve the beer and Mike Swagger the Chef de BBQ, took control of the BBQ zone. He is very good at this. Knows a sausage from a leg of lamb!!

The party went long in the night. Way longer than usual. No one seem to mind. Just too many good stories to tell.

Banger Family Day
Bangers Belles Play Well in KL

The Banger Belles traveled to Kuala Lumpur for the recent Kuala Lumpur Tens. The Belles are known for injecting fun on their tours with rituals and this tour were no exception. Costumes, Tour Queens, Bitch Of The Pitch and Court Sessions were just some of the "What Happens On Tour Stays On Tour" routines.

After a late night and early breakfast, the Belles headed to the ground for their first match against the Singapore Bucks. The Belles played well with the defense keeping the Bucks on their ten meter line however, the oppressive Kuala Lumpur heat was taking its toll on the Belles and the Bucks managed to find a gap scoring a try and conversion. Whilst the Belles’ defense remained strong, the Bucks’ were a very fit team The Singapore ladies scores two more tries, converting both. The final score was Bucks 21-0.

The next game was against the Kuala Lumpur Tigers. Stung by the earlier loss, the Belles went straight on the attack. Great teamwork and good hands resulted in an early try for the Belles. The Belles continued to dominate, maintaining possession throughout most of the game, constantly driving the Tigers back. When the Tigers did gained possession, they couldn't break the Belles line. The Belles scored a second and final try, beating the Tigers 10-0.

The final game of the day was against the Bedock Kings from Singapore. The Belles fought hard and defended well throughout. Great tackles were not enough and the Kings managed to score, winning 10-0.

The Saturday night tournament party and inevitable night of fun in the entertainment district kept the Belles out late. The next day the Belles, a little worse for wear, headed back to the tournament ground  The first game kicked off against the Kuala Lumpur Cobras. The Belles had a great start, dominating the game. Excellent teamwork and good passing secured the Belles a 5-0 victory.

The next game had to be rescheduled due their return flight back to Bangkok. The Belles went straight back on to the pitch again and played the Kuala Lumpur Dingoes. Both teams were evenly matched. It was draw at full time. With no winner, play for another two minutes. The determined Belles gave it everything however, two games back to back took its toll on the bruised Belles. The Dingoes scored down the wing. Final score 5-0. It was an afternoon of great Belles tournament rugby. Douglas Bursill, the new Belles coach, has really helped the ladies since he come on board.

Exhilarated by the success of the tournament the Belles returned to Bangkok. Once a Belle, Always a Belle.

Banger Belles KL
A Very Wet Weekend At The Phuket Tens.

The Banger Colts arrived in Phuket Friday afternoon. After hotel welcome drinks the Colts headed to Hooters for the welcome party, greeting old and new friends from clubs around the world. Unity within the rugby culture. Whilst a lot of beer was consumed it was not a late night.

The squad were up at 6:15am for breakfast and then onto the bus. On the way to the pitch the heavens opened up, stormy conditions prevailed not uncommon at Phuket rugby tournaments. First contest was against the Nerang Bulls from Australia. The Colts put on a excellent show of defense in extremely wet conditions however, struggled with ball control and lost the game 10 - 0.

The second game was meant to be against the ACC Wildcats from the UK however, they were unable to field a team. The Colts thinking on their feet, decided to entertained the crowd with an inner team boat race !!!! The final game on day one was against the Melanins from Japan a club the Bangers have played many times over the years. The Colts stepped up for this game and ran out the winners, with James Jackson scoring a superb seventy meter try. Mike Swagger had also had an excellent game, preventing a certain try. Final Score 15 - 0..

Back at the hotel, the court session over, the Colts prepared for their night on the town. The boys partied hard on Patong dressed in their Village People theme costume. No bizarre incidents were reported. Their "What Happens On Tour Stays On Tour" antics over the years, are the stuff of legends.

After Saturday nights party, the Sundays early wake up was a test. The team went to the ground in two buses. Unfortunately the second bus arrived at the pitch to find the game had already kicked off at 9.00am. Eight Colts had managed to get there just in the time, for the match against the Bush Turkeyz from Australia. The Colts won and cruised into the semi final 17 points to 0.

Late nights coupled with a long wait between games were taking it’s toll. The semi final encounter was against the British Army side ACC Apache. A frustrating game festered with penalties and puzzling referee decisions. A yellow card for a ‘late tackle’ saw the Colts a man down facing a battle against a bigger and stronger British Army team. Final Score 15 - 5.

The Colts could have tactically decided to bring back silverware from a lower tier but that is not the Bangers way. An early exist from the tournament meant we could head back to the hotel for a swim in the ocean and a goodbye drink. For Chris Fargus, this was his last tour before he heads to back Australia. He will be missed by the club. The end of a great tour and a prime example of the club spirit  of "Fun, Friendly and Fraternity".

Bangers In Phuket 2016

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