The sun was out on Sunday and it was a fine day for the North Midlands Finals Day at Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club. In the North Midlands Shield final Veseyans took on Kidderminster Carolians. The V’s haven’t been in the final of the cup competition for five years while their opponents were looking to retain the Shield after being victorious last season.

It was however, the V’s who started the better of the two sides, dominating early possession and moving the ball well across the field. A couple of small errors and wasteful kicks held the V’s back but they took the lead through young Full Back Ed Saunders, and Jon Fellows added the extras. Veseyans continued to dominate and made strong line breaks through forwards Ali Booth and Abu Abdul, however, they will feel they were guilty of trying to finish to quickly and gave the ball away cheaply when they were in behind the opposition. Despite this, Fellows was able to extend the lead to 10-0. This is how it stayed until 5 minutes before half time. With Veseyans captain Jimmy Hateley in the sin bin, Veseyans found their defensive line short and Kiddy went over for a try, bringing the half time score to 10-7.

The second half became an extremely tense affair with both sides playing some excellent rugby in the Dudley sunshine, but relieving pressure on the opposition with small errors. Veseyans winger Fellows and the kiddy fly half traded penalties and the score was 16-16 going in to the last 5 minutes. It was a t this point that Kiddy pounced, making a good break down the left wing and some fantastic support play and offloading led to their winger reaching for the line in the bottom corner.

Veseyans came back at their opposition in the final few minutes and their final pass was inches from sticking and brining the scores level but it wasn’t to be.

Veseyans Head Coach Dan Hemingway was extremely proud of his group following the game. “The Shield is an awkward competition, you don’t feel the momentum of a cup run as it is extremely disjointed, but a cup final is a fantastic opportunity that many of our young squad haven’t experienced before. It wasn’t the result we wanted but its invaluable experience that will only help us grow as a group.” Looking ahead to next season Hemingway is excited about the challenge ahead. “This will be my third year as Head Coach and I feel like I’m learning all the time, I have a fantastic group of players who are ambitious and hungry to achieve, the club backs us up 100% and we feel we are building something special around Veseyans Rugby.”