Charlton Park enjoyed a successful 2014/15 season although not quite matching the 2 league championships of 2013/14, each team enjoyed success, in one form or another, throughout the season.
The first XV, captained once again by Kent prop Terry Read, took a little time to adjust to life in London 1 South but finished up a creditable 8th, using a total of 33 players in the process – demonstrating the depth of the squad. They finished the season by winning the Kent Plate – beating Thanet Wanderers in fine style, 52-16, in the Final.
The second XV had a difficult season, having also been promoted as champions, finding the going hard in the Kent Met Premier Division (West) league against some very strong teams. However, they enjoyed a league ‘double’ over old rivals Sidcup and a crushing victory against Gravesend, and despite a few changes in leadership through the course of the season they finished strongly having introduced several teenagers to a high standard of Rugby. Thanks to Brett, Wiggy and Barry O’Keeffe for their contributions.
The third XV enjoyed a very strong season in the Spitfire league, finishing runners up behind Old Elthamians over whom they completed the ‘double’. Congrats to Willem for a great effort – your typical Saffer attitude to get things done, er, got things done.
The Fuffs also enjoyed a successful season, just missing out on second place after the opposition (the same club was due to play the 3rd XV and the Fuffs) pulled out of the 3srd XV fixture and beat the Fuffs to snatch second place in the league. The biggest achievement however, was that Dan Ames, ably assisted by Bill Robertson, managed to put out a side on a regular basis – far more so than in recent years!
The club managed to put 4 sides out on a Saturday, more often than not this season, despite a catalogue of injuries through the sides, and it is a testament to the hard work by all the captains- and players-that we managed to do so.
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