On Saturday 23rd March the Ridunians achieved another milestone in the development of the young club when they travelled to Jersey to face the Jersey Royals in their second ever 15 a side game. Whilst in the previous game the Alderney side borrowed players from the opposition, on this occasion Alderney fielded a full 15 with Dean Chandler, Matt Aldcroft and David Jarolik making their debuts.
From the kick of the game was very fast and open with the Royals passing the ball out wide at every opportunity on a very large and wide pitch. The Ridunians, being unfamiliar with such an amount of space to defend, struggled to keep the Royals at bay and, not surprisingly, conceded twice within the first few minutes. Undaunted the Alderney team fought back and the effort put in training since the match against the Vikings was rewarded by a supply of possession gained by the forwards in the scrummages.
On ten minutes Alderney stunned the Jersey side when full back David Adams collected a kick in his own half and beat several players before offloading to Joe Burland who easily outpaced the defence to score and with the game set at 10-5 a real contest looked in prospect. Unfortunately Ridunians found the width of the pitch too difficult to defend and the Royals scored a succession of tries to build a healthy lead. A quick tap penalty taken by coach Harry Symington saw David Martinik stopped inched short of scoring a second Alderney try before half time but the break saw the hosts leading 47-5.
Alderney came out for the second half with a new resolve and the next 40 minutes was a more evenly contested affair. Captain John House almost capitalised on a Jersey error when a fingertip knock on from a loose pass by the home side denied a certain score. Jordan Clay seemed to have the line at his mercy when following up a fly hack only to pull up with a torn muscle. Alderney had the last word on the game as Joe Burland scored following up a kick downfield to register his second try of the day. The final result was 64-10 thanks to a better second half performance which gave coach Harry Symington a lot to comment on. There was a great deal to take from the game especially from the improvement in the scrum, the fact that there are now enough players to play 15s and the way that Alderney do not give up the ghost. The club would like to thank match sponsors Bell and Co. and Jersey Royals for their generosity which made the game possible and are looking forward to a return fixture when it has been arranged. The next scheduled match is in France during the twinning weekend when hopefully supporters will be able to see the side in action but it is hoped that two English teams will visit prior to June.
For the record: Team 1, Tom Walden, 2 David Martinik, 3 Dean Chandler, 4 David Jarolik, 5 Harry Symington, 6 Jordan Clay, 7 Gareth Foster, 8 Dan Le Poullain, 9 Noah Newton Gauvain, 10 Kieran Hardy, 11 Matt Aldcroft, 12 John House, 13 Joe Burland, 14 Jordan Shaw, 15 David Adams. Sub 16 Kev Moore.