The sun was shining as Wasps Legends arrived in Guernsey last weekend for a charity weekend, including the Collas Crill Rugby Festival.
A 40 strong squad of past players from the men’s team arrived in Guernsey on Friday 5th September for a charity weekend to raise money for The Wooden Spoon, MIND Guernsey and the Wasps Legends’ chosen charity, the School of Hard Knocks.
On Friday evening a black tie memorial charity dinner was held as rugby fans got the chance to mix with the Wasps Legends and to pay tribute to Guernsey rugby legend Richard Ogier. The evening included an auction and guests enjoyed a question and answer session, hosted by Peter Scrivener, with Andy Gomarsall, Roger Uttley, Andy Reed and Guernsey’s very own Brian Queru.
On the Saturday, Wasps Legends, headed up by Roger Uttley and Andy Reed, took a coaching master class with local children. Once the session was finished, the children were presented with medals and certificates signed by the Legends squad. Roger Uttley said of the morning: “it’s great for us retired players to coach the local kids and see their enthusiasm for the sport”.
The rugby festival, sponsored by Collas Crill, started with the Guernsey Colts playing Crowborough Colts followed by the Wasps Legends v Guernsey Siam Invitational side. Peter Scrivener and Andy Gomarsall were joined on the pitch by Damian Cronin, Paul Sampson, Paul Volley, Fraser Waters and Jonny Barrett, as well as a host of other past players.
Both sides looked evenly matched and at times it was easy to forget there were some old, retired bodies displaying their skills of the past. After 20 minutes, Wasps Legends broke the deadlock with Paul Volley going over in the corner. The Wasps pack dominated most of the first half with Rob Lowoski and Stew Davies also scoring. The half finished with Dickon Addis breaking the Legends defence to finish the half 5 – 15.
The second half saw Wasps Legends continued the scoring with tries from Luke Gilbert, Andy Gomarsall and Sean O’Leary (Gomarsall kicking three conversions). It was Guernsey who finished stronger as the Legends started to tire with four tries in quick succession, two coming from A. Bailey. The clock was against the Guernsey side as the game finished 31 – 36 to Wasps Legends.
Brian Quera from the Wooden Spoon in Guernsey said: “For the Wasps Legends to support a small island like Guernsey as they have is amazing. It’s brilliant that they started here and this time they have brought over some fantastic players, including some former British Lions.”
Peter Scrivener, Director of Rugby for Wasps Legends, commented: “This has been another fantastic weekend and today has been a fantastic day of rugby. It’s great for us to be invited back to support such great charities this weekend as well as to bring some old faces out of retirement. We are very proud to have helped raise over £25,000 for the charities. These weekends are about having some fun and renewing old friendships but our main aim is to continue to help raise valuable funds for our charity.”