Already now officially the most successful Maidenhead Colts side in history, “Brooksy’s Babes” stand just 70 minutes away, from achieving the truly remarkable feat of becoming National Champions. If this potential achievement wasn’t impressive enough on it’s own, they’ve done it in truly the most difficult circumstances, through adversity which may have broken other teams, but has had the reverse effect on this special group of young men. The strife they have endured this year has united them, and bonded them as the tightest of squads, that work and fight for each other and simply refuse to be beaten.

2 weeks ago, they saw off the latest in a long line of challengers in the semi final at Braywick. Sussex champions, Horsham, despite a brave fightback, never really recovered from a blistering first half from the home team, which saw them lead 26-3 at half time, eventually losing out 31-17, which in all honesty should have been more. A Kieran Grey masterclass from scrum half, and an aggressive magenta wall in defence from 1-22, were the catalysts for a fine result which put them in the final, to be held at the home of Worcester Warriors, Sixways.

The last remaining obstacle hail from Tynedale, Northumberland, who arrive at this game off the back off an impressive 38-17 victory away at Sheffield, following close wins over Old Northamptonians (33-32), Doncaster (13-5) and Percy Park (24-17). Tynedale will be marshalled by fly half and skipper Cam Grant, and he, alongside half back partner, Finn McKendrick, will be tasked with trying to unlock the Maids defence. The back row of Klein (6), Collins (7) and Richards (8) will need the game of their lives to stop Maids’ big runners, whilst Will Roberts at outside centre will have the unenviable job of marking the dangerous Elliot Thorne.

Maids make 2 changes from the side which won in the last round, with Hull and Williamson making way for Riches and Monk respectively, in an otherwise unchanged team. Teo Gaster at 6 will continue with his Friday night ritual of a nap on Big Dom’s sofa, whilst Drew Prince has been promised a kiss from his fit Auntie if he scores at Sixways. The second-row sandpit crew of Phil Wells and Jack Belcher are taking a break from getting booted of local pubs on a Friday night, and will tackle a 24 piece Disney jigsaw puzzle instead, which may take them a while, and Todd Muil can’t wait to celebrate with a birdbath, something he’s been practising regularly with brother Ross at home.

Coming from Braywick tomorrow, will be 4 coach loads of supporters, to be greeted by even more at the stadium, who are making their own way there. Every player, ex and current, coach, parent and supporter is right behind you boys, and we are so so proud of your fine achievements, both on the pitch, where you have been utterly sublime, but more importantly, off the pitch, where it’s clear to see how tight you have become as the season has gone on- a true band of brothers, who we all know, will give 100% tomorrow, led no doubt, by your imperious skipper, James Johnstone.

Do it for your coaches tomorrow- Michael, Stuart, Prinny and Martin. Do it for Gareth, who has had the most turbulent of years, but has still prevailed, stronger and better than ever- it’s clear you would run through walls for the man, and he would for you also. Do it for Brooksie- the man who started you on this journey, who was cruelly denied the opportunity to be there in person tomorrow, but who will be watching down proudly, urging you on, with a huge smile on his face. But, more importantly, do it for yourselves boys- you’ve earnt every single plaudit you get, and if you play the way you have all season, you’ll come out on top.

Tynedale team:

1.       Jeff Wealens

2.       Ollie Murrell

3.       Lewis Spark

4.       Joe Hanning

5.       James Sample

6.       Jack Klein

7.       Sam Collins

8.       Charlie Richards

9.       Finn McKendrick

10.   Cam Grant (c)

11.   Sean Abrams

12.   Tom Robson

13.   Will Roberts

14.   Alex Dryden

15.   Archie Robinson

16.   James Doody

17.   Ben Robson

18.   Euan Daniels

19.   Seth Kippax-Jones

20.   Des Weich

21.   Jack Donaldson

22.   Oscar Caudle

Maids team:

1.       Elio Mandozzi

2.       James Johnstone (c)

3.       Callum Dugmore

4.       Jack Belcher

5.       Phil Wells

6.       Teo Gaster

7.       Joe Thomspon

8.       Todd Muil

9.       Kieran Grey

10.   Elliot Frisby

11.   Ollie Hills

12.   Dan Collins

13.   Elliot Thorne

14.   Josh Odeniyi

15.   James Ford

16.   Matt Hine

17.   Will Manning

18.   Chris Allen

19.   Sam Riches

20.   Drew Prince

21.   Josh Henderson

22.   Louis Monk

Come on you Maids!

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