This was my first league game as captain of Helsinki RC and as you can imagine it was a very proud day for me personally. While we were missing a few regulars on the day the men that showed up and played did a sterling job. The game started at full pace with both teams hammering away at each other - there were some great hits and runs from both sides. The first half continued like this and at half time there was nothing in it. Ville, Big Marko, Flo and Big Tuomas were playing a blinder in the forwards and Juhani and Ray Ray were their usual good selves in the backs with Juhani bagging himself a nice try.
The second half started with Turku stealing the ball from the restart and scoring a good try putting Helsinki on the back foot straight away. After that they never looked back, not that they had it all there own way. The men of Helsinki showed true grit and stuck with it but the Turku defence was very good on the day. Talking of defence our very own Petri Pallari smashed there winger a full speed for the best hit of the day! In the end Turku scored in the last minute to give them a comfortable win but the score line hides a very hard fought match.
When a team fights and plays as 15 its very hard to give a man of the match award, and as captain you can only be proud of your players when they make this part of your job hard, but on the day big Marko deserved it for his tireless efforts through out the game - he even continued when on one knee and completely exhausted I told him I needed him and to fight the tiredness. He got up and played on - of course we only found out later that he was suffering from heat stroke, ooops!
Match report by Michael Kennedy