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Proper Job!


By Steelman
April 8 2019

Bitter experience and a long memory remind me that St Austell Brewery used to make the worst beer in the world, but now craft some of the best, fine Tribute indeed. My favourite is a wonderful IPA, Proper Job, an apt appreciation of our performance against the Pirates.

The Pirates were always competitive,a battle hardened bunch not given to easy surrender,with some of their bright young players off to Prem clubs next season. A bit down on their luck after four straight defeats and better than the score line suggests, having turned down several 3 pointers in search of the try. Their only score came via a horrible dropped pass five yards out by one of our heroes.

Performance comes from practise and planning, so a mention for K & K , whose light touch on the tiller, and letting the the boat find its way through the water, has not always been appreciated by us keyboard warriors. For a start they got the right players on the pitch, next winning the toss and having the favourable wind first half, getting the right players kicking the ball. Keatley, Meehan, and McLean were kick perfect throughout. Just as important was the inspired choice of playing Trev, Albert, & TJ together. They were outdoing each other as wrecking balls all match. Trev has rarely been less "injured".

With the front row always having the edge and Skip & VDM sound on our line outs, the lads inflicted 25 minutes of pain and misery on the home team, a battering from which they never really recovered. By that time Stephenson had knifed through for two tries and we had been treated to the sight of London Irish forwards showboating with round the corners, one handed passes and grubbers through. It would not be fair if I didn't mention that amongst this circus act was a horribly forward pass, missed by Claire and PJ ,the speed of the hand.....etc. Anyway, the scoreboard read 0-14.

Then the Kernow boys rallied, and had a good few minutes up the other end, missed a penalty, dropped a try scoring pass, and with it went the game. Young Veito rapidly improving, and then Albert showing great hands, Loader a sharp break, and there was McLean breaking the line and offloading to the ever available Meehan to touch down.

Half time came and went. The Pirates now with the best of the wind tried to replicate our tactics and indeed spent large parts of the second half camped in our 22, but our defensive line was soaking it up, and after a clearance kick was fielded on the halfway line Ben Loader set off with blazing speed and laser cut steps on a slalom to Pirates line. Pirates came back and battered a bit more, got the try they deserved, but Irish had the last word the exceptional Meehan plunging over again and Keatley completing a perfect day with the boot.

Hand shakes, applause, club house bar, what will it be? Umm, Proper Job!

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The Craic www.londonirish.org (IP Logged)
08/04/2019 17:04
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Lincs-Exile (IP Logged)
08/04/2019 18:11
Great write up and i bet the Proper Job went down a treat

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Foggy-Balla (IP Logged)
14/04/2019 18:53
Ah, Proper Job. About the only thing I miss about giving up booze!

Faugh-a-Ballagh!

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Jonny_C (IP Logged)
16/04/2019 18:01
St Austell Brewery have upped their game since the bad old days of HSD and Tinners Ale. And the equally dire Devenish Brewery offerings.
However one ray of light in the 1980s/90s was the Newquay Steam bottled beers [boakandbailey.com]

 
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Steelman (IP Logged)
16/04/2019 21:14
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Jonny_C
St Austell Brewery have upped their game since the bad old days of HSD and Tinners Ale. And the equally dire Devenish Brewery offerings.
However one ray of light in the 1980s/90s was the Newquay Steam bottled beers [boakandbailey.com]

Thanks loved the link,sadly the Steam beers were 15 years,too late for us Swinging 60s kids.1t was a six hour drive in my Austin A35 van for us Surrey boys to get to Newquay then.I remember the beer being both warm and dire,Believe it or not this was pre lager days.A pint of light and bitter was the cult drink for us Mods.

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