Forgive me if I indulge myself this week but I may live and work in beautiful North Devon but I was born and raised in Northampton and on Saturday 31st May history was made as Northampton Saints rugby team clinched the Aviva Premiership title in the dying seconds, just one week after lifting the Amlin Challenge Cup.
In an outstanding performance, some may say controversial, (but only if you support Saracens), the top two teams in the Premiership slugged it out to set up a last minute showdown. And what a finish, you really couldn't have scripted it. After about 24 phases Saints pounded on Saracens defence until finally, with 100 minutes on the clock, young Alex Waller lunged for the line and grabbed victory by just a few blades of whitewashed grass. Incredible!
Did anyone actually see the conversion? It didn't matter, there were people on the pitch, they think it's all over... it is now!
Waller, the hero of the moment, bruised and battered with a massive black eye and several stitches to his face couldn't care less, it was worth it!
As a former player myself back in the 80s, for Northampton BBOB, you have to admire the fitness, commitment and strength of the current players. The game has certainly moved on, I was 5'9" (still am!) and ten and a half stone wringing wet (not any more!) and played on the wing. By comparison, George North, Saints winger, is 6'4" and seventeen stone two and is probably quicker than I ever was.
Northampton is a proud rugby town with a history of good young local players and it was good to see some home grown talent out on the pitch. Long may it continue. Congratulations Northampton Saints, Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup winners 2014, the double! Sounds good doesn't it?