9th April 2017
A beautiful day at The Slade was the backdrop to a fantastic day for TJs as their 1s and 3s both claimed their respective league titles.
The 1st XV needed 5 points from their last two games to clinch the N3L&SE title and gain promotion, for the first time, to National 2 South. The fact they did it with a sparkling 46-5 win over fourth placed Hertford was a fitting way to mark Captains' Day at TJs.
See the 1st XV Gallery for pics from the Day
Jon McMahon, who has probably had his best season for TJs, opened the scoring with a try which was followed shortly afterwards by one from James Copsey, on for the injured Liam Prescott. Copsey added a conversion and then a penalty before Cole Campbell added one from inches out to close the half 22 nil to the good.
Hertford kept going but lacked a real cutting edge and TJs managed to keep them out for much of the game.
The second half opened with a try by Will Ward, which gave TJs the all important bonus point. Tom Nicoll added another and Murray Galbraith-Lowe a sixth. Jon McMahon added his second and TJ's seventh and Copsey two more conversions for TJs to finish in some style.
Elsewhere Wimbledon also claimed maximum points with a come from behind 32-18 win over Shelford. Whilst they remain 5 points behind TJs they have lost 3 games to TJs 1 so cannot now overhaul TJs at the top as it's games lost which is the first deciding factor if teams finish level. TJs will hope to win by a clear margin with an end of season victory at Southend Saxons on the 22nd April at 3pm.
Southend though have been in fine form recently and their 36-14 defeat of Combe was their fifth on the trot, so TJs have another tought game to end on. That win ensures Southen's survival in N3L&SE.
Relegated Amersham & Chiltern lost 17-34 to Dorking and fellow drop door victims Colchester may have consigned Chichester to the drop as well with a 30-24 win over the Sussex side. Guildford beat Guernsey 27-17 and Westcliff beat Sutton & Epsom 36-15
TJ's 2s faced Rosslyn Park Hatters (5s) in their Zoo Shield playoff semi final at The Slade and were edged out 25-31 with the last play of the game. A tough end to a tricky stop start season for the 2s. See the Senior Gallery for pictures from the Game
The 3s travelled to Folkestone knowing that a win would secure the Premier 2 East title. They overcame this final hurdle withand a 38-44 win and claimed the league title