KELLY’S EYE ON RUGBY: How do you fit 12 rugby players into a car?

ALL SMILES: West rugby SG playes in their SG Petch Hyundai car challenge. Picture by JOE SPENCE
ALL SMILES: West rugby SG playes in their SG Petch Hyundai car challenge. Picture by JOE SPENCE

HOW do you fit 12 rugby players into a Hyundai hatchback?

This is no joke. It was a task West Hartlepool were set – and one they pulled off.

Kelly’s Eye tries to steer clear of sponsorship stories but this was something a little different – a lot of fun.

West backers SG Petch sponsored the club’s strip but then offered the club an extra 100 quid for each player they could squeeze into a Hyundai i10 hatchback.

It’s funny, SG Petch’s radio ad slogan is ‘get into something good’ and West managed to get 12 in.

It would have been 13 but Peter Youll’s Rapunzel-like locks took up nearly all the front passenger seat.

The result meant the Middlesbrough car dealership added a further £1,200 to their original sponsorship.

It was a good job it wasn’t in the days when John Dixon, Kevin Westgarth, Paul Evans and Paul Whitelock were in the pack, otherwise the total could have been significantly reduced.

A West insider revealed: “We didn’t cheat – we had some big lads in there like Ian Pinchen and Craig Hadwen plus some little ’uns like colts scrum-half Baden Knibbs!”

If only they had kept Youll out, it would have been £1,500.

YOU will be familiar with the saying ‘I’m not as daft as I look’.

Well this columnist IS as daft as he looks – and as fat. It’s official.

So seven days after my first pearls of wisdom (if only) comes the first apology of the season.

I wish I had a quid for every foul-up I’ve made, if I did I’d be owning this operation not rafting for it. Last Tuesday, Kelly’s Eye gave you a bit of a run-down on the state of the Durham Cups.

Kelly’s fading eye misread the Durham Senior Cup quarter-final situation – Mowden Park cried off their tie against Horden so it was the leds from Welfare Park who got the walkover.

So here is a lesson for Kelly – check your facts, fatty.

Horden will travel to Westoe in the semi-finals ... and that is true. I’ve checked.

IT is always sad to have to say farewell to an old favourite.

Boys Brigade have lost a former great and good friend following the death of Tommy Scorer, who was BBOB skipper over half a century ago.

A minute’s silence was observed before Saturday’s Durham Northumberland Two derby at Seaton Carew.

Tom, also known as Totty, was captain during season 1962-63 and remained a club vice-president.

His son Gary was captain in 1991-92.

Countless lads have followed Brigade dads by pulling on the famous white and black strip but the Scorers are the only father and son pair to have been club captains.

Gary’s a good lad and was at the game on Saturday and while BBOB lost heavily to their rivals they fought all the way in memory of Tommy.

ON the subject of BBOB, the team are staging their first home match of the season when Redcar make the trip across the bay to the Headland.

Boys Brigade Old Boys suffered a false start on their famous Old Friarage ground two Saturdays ago when a hole appeared in the 22 when the teams were warming up for the Brigade v Rovers tie in the Durham Intermediate Cup.

Fortunately the hole, in the 22 at the Heugh Battery End, it was spotted so there were no injuries and the game was switched to King George V Field.

It has now been repaired, but Kelly’s Eye learned this week that some cheeky dog walker had used the hole as a disposal point for the canine’s mess.

A BBOB insider told Kelly’s Eye: “It was nice of some considerate so-and-so to have left a bag of dog poo!”

It could have been worse. The dog could have been left to foul a sports field which you still see owners allow to happen.

WELL done Tech Phoenix for another win and a successful reunion day at John Howard Park.

Kelly’s Eye had a glance at some pictures from the event, including one involving Tech wing legend Tommy ‘Redhot’ Barff and that menace of forward play, Mark Baggs.

It looked like a great day and nice to see the side, looking splendid in the club’s traditional blue and white, kick off life in the Tees Valley Social League with a 28-8 victory over Thirsk (see report on the left).

Keep it going lads.

FINISHING with England congratulations and thanks to three true stars.

Three of England Women’s triumphant World Cup squad have announced their retirement from international rugby.

Flanker Margaret Alphonsi, lock Joanna McGilchrist and winger Katherine Merchant are all hanging up their boots.

The trio all played their part in the 21-9 victory over Canada last month. Well done for your great service