TWO Twickenham triumphs in two promotion-winning seasons has left Newent captain Tristan Veale in a state of shock.
The rare double completes the most successful era in the club’s history having earned promotion from Gloucester One and the Junior Vase title last season and promotion from Gloucester Premier and victory in the Senior Vase this term.
And for Veale, the win is made all the more special after seeing people writing the club off before this season had even begun.
The men in green proved the pessimists wrong in style, with promotion to Western Counties North on the last weekend of the season and a 20-13 Senior Vase victory over Yarnbury at Twickenham last Sunday. Skipper Veale said: “The Vase win means a massive amount.
“After last season a lot of people thought we would struggle in the league and we wouldn’t have much of a chance in the Vase, but the lads were phenomenal.
“No matter what we throw at them, they dig in and give it all they’ve got and come up with the goods.
“I don’t know what is in the water in Newent. It’s unbelievable. Two promotions, two cup victories at Twickenham. It’s mad.
“The lads are 23 best mates, we are all exceptionally close to the coaches and we have phenomenal backroom staff.
“The support we get from the people around the area – nine or 10 coach loads – gave us that little bit more.
“Fair play to Yarnbury they are a brilliant team, but our lads must be stupid or something!
“It’s unbelievable what they have achieved.”
Longlevens shared in Newent’s joy with a 23-12 over Rugby Lions to claim the Junior Vase and cap a stunning day for Gloucestershire on the sun-drenched hallowed turf of Twickenham.
Veale hailed the Longford Lane club for what they had achieved.
He added: “It’s brilliant that Longlevens won. All credit to Gloucestershire, two wins at Twickenham. What more could you want?”