CELEBRATING a Senior Vase win at Twickenham is momentous enough but to do so alongside your brother makes the occasion even more extraordinary for the Goatley family.
Backs Barney and Joe Goatley both crashed over in the second half to seal Newent’s 20-13 win over Yarnbury and claim the Senior Vase one year after winning the Junior title.
Newent’s unique achievement at HQ is compounded by consecutive promotions from Gloucester One and Gloucester Premier and the Goatley brothers were honoured to have played their part in the historic achievements.
Gloucester-born Joe said: “Every year a team wins the Junior Vase, every year a team wins the Senior Vase but not very often do teams do it in consecutive years with back to back promotions.
“Barney and I both scored tries last year too and to be able to celebrate these victories with a family member was very special. Although he scored first last year, so I had to get him back.
“I’ve not played for a little while after getting a nasty shoulder injury about eight weeks ago so it was touch and go if I was going to play today.
“But I just managed to get myself fit enough. I don’t think I played that well but it’s great to get a try and to be part of this. It’s been incredible.
“We are very lucky to have come here well prepared because all credit to them, they were very physical, very strong.
“The lads have worked so hard, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes and to be a part of it has been such good fun. It’s been brilliant.”
With the scores locked at 6-6 in the second half, the brothers’ attacking potency came to the fore and though Yarnbury fought back in the final quarter, it was not enough.
Barney joked his try was not quite as impressive as older brother Joe’s score but emphasised the feeling of scoring at Twickenham was heightened with his brother playing next to him.
Barney added: “I didn’t mind he scored first, as long as we got the win.
“It was just a little bit extra that we both scored, it’s a great feeling to score with my brother but first and foremost it’s a team effort.
“Mine wasn’t as good but they all count! I should have scored when he went over but he chose not to pass it. It is unbelievable though.
“It’s hard to find your bearings in a big stadium and it’s a bigger pitch than usual but we got there eventually.
“It was very hard-fought and we spent a lot of time defending but I always felt that we were going to win the game. It was just a matter of when. I think in the second half our fitness prevailed.
“I think this year felt a bit better because it was a much tighter game and our tries were the deciding factor.”