Old Albanian Under 10’s retain the Hertfordshire County Cup and Plate, and then add the Shield, winning all the competitions in the county festival 2013.
Following the success of our Under 9’s on Saturday, our Under 10’s swept the board on a freezing cold Sunday at Harpenden RFC showing the strength and depth across the club. The Herts County Festival; consisting of three different competitions with numerous clubs entering dozens of teams; is the highlight of the counties mini rugby season.
OAs entered all six of its squads into the various competitions. The A squad was entered into the prestigious Herts Cup. In the pool stages OAs played and beat everyone in their group which consisted of Bishops Stortford, Hitchen and Chess Valley. This lead to a gruelling semi final against a strong Hertford team, who were last year’s losing finalists to OAs in this festival.
The final against Harpenden was a rugby treat, both teams played exceptionally well in both attack and defense, however OAs, superior forwards provided a strong platform for the backs to attack the gain line leading to a compelling cup win and the retention of the title, “County Cup Champions”.
There was a similar story in the Shield competition. OAs B’s were drawn in the largest group. The group consisted of five teams, OAs Stevenage, Barnet, Bishops Stortford and Fullerians.
OAs B’s showed their strength by winning their opening games convincingly, only Stevenage managed to hold them to a draw. In a strange twist of fate Stevenage, as the best runner up made the final. The freezing conditions and long day had not dampened the OAs spirit and they romped to a strong win, securing the trophy that eluded them last season.
The final competition was the Plate. Rather than knock out this was played as a league, preparing the teams for things to come in future seasons. The clubs with teams in the plate included OAs, Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) and Hertford. With such strength in depth and numbers of squads OA’s had 3 teams in the plate.
After numerous games and some strong wins the plate winners came down to the last game, between the only two unbeaten teams, OAs D and OAs E. Whilst not uncommon in training sessions, it was almost impossible to separate the teams, this culminated in a draw. Rather than complicate matters, the teams coaches agreed to share the spoils of victory and share their triumph, True Rugby Sportsmanship…