OA Under 11s had a successful November with strong performances across the whole age group…
Soaked, but successful at Stortford
The fine weather enjoyed in October, finally gave way for a drenching at Bishops Stortford at the beginning of the month. Despite the dreadful condition, our Lions team won against a big and strong Stortford A team, while the Sharks had a narrow loss. In a final match, a Lions/Sharks scratch team team then won fairly comfortably against the hosts.
The Chiefs/Stormers squad put out 2 scratch teams against Stortford Bs and had 2 comfortable wins, and our Wolfpack team also had success against a Stortford C team.
Scratch teams shine at Ampthill
Our Lions, Sharks and Wolfpack teams travelled to the picturesque setting of Ampthill RFC. Our hosts requested that we played matches with scratch teams where we mixed our players together; and then finish with some matches in our regular streamed teams.
It was a great chance for all the players to mix together and OAs came out just about on top in some close matches. In the streamed matches, OAs again showed their quality against a strong opposition
Chiefs help to light up Hertford
The Chiefs were invited to the Hertford Floodlit festival, a unique evening event for Under 10, 11 and 12 teams on the 1st team pitch at Hertford RFC. Although most other clubs sent A teams to the event, OAs chose to give their Chiefs team exposure to A level rugby following some strong recent performances.
With the mist adding to tricky conditions, OAs started against Bishops Stortford A, a quality team who recently got the better of our Sharks side. After a poor start, letting in 2 soft tries, OAs rallied in the 2nd half. While OAs were unable to trouble the scoreboard, they caused Stortford problems, and the defence held up well.
The following match against Hertford B saw a close battle resulting in a 1 – 0 victory for OAs, and the points on the league table gave the boys confidence looking forwards.
Next up were Hertford A, who had been drafted into the festival at the last minute due to a late cancellation by another team. A frustrating match ensued for OAs, with poor discipline at the breakdown being compounded by conceding a soft try. In the second half OAs camped out in the Hertford 22, but still they could not maintain the continuity to get over the Hertford try line and the full time whistle blew with the score at 1 – 0 to the hosts.
A long break before the final match allowed the team to reflect on what had just happened, and gave them the confidence to know that they could compete at this level providing they focus on the getting basics right. A final match against a Woodford A side who had easily rolled over every other team in the competition would be a tough test however.
At last, OAs came flying out of the traps in a match, and took an immediate lead with a wonderfully worked try in the corner. In a rather rowdy atmosphere for an U11s match, both teams gave their all and left everything on the pitch, and as the second half passed the inevitable happened when Woodford scored a well deserved try. Going into the final minute of the match, it looked like Woodford would force the winning try, but some brave last ditch tackles and committed breakdown work kept the scores level as the final whistle blew. Woodford were deserved winners of the competition, and their players were very gracious in their praise of our players at final handshakes for what had been by far their toughest match of the evening.
This was great experience of A level rugby for the Chiefs, and will stand them in good shape for the new year as their attention turns to the festival season.
Many thanks to Hertford for organising this unique experience for the players
Wolfpack show pride at Amersham Festival
Our Wolfpack team consists of a number of players who are completely new to rugby this season. They travelled to the Amersham Development festival with many players looking forward to their first experience of festival rugby.
The boys put in a great performance, with the highlight being a 3 – 3 draw against the eventual winners Basingtstoke; a well drilled team who otherwise had won all of their other matches, some of them very easily. OAs went three tries down and rallied themselves to come back and to look the more likely winners; oh if only there had been another 60 seconds!! Otherwise the team won two games easily and lost two by a single try.
While many of the players were very disappointed by their loss in their final match to the hosts Amersham; it shows how much the boys care their performances. They have a great future in front of them.
Many thanks to Amersham for their continued support for development rugby, and providing players opportunities of playing festival rugby.
Old Albanian Under 11s are a mini rugby team for Year 6 children. Some of our players are now in their 6th season of playing rugby having played tag rugby from the age of 5 and contact rugby as Under 9s. Other players are just discovering the joys of rugby… Whatever the skill and experience of a player, everyone is welcome.
We currently have spaces to offer, and we are especially keen to recruit players who are new to rugby, or are not currently existing members of another local club. Parents of players interested in joining should make contact with the Head Coach. Membership forms and fees for joining OAJRFC are available on the “Joining OAJRFC” page.