OA’s Red Arrows Blitz The Marlow Festival
21 March 2015
Coach Paul Catterfeld piloted another stunning performance by the OA Red Arrows at Marlow this weekend, decisively defeating a strong Windsor team in the main final to win the Cup.
Match 1 – Red Arrows win 6-0 vs Marlow Hunters
The Arrows started against the hosts Marlow Hunters and from the first whistle the boys were determined to get a result. William Hesleton set the tone making a big tackle on a Marlow player who spilt the ball for Tom Rankin to dive onto, pick up and pass to Will Bratton who stormed over the line for the first try. From then on, the game continued in the same vein with William H. grabbing possession from another loose ball and sending Tom away for a try. The Arrows continued to tackle hard, stopping Marlow from making any progress and following further tries from William, Archie and Henry the game was stopped with the score at 6-0, just before half time.
Match 2 – Red Arrows win 5-2 vs London Irish
Next up for the Reds were a London Irish team who had won their first match and looked to be a confident and well drilled outfit. The Arrows again started with a first tackle from William H. followed by a try from Will B. They then launched their secret weapon – Jason Tsangari – for his first run to speed down the wing and dodge inside a couple of players to score an impressive second try. The Irish team hit back with a try of their own before a pick up from Will B. followed by a great running pass from Oli sent Jason away for another score. The Arrows continued their tackling commitment turning the ball over once with a seven tackle play and making six tackles in a further play before London Irish scrambled over the line for their second try. By this time however, Archie and William H. had scored to put the result beyond any doubt.
Match 3 – Red Arrows win 5-2 vs Teddington
The scouts warned the Red Arrows that the Teddington Team had played impressively in their previous matches and would take some stopping. However Tom and Zack Parry made certain their first tackles counted as the OAs team they kept a high tempo to the game with Henry Catterfeld blasting his way through the opposition on number of plays to make lots of ground in the middle of the field. Two long range tries from Archie Connolly together with scores from Jason and Zack ensured a victory despite a couple of breakaways that resulted in tries for Teddington.
Match 4 – Red Arrows win 8-3 vs Ealing
Before the final group match coach Paul briefed the Arrows on the task ahead. Ealing, like OAs, were unbeaten in the tournament coming into this match and like the Arrows they had a couple of speedsters in their team who were likely to score tries if they were allowed to run – together with some big lads who would run through tackles if not taken low. Henry took charge of the first play and broke through to score the first try. Ealing hit back immediately and after four tackles one of their quickest players scored in the corner. The Arrows recognised that they were in a tight match. Oli, Zak and Tom put in some big tackles and Archie and Jason continued to score tries. OAs led narrowly by 4 to 3 at half time and it was clear that as long as the Red Arrows continued their defence that they could make the final. A great team effort ensured they did not concede in the second half and Jason and Archie scored further tries to seal the result 8-3.
Cup Final – Red Arrows win 6-0 vs Windsor
The Red Arrows stormed to victory in the final against the only other team with a 100% record, Windsor. OAs defence remained solid throughout, forcing mistakes from the opposition and allowing Jason, Archie, Zak and Oli to score some impressive tries. When Oli finished off an excellent move to score a sixth try without response, the referee called a halt to the match as Windsor conceded defeat. The Reds landed another fantastic OAs festival win – probably their best success to date.
The team celebrated with team ice creams sponsored by Demetri before collecting their medals and the Cup!