4th Oct Windsor A Festival
As an late Indian summer sun burnt off the remaining mist from Windsor’s beautiful Home Park, a plucky group of OA U7s surveyed what was, for many of the team, the scene of the very first competitive match in their rugby careers…. But, putting pre-match nerves to bed with a nonchalance you wish you’d see from England, the boys booted up and got down to work.
The format for the games was unusual: two teams from each club would play another club and the aggregate score across both games would determine the outcome of the fixture.
OAs had an easy first match as Ealing misread the rules and didn’t show up with the right number of players. The boys then went on to win against Beaconsfield and draw against Windsor. Play was fast and the teams had a steep learning curve applying all their training in a real live game situation. Great action from OAs (and the opposite teams) with tags flying in the air and scything sprints crashing through to the try line.
After three games OAs was in a good position in our pool – but we had to win the last pool game to make it to the finals or leave dejected. Bracknell in black & yellow strip was our competitors. Here the boys rose to the occasion (and here I will refrain from a comparison with England) and delivered a fantastic set of games despite tough opposition to win through to their first tournament final in their rugby careers.
20mins later and we were up. Rosslyn Park had won the other pool and were our opponents. We were well matched: the “Park” was fast, well schooled and drilled and it showed – with repeated OA attacks breaking themselves on an ironclad defensive wall. The lads kept at it and defended as well as they attached – the game ebbed and flowed with parents aging visibly by the minute – but unfortunately we lost by a single try after great efforts by all the team.
Disappointment at not winning was quickly (perhaps too quickly) turned to joy from receiving an icecream for a great day’s rugby!
So silver medal for OAs U7s. Lots to learn and train from today’s rugby and a great event for the players’ first competitive rugby game!
Report: D Issot