On Saturday 19th March, we took two teams down for the day to lovely Marlow which, although not bathed in glorious spring sunshine, is still a great backdrop for rugby and thankfully it was dry all day.
Marlow deserve a lot of credit for hosting us and the friendly demeanor of their parents and organisers.
This was an A & B festival so we were competing effectively in two competitions.
We were told that only pool games would count and there was to be no Grand Final. After the usual parking fun and games all boys were present and correct and off we went.
Second up were Aylesbury – an unknown quantity – but it turned out a really spirited team who never gave up despite falling behind to OAs 4 – 0 after a couple of minutes. The score ended 7-4 but a lot of credit to Aylesbury who despite being outgunned, never gave up and made a real game of it. James ‘Napoleon’ O’Callaghan managed a strong performance by the team with some great support running from PJ ‘Kyber’ Ludlow.
I was aware that with the set up of the tournament it was likely to come down to try differential, so with the last game approaching against the team I rated as the strongest competition, I resorted to bribery: Win by 5 and I’ll buy the ice cream. I thought I was safe – how wrong I was. A stellar performance by the boys led by a defensive masterclass from Adam ‘Is it a bird, is it a plane…’ Loo saw the boys dominate a strong Oxford Harlequins team and run out 9-4 winners and me out of pocket – but throughly deserved all round.
Quote of the day for me was from one of the Camelot coaches: ‘It was worth coming all this way just to see your boys play’.
Well done all and thanks to the parents who supported with food, drinks and hugs.
B competition report to follow…