Well the u10s ended the season on a real high with a great day of rugby at Allianz Park in glorious sunny conditions on sunday 1 May 2016. This followed on from a great end of season tour to Jersey and big festivals at Olney RFC, Cambridge RFC, St Neots RFC and London Irish in a busy period after the Easter holidays.
It was a real achievement getting 3 sides slots at the Allianz Champions event on sunday 1 May in its self and all 3 oas sides got to play teams from beyond our usual circuit. To have got one side into each of the respective finals was brilliant and more than achieved our goals for the day of putting in a good showing in the pool games and having a good craic at the sarries v falcons game.These half time finals are always a bit of a lottery with barely 1 half of rugby played and both our sides run up against 2 very big and well organised sides on small pitches and both alas fell short at the final hurdle. None of the players needed to be disappointed however after a great showing all day and we now have another 2 clubs on our list of longer distance fixtures and we’ll travel to both Medway in Kent and Wendens Ambo in deepest Essex hopefully before too long.
Our u10 tour to Jersey was a great success and we were very well looked after by our hosts at Jersey RFC and hopefully this will be the start of a long term friendship between the respective u10 age groups which we can develop out to the wider mini sections. We took players from all 6 of our regular sides and the boys gelled really well as a rugby side and above all, as a group of mates on the 1st overseas rugby trip.
A massive thanks to Jon Arnold our Tour Manager and Kim Watson -social secretary / chief judge and Mr motivator to all tourists (old and young)- without whom this tour wouldn’t have got off the ground or been the success it was .
It’s shown us that we can travel further afield now the players are that bit older and hopefully it’s the start of more “international” trips by the age group so we can test ourselves against a wide range of opposition and sample other countries approach to rugby.
On the theme of international rugby and making new friends , our Azzuri players had a couple of titantic match ups with an u10 touring side at St Neots fest from Bermuda RFC and an open invite to Bermuda already sits in my inbox which is great.
Whilst our Royals had a big day of rugby at the London Irish 7 Nations festival where sides from all the home unions (with a very large Irish contingent) + France + Germany + Spain were on show. This was one of the largest and strongest fests we have attended and shows us were the bar is set at some of the strongest clubs in the “Golden M3 corridor” and beyond. The sides from Ballymena and Frankfurt were both very good and this shows our players there is a big world of rugby out there to enjoy.
this weekend will be the end of our season and it will be good to have a good time together at our Friday night awards ceremony where we can recognise all our players achievements and say lots of thankyou to the u10 coaches and volunteers without whom the age group (and club) would not operate .We ll also have one last run out for 2015/16 on saturday afternoon at half time in the 1sts big play off game.
A great way to end the season before we all go off and do other stuff for the summer and get ready for another exciting season in September.