The 2015/2016 season has been a great developmental period for our young U7s. Players have continued to build individual skills, with a greater awareness for successful attacking and defensive play. Some new and firmer friendships have also been in evidence as all 6 teams have done well, enjoying some fine performances during training days, fixtures, triangulars, festivals and during the end of season tour.
During the first half of the season the players did us proud at our own inaugural Dev festival; at Bishop’s Stortford Festival we came away as double trophy winners; and at Windsor festival in October, the players celebrated being runners-up with icecream in the sunshine, before we moved on to play at Maidenhead festival, making sandcastles in between games!
In the new year, and after the wet weather, March provided us with a very busy weekend as we had teams involved in the excellent Marlow festival where the players involved produced some of the best rugby of the season – with some great defensive work and some sparkling team tries. In the A competition, the teams were unbeaten against Marlow, Ruislip, Maidenhead and Henley, to pick up the winners’ trophy. The B teams had similar success against Beaconsfield, High Wycombe and Ealing to take home the Runners Up trophy. Pleasingly, the players also picked up the treasured “TREDS” Trophy, having accrued most points during the day for Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
On the same weekend at Braintree festival, the “Royals” won two and drew one against Harlow, Braintree and Old Brentwoods to progress through to the Plate finals which they won. In the B competition, the “Sky” team won all three pool games against Harlow, Burnham and Woodford, losing narrowly in the cup final by just 2 tries.
And finally, again on the same weekend, we had another 2 teams playing at the Slough tournament, representing our C group. The OA “Springboks” made it all the way through to the final, narrowly losing by just one try.
To crown a fantastic season, our tour to Camber Sands with the U8s and U9s, produced some lasting memories and great stories for kids and parents alike: rounders and wet kit on the beach, seagull accidents, some last minute BBQ buying and dubious fancy dress. We even found time for some rugby.
Huge thanks to all the coaches for helping make a great season with the kids. Enjoy the peaceful summer Sundays!