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Westcombe Park Vs Sevenoaks A & B

Sevenoaks U12's A & B Squads travelled away to Westcombe Park for some action packed competitive matches.

The fixture didn't disappoint with a fantastic morning of rugby with both teams winning convincingly and playing some great rugby.

The A team was represented by:

Baker   Dixon   Gilbey   Killick   Kitchen   Millet   Smith   Brooke   Gollan   Johnson   Lay    Lindsay  Maynard   Parker   Pearl   Shoobridge

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The As won 5-0 with tries from Smith, Gollan x2, Lindsay and Shoobridge. The foundations were laid with a strong tackling and rucking display by the forwards with good finishing by the backs in tricky windy conditions.  It was great to see all the work at the Paddock put into practice in the first proper test of the season. Well done to all the boys.

 

The B team was represented by:

Hewitt   Latrobe   Daly   Skein   F. Thomas   L. Thomas   Wilson   Blackmore   Box   Dalton   Ebsworth   Francombe   Holden   Lenaghan   Rumsey   Waller

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Sevenoaks B team turned out for their first away match as juniors and what a performance to kick off the season.  Playing against a well drilled Westcombe Park team, Sevenoaks played out of their skins and rucked and mauled the opposition off the ball and then recycled the ball to score a number of memorable team tries where the majority of the team handled the ball.  The final score was 9-0 and the tries were scored by Frank Rumsey, Tom Hewitt, Jack Wilson, Rory Dalton (x2), Finlay Thomas, Joseph Box, Liam Thomas and Alex Holden.  The excellent team and competitive spirit was evident until the end when WP’s huge Front Row Forward received the ball in full flight with 3 minutes to go and nearly ran the length of the pitch with all the Sevenoaks players in pursuit trying to stop him.  The team did not give up and it was the brave Olly Ebsworth who finally managed to bring him down 5m from the try line and in the ensuing penalty for WP, the team stood together again to stop the huge player in his tracks and win back the ball and thereby ensuring that they weren’t going to concede a try even though they have already secured the win.  An excellent performance by the team and they can all be very proud of the very entertaining rugby they have dished up for the parents and coaches.

Well done boys you've done us proud again.

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GB WHEELCHAIR RUGBY MEETS SEVENOAKS U12's

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GB WHEELCHAIR RUGBY MEETS SEVENOAKS U12's

This Sunday saw the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team attend the club over two days where the U12's had the chance to partake in a game of Wheelchair Rugby. 

This was a fantastic opportunity for our boys to support the GBWR and their ambition to raise awareness and money for their sport.

GB is bouncing back from the news that UK Sport will not fund the team for the Paralympics despite narrowly losing to the eventual gold medallists in Rio last year and going on to win the European Championships in Germany this summer. The sport remains upbeat about its prospects and is committed to raising the £2m needed to get a competitive team to the Tokyo games in 2020.

If you would like to donate to get the GB Wheelchair team to Tokyo, please visit gbwr.org.uk or email lucy.jones@gbwr.org.uk to find out how you can get involved.

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Beccehamian's Vs Sevenoaks U12's

Our boys went away to Beccahamian's RFC on this glorious Sunday morning where we were represented by the following boys:

Avery   Beaufoy   Crosby   Davis-O'Malley   Fordyce-Gray  Gustard   Hall   Hewitt   Keenor   Malan   Onuha   Raymond   Williams   R.Wilson   Trusty   Waller   Youngson

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The boys trained with our hosts and then played a very competitive match where we came away with a hard earned 7-4 win and gained more valuable match experience in doing so.

Well done to all those involved you were a credit to the club.

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Sevenoaks U12's Vs Blackheath & Edenbridge

This Sunday had three of our squads in fine form against a Blackheath A squad and an Edenbridge B Squad.

The following boys represented our A Squad: 
Avery, Baker, Brooke, Burgess, Dixon, Francombe, Gilbey, Gollan, Johnson, Killick, Kitchen, Lay
Lindsay, Maynard, Millett, Sayers, Smith

The following boys represented our B Squad:
Blackmore, Dalton, Hansen, Hewitt, Holden, Latrobe, Lenaghan, Parker, Pearl, Rumsey, Satrettin, Shoobridge, Skein, Thomas F, Thomas L, Waller, Wilson

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The Following boys represented our B2 Squad: 
Clarke, Daly, Fordyce-gray,  Gallagher, Gustard, Hedger, Hebdon, Keenor, Malan, Onuha, Stratton, 
Sumner, Van Niekerk, Wetherill, Williams, Youngson

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As a club we trained with our hosts and then held one-on-one matches, which was played at a high tempo and a very good level considering we only had three weeks of training.

Our A squad performed very well against Blackheath A's and were comfortable winners. To balance the squads we mixed our boys with Blackheath to give a more competitive game experience for our boys.

Our two B Squads played Edenbridge B's once and each other. Both squads played exceptionally well and gave Edenbridge a good game. Our B squad drew 1-1 and our B2 squad lost 3-1 on what was a close and very thrilling match.

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This was our first time as U12's hosting teams and it was also the first time our boys had match lunch in their shirts and ties. It was a great experience for all involved. 

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Well done everyone!

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VIGO Vs SEVENOAKS U12's DEVELOPMENT - TRAINING AND MATCHES

This Sunday we took a development squad down to Vigo for some training and matches. It was a glorious day of sunshine which allowed some of our newer recruits to get some valuable match time. The following boys were a credit to our squad and club:

T. Adamson R. Beaufoy C. Chaboissier T. Claridge R. Crosby  J. Davis-O’Malley

D. Featherstone  Z. Head  M. Hebdon  M. Raymond  K. Satrettin (Capt) 

I. Shoobridge  T. Stevens  F. Trusty  R. Wilson

The boys followed the challenging training regime with our hosts and then we split into teams. Unfortunately Vigo didn't have enough players to field a full team of 12 so we had to lend them two of ours which we rotate during the game.

We played four entertaining 10min quarters where we made a good account of ourselves. Vigo scored 3 tries in the first quarter and then they didn't score again until the 3rd and fourth quarters, where we upped our intensity and began to play as a team.

Our game play in the third and fourth quarters were at times really good. Some good runs, distribution and tackling. We won all but one scrum and nearly every ruck. 

We played very well but our over politeness at the breakdowns and in tackles saw us go down 7-3 in a match that could easily have been 7-3 to us!

Well done boys you were all excellent.

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Here we go again...

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Here we go again...

Welcome back everybody to the new season here at Sevenoaks Rugby Club. The U12s go into the next phase of their development under the RFU's Age Grade Rugby. We have now progressed into the Junior stage of Age Grade Rugby, which brings new exciting challenges for the squad.

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We look forward to coaching your boys again this season.

U12's Coaches

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Westcombe Park Festival - Lions

Sevenoaks U11 Lions attended the final festival of the 2016-17 season at Westcombe Park on a glorious day for some fantastic end of season rugby. The Lions were represented by:

Tom Adamson, Max Avery, Olly Ebsworth, Max Gilbey, Felic Gollan, Alex Holden, Zach Johnson, Max Lindsay, Ian Shoobridge, Andrich Skein, Liam Thomas and Elijah Youngson.

The first game was a brutal and physical affair against Warlingham and the Sevenoaks team got a first taste of what U12 rugby would be like due to numerous illegal hand-offs and shoulder charges dished out by Warlingham.  With Zach Johnson, Felic Gollan and Max Gilbey leading the charges, Sevenoaks did not back down and after Zach Johnson scored the first try for Sevenoaks, the team grew in confidence and scored two very good team tries through Skein and YoungsonSevenoaks won 3-0.

Sevenoaks started the second game against Westcombe Park too relaxed and struggled to find their momentum and was soon caught out by a bouncing ball which a Westcombe Park player caught and scored.  The team’s urgency came back and Gilbey scored an excellent individual try running almost half the pitch.  This was followed by an excellent team try with the last play of the game when the ball was passed down the back line with Holden to score in the corner.  Sevenoaks won 2-1.

The third game was against a Vigo team who had no answer to the excellent passing and supporting game of the Sevenoaks Lions.  With champagne rugby, Sevenoaks scored 5 unanswered tries through a Shoobridge brace (one running almost the length of the pitch following a kick-off), Holden, Thomas and Lindsay.  What made the quality of the play even more remarkable was that Johnson, Gollan, Gilbey and Lindsay were all rested for the game and it was therefore the less experienced players stepping up.  Sevenoaks won 5-0.

The fourth game was against a highly rated Cranbrook team but with Zach Johnson in devastating form and Gollan and Lindsay not far behind, Sevenoaks ran in four tries through Johnson (2), Gollan and Lindsay with Cranbrook scoring one try after a clear hand-off, for which the referee apologised for missing.  Following a couple of extended injury times, Sevenoaks ended the game too relaxed with Cranbrook scoring another try and nearly another one if it wasn’t for the excellent defence of especially GollanSevenoaks won 4-2.

The fifth and final game was against Tunbridge Wells and with Johnson again in devastating form, Sevenoaks soon scored the first try through Holden, which was shortly followed by another good try by LindsaySevenoaks leading half-time 2-0. Second-half was unfortunately a different matter as TW fly-half’s well-placed kicking kept Sevenoaks under pressure and led to two simple tries by Tunbridge Wells.  A tightly fought game ended in a 2-2 draw but the Sevenoaks Lions can be proud of going undefeated throughout the day, with lots of experience and lessons picked up by especially the less experienced players.

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Westcombe Park Festival - Tigers

Sevenoaks U11 Tigers attended the final festival of the 2016-17 season at Westcombe Park on a glorious day for some fantastic end of season rugby. The Tigers were represented by:

FRANCOMBE, GENTRY-POTTER, HEWITT, KILLICK, KITCHEN, LAY, MAYNARD, MILLETT, 

PEARL, SATRETTIN, SAYERS, SMITH, TRUSTY, WILLIAMS

Our first match against Harlow saw us play some dominant, commanding rugby, scoring nine tries in total and conceding none. Our try scorers were Smith (2), Millett (2), (2), Lay (2) & Trusty. A great solid attacking performance and the perfect start to the tournament. 

Our second match was against an excellent Blackheath RFC team. After going one-nil up in the first half, Blackheath responded in the second half with some excellent pressure which resulted in a try against us. Our boys put in a masterclass in defending and then pressurised Blackheath on their own try line to eventually score and win the match in the last play. Superb rugby played by both teams in the right spirit. A fantastic performance by our boys. Try scorers, Lay & Killick.

Our third match saw us up against a well drilled and physical Medway team. Our boys succumbed to two tries in the first half in a well matched game. We played a high-paced, physical game and we saw some of our best play and offloading, especially in the second half. The boys upped their intensity and played for each other resulting in two well earned tries to overturn a loss in the second half. A draw was the right outcome with our try scorers being Kitchen & Hewitt.

Our fourth match saw us play against a spirited Old Alleynians squad. Our boys upped their game and ran out 8-0 winners. Our tempo, game-play, passing, offloading and rucking was absolutely superb! Our try scorers were, Smith (3), Trusty (2), Lay, Gentry-PotterMaynard.

Our final match was against Beckenham RFC where our boys continued where they left off and totally dominated in a one sided affair which saw us winning by five excellent tries. Our boys were now tackling very hard, rucking superbly and scoring at will. Their offloading and team play was quite possibly the best rugby they have played all season. A fantastic performance by all, with our try scorers being, Smith (2), Kitchen, Millett Maynard.

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Kent Mini Festival - Sevenoaks A

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Sevenoaks A U11’s took a squad of 12 boys to the Kent U11’s Festival, where our boys triumphed in all 3 games winning our pool.

M.Lindsay, R.Millett, O.Maynard, F.Gollan, B.Smith, S.Lay,

L.Thomas, W.Baker, W.Francombe, Z.Johnson, O.Brooke, O.Burgess

The boys started off strong and then went from strength to strength winning all 3 matches comfortably scoring 18 tries overall and only conceding 1 try for the day.

The first game against Blackheath started tough but with some excellent passing and rucking the boys comfortably won 7-1 with Tries from Smith, Lay, Brooke and Lindsay.

The second game against Old Elthamians had our defence stretched but with our boys putting into practice all the tackling, passing and rucking drills, they were very pleasing to the eye, winning 4-0 with the scorers Johnson, Millett, Smith and Brooke.

After two wins the boys were highly motivated and eager for another win in their 3rd match against Westcombe Park. No one was going to break through our defensive line with some excellent tackles, and our attacking play was beautiful to watch with some great offloads. Some really suberb performances all round from the boys, winning 7-0 with tries from Gollan, Lay, Baker, Johnson, Maynard and Smith.

Overall Sevenoaks played excellent rugby and truly worked well as a team with all players contributing to the success of a great season.

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Kent Mini Festival - Sevenoaks B

Sevenoaks B's entered the Kent Mini Festival on a bright and sunny day hosted by Aylesford Buls RFC for an action packed day of high quality rugby with the following team:

Gentry-Potter, Youngson, Rumsey, Hewitt, Holden, 

Box, Lenaghan, Dixon, Satrettin, Stratton, Ebsworth

Cameo appearances by Maynard, Lay, Daly and Burgess

Our first match against Aylesford A's saw a gritty fast paced performance by Sevenoaks running out 3-2 winners with tries from Holden, Hewitt and Box. Excellent well disciplined play of rugby produced some magnificent offloading and rucking by a very determined Sevenoaks side.

Our second match was against Sidcup A's where our boys didn't play with the same intensity as the first match. Sevenoaks lost an influential player and the team all stepped up to make their teammate proud. Whilst we put in an excellent performance with some good defending and counter-play Sevenoaks narrowly lost. Holden scored our only try.

Our third match against Canterbury A's saw our team up against a well drilled squad who put Sevenoaks under a lot pressure. Having conceded early in the first half, Sevenoaks went out in the second half very bright and determined to stop Canterbury scoring and in the process scoring a fantastic team try by Holden. Our team lost a couple of players and were replaced by the excellent duo of Maynard and Lay.

Our last match saw us play against a strong Ashford A's team and Sevenoaks were back with some excellent running and try scoring. The team had kept their shape on the pitch and we played it down the flanks and to the wings scoring almost at will. Daly and Burgess were brought on in the second half to replace the heroic Ebsworth who was 5m from scoring an excellent individual try. Tries were scored by, Rumsey, Stratton, Holden, Youngson, Hewitt and Box

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Kent Mini Festival - Sevenoaks C

Sevenoaks C's, coaches and parents enjoyed another great day of rugby at Aylesford Bulls Rugby club who were hosting the Kent Mini Festival.

We played 4 matches of which we won 2 and lost 2.

First match was against Cranbrook A which were the strongest team in our pool.

Although it was a very tight first half in which we rucked and mauled at a very high standard, Cranbrook managed to score twice on the right wing. The boys with a lot of courage came back strong in the second half playing some all-around amazing rugby rucking and passing wide being the highlights. We finally managed to close the gap and scored on the left wing with a very good mix of team and individual production. Although we finally lost, the game ended with Cranbrook desperately defending their in-goal until the whistle finished a game that deserve to be a draw.

The second match against Dart Valley was a totally different story. It didn’t help that Dart Valley were short players and we offered to share a couple of our own. They dynamic of the game was very different from the first match. Our rucking or mauling wasn't at usual high standard. It became a bit like a touch rugby game running sideways to find the gaps in a very weak defense. Although we won by a large margin it felt that we could have done much better.

Our third match against Blackheath put our boys under pressure again and they reacted positively. Gradually we started to remember to ruck, maul, run straight and pass wide as we had in the first match. A couple of unfortunate events (missed kick in our ingoal) gave Blackheath a win by a small margin.

Our fourth and last match against Turnbridge Wells was probably the highlight. All of a sudden the boys felt the pressure of a very physical game and reacted to what coaches and parents were expecting: character and determination. We tackled hard, we rucked and played the breakdown with immense courage. Also our running game was excellent. Turnbridge Wells couldn't do much to avoid Sevenoaks scoring 3 tries again thanks to a combination of individual and team effort. Turnbridge Wells came back in the second half very strong scoring their only try of the game but the boys didn't give in. We continued to tackle all the way to the end. We could have scored more tries if we would have played wider but this is something that will improve with time and work on the training ground.

Overall another promising performance showing that gradually the boys are putting into practice all the hard work done at the Paddock every single Sunday.

Well done Sevenoaks C's!!! And well done parents that came to support their boys!!

 

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Training at the paddock

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Training at the paddock

Training at the paddock today saw some tackle bag practice with rucking and delayed running moves.

The training was followed by an excellent game of rugby with two equally split teams. Good fun was had by all.

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Old Colfeians festival

On Sunday Sevenoaks U11's took part in a keenly contested festival at Old Colfeians with

the flowing team:

Baker, Burgess, Francombe, Holden, Killick, Lay, Lenaghan, Lindsay, Maynard, Millett, Sayers, Wilson

The first match against Medway was the warm up for much tougher challenges to follow. Sevenoaks won 2-1 with tries from Burgess and Francombe, with everyone demonstrating strong tackling, good support play and lots of open running.

The second match could not be more different however, as the boys took on a well organised and determined team from Old Whitgiftians. Sevenoaks lost their shape and their heads went down after a difficult first half. We went into the second period already three tries down and didn’t recover, eventually losing 5-0.

The third game against long time foes Westcombe Park saw Sevenoaks reassert themselves with 2 tries from Holden and one apiece from Lay, Burgess, Lindsay and Maynard. We won 6-2 but the final tally could have been much higher.

The final match against Old Alleynians was a thrilling encounter, and we went into half time 3-1 down. The second half was one of the best of the day as the boys fought back with the game ending 3-3 with Lay grounding the ball twice to add to Holden’s.

Overall a great team performance from all the boys.

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Edenbridge Development Festival

On Sunday 19th March eleven boys travelled to Edenbridge for their Development Festival.

J.Box, T.Claridge, J.Clarke, R.Dalton, O.Ebsworth, T.Hewitt, H.Gustard, F.Rumsey, A.Stratton, J.Waller, G.Williams

Four games were played against Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge Juddians 1, Tonbridge Juddians 2 and Sidcup.

The Sevenoaks boys continuously improved their game over the festival and won all four matches against strong opposition.

In dry but very windy conditions, the opening two games saw us concede just one try in each with the standard of play improving with the forward running  and passing enabling the boys on the wing to power through and score the teams tries.

By the third game the team came together and were putting into practice everything that they had covered in training, the boys were talking to each other on the pitch and maintaining good defensive and attacking lines which together with good mauling and rucking produced good results against strong opposition.  In one of the games the boys were concerned that one of the opposition players was much larger than they were, this concern was put to rest when one of our smallest players went in with a tackle in exactly the right way and successfully brought this player to the ground, which was representative of this teams attitude.

The boys were a pleasure to coach and listened to what they were being told and put their skills into practice with minimal input from the side lines during the match and noticeably improved their game performance over the morning.  An outstanding performance from all the boys.

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Beccehamian Festival

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Sevenoaks U11’s took a squad of 12 boys to the Beccehamian Minis Festival, where our boys triumphed in all 4 games winning our selected pool.

O.Maynard, W.Baker, M.Lindsay, H.Sayers, B.Smith, O.Brooke, O.Ebsworth, J.Wilson, A. Blackmore, Z.Johnson, A.Holden, F.Rumsey

The boys started off a little rusty but that soon dissipated and the boys went from strength to strength winning all 4 matches comfortably scoring 17 tries overall and only conceding 2 tries all day.

The first game against Alleynians started tough but with some excellent passing and rucking the combined effort of Smith and Johnson saw us to victory.

The second game against Old Whitgiftians had our defence stretched to the max but with Smith’s superb pick and runs and ball ripping from the maul saw him pick up a hat trick.

After two wins the boys were highly motivated and eager for another win in their 3rd match against Beckenham. The rucks and mauls were in place and now with the boys keen to succeed no one was going to break through our defensive line with some excellent tackles. Our attacking play was taking shape with some beautiful steep lines and the ball handling skills second to none. Some really good performances all round from the boys, winning with six tries from Ebsworth, Johnson, Maynard and Smith.

The last game against Sidcup was a pleasure to watch with some real dominant play in the first half and some fast running almost end to end to secure two for Brooke. With our opponent’s heads starting to drop Lindsay, Rumsey and Wilson took advantage to seal a convincing victory.

Overall Sevenoaks played excellent rugby and truly worked well with all players contributing to the success of the team. At the end of the festival coaches from Sidcup and Whitgiftians came to me to say what a great disciplined group of boys you are and what a pleasure you were to watch, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

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Guildfordians Festival A

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Sevenoaks u11's A - Team:
 

Max Avery, William Francombe, Arthur Hansen, Aston Killick, Kamren Satrettin, Alfie Stratton, Ian Shoobridge, Luke Sumner, Jaques Malan, Mac Raymond


10 wonderful ambassadors represented Sevenoaks U11's at the Annual Guildfordians Festival. Our gallant boys took on the A Squads of Dorking, Pulborough, Reigatians and Cranleigh in the constant rain in Guildford. Most of you know that when it rains at Guildford their famous pitches turn into one giant mud slide down to the spectrum centre. So downhill proved to be a massive advantage.

It was a brilliant and friendly tournament despite the weather with some truly amazing rugby played. The best of Surrey and Sussex (Plus a guest side from Guernsey) were on show and these elite boys helped our guys raise their game. Passion and commitment was to the fore.

After 4 very physical encounters, the lads ended up with a playing record of 1 win and 3 narrow losses. What was so pleasing was how the guys gelled as a unit and grew in confidence during the festival. And on another day some games could have swung in our direction. With a few losses happening in the final minute or two.

Having never played together as a unit in a competitive match it took a while for the guys to find their rhythm. But once they understood each other strengths their rugby stepped up another level and improved with every game.

It was commented by all opposition coaches, just how strong our boys rucked over the ball and ran straight lines. Finally, the boys were brilliant ambassadors for the club and we were very proud of them today in the face of some very strong teams.

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Guildfordians Festival B

7oaks B Guildford

Sevenoaks U11's Blue entered a very tough Guildford competition with the following boys:

R.BEAUFOY, C. CHABOISSIER, L. FORDYCE-GRAY, Z. HEAD, T. HEWITT, S. KEENOR, N. HEBDEN,  T. STEVENS, H. VAN NIEKERK, M. WETHERILL

On a wet Guildford festival with steady rain all day turning the clay soil to a muddy slippy mess, the boys remained enthusiastic in the inclement conditions. There were 1800 children playing today, from teams as far as Guernsey. 

The boys won one game and lost three games. The opening game saw the boys working well together, with a dip in results in the middle games and the last half of the last game saw the boys pull together and put in strong performance.

We played HASLEMERE RED, DORKING, BRIGHTON, HASLEMERE BLUE.

All the boys put in an excellent performance against some strong opposition and we certainly didn't disappoint losing by small margins. The day was a wonderful experience for the boys.

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Foxbury Mixed Ability Festival

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A “mixed ability” Sevenoaks u11’s team consisting of the following players attended the Foxbury Festival:

Rory Dalton, Ryan Dixon, Finn Gallagher, Felic Gollan, Peter Latrobe, Sean Lenaghan, Richard Millett, Ben Pearl, Andrich Skein, Finlay Thomas, Liam Thomas

The first game was against Westcombe Park and a fired-up Sevenoaks team played some exhibition rugby with excellent rucking, tackling, running and passing and scored 4 excellent team tries through Ben Pearl, Felic Gollan, Ryan Dixon and Richard MillettWestcombe Park did not know what hit them and ended the game with only 8 fit players which was testament of the commitment of the Sevenoaks players who played their hearts out.  Final score 4-0 to Sevenoaks.

Due to a tough fixture draw, Sevenoaks had to play their second game straight after the first but the team did not complain and ran Dartfordians off their feet in the first half scoring 3 tries in the process, one by Rory Dalton and a brace by Richard Millett.  Due to tiring legs, the team did not manage to score another try after half time but more importantly did not concede a try either.  Final score 3-0 to Sevenoaks.

With Old Elthamians winning their first 2 games as well, it meant that the winner of the final game between OE’s and Sevenoaks would be the only unbeaten team (“winner”) and the game did not disappoint.  OE’s started with a bang and threw everything at Sevenoaks but our boys did not budge and when three of our boys had to bundle one of their players over the touch line on the corner flag, it was time for Sevenoaks to take control of the game.  Our boys regrouped and they forced the game all the way back to OE’s try line and won a 5 meter scrum, just for the referee to blow the half-time whistle.  The second half was as ferocious as the first but mid-way through the half Felic Gollan picked up a loose ball and ran half of the pitch to score a stunning try.  OE’s wasn’t done yet and tried everything to get the equaliser but the Sevenoaks boys fought off attack after attack and deservedly won the game and the jubilant scenes at the end showed how much it meant to the boys (and parents).

It was an excellent performance by a team who has never played together before and a day that all the players and parents can be very proud of – although there were lots of highlights and excellent performances by individuals, a special mention has to be made to Richard Millett who was everywhere and scored three excellent tries and was the Sevenoaks’ “Player of the Festival”.

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Sidcup RFC Mixed Ability Festival

Sevenoaks U11's entered two teams into this well established festival at Sidcup. The teams were mixed ability and split into Blue and Gold:

TEAM BLUE

W.Baker, A.Blackmore, J.Box, O.Burgess, F.Daly, R.Dalton, T.Hewitt, A.Holden, M.Lindsay, R.Millett, H.Sayers, F.Thomas

W.Baker, A.Blackmore, J.Box, O.Burgess, F.Daly, R.Dalton, T.Hewitt, A.Holden, M.Lindsay, R.Millett, H.Sayers, F.Thomas

The squad of eleven mixed ability players settled into action quickly, putting into practice the winter training and all pushed their abilities and fully worked as a cohesive team.

The boys worked well with excellent passing and tackling resulting in four wins and losing just one game. Sevenoaks scored eleven tries over some hard fought matches with only two tries being conceded.

The opening game was against the home Sidcup side with tries scored by Sayers and Holden facilitated by excellent passing along the line. The second game against Park House saw a good ruck from Baker and Millett and in the second half an unexpected kick from Thomas caught everyone unaware. Sayer scored two tries and Hewitt and Millett one each, ending in a four nil win.

The third game was hard fought against a physically large Beccehamians team that worked the boys hard both mentally and physically. After being one nil up at half time the boys were motivated to achieve better and applied their skills and ended winning four nil. Millett received the ball and ran three quarters of the pitch to score the opening try, Lindsay, Burgess and another by Millett brought the score to four nil.

The fourth game against Edenbridge was a technical game with some good rugby ending with Sevenoaks winning one nil, with the try by Lindsay. The final game saw tied legs playing against a very at strong and capable Westcombe Park team. This was a demanding game with Sevenoaks losing by two nil. This was a strong result against the Westcombe Park team.

Overall Sevenoaks Blues played excellent rugby and truly worked as a mixed ability team with all players contributing to the success of the team and were a joy to watch.

 

TEAM GOLD

O.Ebsworth, W.Francombe, F.Gentry-Potter, H.Gustard, A.Killick, S.Lay, S.Lenaghan, K.Satrettin, A.Skein, L.Sumner, L.Thomas, J.Waller

O.Ebsworth, W.Francombe, F.Gentry-Potter, H.Gustard, A.Killick, S.Lay, S.Lenaghan, K.Satrettin, A.Skein, L.Sumner, L.Thomas, J.Waller

The gold squad of 12 mixed ability players put in a thoroughly entertaining performance over 5 matches often facing "A" team squads from other clubs.

Our first match against Westcombe park saw us earn a draw against strong opposition. We played as a team, rucked well and fought for the ball. A great tackle by Lay on the biggest player of the tournament. A good performance all round. A great performance by Francombe.

In our second match against Edenbridge we started a little slower than the first game with less urgency in our overall play. The boys picked up the pace in the second half which was good to see and we turned out 1-0 winners with Ebsworth scoring our only try.

Our third match was a 0-0 draw against Beckenham. There were some good performances across the pitch with both teams scoring tries that were disallowed.

Our fourth match was against our hosts Sidcup where we started to get back into gear and a good strong performance prevailed. Some really good performances by the boys all round, winning with two solid tries  from Francombe and Ebsworth.

Our final match was against a very strong Old Colfeians. Our boys played very well and were unlucky in the end. A great try was scored by Lay.

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Cranbrook Away Training and Matches

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Cranbrook Away Training and Matches

The rain held off but the wind was bitter on a grey morning at Cranbrook RFC.

The mighty U11s arrived en masse and from the first minute of training showed the spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship that was needed to negotiate the tough conditions.

Cranbrook were as hospitable as always and the session gave everyone a good run-out.

The inter club matches at the end were played with great determination and I know from speaking to every Oaks coach on duty (I think we had 9 to their 4) just how proud they were of your efforts.

Every team stood tall and tested our hosts at every opportunity - our passing and recycling of the ball at times was stunning but we are still a little too polite in the ruck and not low enough still in many areas of tackling (we will continue to work on this in the coming weeks though - we will get there!)

Just in the one game alone myself and Sid looked after there were so many uplifting moments and it is very evident we have a talented deep bench of players who are clearly enjoying themselves.

Great to see so many smiling faces on such a cold day.

We came, we saw , we conquered - and ate wonderful sausages!

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