Two U11s squads hit the winning trail on Sunday 25 October, bringing home the Shield jointly at Cranbrook and winning the Cup outright at Beccehamians B Festival.
At Cranbrook, the lads were slow into their stride and lost their first match versus an efficient Sittingbourne outfit 0-1. After that, the players did not look back for the rest of the Tournament, drawing a tight match with Canterbury 1-1 before romping through favoured locals Haywards Heath 3-0 to secure passage to the Shield Semi-Final. There they met a direct and robust Sidcup team that was no match for the switches and loops of an effervescent Sevenoaks side. Putting resolute defence and handling skills together Oaks won 5-2 to go through to the Shield Final against Bromley, who had put Cranbrook away convincingly in their Semi; it was never going to be an easy match. Sevenoaks went into the half-time break 1-0 up, before Bromley fought back in the second half to 1-1 to force extra time. After four further minutes of golden rugby there was still no separating two committed yet exhausted sets of players who were ready for a post Festival refreshment. It was therefore elected to saw the Shield in half, as the two teams clapped each other off the pitch following a cracking day in the sunshine. Very well done to the hosts for putting on a great show.
The boys also started slowly at Beccs, a few cobwebs removed as the navy and golds emerged 3-3 from an opening encounter with the hosts. Up next were Dartfordians 2. Oaks started to pass the ball better and with some strong running, won 11-1. An imposing Whitgiftians next posed a more physical challenge and with hard tackling and mental resilience Sevenoaks emerged victors 2-0. As qualification rested on the last game against Beckenham, Sevenoaks dug deep to win 7-1. Following some number crunching the organisers announced that Sevenoaks had won the Pool by a single try on count back and were in the Cup Final versus Dartfordians 1. Showing true grit Sevenoaks were 2-0 up at half time and went on to win the Final 5-1. Thanks to hosts Beccehamians for putting on a well-run festival in such great weather. With many team mates on the road, a small cohort of U11s put in the hard yards during a lively home training session.
Squads: Cranbrook: Ben Harvey; Charlie Stoney; James Willimont; Johnnie Fitzmaurice; Oliver Langley; Quentin Hayman; Quinn Taylor; Rhys Williams; Thomas Mitchell; Tom Bampton, and Zach Hudson. Beccehamians: William Clarke; Isaac Dodd; James Emmett; Matthew Hall; Nick Harper; Archie Heslop; Jimmy Mayes; Freddie McGahan; Dewi Robinson; Jake Seaman; Patrick Staunton, and Luca van Kreij.

Shield winners at Cranbrook