Sevenoaks U8s headed to Somerset for this years end of season tour, staying in Brean Sands, the site of the first ever Pontins Park erected in 1946. The six mixed ability ‘Super Hero’ themed squads faced new opponents at Burnham-on-Sea rugby club, as well as our local friends and competitors Dartford, who we have faced numerous times throughout the season, trading wins, draws and losses along the way.
With five games on the Saturday and four played on the Sunday, every squad acquitted themselves valiantly with one, Team Wolverine, undefeated across the two days and qualifying for the final. The only other team to have held the same level of dominance, was to be Dartford – ironic that two local teams would battle through to a final from such a close home proximity.
‘A flawless game’ would sum up the final perfectly, with 7th tag turnovers, pitch runs from try line to try line and a level of commitment from both sides that all could be proud of. Both Sevenoaks and Dartford made it to within a yard of the opposition try line before having to hand over the ball and defend the gained ground. At half time, the players huddled together, showing no signs of fatigue or dropped heads and with no tries scored by either side, Sevenoaks coaches asked nothing more from the boys than to play on as they were.
With the restart in hand and the slope to their advantage, Sevenoaks Wolverine resumed play and the ‘Super Six’ drove forward again and again. Some gasps from parents and coaches on both sides as players scythed through the opposition towards the respective try lines, only to be stopped again and again by phenomenal tagging. As the minutes counted down, the elusive try became more and more valuable, surely to be the defining score to decide the tenth match of the tournament. But it wasn’t to be and the final ended scoreless. With both sides undefeated, nerves tingled as the count back of tries scored over the tournament was made. With Dartford holding 42 tries and Sevenoaks 49, Wolverine were victorious and took the cup. The seven boys were handed the cup later that evening by England’s Ben Morgan in front of seven hundred Sevenoaks Tourists and the other tour squads. Tiger Bussey was also awarded Player of the Tournament for the U8s, completing a fantastic weekend of rugger.
After two days of excellent rugby, Sevenoaks Wolverine represented all the hard work and effort put in by the whole squad at Sevenoaks U8s, from the players and coaches to the parents and support volunteers that have given their time and energy throughout the whole season. Next year, we leave the TAGS behind and take the leap to contact from September.
A brief video showing the defensive efforts of Sevenoaks
Thanks to Ari Papadopoulos for the pictures below:
Thanks to Marc Russell-Jones for the photos below: