Four U7s teams hit the road on Sunday 6th, for what proved to be the first chilly festivals of the season. Each team performed exceptionally well, reports below.
Sidcup U7s Festival
The Sevenoaks Sharks were drawn against some very stiff competition in the form of Sidcup 1 and Beckenham 1, who were very well drilled. Whilst our running with the ball was very strong, the opponents being quick up on us to tag from the initial pass meant we were on the back foot quite quickly. Tagging was also proving to be very difficult. However after close losses to the aforementioned teams 6-5 and 5-4, the Sharks were not demoralised and rose to the occasion, increasing their tagging rate and support play to secure three wins on the bounce against Edenbridge 8-5, Old Colfeians 1 6-4 and Old Colfeians 3 8-6. A great day was had by all.
Team: Cordelia Davies, Edward Collins, Rocco Frazer, Jack O’Leary, Oliver Somjee, Austin Mitchell.
The Tigers had a successful day winning all 5 of their matches in what were typically tight contests. First up was one of the two Sidcup teams in the group, with Sevenoaks winning comfortably 8-6 in a high scoring game. Sevenoaks then defeated Old Colfs 8-6 before a narrow victory over the second Sidcup team 8-7. A tight win over Park House 6-5 set up a final match against Beckenham, a great game with some excellent rugby. Sevenoaks scored in the last play of the game to take it 7-6. The day included some wonderful examples of team passing, tagging and running from all of the players.
Team: Josh French, Elizabeth Crosby, Felix Morris, William Beech, Barney Elrin
Aylesford U7s Festival
The Lions faced stiff competition in Thanet in their first game, showing grit and determination right to the end of the game with Joseph and Seb running in tries. Against Aylesford (3) the Lions missed out narrowly, some super tagging from Lucky and Ciaran keeping the opposition’s scoreline low. By the third match the Lions’ had really started to gel, and it showed with a hatful of tries in the game against Aylesford(1), Seb scoring 3 tries with Joseph, Lucky and Jasper making the scoresheet. The Lions took confidence in their last 2 games, soundly beating a well organised Gravesend team, Lexi scoring a great try through good support work from Ciaran. And to finish the day a closely fought game vs Canterbury, Joseph and Jasper putting down some important scores with all contributing to a firm defensive line . So in the end much like The Coaches attempt to assemble a gazebo, the Lions got there in the end!
Team: Ciaran Doyle, Jasper Greogory, Joseph Newman-Browne, Lexi Kirkpatrick, Lucky Hayes, Sebastian West
• Lions 2 Thanet 5
• Lions 2 Aylesford(3) 3
• Lions 6 Aylesford(1) 2
• Lions 5 Gravesend(1) 2
• Lions 4 Canterbury(2) 3
On a cold day at Aylesford the Dragons warmed the crowd with their fiery defence and blazing attacks. From the opening exchanges the Dragons showed their quality with Sam and Luke dominating with their strong runs. Oscar showed superb awareness in defence to make numerous tags and Molly grew in confidence with some excellent runs and superb passing. James and Zander lead the defensive line well and found space to score some important tries. A hugely successful morning was epitomised by a passage of play where the Dragons made no fewer than 15 tags before turning the ball over to run the length of the field to score. The team played with smiles on their faces and with energy and positivity throughout. They could even be heard at one point chanting "Tag, tag, tag" as they lined up against the intimidated opposition. Well done all.
Team: James Dimond, Luke Harris, Molly Thomson, Oscar Harrison Sam Lobo, Zander Reay
• Dragons 4 Thanet 3
• Dragons 7 Aylesford A 5
• Dragons 6 Aylesford B 1
• Dragons 6 Gravesend 5
• Dragons 8 Canterbury 8