The final session of the season came on the back of excellent performances in the last three matches. The weather, as per most of the season, was kind and was perfect for the planned events.
A warm up and competitive agility races lead into the final Heroes and villains games which built into the crescendo of the final game of rugby of the 2013/14 season. In the final act the mighty Under 7s took on their biggest challenge to date … THE PARENTS.
To make it a fair game, the U7s were asked to keep one arm behind their backs, tie their feet together using shoelaces and wear a blindfold. The game was made as a 14 aside, although the parents had the advantage of a strong bench should injuries ensue. The rules were explained, especially the illegal nature of clothes lines, punching, gouging, stamping and head butting. The U7s were really really disappointed as there seemed to be scores to settle! With St John’s Ambulance ready on stand-by with the defib, the season finale kicked off to the roars of the largest crowd to date.
In a break from the long standing tradition, the U7s were quick out of the blocks and all eager to get one over on the opposition. The impressive support play seen in the last three games was evident as Harry picked up two tries in quick succession as firstly Josh R and then Zac were tagged close to the try line and the little pop ball allowing the simplest of scores. Ben added to the tally going over in the corner making the score 3-0 and the U7s running riot.
The PARENTS now knew it was not going to be the pushover they expected. All their hopes were pinned on the pros to dig them out of the mire. James, Martin, Lee, Mark and Gavin started with some nice passing down the full line and then back, the U7s defence was dragged left and then right before a perfect pass put Lisa in space to score.
Quick thinking by Archie from the restart and a determined run saw him take advantage of the sleepy PARENTs defence and go the full length of the field to restore the 3 try advantage.
The PARENTs were not going to roll over and play second fiddle. Further neat passing and “triple jump-esq” strides from Danny to maximise the advantage five step rule put Morven into the corner for a try. I do think the lap of the field with the shirt over her head was a little over the top but demonstrated the true competitive nature that was beginning to build in the PARENTs team.
The U7s were queuing up for the ball as first Captain Super Pegs and then Freight Train Lewis charged fearlessly into the awaiting defence. Mitchel was jinking and Josh A giving it large to his dad.
The PARENTS roared back but the keen U7s sliding defence piling on the pressure causing a number of vital errors. First was the tackle by Sandy on Morven, face first (we need more practice before we get to U9s) causing the ball to be spilled, then the knock on by Lisa when the try line was beckoning and finally the unforced error from Martin (tee hee). However the PARENTs did add to their tally with scores from Danny, Martin and Lee to take the lead for the first time in the match. The U7s were now on the back foot and two further tries from Morven and Lisa turned the 4-1 deficit into 8-6 advantage.
Time was ticking away and the game was hanging in the balance but the U7s added two quick tries with “twinkle toes” Sandy outpacing the now tiring defence to go in at the corner and Reece to completing his outstanding season in style. As the match official was raising his whistle to his lips to blow for full time, a breakaway from Archie and an offload to the supporting Omar sealed the victory for the U7s by, you guessed it, 1 solitary try. You wouldn’t believe it, it has been the same all season!!!
STARS OF THE WEEK is impossible! Lisa and Morven both scored twice, Danny’s unique style gave the PARENTs significant yardage gains time after time. Mark bulldozed his way through the tackles (almost rivalling the “Freight Train”) brushing off tackles as though he was three times bigger than the opposition (hang on he is three times bigger!!!) and the handling and passing from James, Gavin and was impeccable.
For the U7s, Harry and Archie came away with a brace of tries apiece, Charlie was industrious and super sensational Sandy lived up to his twinkle toes reputation.
Two STARS will be awarded this week, the first to the whole of the PARENTs team and the second to the whole of the U7s. Well done to ALL and thanks to the parents that took part.
The Gala Dinner is this Saturday and to all attending … “have a great time” and I will see you there in my posh frock. Note … “don’t do anything I wouldn’t do” (it does not restrict a lot!!!!).
The club presentation is on Sunday 11th in the marquee (it will be there) at the front of the club with a 10:30-10:45 start. Other teams have specified club ties, shirts etc but rather than specify that, something reasonably smart will do as they have to get up on stage.
There is a BYO buffet being organised where each team are tasked with providing specific items for the buffet. For the U7s we have been asked to bring crisps/crisp like snacks. On the day, adults will be asked for a £1 admission charge. In addition, many thanks to those who have contributed raffle prizes for the presentation draw.
The nominations are in and verified for the following awards that will be presented:
Gold: Player’s Player of the year as voted by all the U7 team.
Silver: Clubman of the year.
Bronze: Coaches award for training and improvement.
Finally (these are getting longer each week) I would like to say “Thanks” to all you parents for turning up and supporting the U7s week in, week out, home and away in all weathers. Without your help we would not have had the regular numbers (average of 14 per week) and my job as coach would be much easier errr I mean less enjoyable.
See you on Sunday