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Under 10




B Team Southport Festival report 0 - Sandbach 0

Sun 1 May 2005

For the first time it was decided that the entire under 10 squad would
attend the Southport festival therefore we traveled with 12 players in
the
Panthers Squad and 13 in the Sandbach Bees (We did not submit a better
name
until it was too late, but it was proven to be a good name as the
tournament
progressed ..... pretend you are a 'B' team then administer the sting
in
the tale when they have all underestimated you !!!!)
The Bee's took the view that we would set out the team sheets on a fair
and
equitable basis, ie everyone played an equal number of halves/games
regardless of the scores or the opposition, this would ensure that
everyone
gained valuable tournament experience and enjoyed the experience
The Bee's were in a round robin competition with 7 other teams,
including
the Panthers, teams from as far a field as Milton Keynes, Kidderminster
and
Chelmesford made up some of the teams.
Most of the squad arrived Friday evening to a sunny Pontins camp, which
despite the wild rumours was in fact pretty good with the accommodation
being basic but clean and presentable. It took the boys less than 10
minutes
to find the football pitch and the rest of the squad and the parents
about
the same time to find the bar. Tactics were discussed until the early
hours
when everyone eventually retired to bed.
The first days Rugby
A fine performance against Moortown saw us one up at half time, when in
line
with the mandate we made some changes and lost a little shape and ended
up
2-1 down at the end, Elliott Morris being the only scorer with a typical
scavenged try, ie putting them under pressure and collecting the loose
ball
on the line.
Kidderminster had shown themselves to be very organized and put us under
a
lot of pressure, ending up winners, 2-0
Milton Keynes was the final game and had already become the team to
beat,
along with the Panthers, having beaten everyone else that day and
appearing
very organized, they ran away with a 4-0 victory and it appeared that
our
team had dropped away in confidence and commitment.
So ended the first day 3 Games 3 defeats-
The second day started gloomy and dismal (and that was the team as well
as
the weather) It looked desperate, I had an uneasy hour trying to work
out
what to say after each game if we were to loose, which inevitably we
would
if we played the same as day one. The boys did not look "up for it" at
all
in the warm up which did nothing to raise my mood, However the whistle
went for the first game and they came out like a TEAM, possessed, they
ran they're hearts out and worked endlessly for each other
and showed a whole new level of commitment, they took away a win of 1 -
0
against Southport, Tom Blackhurst running in for the only try, Who cared
about the score, it was the way that they played for each other that
counted, the day was beginning to look up, plus as a coach what a
pleasure
it is to see 13 smiling faces at the end of the fiercely competitive
game.
With renewed vigour we went into a big game with Chelmesford who had two
of
the biggest under 10 props I have ever seen, they had tried to
intimidate
the Panthers the day before but to no avail and they had shown us how to
beat them, take it out wide. On seeing this we moved Jason "the Hare"
Hancock in from the wing to stand off and he got the ball twice and used
his
speed to get right round on the loop to get through for two tries and we
ran
out 2-0 victors
Hinckley had looked very competitive on the Saturday and had played some
well organized Rugby, we took the game to them and gave them no time on
the
ball and scored two great trys to run out 2- 0 victors[Mark Morris
(markmorr)] , Jason Hancock running in one try and Elliott Morris
running half the length of the pitch and just winning a desperate race
to the line, A nice compliment was that the orgainsers came and asked
if we had moved players around from the Panthers to the Bees as the
opposition had accused us of doing.
The main difference being that on the Sunday we worked as a team, got it
out
wide and tackled with conviction
The last game of the tournament- Against the Panthers
We knew they would be tough, they were unbeaten all weekend and had been
playing some outstanding wide rugby with everyone stepping up to the
mark,
but team pride drove the payers on to try and disrupt their game as much
as
possible. We went one down after a line out call 5 metres out went wrong
and
the ball went over the top into the scrum halfs hands for Tom to run in
a
great try. We held them at bay for nearly all of the game but were under
great pressure, they managed to get it out wide on couple of occasions
and
we stopped them with some good cover tackling, but eventually their
handling
and speed on the outside got the better of us and they ran in two more
trys
to make the score 3 - 0 to the Panthers
Its always difficult when one half of the squad wants to celebrate a
great
tournament win and the other half is gutted at loosing their last game
of
the day, but what a testament to Sandbach RUFC Under 10's that they had
two
squads at the tournament, one of which won it outright having dropped
only
one point all tournament and another that came in mid table against some
good quality A teams from around the country. Any club would be proud to
have the Bee's as their A team
Well done boys and what a great weekend for everyone, from the rugby,
the
socializing, the great team meal on Saturday evening to all the squad
trying
to drown the parents and coaches in the pool.
Thanks must go to Mark Spear for organizing the Bee's being able to go,
without him taking on the organizing we would not have been able to
attend.

Squad, C Chambers, G Cooper, G Hopley, E Morris, J Blackhurst, T
Blackhurst, J Spear, J Hancock, M Vennard, H Del la Rouch, T Gould, D
Preen, L Jones




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