New season off to a bang for U13 Bs & Cs, but a tough start for the As

Sunday 25th September 2016

 
 

New season off to a bang for Bs & Cs, but a tough start for the As 

 

Cs Match Report: Maidenhead 40 vs Old Albanians 20 

Two clubs respected for their commitment to Junior rugby were pitted against each other in a test of their strength in depth. First up were the Cs. There could only be one winner and on the day it was the Braywick side who came out on top. 

The first half was a close affair as the sides tried to work each other out. Old Albanians dominated the breakdown and put a lot of pressure on Maidenhead, breaking through their defence on three occasions. Maids kept in touch with two tries of their own by man-of-the-match Luke Thorley, both times outflanking the defence with his guile and speed. 

After a stern half-time team talk, Maids picked up the intensity of their game, driving into ruck and mauls and using the full width of the pitch to play a more expansive game. As spaces opened up, tries flowed for Jacob Smith, Hugh Rickard, Josh Embleton, Kamil Wdowiak, Ted Lyall and a third for Luke Thorley. The visitors were blown away by the sheer numbers entering the contact area and the quick passing and running from the backs and were only able to respond with one try of their own. A totally dominant Maids ran 6 tries to 1 in the second half to end up comfortable winners 40-20. 

The Team were: Hugh Rickard (Captain), Max Olding (Vice Captain), Josh Embleton, Aidan Noble, George Downey, Kamil Wdowiak, Harry Pechereau, Jacob Smith, Joshua Crook, Luke Thorley, Alfie Flower, Luke Purnell, Ted Lyall 

Man of the Match: Luke Thorley 

Match Report by Rick Thorley, U13 Coach 

 

Bs Match Report: Maidenhead 40 vs Old Albanians 15 

Maidenhead B's, having had their most successful season last year, took to the field for their first full 

50ÔÇÉminute match against a strong Old Albanian who have had similar success. Numbers were 

unfortunately down due to a few last minute injuries but they were unperturbed in pursuit of their 

first victory of the season. 

 

Winning the toss, they started hard and fast. The forwards were dynamic and strong at the 

breakdown allowing the backs to spread the game, getting 2 quick scores (Tom & Josh). OA's though 

started to get a foothold in the game and demonstrating some strong running replied with 2 of their 

own to leave match level at half time. 

 

After taking on some fluids, the B's went back out with the one message of pressure. The back line 

played intelligently, delivered much better line speed, showed great core skills and decision making. 

The forwards dominated, making numerous rampaging runs, special mention to Paul who was 

nominated man of the match and Charlie Milligan, the Captain, who made tackle after tackle and led 

by example. They notched a further 6 scores (Paul x2, Charlie Milligan x2, Charlie Ferriman & Tyler) 

only conceding 1 with the last play. 

 

It was an excellent start to the season and we look forward to see how they develop. 

The team were: Charlie Milligan (captain), Tyler Simmonds, Charlie Ferriman, Harvey Bates, Max Bird, Paul Groeneweg, Lewis Fletcher, Flynn Baylis, Josh Thorley, Sam Horn, Tommy James, Oli Pearce. 

Man of the match: Paul Groeneweg 

Match Report by Mike Fletcher, U13 Coach 

 

As Match report:  

A tough start to the season at The Woollams Playing Fields of Old Albanians and despite the result, the Maids U13A team left with their heads held high, particularly with the first half performance. 

 

Maids kicked off on a bright sunny morning with the ground welcomely softened by the overnight rain and soon found themselves defending against an Old Albanians team full of pace, switching the play from one side of the pitch to the other. A try followed for the Old Albanians team, who have never been beaten, in the first 3 minutes of the game. Maids defended resolutely, finding it difficult to get out of their own half, with some bruising tackling and lung busting chasing as Old Albanians continued to attack. Forwards worked valiantly, with Liam Harris-Wildman, Connor Charles and Sam Horn evident in their efforts to ruck and secure what ball they could and backs chased and tackled hard with a number of the team including Johnny Coulson and Jamie Seddon, making crucial try saving tackles. Eventually, the line speed of the OAs defence, the support running and precision of the OAs players and the pressure on Maids led to handling errors and tackles being missed as OAs scored 2 quick tries after 16 mins. The fabulous defence continued until the end of the half which unfortunately finished with a further try for the OAs. 

 

The second half began in a similar way to the first with a try being conceded in the first 3 minutes. The colossal efforts of the team during the first half and the lack of substitutes (4 were expected but disappointingly only 1 was managed due to late call offs and unexpected non-availabilities) then began to take its toll as the 14 players began to tire. Despite their best efforts Maids continued to concede tries but not once did their heads drop and they continued to fight until the end. Maids crafted a 4 on 2 overlap down the right hand side but tired heads and hands saw this well-deserved try scoring opportunity sadly missed. 

 

Jack Tilley was voted man of the match by the Old Albanian team in his debut for the A team. Well done to Jack and all the boys who should leave OAs with their heads held high. This game showed Maids the type of rugby to aspire to: there is great spirit and potential, with so much more to come from this group of players during this season. 

The team were: Freddie Smith (captain), Will Dempster (Vice Captain), Liam Harris Wildman, Johnny Coulson, Jordan Talia, Jackson Brocklebank, Lucas Burridge, Jamie Seddon, Finlay Gunning, Iwan Hughes, Connor Charles, Dan Gribben, Jack Tilley  

Man of the match: Jack Tilley 

 

Match report by Rorie Dempster, U13 Coach