Windsor Festival U9s
Sunday 2nd October 2016
Maidenhead U9s Windsor festival report
It was with excitement and trepidation that the Maidenhead rugby club Hurricanes and Spitfires U9s began their first contact rugby season in the Queen's back garden at the Windsor rugby club festival. For the Hurricanes Captain James Wojceichowicz led his team of Benjy Carman, Tom Dargan, Charlie Davies, Roman Deans, Guy Forward, William Hodgson, Sam King and Ollie Myall to start their tag free campaign playing Bracknell.
Their tenacity, speed and tough tackling saw them come out victors without their rivals registering a try and with a couple of great solo efforts from Guy Forward. A much tougher game lay in wait against old adversaries Windsor which was a tight affair with the first half ending with heroic efforts from Maidenhead repelling over 15 tackles without their defence being breached just as the Hurricane successfully repelled the enemy in the Battle of Britain in 1940.
This ended up being one of the matches of the tournament with both teams sharing the spoils after some excellent rugby with Roman and Ollie chipping in with the tries.
Richmond has a strong reputation in youth rugby but some great running and tough tackling saw Maidenhead beat their riverside rivals quite convincingly. The fact the tries were shared around five separate boys (Benjy, Roman, Guy, William and Ollie) is an early sign that the Hurricanes are building a strong team with an ethic for hard work supporting each other both in attack and defence.
By the time they met Amersham the milky autumn sunshine was lighting up Home Park and it lit up a tough game which saw both sides unable to take the ascendency with the highlight of a hat trick of tries from the eel like William Hodgson balanced with the valiant defence against Amersham's two prop forwards in the making.
The final match was against national league one side Rosslyn Park. An immense effort from both teams saw a gruelling and physical encounter with neither side giving way. After a few injuries on both sides the final two minutes resembled a Dennis Taylor snooker final at the crucible with Rosslyn A team coming out the victors in a tight match which featured a brace of tries each from Guy and Roman and a powerful solo effort from Tom.
The Spitfires U9s were captained by Jacob Phillips with Oliver Casey, Ollie Leaf, Alex MacLeod, Johnny O'Donnell, Flynn Coulson, Zack Tovar, Joel Wallace and Peter Nicholas completing the team. Once the team had warmed up on a fresh autumn day they faced their first team Bracknell. Both teams played really well with all players from both sides throwing themselves into the tackles and enjoying contact rugby for the first time.
The Spitfires continued in this vain over their next 4 matches against Amersham, Redingensians and 2 strong Windsor sides with some excellent tackling from Jacob Phillips, Ollie Leaf, Alex MacLeod and Peter Nicholas. Johnny O'Donnell along with Joel Wallace ran in some great tries side stepping round their opponents and Oliver Casey, Zack Tovar and Flynn Coulson worked well supporting the team with lovely passes and tackling.
The boys can be proud of their very first U9s festival and they can immediately carry on their rugby adventure with their home tournament this Sunday at Braywick