U10s at the Guildford Festival
Sunday 11th March 2018
Mothering Sunday started early with a first trip to Guildford and an opportunity to show both our development and our commitment in four games against unfamiliar sides.
The Maidenhead Reds made up of W Dart, C Davies, J Hyslop, S King, O Leaf, A Ludford, JJ Warner, J Wojceiceichowicz, over came tough playing conditions at Guildford to play some great rugby and put in a team performance that we were all proud of. First up on a pitch that had a incline that wouldn't be a miss from a piste in Val Thoren was Haselmere who used the angle of the pitch to their benefit to nick the only try of the match in the final play of the 1st half despite our stella defending. Next up were the home team Guildford where we played some lovely direct rugby and registered a 3-1 win afterwhich we saw off a tough match against Wimbledon with a fine 1-0 win. Our final match was against Old Reigatians and despite controlling the match we were unable to hold onto our slender advantage conceding an equalising try in the final play of the second half. Great all round team performance by all with strong tackling, good passing and support play.
Maidenhead Blues consisting of A Bicker, S Kellet Morris, C Parry, O Ryan, J Sanchez, M Stylo, R Standen, C Williams, kicked off against Old Rutlishians and enjoyed a narrow win in a highly competitive game. Kellet Morris opened the scoring and Parry scored the second in a game based on territory and hard yards won by Sanchez and Williams. It was also good to see the enthusiasm in the side manifest itself with a high workrate and strong tackling backed up by excellent work at the breakdown from Bicker.
Next up were Old Reigatians and a strong start was lit up by a try by Sanchez from his own half and a second from short range after the ball had been ripped by Standen. A third try followed from Parry and Stylo demonstrated great awareness of space to intercept the opposition's passes at key moments. Maidenhead's physicality proved too much for Reigatians and both sides reduced to 7 in time for Ryan to cross for the fourth try before some strong running by Bicker led to a fifth try scored by Kellet Morris. A great performance with excellent work rate and tackling from everyone. Ian's debrief called for all players to lower the tackle and maintain the line.
Third up were Haslemere Green and opinions differ on the result. My notes record a 3-3 draw although several players and the coach recall a win for the Blues. In my account Maidenhead went behind three times and each time showed great character to come back into the game thanks to tries from Kellet Morris and Sanchez, excellent running and tackling from Parry and smart work at the breakdown from Standen. A few of us felt that the Haslemere won turnovers through transgressions on the floor and could have been better administered but who'd be a referee? The performance level of the boys continued to grow and the smiles on the faces of the parents and coached broadened.
So the boys went into the last game unbeaten but against a strong Alton side we met our Waterloo. Unsurprisingly the boys started to tire and it was useful learning for them to have the breakdown refereed correctly even if it left to a penalty count two to one against us. The solitary score was from Parry after Standen forced a penalty at the breakdown and the highlight the concerted pressure Maidenhead applied at the start of the second half and continued throughout. The boys kept pressing until the final whistle with Ryan threatening the line but the pressure went unrewarded.