What a great day for the ARFC U9's
What a great day Sunday 14th October was, our first Contact matches for the U9’s and we came out fighting and in force.
Amersham & Chiltern
Firstly we took a full squad of 15 boys to the Amersham & Chiltern Mini Rugby Tournament which is held every year in October. This was always going to be a challenge, as this tournament was been played under the old U9 rules with Scrums, Rucks, and Lineout’s, and not just the Tackle that is been played at U9 in the new “Shaping the Game” rules for 2012.
On the day the boys did a great job and put up a good fight in all their games, with the only disappointment that only 3 other team turned up, with 3 no shows. The outcome of this was the boys only got to play 3 games, but this didn’t damping their spirits, and they got on with the job of playing rugby.
I understand from Paul & Mike that all the boys played well, and although we lost 2 and drew 1 they all had a good time and enjoyed the opportunity to play against other teams from around the area, and plenty of opportunity to put the new skills into practice, and more importantly have fun.
Secondly and by no means least, we took another 14 boys to Bletchley, to play in a 3 way match with Northampton Casuals. This was again a great turnout from Aylesbury, as both Bletchley and the Casuals only had just enough to field one team each. We played 5 matches, winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 1, which was great result, with all the boys giving 110%.
The boys put up a fantastic show of what they have learnt over the past 5 weeks, and where a true credit to the club. In all the games we saw some great tackling, off loading of the ball, and some fantastic running and driving forward, leading to some first rate tries been scored, and lots of happy faces, both children and parents.
The coaches from both Bletchley and Northampton commented on what a great performance the boys put in both as a team and some great individual performance as well.
Finally I would like to thank all the boys for turning up. 29 players away from home is a fantastic turnout, not many clubs have that number of players, let alone on away matches. I would also like to thank the parents for getting everybody there on time to two different venues; we really appreciate your time and patience in ferrying the boys around.
And finally I would like to thank Paul Shirley, Mike Wilson, and Des Albrighton for coaching the boys on Sunday in their first move into the contact game in competitive matches.
See you all next Sunday at Oxford, Mike O’Mahony U9’s Team Manager will be back at the helm, and we look forward to welcoming him back.