Chichester U11s 22 points -v- Seven opposition teams 10 points.
Thanks to all Parents (& Grand!), Squad members who made it to Horsham for this rescheduled mixed festival in good time, I appreciate the efforts made by all as I am aware we had some members traveling afar and other members undertaking other sports pursuits in the morning.
Results of the matches played where as follows, with a total of 22 tries scored for and 10 against.
- Chichester 3 - 0 Midhurst
- Chichester 8 - 0 Hove
- Chichester 5 - 2 Bognor Regis
- Chichester 1 - 1 Horsham
- Chichester 4 - 1 Pulborough
- Chichester 3 - 3 Worthing
- Chichester 3 - 2 East Grinstead
The coaching staff again felt that the current style of running, passing wide, supported, team rugby is boding well for the whole squad and their development; this being demonstrated within the results of the day, even against some squads who did not appear to oblige to the 'spirit' of the mixed festival. For the squad to regroup and sustain there defense, when teams did penetrate the defensive line, and then turn this defense into offense with some scintillating tries to me it really demonstrates the believe the squad have within themselves but also there Team. Always looking to fine tune the squad though, it was noted that 'decision making' at the breakdown needs to be enhanced - this we will work on this within training of course.
Also, it was noted that some tactics used by some opposition was not within the true spirit of the game, this being mentioned to me by a few of the players during specific games. I will be raising this with Dale Hudson M&J Chairman requesting he report the same to the relevant club(s). If any parents wish to provide me with there insights also I welcome your emails, as what was heard / witnessed is not acceptable.
Players of the Festival: Archie Coughtrey for his relentless running with courage and Oliver Davidson for his almost breath-taking line breaks and try scoring aptitude. (Apologies for not awarding on the day, amends will be made.)
Next Sunday (22nd April) we are at Worthing for the 'A' & Developing festival. The following Sunday (29th April), we are at the London Irish Festival, with the London Irish v Saracens fixture in the afternoon. Those traveling on the coach, please be prepared for an early start, as I will need you @ Oaklands Pavilion for 7.00am please.
Charlie Page's elbow is still a little sore, but he is recovering & Eli Stisted ankle is ok, but, again slowly recovering - my best wishes for a speedy recovery to them both.
My thanks all to Paul Cusack, Simon Ellis, and Simon Toft for there help on the day as the coaching / reffing Team. Also, Miles Davidson & Edward 'Ed' Payton for assisting with warm-ups and tactical awareness.