DCRFC U8’s End of season report (2011/2012)
County Cup Winners
Sunderland Tag Festival Winners
Darlington Mowden Park Tag Festival Winners (and 2 teams won every match)
DCRFC Tag Festival Cup runners up, quarter-finalists and plate semi-finalists.
Stockton RFU hosted Festival (no overall winners however two of DCRFC teams won every match)
The squad won 10 out of their 13 fixtures in the season (overall aggregate scores) and of course this means that the squad won the majority of their Festivals and friendlies. Friendlies are often used to try out new things, however we have won the majority this season. Well done boys for your effort and competitive spirit whilst trying new skills and working with different team mates. We started strongly with all wins at Darlington Mowden Park as our first fixture and came full circle at the end of season as we won their festival. We also won on tour against Kirby Lonsdale.
However, playing for the U8’s has been about far more than just competition success. The squad knows and demonstrates the RFU core values of: Respect, Discipline, Teamwork, Sportsmanship and Enjoyment which are key to how we play the game. The boys have also developed their skills beyond recognition over the season. Every player has made significant improvements to their play.
The Squad has continued to grow in numbers throughout the season with new players joining the more established players and blending into the squad well. For a group of boys who see each other for only one and a half hours every Sunday morning the U8’s play together as well developed impressive teams.
As we move into the U9 age group and into contact rugby we need to focus on the skills we already have: catching, passing, running, finding space, awareness of where players are on the pitch, moving forwards and of course applying pressure to the opposing ball carriers. The RFU structures it’s development so that we can move into the further developmental areas of rugby without too much difficulty and without the progression being too great. The biggest difference for us will be the physicality, the minor technical change of one on one tackle rather than TAG in itself will not be such a leap for us. On watching the boys develop over the last season, I can comfortably say we are ready to take on the new challenge!
Congratulations to all the boys and to their parents and families for all of their support. Thank you