Huntingdon U15s win the Colchester Festival
Great days rugby ends in success for the Under 15s
Great day at the Colchester U15 Festival Huntingdon went the day unbeaten to see them lift the Ron Hatch Trophy.
They came through the group stages unbeaten.
The started strong against Bishop Stortford, winners of this year’s Hertfordshire League, with a 12:0 win. With tries for Alistair Campbell and possibly the try of the day from Max Ray after a great run from Jason Graham. Luke Basham converting one.
Next up saw a win against Sevenoaks from Kent, a very close game but Stags came away 10 to 5 winners after a try a piece to Max Ray and Jason Graham followed by some resolute defending.
Essex hosts Colchester had lost their opening game to Sevenoaks but beat Ipswich from Suffolk and want to keep their run going. Colchester had much of the ball in the first half and there were concerns that the 17 men we had brought along were running out of steam but a strong finish saw
Stags and Jason Graham Score two great tries to win another one 12:0 with Basham adding with the boot again.
The boys looked tired but had a break now and time to recharge.
The final group game against Ipswich looked as if it was going to be a bit of a thrashing after going up 21:0 in the first half with tries from Jason Graham, Max Ray and Remy Edwards (all converted by Basham). In second half Ipswich came out fighting however and after some great play managed to pull one back and have another held up on the line. It was not enough, and Stags could move on to the semis as group winners.
The semi-final saw Stags up against Sudbury. It was a very tight affair, but Stags broke the deadline with a wonderful little dummy from Max Proietti usually a prop playing stand in hooker but swivelling his hips like a winger.
Basham was off injured, and the conversion missed.
Sudbury were not going to go down without a fight however and after some neat play of their own managed to pull things back to 5 a piece. Fortunately for the boys in Green the conversion was missed. But it got the boys talking at half time.
They really took it to their opposition for the next 7 minutes but didn't seem to get the breaks and what looked to be the winning try from Austin Brennan was disallowed for a knock on and soon after the whistle sounded.
After a quick discussion the rules were dusted down, and the game awarded to Stags for first try scored. On the balance of play it was probably fair outcome but not a nice way for the eventual Plate champions to go out.
With only 15 fit players left a and 14 minutes of rugby to play things looked like they were going to be hard against Hertford our fellow finalists.
It wasn't easy but yet again Stags were up for the fight and managed to make the first score again through Jason Graham. Hertford were a brilliantly organised side, but Stags stuck to the task and managed to hold out to the final whistle and a famous victory.
U15 Squad: Luke Basham, Austin Brennan, Jake Bycroft, Alistair Campbell, Andrew Clemens, Jace Craig, Remy Edwards, Drew Gould, Jason Graham, Harvey Pinkney, Max Proietti, Will Ramply, Martin Ramsbottom, Ben Rowbottom, Archie Wilson, Matthew Winterbottom, Max Ray