Seven of the Magnificent ones made the long trip to St. Albans for the festival on Saturday 7th July, and although they didn’t win the competition, showed that they can live with the best teams and each player came away with a runners-up medal and (if spoilt) an ice-cream.
They started off slowly, not helped by the untimely but expected downpour, but improved with every match: eventually remembering to tackle and score tries! A full strength Hemel Stags team (eventual festival winners), may have proved too strong in the opening encounter, but the Dragons showed their true colours in their second encounter and were unlucky to lose by a single try. Player of the Day, Brock Grierson
was denied a certain score by a great tackle just inches from the try line, that would have put the Dragons 3-2 ahead. In between, the Dragons showed far too much respect to the hordes from Elmbridge.
Each player played every minute of each of the four games: a fantastic effort, especially when the majority of them were 5 and 6 year olds playing contact! No lack of effort or heart, just remembering to run forwards.
With a few of their older, more experienced players back from camping, partying… (priorities!)…the Dragons will give a better account of themselves at the season’s finale in two weeks time at The Purdham Cup @ The Stoop. Get your tickets (see the Broncos thrash Wigan) and come and roar them on Saturday 21st July.