Sefton U10s v Hoylake 22nd April 2018
All boys played well
Review of the home game against Hoylake RUFC
by Jason Davenport
It was great to see so many of the team turn out for today’s game, thanks to all families for supporting – the more game time the team get, the better they will become, so you’re support to the boys is much appreciated. Well done to James McGreary, John, Jake, Jack, Isaac, Patrick, James Osborne, George, Finn, Paul and Ryan, Jacob, Matthew, Ellis and James Siva all making themselves available for the game. And well done for turning up and supporting Jay, best of luck for a speedy recovery
At last a decent spell of weather has allowed for both training and a game on back to back weeks. The sudden downpour early Sunday morning did nothing to dampen the team spirits and they came out of the blocks absolutely on fire.
With so many now in the U10’s it was great to be able to rest a number of the squad in preparation of the second session. The game was to be played over 3 periods of 10 minutes. Hoylake looked like a decent sized team also and had a few additional players, so able to use substitutions to keep all the boys fresh. The first eight out were ready and waiting for the game to kick off as soon as our referee blew the whistle.
The first ten minutes was some of the best rugby I have seen the boys play all season, which is testament to themselves and the coaches for ensuring team drill is working. John, both James Mc and O and Finn all played incredibly well with great support in defense and passing from Patrick George, Isaac and Ellis. Whilst Frasier seemed to be the opponent’s key player, are own Finn went storming down the pitch side to score first, quickly followed by James and again, then a fourth by John – the team were playing superbly, passing out wide and running hard. Frasier scored a consolation try back for Hoylake in the first period, before Finn went over for his second. A few key tackles were made to stop the Hoylake team putting any further scores on the doors. The first session finished 5-1 and it is fair to say, the opponents did not know what had hit them.
With a refresh of the team, and all new legs brought on the second period began. The boys played well and whilst this was undoubtedly Hoylake’s best period of play. They had gained the upper hand now and quickly scored a succession of tries from Frasier (who had scored a hat-trick by now), Peter and Will. Being the pragmatic team, we are, we even allowed two tries to stand for Hoylake, even though their boys had run past the try line. The boys were playing well with some exceptional tackling being made by Isaac, James S, Jake, Jacob and Paul. Jack really got the bit between his teeth in this period and made several great runs pushing hard and gaining important yards for the team. Ryan and Matthew also supported well and were nearly over the try line before the end of the period. The second period put the score at 5-7 and all to play for in the third period.
The third period started and both teams were keen to get more points on the scoreboard – fiercely competing for every ball and making some great challenges. Sefton boys forced the Hoylake team out of limits time and time again. However, one for our boys to watch is to ensure they keep a good grip on the ball as we were turned over a few times.
It is worthy of mention that by the third period of play, George had taken on board the comments made about high tackles and ensured he made his tackles lower. One period of play saw a Hoylake boy pass several Sefton players only to be confronted by George who floored him. Well done George, great to adjust your game and make such a difference. The energy and enthusiasm shown by all the boys throughout the game was excellent and some of the tackling was ferocious such was the desire to win.
In the third session Austin started the scoring for Hoylake and Fraser got a further two – however Sefton boys replied with great tries from James Mc and Finn finally gets his hat-trick.
Looking at the picture above shows how desperate Finn was to get back to the club house and grab a hot-dog (?).
The final period of play finished 2-3 with overall score of 7-1o not really demonstrating just how far the Sefton boys had come and certainly all can be proud of how well they played, and they left everything on the pitch.
Ryan led the chorus of three cheers to the opposition, and thankfully the heavens remained intact, so no more downpours suffered.
Thanks to all for a great morning’s rugby, whilst very physical, I hope all players are fine and well and cracking on with their homework now