Soft ground but good rugby
Double dose of Sunday rugby...
By Andrew Sangster and Anthony Brown
After a dry start, the rain galloped in during the U10s County Festival at Huntingdon’s Racecourse ground. But no photo finish was needed to see that rugby was the winner.
Shelford assembled three big squads to compete with teams from Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Wisbech, Huntingdon, Newmarket, Royston, St Ives, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden and St Neots.
The morning embodied a festival atmosphere in many ways, including through a welcoming ground that was buzzing with enthusiastic and friendly supporters. The spirit was best characterised, however, by an energetic and talented range of players and the diverse approaches to rugby on display through their clubs.
The Shelford teams found themselves participating in some fiercely competitive matches, as well as enjoying the occasional opportunity to run in a handful or two of tries.
With five matches and sixty minutes play per team, by the end of the morning the Shelford had enjoyed around double their regular dose of Sunday rugby. Though their enthusiasm and commitment never lessened, with their tiredness came a greater willingness to pass the ball, leading to some fluent and creative rugby that was thrilling to watch.
Wendens Warriors 2 – 2 Shelford Cougars. Try scorers: Ollie Joyce, Oscar Sangster.
Shelford Peacocks 0 – 2 Wendens Knights.
St Neots Sharks 1 – 8 Shelford Peacocks. Try scorers: Campbell Small, Sam Russell, Alexander Naylor, Jack Deudney (2), Martin Brown, Guy Savage, Isaac Astin.
Shelford Peacocks 6 – 0 St Ives Bulls. Try scorers: Sam Russell, Isaac Astin (4), Campbell Small.
Newmarket Greens 2 – 3 Shelford Peacocks. Try scorers: Isaac Astin (2), Guy Savage.
Cambridge Blood 3 – 5 Shelford Peacocks. Try scorers: Isaac Astin, Jack Deudney (3), Alexander Naylor.