Year 11 were hoping to reach a second national semi-final, but came up short against Honley.
The match began with a couple of serious injuries to key players and Eddies were a long way behind before they got over the shock. 38-6 down at half-time, they were looking at the possibility of an embarassing defeat, but battled back in the second half to outscore Honley, the match finishing 28-54.
I will post a few more details tomorrow as well as some good action shots of the match, including Ryan (Tank) Fowler going the length of the field to score under the posts. Fantastic!
Ryan will get another crack at the trophies next year, but for the Y11 lads this was the end of the road. Well done lads! We are so proud of you.
UPDATE - Mon 2nd April
Now that the dust has settled a bit - few further thoughts.
Not making up excuses, but we were always going to be up against it with 4 first choice players missing from our starting team and 2 key players injured in the opening minutes. Two further players, Connor Bingham and Jack Day finished their school rugby career in hospital.
Honley took adavantage of this and scored freely in the first half, taking a 38-6 lead at half-time. A battling second half performance restored some pride, but it was still a disappointing end to 5 years together, and left everyone wondering what might have been.
We have been used to playing without key men this season, but to be missing so many in one game was too much to ask of the remaining squad. A few Year 10 players and even one from the Y9 squad stepped up to the mark and the whole squad raised their game for one final effort in the second half, finishing as gallant losers by 54-28.
Thanks again to all players for their efforts this season and for the last 5 years, and to all parents and families for your loyal support. As ever, it was greatly appreciated by players and staff.