Sun 26
ONE for the road

ONE for the road

By Dave Martin
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Performance of the season, WOW !!

A last minute invite by Aylesbury saw us got to their festival for the first time. A chance to finish on a high and play teams we have never faced before.

Game 1 saw us play Woodbridge, a team on a mini tour. Camelot started fast and furiously with James N opening the score from the kick off. Try 2 came from Ollie finishing off a powering run. James N then scored again, straight from the kick off and the Thomas made it 4 just before half time. The second half started the same way, with a powerful run by Fred leaving Ed to touch down. Try number 6 was a super piece of unselfish play by Seb who was just short of the line allowing Tommy to score. A weaving run by Tommy was finished off by James N and then some super work by James I set up Caolan to power over. What a start fellas, we are starting to look like a team !!

Camelot 8 Woodbridge 0 Scorers James N 3, Thomas 2, Ollie, Edward and Caolan.

Next up were the hosts Aylesbury, stiff opposition who went on to win the shield. A bruising encounter saw us pick up a couple of injuries, all hands on deck now please fellas, and geezer. A great passing move saw James I power over to make it 1 nil. The second half was just as tough, and we finished off a super move for James N to make it 2 nil.

Camelot 2 Aylesbury 0 Scorers James I and James N

Game 3 saw us up against Beaconsfield a tough team who beat us at the Marlow festival. With only 8 fit players this was going to be tough !!! A close game at the start saw us go down 1 nil just before half term. Beaconsfield then showed their class and powered over 3 more tries. 2 more injuries saw us go down to 7 a side, with Beaconsfield sportingly going down to 7 players also.

Camelot 0 Beaconsfield 4

Leighton Buzzard and Fozzie were next, we can't loose this one !! I power takes over with James I crashing over for 2 quick tries. One of the moves of the season sees James N grab another try, how many is this fella going to score ? This try also provide dancing dad with his first dance down the touchline. A tight second half sees no score, but excellent defense from Byron, Daisy and Conor Easty East keeps Buzzard at bay.

Camelot 3 Leighton Buzzard 0 Scorers James I 2, James N

The final game of the pool sees us play the drifters (I hope they are not named after their defence ??!!)
Sebby and Thomas come out from retirement to play this one, jolly nice of you chaps. The opening score sees some excellent play from Byronronron, to ollie To Thomas to score 1 nil. Another mazy run sets up Tommy to go the length of the pitch, steady on old bean, you'll need another rest !! A lovely pass by Seb (nice of you to join us) sees storming Norman grab another. Second half sees James N nick another lucky try, Ed returns a kick to add number 5 and a quick move from Fred under the legs of the opposition sees us win 6 nil.

Camelot 6 Drifters 0 Scorers Thomas 2, Edward, James N 2 and Freddie.

With such great form so far, 19 tries scored and only one team has scored against us, tails are up.

The final of the Plate sees us up against Marlow. This looked to be a tough fixture with Marlow having ex England player Will Greenwood as part of their coaching set up. Camelot were clearly under dogs. What a game and what a performance !! We put the pressure on Marlow straight from the start, not letting them out of their half. We were finally rewarded with a try from Stormin Norman (who else) finishing off an excellent move and super pop from Ed. With such intensity from Camelot, Marlow did not get near our try line, such intensity, passion and drive !! Some crunching tackles, they did not like it up em !! Second half pressure finally paid off with James I taking 6 Marlow players with him (with a little help from Ed) over the line to make it 2 nil. That's how it finished, a superb performance from the team, best of the season, can I have that aggression every game please ?

Camelot 2 Marlow 0 Scorers James I and James N

What a fantastic end to the season, awesome. Well done to all the team, Byron, Seb, Caolan, Fred, Conor, James I, James N, Daisy, Thomas, Ollie and Ed. The day was finished off nicely when captain fantastic, Daisy lifted the trophy.

The B team went into the tough pool of five teams hopeful of a top four finish to get them through to a final of sort, but the size of that task was made very evident in the first game where a high class Beaconsfield side prevented Camelot from getting any momentum. A 5-0 defeat was a knock to the confidence; there was no denying the quality of the opposition, but there was clearly room for improvement too.

Next up was Milton Keynes, a game they really needed to win if they were to make it through to a final. Camelot dominated early possession and deservedly took the lead when a good move saw Ben power over the line to score. However, right on the stroke of half-time Milton Keynes equalised when a runner avoided the first tackle and had a clear run for home. 1-1.

After the break Ben once again drove over the line to restore the lead and when Sam scored after some good Camelot pressure their looked to be some breathing space...but not for long. Another quick break pulled it back to 2-3 and the opposition were back in the game, applying the pressure.

With tension building Connor H pounced on a defensive error, stealing the ball and darting all the way to the line to secure the victory, 4-2 and a good chance of avoiding bottom spot in the league.

The third pool game was against a very strong Amersham & Chiltern side that applied relentless pressure, Camelot had moments of goodness, but had more than met their match and could do nothing about the 0-7 defeat - Other than look to bounce back in the next game.

With both sides having beaten Milton Keynes and lost to Beaconsfield and Amersham & Chiltern, the final group game against the hosts, Aylesbury, was a contest for 3rd or 4th spot.

In an evenly fought contest the game turned in a three-minute first half spell when Samuel twice found a gap in the defence to break through and score, 2-0 at the interval and looking good.

Early after the break Aylesbury scored and the pressure was on - a solid backs to the wall effort, including a stunning last ditch tackle from Harrison, saw Camelot hold on for victory, finish third, and earn a place in the Bowl final.

The final unfortunately involved coming face to face against another very solid Amersham & Chiltern side that used pace to carve open opportunities, which they executed superbly, running out 6-0 winners. Nonetheless, there were some excellent moments throughout the day and the players can be proud of their efforts.

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