With the U12s facing their first 'waterfall' league match the following Sunday, a test was needed and the Gosport & Fareham RFC U12's festival was just what the squad needed. With the weather and the opposition both testing the squad, but, thankfully the sun and the blue(&blue) skies appeared at the end of the day shining a warm light on the performance of the squad.
Within the pool games, the squad played three games with the results shown;
As the results showed and regardless of the weather the squad where experiencing they were certainly warming up and getting into their stride as the pool games progressed. Following the conclusion of these games, the semi-final was played against Alton on a pitch closer to regulation size - which the boys took in their stride winning 4-1 against a more experienced and challenging Alton squad. The final was played against Winchester with the result being a win 3-0 to Chichester, so CRFC where Cup Winners within their first U12 festival - a perfect start to the season and preparation for their first 'Waterfall' league match against Jersey away on the 30th Sept. 23 Points for & 1 against.
Compliments also being received from spectators as to the style and intensity the squad brought to their matches - Well Done all!
G&F RFC support the 'Green Laces' initiative, being recognition for those players that demonstrated the RFC Core Values of 'TREDS'*. The award being presented to newcomer Tom Alexander, who since he joined the club 3 weeks ago has integrated himself well into the squad and demonstrated these core values. Congratulations Tom. *Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship
Player of the Festival was awarded to Jonah Hutchings, being nominated by the coaches for his game management and display of tackling; which was summarised by the final tackle in the final minutes of the final, where he covered almost half the pitch to tackle a Winchester player in the corner of the pitch saving a certain try. Special mention also to William Heaver for his work when receiving the high-ball, on the wing, and then taking the ball & 3 opposition players up the pitch to the try-line!
Well done and great work to the whole squad who demonstrated Teamwork, Pressure, Continuity Go Forward & Support play.
Yours in Rugby.