The U7s arrived at the Cottenham Festival expecting a small event with only 3 teams, however with the surprise appearance of Ely (County Cup runners-up) plus Cottenham and Wendens Ambo (County Cup winners), we had the chance to play as two separate squads with each getting 5 matches during the tournament.
St Ives Greens came through the first two rounds with narrow losses, with everyone showing plenty of good running but sometimes having issues with the touchlines. St Ives Blues showed off their speed and sidestepping skills to record two wins, including one against the Wendens team.
The next match was a much-anticipated derby game, with every player on both sides putting in a huge effort to give us one of the best (and most hectic) matches we've seen all season. It finished 7-4 to the St Ives Blues, with 7 different tryscorers across the two teams and some great passages of play with good support in attack and determined tagging in defence.
Round 4 saw wins for both Blues and Greens in their matches, which set things up for a nailbiting final round of games.
St Ives Greens finished with a match against Wendens Ambo, who were demonstrating the robust defending they are known for, but a gutsy performance from the Greens saw them keeping the score close throughout. However Wendens ran out 9-7 winners, with Robert and Oliver H. both scoring hat-tricks for the Greens as well as a great jinking run from Felix to evade the tackles and snatch a try.
St Ives Blues went into their final match against Ely A knowing that a win would give them the trophy, and they stepped up to produce some fantastic rugby in both attack and defence. However Ely showed why they came so close to winning the County Cup, and in the end the match finished 8-7 to Ely.
This meant some hard work for the organisers, as it turned out the Blues were tied with Ely A on points, and also on tries scored. The countback of tries conceded showed that St Ives Blues lost out by a single point, and so they were runners-up by the smallest of margins.
Overall we were treated to some excellent play from both teams, and almost every player made their mark on the scoresheets as well as showing how much they have improved in coping against the more physical sides. Choosing a Player of the Day was an impossible task, so the Blues were awarded the trophy for their team effort.