U14's undefeated and bring home trophy from Syston 7s
By Richard Staniforth
Success at first ever Sevens tournament
Written by Richard Staniforth
Checked by Gaz Morgan.
Travelling to our inaugural sevens tournament at Syston for their annual Tom Ward tournament , we felt both nervous and excited.
With just one sevens training session under our belt, we knew our squad of 12 had potential but could they have the stamina to perform well over a number of strength sapping games
Our first pool game was against Kettering. The speed of Edwin and Ovi put us into an early lead, but Kettering fought back and scores were tight at 19-17. We then went further ahead and thinking the game was safe. Kettering came back strongly and crossed the line, but Matthew with superb determination not to give up, managed to dislodge the ball from their player's hand as he went to put the ball down one handed under the posts.Although Kettering came back strongly to score again, game one was won 26-24
Next up was local rivals Paviors. Starting strongly Ben T put us head before Paviors equalised. Then a turn of pace from Will S from the half way line and a strong try line stretch, whilst being tackled in the corner, put us ahead. Ben T scored from the half time restart and whilst Paviors responded late on we held on for a 19-12 win.
The final pool game against other local rivals Ashfield, saw us record a relatively comfortable 33-0 win, with Edwin showing in particular his electric pace and power with three tries.
By now the boys knew what a day of sevens was all about. Tiring! Even though all the squad of 12 had been used evenly during the pool games, they were starting to appreciate what sevens can take out of you.
Our semi final was against pool A runners up Coalville. Despite falling behind to an early try the boys fought back and secured an empathic 40 -17 win, with tries from Toby, George, Will S, Tom and Edwin.
So onto the final against our first pool game opponents, Kettering. The last 20 minutes of our season.
The boys were now starting to feel the physical hurt of an hour of sevens and we turned round at half time 0-12 down. But their determination to finish the season in style saw Will S and Ben T's tries, coupled with Ben T's fantastic touch line drop goal conversion draw us level.
A Kettering try was then not given, as play was brought back for an earlier forward pass seen by the linesman. The final minute saw us exert a lot of pressure but we could not find a way to score. Final score 12-12
Confusion then reigned over the competition rules and after consultation with Kettering, we determined it was not fair to both sides to decide the tournament over a toss of the coin. So the trophy was shared, although we did win the toss on who took the trophy home, with a promise to return it to Kettering in six months time!
A great result for this squad of 12 boys in their first sevens tournament.Undefeated with 4 wins and a draw.
Exceptionally tired, but very happy, it was a great way to sign off a hugely successful season for the U14's
The whole squad has performed fantastically well, with the pinnacle being the NLD cup win in March
Thank you to all the players for your commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to learn throughout the season. You have been a pleasure to coach.
Thank you also to the parents for bringing you sons down to the play and support them, Home and away. This squad has trained or played over 70 times this season and without you this season's success would not have been possible
Roll on next season!