Tri-County festival at haslemere V U11 Jaguars
By Jackie Lewis
Jaguars finish undefeated
The U11 Jaguars continued building on last week’s encouraging opening performance with a strong Tri-Counties tournament this weekend. A draw and three wins meant they finished undefeated. The team went up by 2 tries early in the first game and held on for the draw withstanding a very physical second half of play from Petersfield.
In the following three games the boys got stronger and took control of the breakdown more convincingly with each game. Against Bognor Goodwin, Bonthuys and Baker rucked hard, with Sheppard putting in a try saving tackle against Haslemere to show great commitment late in the game.
The best was saved until last with the final game against Midhurst - the strongest performance by far. The team scored on a number of occasions after multiple phases of play - Lewis and Fletcher showing some great hands working the ball out wide for Samuels and Blake-Pead to touch down. Motivation was high with the whole squad wanting to be involved in every
game and all showed great team spirit to support each other on and off the paddock.
Coach- Chris Cowman
Match report - Haslemere Tri county festival V Farnham U11 Lions.
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1
A mixed festival in more ways than the teams. The squad started out solidly, carrying on their progress from the previous weekend.
Six players scored tries in the first game, and kept a clean sheet against a Haslemere squad which took a little time to warm up. The second game was far more competitive, but still resulted in a solid result in Farnham's favour, encouragingly with 3 different try-scorers stepping up from the first game.
The final game was against Petersfield 2, another side unbeaten to that point. They were a significant step up in physicality and attitude. A few Petersfield mistakes and infringements were missed by the ref, increasing Farnham frustration levels and leading to a few slips in discipline. There was a change of ref at half time, but no change to the one-way traffic. Their superior handling - including a well-drilled dummy switch behind pass - resulted in a couple of tries in each half. One Farnham try was not awarded, judged held up. Farnham Lions pushed hard to the end despite an increasing injury count, but finished well back to this superior Hampshire side.
On the whole a good morning of rugby in the sunshine, shame about the last game best forgotten. Some Discipline and Respect reminders to be issued at the next festival or training session.
Player of the tournament: Tipple for constantly being in the right place, sniping at the rucks, great re-starts and solid defence. Other notable mentions for Richardson, Goldsworth and Killington for picking up another festival hat-trick of tries each.
Ian Lumb - Coach