New Season, New to Contact, New Kit, New Rules
A Winning Start! Farnham U9 Rugby team, got the season off to the most successful start possible. Having played 3 years of tag rugby and been very successful as an age group, this was their first weekend of Festival Contact Rugby.
After only 4 weeks of training and getting used to contact, players, coaches and parents were somewhat apprehensive.
This was also the first tournament of a new set of rules which have been implemented to make the transition from Tag into contact easier, and ensure the players get as much opportunity to be involved in the game as possible. Not only that but the players were also wearing their new rugby kit looking fantastic in the black and white hoops, which only arrived at the club on Friday afternoon.
The B Squad who played at Chobham, were playing in a round robin festival with 5 other teams. They played Chobham, Cobham, Bracknell, Battersea and Reeds, all of whom have been very difficult opponents in the past. They get off to a strong start with good wins against Chobham and Cobham, a scrappy game against Battersea followed again with a 3rd consecutive win. The hardest game of the day was against a difficult Battersea team, but some creative attacking play and brave tackling resulted in a 20-10 victory. The day ended with the team beating Reeds 30-0, and remaining unbeaten on the day to win the Festival. Every single member of the team contributed, but some bravery and good great tries from Reuben Anthony, Jamie Lloyd-Mostyn and John-Henry Hill, good tackling from Thomas Jolley and Angus Watson.
The B Squad players were as follows: Archie Buchanan, Reuben Anthony, Edward Richards, Thomas Jolley, Oliver Waghorn, John-Henry Hill, Oli Cunningham, Angus Watson, James Purnell and Jamie Lloyd-Mostyn