Pitched against 14 of the best sides that Sussex has to offer Shoreham, who have come tantalisingly close to performances of this calibre, started brightly and never looked back.
Placed in a group with Crawley, East Grinstead, Lewes and Haywards Heath, Shoreham seemed to gain momentum and confidence with each passing match. All were tightly contested affairs but Shoreham ran out winners in all of their group games.
Shoreham’s Under 8’s are blessed with some outstanding individuals but rugby is much more than any one player. All 8 members of the travelling squad played a vital role in securing the group win that took them through to a 3 way round robin final.
Captain, Zoe Greenwood, kept the boys going throughout with her concentration and determination, A. J. and James Hendry were terrific in defence with determined tagging. From the coaches perspective the most satisfying performance came from Luke Hartshorn who used excellent pace to score two fantastic tries and also to make some vital try saving tags.
So on to the final, never having been in this position in this season’s festivals Shoreham kept up the intensity of their play admirably rolling over the home side of Uckfield in the first match with tries from Reuban Edmondson, Stan Taylor, Thomas Kentell and Thomas Molee.
In the concluding match Shoreham had only to avoid defeat against Crowborough to claim the trophy. Shoreham’s players rose to the occasion and although the travelling supporters were made to endure a nervous last few minutes they eventually drew the game 8 all to add their contribution to Shoreham’s swelling all age groups trophy cabinet.