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Bognor Festival 13th April 2013

Shoreham U11 with Winners Trophy


After finishing Runner’s Up in the East Sussex Festival a few weeks back Shoreham U11’s got back into competitive action at the Bognor Festival.

The Festival included 4 other teams Edenbridge, Bognor, Portsmouth and Old Colfeians from Lewisham.

All teams were to play each other on a League basis with top of the League winning and so the games got under way in wet conditions getting worse as again the rain came down.






Shoreham 3  Edenbridge 1

The Green and Gold of Shoreham were keen to make a mark in their first game and started off with their normal passion and power. Some good work in the forwards saw Shoreham score 2 good tries before Edenbridge came back into the game. Another try from Shoreham, this time with the ball being passed through 3 or 4 sets of hands before the score, saw the game closed out.


Shoreham 1 Portsmouth 0

This game proved a little more challenging, not helped by a prolonged injury delay during the game. Shoreham had taken an early lead with again some strong forward play and quick distribution from the back of the scrum saw the backs run in an important score. The rest of the game, up until the injury, was a tight affair with both defences playing strongly.

After the game restarted Shoreham controlled the final minutes to secure another win.


Shoreham 2 Old Colfeians 1

Both sides had won both their first fixtures so this was to be a key game.

Shoreham started strongly but conceded a try early on and were put onto the back foot. Without panic Shoreham settled back into their own game and continued to use the backs to run the ball.

Shoreham scored before half time to set up a great second half.

The second half did not disappoint with some tremendous play from both teams however Shoreham’s desire and power in their play eventually made the difference and a try in the corner was enough to make this win number 3.


Shoreham 5 Bognor 0

The team talk before the game was easy – Win this game and you win the Festival – Shoreham were, to a boy, determined to ensure that the opportunity to win their first tournament out right since being U7’s was not wasted.

The game was full of Shoreham power, strength, determination and  commitment. They were too strong for the Bognor team to get anywhere near and finished the Festival in style running in five tries to nil.


The Festival was ended with Shoreham winning all 4 games. The presentation of the Trophy was made to the Shoreham team amongst cheers of excitement and congratulations.

Well done Boys

U11 v Crawley 3rd March 2013

Shoreham U11 3

Shoreham 49 – Crawley 7

Shoreham played host to a Crawley side that was boosted by some Shoreham U12’s as they did not have a fixture this week.

The Shoreham U11’s side were playing their first game on a slightly reduced size senior Rugby pitch at Buckingham Park and clearly thrived on the opportunity.

Crawley kicked off and the ball was caught deep by Darren Locke of Shoreham who immediately powered his way through the Crawley defence to score the first try which Ben Gale converted over the posts.

From the kick off almost a repeat happened, this time George Clarke catching cleanly and driving down the touchline and with professional technique bounced off 3 tackles from Crawley to score try number 2 which was converted by Archie Davies.

Shoreham were dominant against a shell shocked Crawley side and went on to score 2 more excellent tries before half time from Sonny Pullen and Charlie Taylor with both converted.

The second half started with more resistance from Crawley and an element of complacency from the Shoreham boys and Crawley scored a try with a successful conversion.

Shoreham woke back up and scored three more tries George Thomas, Darren Locke and Archie Davies with all converted, the last by George Clarke.

A very satisfying mornings rugby for Shoreham on the new pitch.

U9 v Crawley 3rd March 2013

Shoreham U9 v Crawley 3


The season is now reaching its business end where the tournaments are played and the trophies are won and lost.  Crawley came down to Buckingham Park to face a Shoreham U9 side who have shown glimpses of excellent play mixed with some half asleep performances over the season.

After some warm ups and drills we got down to business with a big squad of 13 boys providing 4 subs for the match.

Across the two matches the boys always seemed to be in control and in front.  Despite a lot of substitutions, which sometimes affected the teams shape, the level of the performance was of a consistently higher level than across the rest of the season.  There was some technically very good tackling which when coupled with a high line and the right amount of aggression regularly forced Crawley backwards.  The attacking play was for the most part direct and when the boys timed their off loads well they regularly found the space in which to run.

Match one was the better performance and our play forced Crawley back regularly.  The final score was 5-2 with tries for Samuel Kentell, Mattias Woollard, Toby Gale, Louie Stillman and Paul Pattenden.  The second match was more disrupted due to changes but Shoreham still won 5-3 with two tries for Max Woolven-Parsons, and one each for Mattias Woollard, Louie Stillman and Samuel Kentell.

U9 v East Grinstead 25th February 2013

U9 vs East GrinsteadOur boys played 4 games in total as we were high in numbers for all sides.

Initially half our boys played a good game against East Grinstead, while the other half of EG played against Hastings. This game was close and ended with a narrow scoreline of 7 – 6 to the opposition, scorers: Toby Gale 2, Mattias Woollard 1, Samuel Kentell 2 and Louie Stillman 1.


Games 2 & 3 were split between Shoreham v Hastings and Shoreham v E Grinstead (a challenge for the one keeping score – ME!). To be honest we lost our momentum slightly in these games losing to both Hastings (7 – 4) scorers Max Woolven 1, Toby Gale 1, Samuel Kentell 1 and Mattias 1. And East Grinstead (6-3) scorers Paul Pattenden 2 and Louie Stillman 1.


Our final game was (as far as I’m concerned) awesome! This involved our whole team against East Grinstead. It was a really great game to watch, we gave as good as we got and occasionally we gave even better 🙂 there were great runs, great tries and brilliant tackles from both sides the quality of which is reflected in the high and tied score of 11 – 11. Scorers Louie Stillman 3, Max Woolven 2, Samuel Kentell 3, Toby Gale 3.


A job well done to ALL our boys, you didn’t give up you ALL kept fighting and put in 100% effort despite the losses and freezing conditions, I think you’re ALL just fantastic 🙂