Hellingly visited Buckingham Park after weeks where matches had all been rained off. After playing out an excellent match earlier in the season at Hastings the two teams were keen to pit their wits against each other again. Due to the growing Shoreham squad the home side were able to field two teams to make up a three sided tournament.
Shoreham Green vs Hellingly
Hellingly started strongly, especially in the ruck, where the Shoreham Green team didn’t really get to grips with their opposition. The tight play from the visitors secured them three tries while Green managed two from breakaway situations. The good quality match finished 3-2 to Hellingly but featured some strong performances Shoreham boys is a less experienced team.
Shoreham Gold vs Hellingly
Shoreham Gold really took on Hellingly up front, working as a team to secure the ball. This approach worked and accompanied by strong passing and direct running made this game a more one sided affair. Tries came from different styles of attack and were shared across the team. It was a strong performance from Gold to win 5-0.
Shoreham Green vs Shoreham Gold
The two Shoreham teams contested a scrappy game to finish the morning. Plenty of turnovers and a lack of passing led to a game that wasn’t pretty but was probably a lot of fun to play in. Two all was a fair result.
A good morning back up the park for the U10s, saw them get in some much needed match practice and play some good rugby.
Shoreham U10 had a fantastic game at Eastbourne on Sunday, in conditions which can only be described as terrible.
Driving rain which was freezing and heavy muddy pitches didn’t make it a beautiful game but certainly made it an exciting one.
Eastbourne played well putting Shoreham under pressure with strong running and quick passing.
After trying to jink their way through a quagmire, Shoreham realised it was a day for straightforward rugby, driving players through and keeping the ball safe. This strategy paid dividends as they ran out 4-3 winners.
The boys ended up very muddy but had a fantastic day and performed well.
Another good week for rugby and an excellent display from the Shoreham U10s.
Providing two teams to create a three-way winner stays on tournament with Bognor the two Shoreham sides came out on top.
Shoreham Green spent the most time on the pitch with strong rucking enabling them to hold onto the ball. Direct running on a narrow pitch kept them ahead and made them winners on the day.
Shoreham Gold weren’t too far behind and with an extra pass here or there to open up the space would have pushed Green even closer for the top spot.
Shoreham entertained two Sussex sides in a round robin tournament at Buckingham Park on Sunday. Shoreham provided two teams to create 4 sides in all.
Shoreham Green started the day against Hastings & Bexhill in their third meeting of the season. With honours even so far Shoreham were keen to make a mark. The boys raced into a lead and never really let H&B into the game winning 4-1.
Shoreham Gold played Burgess Hill and a very strong rucking performance kept the ball in their hands for long periods. The 3-0 scoreline reflected their dominance.
The two Shoreham sides met next in a friendly grudge match. Neither side gave an inch in a well contested match. Greens secured a draw with the last play of the game, finishing 2-2.
Greens then took on Burgess Hill and faced a brave tackling performance from the side. Their attacking kept them ahead and they ran out 3-2 winners.
The Golds took on H&B in their last match and completed an excellent day for both Shoreham sides with a 4 all draw.
Shoreham U10’s were down a few players for our game against ‘big club’ Hove this Sunday. This meant that after just over an hours training with the Hove side the teams were split for two concurrent games with Hove ‘topping up’ Shoreham’s 2nd team with 3 of their players.
Hove stormed ahead in the first half of both games.
Shoreham struggled to find their form against a very well drilled Hove A side, losing 12-2. But special mentions to Ollie FreshBrook, Samuel Kentell, Matius Woollard, Max Woolven-Parsons and Harvey Matthews for some excellent attacking. Substitutes Luca, and Tom E helped to bolster the attacking play during the second half.
With the help of 4 tries scored by Hove boys, Shoreham did come back with an 8-8 draw thanks to 4 tries scored by Toby Gale.
A special mention to Toby Loud, Danny Malpass and Riley Wood-Wiseman for getting stuck in on their club debut against a very strong opposition. And an extra special mention to Luca Holland for his contribution in almost every tackle, ruck over and scrum in the game.
Shoreham U10s turned up to Crowborough with a strong squad looking to build on the successful Hastings Festival from a fortnight ago. A tough group of teams faced them on wet and muddy pitch.
The boys got off to a very slow start against Worthing and quickly fell two tries behind. When previously this would have seen heads drop and a defeat inevitable the team slowly found a way to play. Keeping it tight and using driving mauls they turned the game around and ran out 4-2 winners. It was fantastic seeing the boys understand the match, change the way they were playing and reap the rewards – and the shouting from the touchline probably helped.
Next up were Crowborough who encountered a confident and physical Shoreham side who were on top of their game. A 7-0 win reflected an excellent performance.
Heathfield were the next opponents, a team who had beaten us convincingly last season. This was a cracking game of high quality rugby. Fierce battling for the ball and a strong period of defence on our own lines saw Shoreham grab a 1-1 draw.
Last up were Hastings who had beaten a tired Shoreham side a fortnight ago. The team were very much up for this match and took the game to a strong team. Desire and strong running saw Shoreham win 3-0 with Mattias Woollard scoring two of his 6 tries from the day.
This put Shoreham in the final against the Heathfield side they had battled with earlier in the day. After missing out due to the drawing of lots at Hastings a fortnight ago the team really wanted this and despite tired bodies from a day playing in heavy conditions they really took the game to Heathfield. It was tight and the game was never really secure despite Shoreham leading from early on. The excellent game, in which both teams gave their all, finally finished 2-0 to Shoreham.
It was a great performance by the entire Shoreham squad who worked hard and played very well. The decision making improved and they are learning to find their way into games and to work as a team. Finding a way to win is as much a key skill as rucking and tackling.
Shoreham U10s turned up to Hastings for their first festival of the season, and their first matches of the season. With new rules to contend with and much more open competition for the ball it could have proved to be a shock to the team. It turned out the only shock was to our opponents who discovered a Shoreham side who were physical, quick and determined.
First up were Hove who were never allowed into the game. Ferocious tackling and strong running had us on the front foot throughout the game. A 4-1 win reflected Shoreham’s superiority, with tries from Samuel Kentell (2), Sam Carter and Matthew Tiltman-Kent.
Next up were a very strong team from Hellingly. This was a very physical and tight game which tested the Shoreham squad to its limits. A tense affair in which the teams fought for the ball was decided by a sprint to the line by Mattias Woollard.
Crowborough came and were conquered. Shoreham’s running play was too much and the strong tackling saw numerous turnovers. The 6-0 win saw tries from Luca Holland, Matthew Tiltman-Kent, Samuel Kentell (2), Dylan Horne and Jared Burcham.
The final group game saw some very tired legs playing a strong Hastings and Bexhill side. Shoreham never coped with their rucking skills and despite leading for most if the game, Samuel Kentell with the score, two late tries saw the team’s first loss.This meant that 3 teams tied for top of the group and with no way to split them lots were draw. This meant that rather than the final, which Shoreham deserved to be in, we ended up playing Hove for third place.
The hot day had taken its toll and the lack of a final had seen heads drop before the play-off match. The travesty of missing out on the final would have been made doubly worse if we ended up fourth and the team responded with a quick opening try. After Mattias Woollard had run in it all got a bit tight, with both sides struggling to open up the game. The match was finally settled after a period of pressure on Hove’s line saw Samuel Kentell crash over.
Despite the disappointment of being listed as third, the boys should all take credit for what is by far their best performance in a festival to date. As these were their first games under these rules the room for improvement should see a very strong side emerge. Every member of the squad played their part and it really was a team win across the whole day.