The SRC U8 (Jamie Johnson, Charlotte Gray, Jack Weeks, Rufus Edmonds, Thomas Tiltman-Kent, Gaius Goodwin, Charles Lockyer, Sebastian Freschard-Penny, Henry Horton, Rory Slack) won the West Sussex Rugby Festival in spectacular style today.
There were 8 teams in total, split into 2 pools of 4.
Shoreham won 2 of their 3 matches:
Shoreham 5 – 2 Hove A
Shoreham 5 – 7 Horsham A
Shoreham 7 – 3 Hayward Heath A
There was great individual and team action with great support and more tagging than any other team on the day. A great credit to the players and coaches.
Shoreham managed to progress through to the semi finals as runners up, beating Haywards Heath 0 -3.
On to the final….
Shoreham were drawn against Horsham A who had beaten them in the pool round.
It was a high pressured game with 2 spectacular interceptions which Shoreham converted into tries.
Shoreham won 5 – 3 Horsham A
Man of the match was given to Thomas Tiltman-Kent.
Shoreham will now play for the Sussex Champions title on finals day.
Shoreham U8s faced tough opposition at Hastings and were looking to continue their good form from last season.
The team were more than up to the task and ran out winners of the tournament with some excellent performances.
Shoreham Under 8’s ended their season with the best possible of results by winning the Uckfield Festival.
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.
The next match featured Uckfield again, this time narrowly beating the other finalists, Crowborough.
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.
Placed in a strong group of Heathfield, Crowborough and East Grinstead Shoreham the Under 8’s were able to show how well they have matured into one of the counties stronger sides.
A sterling performance saw them narrowly pipped to the group win that would have taken them through to the semi finals.
A close victory over Heathfield in their first game 5 – 4 was hard fought. With all members of the squad of 9 playing their part it was great to see them finish on the right side of a tight game.
Crowborough proved to be difficult opposition at all age groups in the Sussex festivals and so it was their group game against Shoreham.
Crowborough made a quick start with 2 early break away tries. But Shoreham responded well to only trail by 1 at the halfway stage.
The second half was a breathless affair with both sides trading scores and Shoreham managing to get on level terms with seconds to go only to be hit with a last ditch break away try that clinched it for Crowborough 7 – 6. This was by a margin the best rugby that the Shoreham under 8’s have played this season.
The final game of the pool saw East Grinstead pay for the frustrating result inflicted by Crowborough. Shoreham found their stride racking up early scores which took the pressure off the final result. To their great credit they kept up their intensity to the final whistle to run comfortable 6 – 2 winners.
The squad of Luke, Reuban, Frankie, Cassie, Raphael Thomas K, Thomas M, Logan and Stan were a real credit to their club. Although rugby is much more about the team effort than any individual contribution a special mention must be made of Thomas Mollee’s magnificent try tally, 8 from 3 games.
Without a team from our hosts Burgess Hill the Shoreham under 8’s were thankful that Heathfield had also made the journey.
With the up comming festival in mind it was decided to play as many games as possible.
Numbers allowed for two Shoreham sides and four Heathfield.
In glorious sunshine both Shoreham sides played some fantastic rugby putting maximum effort in over a long period.
They can all take great credit for the way they played with excellent teamwork in defence and marvellous supporting play in attack.
Bring on next weeks festival!
Great show from the travelling Shoreham under 8’s
Shoreham displayed great enthusiasm in the joint training exercises organised by the Crawley coach.
With equal numbers from both clubs two teams from each were selected to contest two matches.
In games where time allowed extended play, both Shoreham sides won each of their two games by a comfortable margin.
Showing an increasing level of maturity Shoreham passed the ball well to find openings in the Crawley defence with all players getting on the score sheet.
A special mention must go out to Shoreham’s new Welsh signing Logan Williams who had a fantastic debut and stands to be a real asset to his new club.
Fantastic display by Shoreham’s under 8’s.
After a slow start to the season the under 8’s are beginning to come to the boil. A really strong display saw them overcome a determined Bognor in the two games they played. In the first tie they were particularly dominant running in 7 tries to Bognor’s 2. The pick of
these concluded an excellent passage of play in which Thomas Mollee having made an impressive run down the wing passed inside to Thomas Kentell who, after making good ground linked with Stan Taylor who touched down in the corner.
The second game was a closer affair where Shoreham ran out 6-3 winners. The strong defense particularly by Alfie John and Frankie Phillips proved invaluable helping breakdown Bognor advances and twice producing turnover possession for Rueban Edmondson and Luke Hartshorn to run the length of the pitch to touch down.
Sunday gave Shoreham under 8’s the opportunity to entertain members of Burgess Hill and Hastings Rugby clubs.
Though the cold weather, and long trip on the part of Hastings, may have deterred a few visitors and Shoreham players alike. Those who did brave the elements trained hard and competed well in the drills and games.
Following on from last weeks exercises at Hove we concentrated on quick passing, running onto a passed ball and defending as a team.
To end the session we mixed the players to make a very competitive 7 aside game. Unlike last week where space was very limited this week, using a full pitch, all the players had the chance to run and find the gaps. This proved an effective method to build a good appetite to polish off the hotdogs that Shoreham Rugby Club had laid on.
Special thanks to the Hastings coach for his help organising the session and to his 4 players for making the journey.
Shoreham”s under 8s were treated to a great training session led by the Hove coaches.
They focussed on passing accurately and running onto a pass to break through the gain line.
The latter part of the session saw the two sides mixed to produce four sides of 10. With two individual games, played on half a pitch each, this was a congested affair but served to remind all the players of the drills they had run earlier.
Although Shoreham were outnumbered 3 to 1 in the mixed teams their focus, determination and strong running shone through and all were a great credit to themselves and their club. A big vote of thanks to the Hove under 8’s for being such excellent hosts.