Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for travelling all the way to Hastings, which I appreciate was a bit of a trek, but hope you all agree it was worth it especially on such a gloriously sunny day – I don’t think I’ve been sunburnt in October before!
Our squad today consisted of: Ashley Calvert, Travis Tilling, Luke Gray, Jake Gale, Charlie, Kembery, Ollie Bushby, Etienne Freschard-Penny, Toby Murphy and Jack Salter.
We were in a group with Hastings & Bexhill, Warlingham, Heathfield and Lewes. We played Lewes last season and knew this would be a hard fought game but not having played the other three teams before, this made for an interesting day’s rugby.
Hastings & Bexhill 4 : Shoreham 3
This was an exciting match with great play on both side. Hastings & Bexhill defended well but Shoreham came out fighting with tries from Jake, Luke and Etienne.
Warlingham 4 : Shoreham 2
This was an enjoyable match and showed how well you are beginning to work as a team and support each other. Tries coming from Luke and Travis (I feel it only fair to say “well done” to Travis in his first ever rugby match).
Heathfield 1 : Shoreham 4
This was a great match. You kept up the pressure and pushing forward and not letting up, this enabled Luke to score and Jake to get a hat-trick!
Lewes 3 : Shoreham 1
The score really doesn’t reflect just how hard you worked in this match. Lewes are a big club with lots of players to choose from and you did really, really well defending and not giving up allowing Ashley to score a try.
3rd Place Final – Shoreham 4 : Warlingham 4
This was a thoroughly exciting match, real end to end stuff. As Warlingham had already beaten us by 2 tries earlier in the day Gary didn’t let you dwell on this describing it as “doable”. You all played so well allowing Jake and Luke to score one each and Etienne to score twice. According to the festival rules, if a final ends in a draw the result will be decided on the toss of a coin – neither I nor John (Etienne’s dad) could watch this – good call Gary! You should all feel very proud of yourselves and you thoroughly deserve the title of 3rd place winners of the Hastings Festival. Well done one and all.