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This weekend was our first game since we have introduced the concept of the tackle and contact. All players played fantastically well with a very high standard of commitment and skill.
We have a good standard of players at our age group and consistently have 20 plus players each week turn up. This season we have been fortunate to get a new influx of players who have grasped the game and what is required to make them good players for the future. Their progression and integration within the team has been assisted and developed by their more experienced team mates which is a credit to all.
In total 3 games were played with Woodbridge winning all 3: 35 – 15, 35 – 15, 30 – 20. (5 points for each try).
Suffolk RFU hosted its annual flagship Youth Sevens competition on Sunday at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook. The Woodbridge U13 Warriors fielded 2 teams, neither of which had ever played 7s rugby before, which culminated in the opportunity to pick up some silverware.
The B team dominated their group and semi-final, winning all their matches in great style. Having conceded some early tries to Hadleigh in the 1st game, they never looked back tearing apart the opposition one by one, and scoring over 200 points on the way. The A team had a far tougher time in their group with extremely physical matches, leading to narrow defeats to Bury A and Colchester A. A heavy defeat to eventual Cup winners Southwold was remedied with a fine victory against Diss before going on to defeat Felixstowe in the other semi-final. However, in the process, 4 out of the 10 boys suffered injuries.
So the stage was set; Woodbridge A vs Woodbridge B in the plate final. Despite the A’s edging ahead early on, exhaustion and injuries took their toll and nothing could stop the B’s winning momentum and they went on to claim the 1st silverware of the season and be crowned the Suffolk 7’s Plate champions. Well done everyone involved.
The Irish Exiles seek to identify Irish qualified players in the UK and will shortly hold rugby festival days for players born in 1997, 1998 or 1999. This is an introduction to Exiles rugby and I would like to invite any eligible players to attend (Born in Ireland, Irish Parent or Grandparent).
The purpose of the day is primarily development and it will consist of training sessions and matches. Many may have previously attended a festival day but we would encourage all to come back as we are always delighted to see how players have developed and all will have an equal opportunities to progress.
It is hugely important to understand the opportunity provided by the Exiles for access to Provincial and International rugby and a full history of the Irish Exiles may be found at www.irishexiles.co.uk .
Players identified at the sessions will be invited to play in the Exiles Inter Regional Championship to be played 8th March, 2015. And from these regional games players will be further invited to attend the Exiles National Assessment Camp at Stowe School, from were many will move on to play the Provinces in Ireland. A full international appearance is then only a short step away.
The Midlands Region will hold a festival day at Broadstreet RFC on Sunday 26th October, 2014; commencing with registration at 9.30 am and finishing by 4.00 pm. Lunch will be provided.
We need to know numbers in order to organise medical support, coaches and food, so to attend please register and provide (or confirm previous) details at: www.irishexiles.co.uk or email email@example.com
First class performances from both teams, each with 3 wins and 1 defeat placing us 2nd in our respective leagues.
The B team only lost in the pool to an A team (Stowmarket). Then we lost our semi to Colchester B (the 2nd of 4 Colchester teams, demoted for the semis from the A team league). And our Bs put in the performance of the tournament in the 2nd pool game, coming back from 3 tries to 1 down to win 21:19.
The A team only lost to Hadleigh – twice. And on the back of 3 impressive wins, we went 19:0 up against Hadleigh at half time in the pool match. Hadleigh came out fighting and a couple of poor options by us opened the door for them to steal it 21:19. By the final we no longer had the legs to see it through, with our 11 boys already having done the same work as their 14 or 15.
So congratulations to Hadleigh and to all our boys. And a special thank you to Theo Underwood, who agreed to a Sunday morning call up to cover for late injury and make sure that our B team had the numbers that we needed to compete so well.
Training 6.30 Thursday and we will let you know selections for Sunday as soon as I have got a couple of gaps in our Availability Spreadsheet filled in.