U9 v Wymondham match report
By John Reynolds
YM U9 Eagles and Falcons go toe to toe with Wymondham in battles royal.
A wonderful morning at YM HQ saw our two U9 development squads, the Eagles and the Falcons take on Wymondham in six games which had everything. Carl, Geoff and myself were truly proud of every player on the day and we again saw the benefit of development fixtures as boys and girls across the teams grew in confidence over the course of the morning.
The Eagles played three games, won two and drew one. Every player stepped up, made tackles, worked hard for the team and supported each other. There were some stand out performances and moments that merit a mention in despatches. Finlay Mitchell’s brilliant interception at pace and the try line saving tackle from the Wymondham full back, only topped by Finlay’s awareness to pop the ball to Fred Hudson to go over. Joe Mallet’s smokey runs all morning long resulting in his seven try total over the three games. Archie Reynolds run from the half way line that Fred Hudson, George Rawlins and Harry Podd locked onto driving him up the field for Noah Catling to score in the corner and Finlay Peartree’s awareness at the breakdown to spot a pass and move the ball into space and away from bodies again and again.
The future looks very bright for the Eagles. They congratulated one another on their successes, showed the Wymondham players and coaches a great deal of respect and were superbly supported by their families. It was nice to hear such vocal support on the touchline from the parents. Long may that continue.
Thanks to Sally and Alison for doing the scoring and to Kirsty for organising the food across all the games.
The Falcons also played three games, drawing one and losing two. A very enthused coach Geoff met us coming off the park waxing lyrical about all of his players. Despite not getting a win there was much to take from the games and moments worth mentioning in despatches. Tom Palmer-Brown’s ferocity in the tackle was a sight to behold as was the tireless running of Toby Bourne, Finley Read and Owen Sharman. Like Joe Mallet in the Eagles those boys can run! Kurtis Harrington stepped into the light at the breakdown this weekend, clearing it out and setting up the Falcons to go again. Olivia Max has also blossomed in the last week and hearing Geoff talk about her new found tackling technique on Sunday really was great to hear. I saw it for myself first hand last night at training so I know it’s there. Olivia’s coming to get you boys. Watch out!! The fearlessness of Thomas Bates in the tackle and the amount of ground that Charlie Graham covered also really pleased Geoff and it was nice to see Charlie Read both playing with a smile on his face and also confident in his own abilities enough to showcase the talents he undoubtedly has.
The future also looks very strong for the Falcons. We also welcomed Dominic Cragie into the Falcons fold this week and he looks like he can play a bit as well so they are well placed to kick on and develop their team spirit and group unit.
Lastly I wanted to share a note from Andrew Nelson, the Wymondham head coach at Under 9 who dropped me a note on Sunday night. Andrew wrote,
"Great to finally get down to you after a couple of years, really enjoyed the morning, good to see some players really step up on both sides. I think positive noisy support for all players really helps at this age so thanks to your parents too… your pitches and general mini's setup is very impressive…”
Well done everybody. We are YM.