Great team spirit, lots of battling performances and a good start
By John Reynolds
Well done all
I always question the motive behind some clubs decisions to send their best players to this festival as it totally goes against the ethos of what this day is all about. Yes we took a couple of thumpings but I would wager we learned more than those that gave them out. I guess it comes down to wanting to win at all costs, but it does sadden me that development players at other clubs are missing out on games just so this can happen.
Our pool saw us pitched in with Sudbury, Ipswich, North Walsham and Chelmsford so sides new to us and old rivalries reacquainted.
We started with a 15 v 20 reverse to Sudbury who did bring a development team and this was a great game played in the right spirit. We could have nicked it but ended up losing it in the dying seconds. Myself and Alan were delighted with the work rate and application that the whole squad showed throughout the day but especially in this game as we came firing out of the blocks and took the game to a well drilled Sudbury side. Tries from Aston Satchwith-Clarke, Finlay Collins and Charlie Flatt nearly saw us home.
The second game saw us go down 35 v 0 to Ipswich which wasn't a surprise given the side they played. That said the work rate and tackling, especially from Will McMahon was very pleasing and given how new as a group the boys are to all this there is much to take from Sunday as I said earlier. Finlay Peartree worked hard in the scrum half role and kept looking for good options, Tom Palmer-Brown kept trying to get away from tight situations and Toby Bourne and Owen Sharman were always looking for opportunities down the wings.
Game three saw us go down 20 v 10 to North Walsham in what was another close game. Tries in this one from Toby Bourne and Finlay Mitchell. There was great pressure and tackling in this game from Thomas Bates, Charlie Graham and Harrison Cox and Kurtis Harrington did really well at scrum half, distributing the ball well and supporting at the base of the ruck.
Our final game was against Chelmsford and again we went down 35 v 0 which again wasn't a surprise given the side they had out. Bill Moffat tackled his heart out in this game as he had all day wherever he was asked to play and Finley Read tried really hard with some kinking, fleet footed running to find a way through, unfortunately with no luck. We did tire, it was a hard days rucking and mauling, but we came away with much to work on and much to think about individually and as a group. Both Alan and myself were extremely proud of the way the boys both applied themselves and handled the occasion of the day. They all did the club and the shirt proud.
A final mention to Charlie Read who travelled with the squad to cheer the boys on despite being unable to play due to injury. A great team ethic there that we could all learn from.
Star Player : For his all around positive contribution, try and wonderful try saving tackle in the dying seconds of the final game - Finlay Mitchell
See you all training on Tuesday and then again on Sunday.