Well what a year that was, as we see the lads once again winning the East Midlands Cup and close runners up in the league. Whilst we have had a few disappointments along the way we should be rightly proud of what this group of young men achieved in a year when commitments outside of rugby have taken there toll in squad selection, many players unable to play due to college, exams, school, etc. Further testament of the lad’s ability is that 17 of these young men now play rugby at representative level with a number breaking through into East
Midlands this season.
We started the year with a great away win in the league at Chess Valley scoring a massive 62 points with no response! A few friendless then followed, with a very close draw at home against local opposition Hitchin. We had the pleasure of being
victorious in winning all our other friendlies against, Oundle Wellingborough (Under 18’s), Brentwood amongst a few, as we started to build momentum into the second half of the year. We topped the league all the way to the last game of significance against Old Albanians in a freezing cold morning we suffered a hard to take 5-0 loss. It was with heavy hearts we headed home knowing it was the first time ever this age group would not win the league !!After winning 3-0 away at our old nemesis Old Northamptonians with a last minute penalty, there has never seen so many bitten nails!
We qualified for the Quarter Finals of the National Cup. With a long trip to Nottingham the team came up against the toughest opponents yet and narrowly lost 19-17 to a last minute try after changing pitches due to a nasty head injury. Nottingham eventually getting to the Final (not played at the time of print).
This was one of our best performances of the season with Nottingham telling us afterwards that we were simply the best team they had faced and were disappointed to meet us so early.
We have had some fun and laughs along the way with expert match reporting and average house prices summed up brilliantly by Mr O’Connell who managed to use galumphed & slathering in a single match report!
Huge thanks to all the coaches giving up their time to look after the lads and develop their rugby skills over this season and past seasons !
Thanks also to our all the parents who carried out various duties ensuring the matches at home run smoothly, Jabs for the filming and to JTA for his expert support in looking after any medical issues along the journey.
It’s likely this will be last year this age group play together, we have seen them grow from boys to men and have provided us with lot of great memories and friendships for years to come.