Another great year for the U10s! We’ve had a good few new faces join us this season and they’ve slotted straight in. In terms of what has changed on the pitch this season we have introduced the ruck and maul, with a bigger pitch and an extra player. The whole squad has relished the challenge and their defensive work has shone through in every match we’ve played whether it be training, friendlies, festivals or tournaments. The other thing that shone at the later part of the season was the wonderful new kit, that was kindly sponsored by one of our dads, huge thanks from us all, all the children just love it!!!
The first competition of the year was the qualifier for the Leicester Tigers Prima Cup in Lutterworth. The team selected played very well, progressing to the Prima Shield Quarter and Semi Finals, (which was held on the main pitch at Welford Road before the Tigers v Treviso European Cup game), not conceding a try and progressing to the finals day. The Final was again held at Welford Road, under the floodlights, with the team being announced over the tannoy as they ran out through the player’s tunnel. Quite an experience, especially as many of the Tigers and Exeter players were watching including Manu Tuilagi. They played brilliantly and won the Prima Shield – a memory all of those who were there will treasure forever. The ethos of teamwork was shown by those squad members who travelled to Leicester twice to watch their team mate play. Also, by the squad carrying their injured Captain to be presented with the Prima Shield.
We had the privilege of hosting the Beds Cup this year at Ampthill. Being lucky enough to enter two teams again this season, we were treated to another fine days display of rugby. The U10s did amazingly well finishing as Beds Cup Runners Up and Plate Winners. A very proud day for us all.
Mobbs this year was a hard fought day, when everyone eventually got there after putting the
correct postcode in their sat navs! Playing some good rugby, we were a little slow off the mark, and failed to progress into the first placed pool. This set up the Ampthill v Ampthill match, that we always dread!
Peterborough – a wonderful day, with probably the best weather we have ever experienced there! We fielded two mixed teams that included several players who joined us this season, they all played an exceptionally high level of rugby with one team being Runners up of the whole competition and the other winning the second placed pool, thanks to an amazing cover tackle in the last play of the game. One of the highlights of the season, was when several of the Ampthill team joined with our friends at Leighton Buzzard, forming the ‘Ampthill Buzzards’ to replace a team who had pulled out – embodying the true spirit of rugby – Opposition becoming team mates in the blink of any eye.
The Northampton Saints Tournament was another fun day of rugby, with two teams representing
Ampthill. Both teams played exceptionally well, with arguably the tries of the season being scored her. One awesome bit of running, fleet of foot and exceptional balance to carve a way through the defence. The other created with an amazing long pass out wide. (It’s amazing what happens when they pass the ball! Ha!) This again resulted in an Ampthill v Ampthill match, the depth and strength of the entire squad was clearly demonstrated at this moment. One of the teams won the Second Placed Pool, having their medals presented to them on the pitch at half time of the Saints game. Many of the squad stayed on to watch the Saints v Worcester after the tournament.
Olney was the first taste of ‘Festival Rugby’ that we will see come into play over the next few seasons under the new RFU Rules of Play. All the players that represented Ampthill did us very proud, playing some tough, hard fought rugby. It was lovely to see many of our new players
enjoying their first time of running out in the Ampthill shirt at a tournament/Festival.
And……onto the……. highlight of the season……. Mini’s Tour! It was great to see 32 of the squad make the journey to the illustrious Haven Holidays Caravan Park in Sunny Great Yarmouth! The Friday night is always full of excitement, for the parents, oh and everyone else who travels. Giving out of the ‘darts tops’ and a refresher of the rules for the next few days. Saturday involved a trip to our friends at Wymondham, who we had hosted the week before. It was amazing to watch the squad, with various bits of purple, play some good old fashioned rugby on a muddy, boggy, extremely wet pitch. Many of us travelled back on the coach, teaching the children some rugby songs on the way (several are still being heard in various schools and houses in the area). Saturday night was the 80s night and tour court, which dealt with parent’s misdemeanours from the season. Sunday as ever, was a trip to Holt, which we found out was to be a festival rather than a tournament when we arrived. Luckily, the sun blessed us with its presence, with teams played very well, displaying some awesome attack and defence and immense team spirit. To sum it up…..we put the Great into Yarmouth!
Huge thanks yet again go to……. All the coaches who give up their time to teach the children a game that will hopefully be in their hearts for the rest of their lives. The Volunteers who fulfil our duty obligations, the Club simply cannot run without you. Nikki for being our age group safeguarding officer. Rich for helping organise some great socials such as the Christmas Disco, Race Night and Tour! Finally, all of the players, parents and siblings who make the U10s such an amazing age group to be involved in!!
Look forward to seeing you all next season…. bring on the kicking……!!!!!!