The U12’s has had another good year with the introduction of a bigger pitch, a second row and the hand-off.
We have welcomed several new players and their families to the team this year and they have all been a positive addition with over sixty registered players showing great progress.
The first festival of the year was the Northampton Saints Land Rover Festival where we took two teams and had a good morning of rugby followed by Saints v Wasps which was a great day.
In November we headed over to Peterborough where the sun never shines! The two teams played great rugby all day with one team only losing one game against Northampton Old Scouts. It was a brutal but thrilling encounter with Ampthill losing by only one try to nil.
Christmas was upon us before we knew it and we had another successful Christmas party with some interesting Christmas Jumpers and even more interesting ‘social mash’!!!
After being cancelled due to snow on two occasions the Bedfordshire Festival was finally played in April and the two teams played some lovely rugby with great passing and outstanding defence making it very difficult for all opposition throughout the morning.
The highlight of the season was our final ever minis tour with 39 players and their families heading to Great Yarmouth with all the other age groups. On the Saturday we went to Wymondham RUFC for a triangular with Cheshunt. A great morning of rugby was had before we had the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest ever rugby tour (thank you to Paul Wadsworth a parent from our age group who spent days sorting out the paperwork and videos on the day!).
Kangaroo Court was held at Wymondham with parents, players and siblings being put in front of the judge for some seriously heinous crimes through the season and bush tucker grubs, custard pies, and spicy delights were the usual punishments!
On Sunday we went by coach to Norwich RUFC for a triangular with BeccehamianRUFC. Considering the late night had by all the boys played the best rugby of the season against some big players from Becs RUFC. The tackling, team spirit, and passing was great to watch and shows that we are ready to move into Youth next season. Becs and Norwich RUFC commented that we were the toughest team they had played which is compliment to our players and what they have achieved through the minis. The journey back to Yarmouth on the coach involved the usual rugby songs with the boys singing all the way!!
Huge thanks as always goes to the coaches, to Claire as Team Manager, Nikki for being our age group safeguarding officer, Jez and Nick for first aid / physio and Rich Mariani for organising the great socials!
The Minis has been a fantastic journey from the ‘herding players’ and playing TAG in the U6’s to coaching players that are now developing into not only fine rugby players but also good lads we are proud to say play for the mighty Ampthill!
We are excited at heading into the Youth with a great group of players, parents and siblings – as Bruce would say – The Rugby Family!!