The U15’s have had yet another enjoyable and successful season. The age group continues to run two mixed ability sides for friendlies and East Midlands league games and then selects the strongest side available for the East Midlands Cup competition.
The fixture list has pitched the squad against the best clubs in the age group from all surrounding counties which includes some familiar names such as Saracens, Bishops Stortford, Hertford and Chinnor but also some clubs that we have encountered for the first time such as the Surrey U15 champions Reeds (Weybridge). The latter including a game on the coldest Sunday of the year in blizzard like conditions, so credit goes to all who braved the weather but particularly the players from both sides.
October saw what will be the last schools 7’s tournament hosted by the age group at the club and yet again the value of the event was proved when 6 new players joined the U15’s following a bit of talent spotting by the coaches.This added some great ability to the already well established squad. This yearly tournament has been the main source of new players over the last few years ensuring that the numbers in the age group have remained sufficient to be able to field two sides season after season.
Highlights this season include winning the Bedfordshire Cup beating Leighton Buzzard 51-0 where all players played some part in the competition and a fantastic friendly match with Hertford in the sunshine, playing a club with a like minded ethos and exposing the boys to video analysis for the first time.
As the season drew to a close the U15’s had one major game left, they needed to defend their East Midlands Champions title in a Cup Final v Northampton Old Scouts. Players, coaches and supporters travelled up to Kettering (neutral venue) for the game and were duly rewarded with a great 17-3 victory. The boys that played worked extremely hard to keep Old Scouts from crossing the try line and the victory was just reward for a season of hard work from the whole squad.
The final thoughts consider what can we say about the U15 players? Well what a fantastic bunch of lads, challenging at times (must be their age) and like the older youth age groups they are starting to encounter outside pressures, mainly social and girls!! However currently they all remain committed to the club and their team mates and when on the rugby pitch all come together as one. They have all developed over the season and the coaches are able to identify improvements in all of them. They are hard working, generally willing to learn and it’s nice to be around them.
What can we say about the parents? The players only get to play because of their supportive parents and therefore great thanks from the coaching team goes to all of the U15 parents for their dedication and commitment as without them we wouldn’t have the players to work with each week. There have been some lengthy trips to play the opposition we want to play but we feel that it is worth it!!
Finally, what can we say about the coaching team? Well we better ask the players……….
The end of the season is very welcome and give’s the opportunity for a well earned break for all, although we do look forward to doing it again next year as U16’s.