U17 2016-17 Season Review

This past season has been a difficult one with only the Herts/Middlesex league to compete in, albeit in the top division, but that providing only six fixtures. Also with there being no u17’s Beds Cup competition the number and quality of friendly fixtures was therefore always going to be an important issue.
The squad size fluctuated as usual with the number being around 22 lads, Max Chapell joining at the start of the season and Nile Cleaver and Shaheer Kahn joining during the latter part of the season
Early season friendlies provided good opposition and early October saw the lads playing their first HML game away at Fullerians and posting a convincing 5 to 43 victory. Further wins at home against a good London Welsh side and a not quite so good Ruislip team saw the lads with 3 wins out of three and well positioned as joint top of the division. An away visit to Bishop Stortford provided a much stronger test against a very good side where we came away with a 17 to 10 defeat. Next up a convincing home win over Finchley and looking to finish the league season on a high we travelled to Old Albanians for a Thursday night fixture where we were well beaten 36 to 5.
The season finished on big high with this u17s group along with three lads from the u18s beating Luton Colts in the Beds. Colts County Cup final with a convincing 26 points to 8 victory to lift the silverware.
Thanks to our supportive parents – Fixture Sec. Steve Noble, Treasurer/Team Manager – Alaine Clark and Stato/First Aider Steve Foll.
The teams coaches have enjoyed a good final season with this group in youth rugby and thanks to Head Coach Steve Everitt, Leigh Clark, Jay Tovey, Joey Evans, Paul Brown and new coach this season Tom Gray. Next season will see the lads playing at Colts/Academy level in Senior rugby.
With no Saints DPP at this age level the squad has had 6 players selected into the East Midlands u17s training squad with prop Mitchell Brown selected to play some games for the Northampton Saints Academy.
The Squad was – Alex Evans, Alex Duff, Ben Horsford, Charlie Fleckney, Eugene Ekuban, George Odell, Jack Edwards, Joe Cafferty, Josh Wright, Lewis Sharp, Liam Everitt, Liam Gadsden, Max Chappell, Max Noble, Mitchell Brown, Peter Smith, Sol Tovey, Tom Murray, Tom Clark, Kyle McSwiggan, Curtis Hymus, Cameron Smith, Shaheer Kahn & Nile Cleaver.
Steve Everitt
Head Coach

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