Nationally, this age group is notorious for players leaving rugby and pursuing other options. We started the season with 24 players, but were soon struggling to get 18 to turn up to matches. We even played one match with only 12 players.
Luckily, we have quite a lot of strength in depth and it is this has seen us through
this season. In terms of success, we got to the final of the East Midlands cup, qualified for the National U17 plate competition and are currently one match away from winning the Herts and Middlesex U17 division 2 (At the time of writing our final match is next Sunday 1st May). 8 of the squad also linked up with the U18s and won the Beds cup in outstanding fashion.
The squad have also been struck by the curse of rugby time tables. The first round of the National U17 Plate coincided with the East Midlands representative selection day, of which 6 Ampthill squad members participated. Owing to this fixture clash we had to withdraw from the national competition (The team we were to play in the first round are now in the final – how ironic is that).
I am very proud of this squad for their individual achievements, but more importantly how they now interact as a team and play for each other. In the 5 years the squad have been together they have gone from strength to strength, and are now more than capable of giving any side a close run game. I am hoping that they continue into next season, because there are quite a few players who will eventually break into senior ranks either at Ampthill or
Finally, I would like to thank Terry Hardiman, Paul Saunders and Phil Tomlinson for being a large part of the coaching team, who have turned up for every training session and game for the last 5 years.
Representative honors – Harry Hall, Colston Kayne, Shay Howes and Harry Matthews all East Mids
Lets hope we can do it all again next season – Thanks to one and all.
Head Coach Ampthill U17s