London Irish putting on a good show.
Although there was no overall winner on Sunday, the U11's were undeterred and went about their games in the normal fashion at the London Irish Landrover Cup at a soggy Henley on Thames. 3 new teams awaited us which is always great as it offers new challenges over always playing the same folk who have given up as soon as they see our name on the match sheet.
We started strongly against an old adversary, Tadley. We comfortably saw them off scoring 6 tries and shutting them out completely with some great defense and stunning counter attacking play. Great tries scored by Callum Beetham, Alfie Conway, Jordy Bland, Max Sly, Myles Slater and Rueben Osgood
Next up was Bracknell, we have played them before but only in mixed tournaments so this was the first of the new A opposition for us to face. This was a much tougher game than the first which saw us 1-1 with a few minutes left to play. A bit of quick thinking from Cameron Ward when a penalty was awarded 20m out saw him tap and go, catching the Bracknell players on the back foot and he ran in the try that gave us the win.
High Wycombe were next, we had never played them and having watched their previous match they looked to be very strong at the breakdown, typically despite discussing this and coming up with a game plan to counteract their aggressive defence we got sucked into a breakdown game which ended up 1-1, a frustrating draw against a team we could have beaten if we'd played to our strengths.
Lastly was Tabard, another new team who appeared to play close to the laws from the games we had observed. Sure enough a 'rough' game it was, but one that the Alton players rose too, 5-0 to Alton the final score, with some excellent running and tries scored by Callum Beetham (2) Jenson Kelsey (2) and Will Nellist. Jenson Kelsey merits special comment hear for a truly wonderful try, taking on the heart of the Tabard pack with tricky feet and blistering pace to close off a tough game and bring high praise from the Tabard supporters, something which they had not been heard to give all day.
All in all a great day, undefeated again, scoring 14 tries and conceding only 2, Well done to all the players mentioned below, Although we didn't get the overall Fair Play award I was very proud of the way we conducted ourselves and the rugby that we played was in parts, sublime.
Team: Will Hodges, Callum Beetham, Alfie Conway, Jordy Bland, Ollie Sly, Rueben Osgood, Jensen Kelsey, Will Nellist, Sasha Roberts, Myles Slater, Cameron Ward, Theo Freeland, Max Sly
Finally, again the most asked question of the day from other teams and their supporters was.. 'Where is Alton?' It's always pleasing to know that wherever we go our great Rugby puts the little market town in Hampshire on the map.