Berkswell & Balsall – 18 November
With a frosty outlook to the day the sun soon came out to thaw the ground to a nice muddy surface. We arrived at Berkswell and Balsall’s ground to find out we were in a triangle including Atherstone (U10/11). The first game was B & B Vs Atherstone (Carl refereed the game), I didn’t manage to keep the score but B & B won the game.
Berkswell & Balsall Vs Broadstreet
Even though there was still a cold wind in the air the guys were raring to go. The game started off with explosive game play with both sides breaking each other’s defensive lines. B & B put the first points on the board heading to the half time interval 10-0; this should have been 10-5 because David had run the length of the pitch beat the whole B&B team only to be thwarted by the lack of markings on the pitch, the ref disallowed the try (the first cones were on the dead ball line and not the try line) Great try David well should have been! This wasn’t the first decision that exasperated the Street coaches and parents.
Half time: 10-0
We entered the second half and immediately engaged full throttle with the team putting 100% into tackles & rucks, Max J went over the line grounding the ball for a great try; however this was disallowed to my amazement & the sidelines. The Street team didn’t give up and a try by Ben I put street back into the game. The second half was nail biting, as attempt after attempt at the B&B try line by the Street team was closed down from either the whistle or the B &B’s defence. The second try scored by David made the scores level, you could see the determination in his face that he wanted to make that line. Street just couldn’t breach the B&B line to win the game. The game finished 10-10, a superb effort by the Street team in difficult playing conditions.
Atherstone Vs Broadstreet
With a few minutes to regroup and make some changes Broadstreet were soon ready to undertake their next challenge, having had two wins against Atherstone 2 weeks previous, the Street team didn’t let this go to their heads and attacked the Game the way they always do; - to the best of their ability.
Bearing in mind most of the Atherstone U10’s are actually the U11’s, the first half was tight but Ben I managed to get the first points but Atherstone responded by breaking away quickly from the centre to equalise, this happened tit for tat straight from the centre on the next two occasions bringing the score to 10 – 10. Then the battle of the defences began with the players fighting nail and tooth in the rucks. Louis took a knock to the head and managed to channel his aggression behind the ball and drive 15 yards forward breaking through the Atherstone defence, closely followed by Jack to ship it out to Max J for a well fought for try. The game remained around the centre of the pitch for the rest of the half as it was battled out, the first half ended 20-15 to the Street.
The game was far from won entering the second half and all was to play for. Atherstone broke through the Street defence in the first few minutes to equalise. The team knew they had to step up a gear and some fantastic steals from the opposition put two more try’s by David in the mix. Although quite a few try’s had been scored this was very much a ruck and maul game with the Street using skill over brawn and finally putting out of reach with one last try from JP who was a great supporting player throughout.
The Game finished 35 – 20 to Broadstreet.
Well done everyone, I’ll never get tired of applauding you on the way you play to the referee, no matter what! You all prove week in, week out you can give any team a run for their money regardless of their age/Size. Keep it up
Player of the week Wanderers – David Most Improved – Jack G
Player of the Week Warriors – Louis Most Improved – Ben T
This was another great display with difficult conditions but the coaching team admire the players as they always put in 100% effort for the team and club, a great bunch to work with. Every player in the team has a part to play and work together really well as a unit.
The game against OC’s 25/11 was cancelled due to the recent wet conditions, hopefully this coming weekend 02/12 will be kind to us! It’s a triangle against Harbury & Rugby St Andrews 10:30 meet (suggest getting there earlier)