West Coast Festival of Rugby, Glory for Street Under 9's
A hastily arranged tour saw Broadstreet Under 9's embark on the long trip to North Devon to join in the fun with the 11's and 12's with a sparse squad of 10 which included on loan under 8 Jamie Talbot.
Staying at the Combe Martin Sandaway Resort and Spa the tightly knit group left for nearby Barnstaple Rugby club early Saturday morning after a quiet Friday evening in the Resorts Seaspray lounge.
Match 1. Barnstaple B. 0 vs Broadstreet 70
Barnstaple second string never really troubled the Street line and once Joe Harrison had dotted down for a 1st half hat trick within 4 minutes the result was never in question. Jamie Talbot notched a try in his 1st game out of Tag rugby Ollie Grundy threatened with every touch. The boys shared the game time and the points out equally.
Match 2. Luctonians 15 vs Broadstreet 30
The second match was closely fought, early scores from Street held sway against a spirited fight back from a classy Luctonians outfit. Asher Opoku-Fordjour was starting to show the class, pace and power the Binley Woods faithful know he possesses. His surging runs and strong tackles were gathering notice across the tournament. George McInnes added a brace to put the match safe.
Match 3. Chippenham A 5 vs Broadstreet 25
The final match of the day saw the best rugby the boys have produced this season against a fine side from Wiltshire who describe their selves as the Mighty Under Nines. Mason Winterburn led from the front closely supported by an all action display from Sam Warne in defence and attack. Daniel Hewitt and Danny Gardner both looked dangerous on the ball ably supported by the no nonsense Ollie Henderson.
Day 2. Semi-Final .
Chippenham B. 5 Broadstreet 25
Unlike Barnstaple the Wiltshire outfit had equally splittheir squad and their B side proved as difficult as their A team. Having watched them dispatch Winchester in their last pool game their use of running off a posted player to circumvent the law of only moving once the free pass has left the hand was duly noted and the giant boy who charged up the middle of the pitch off the post was firmly stopped in his tracks by some neat, firm tackles from the street boys, Mason throwing his little frame in the goliath's path time and time again. Some neat passing and tricky running saw the Coventry boys score 5 unanswered tries before Chippenham grabbed a consolation.
Final. Barnstaple A 5 vs Broadstreet 15
Streets options were limited by knocks taken in the semi to Daniel and Joe. Having not seen Barnstaple in action their 4 group game wins and defeat of Chippenham by 5 clear tries suggested a strong challenge. It was clear by comments made in the control tent by the Barnstaple coach "Large Lad" that they were planning the robust approach to the game. They did not disappoint.
Once the 1st probing Barnstaple attack was turned over the Street boys went on the attack through Asher and then Sam Warne this raised the away volume way above the home support with assistance from Street under 12's, Luctonians and Welsh side Kefig Hill who had decided to support ourboys. Street's wave after wave produced a try wide in the corner for Asher who was clattered whilst scoring. This prompted the home Barnstaple officials to clear the away sideline stating it was in the rules not to have support in between the pitches. This area had been used by spectators for 2 days without incident but suddenly the clearance was crucial. George McInnes made it 2 tries up a little breathing space allowed the injured Joe to take the field along with Daniel and young Jamie before a battered Asher returned to finish the Job with his second. Barnstaple scored a lifeline try midway in the second half but neat passing before contact kept possession away from the physical home side and Ollie Gundy's foot in touch signalled the end of the game, the cup and the start of a great celebration.
Great organisation by Team Tours Direct, and a nice welcome from Barnstaple RFC (until you beat them).