UNDER 11's

 

DROITWICH PLATE WINNERS 2010-2011

 

Moseley U11’s arrived at Droitwich Festival with a squad of 17 and as ever a commitment to ensure that al of the lads got plenty of rugby. The organisers did us no favours putting us in a pool with Sil’s, Longlevens, and Worc, to be played in that order.

Sils

We started slowly against Sils and due to some weak tackling were soon a couple of scores down. The second half was a much better performance, where we held them for long periods and showed real strength of character.

 Longlevens

This time we got off to a great start with Paddy gathering Joe’s kick off and powering over to give us an immediate advantage. The game then settled and we looked in control, cancelling Levens dangerous runners and strong forwards. We gained the advantage in the scrum and loose forward exchanges were the whole pack and Tim in particular were excellent, a theme that continued all day.

 We led 5 – 0 at half time and knew it was our game to win. Unfortunately the ref didn’t agree and late on gave a try to Levens that our lads and spectators felt wasn’t actually grounded. The match was drawn and it was probably a fair reflection of the game.

 Worcester

Uncharacteristically Worcester had lost their first two games and we went into the game with confidence. Worc upped their performance from their earlier games and we lacked a little spark. We did late on begin to get our backs moving which promised much for later. We managed the win, leaving us with the same record as Levens. However as they had a better try record they went into the cup and us the plate.

 As Monmouth had cried off late, the organisers asked if we were willing to contribute players to a Barbarians side (not Bulgarians as Kieran thought!). We, in the spirit of rugby obviously agreed, unlike some other clubs who felt their clubs and players were above such a thing. This meant the lads got some extra game time and a big thank you goes to Keiran, Paddy, Sam, Robbie, Max Stanley and Callum for playing in their first internationals, even if it was only for Bulgaria’s U11’s.

 This also meant that we had a bye to the plate final where we again faced Worc.

 Plate Final

 The lads were really up for this and produced their best performance of the day, running out comfortable winners. Our forwards completely dominated in tight and loose and our backs were beginning to show the form they did at the end of last year. This culminated in a great try where the forwards first took it on, provided quick ball for the backs who combined put Paddy in with some excellently timed passing.

 he final score was ……20-0…... and nothing more than the performance deserved.

 Overall it was a good day and the squad as a whole developed well. Every lad contributed and gave their all. This was evidenced in the final where we used all our players.  This squad development is key as the numbers per side increase and while some clubs split their squads we don’t have enough players to do this and as coaches see the development of the whole squad as key to the ongoing success of the age group. 

 Squad - Archie Yoxall, Dylan Baggaley,Tim van Mourik Street, Max Baggaley, Callum Winfield, Max Stanley, Kieran Thorn, Joseph Humphries, Ryan Cadman, Joe Carter, Ben Hales, Sam Seston, Robbie Shelton, Hugo Meering, Paddy Mcgrath, Thomas Holmes, George Davies

 Ian Carter

 

 
 
 

 

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