Nuneaton Festival Sun 22/04/2012 

Under 7's Win Nuneaton Festival

 

22nd April 2012

 

What a proud day for all involved with the Moseley U7s! Normally a match report would keep those who were not present guessing on the final outcome until the end of the report... but the result in this case is too good to wait until the end! Well done U7s on a wonderful triumph at the Nuneaton Festival! Every single one of the players were sensational and the win was a super team effort - evidence of a well-coached team with great team spirit! (Paul and Steve take a bow!)

 

Little did we know what an eventful day lay ahead when we arrived at the ground and parked ourselves under a proud-looking gazebo standing in splendid sunshine. It was pleasing to see gleaming white lines clearly marking a good playing surface for the U7 tournament.

 

Nuneaton A 4 – 7 Moseley

 

The opening game saw Moseley take on the host's A team who immediately knew they were in for a tough game as our defence held firm (led by a particularly determined Alfie) and wouldn't give them a sniff of our try line. Alfie capitalised on their frustration by picking up a loose ball and running it in for a try. Another turnover led to a superb line break from Amaan who set Tyler up for another score. Tyler followed Amaan's lead and handed off sweetly for Alfie to score another. The defence, having turned the ball over for three consecutive tries, couldn't hold on forever and Nuneaton finally got on the board. There was still time, however, for Dylan to score a superb solo try from the restart to leave us leading 4-1 at the break. The second half was a lot more even, with a great try from Jarryd, another by Alfie and another by Tyler (set up by a mazy run by Dylan) being matched by three from Nuneaton. The final score of 7-4 was a fantastic start to the tournament by the team.

 

Nuneaton B 4 – 5 Moseley

 

The sun began teasing us as it disappeared only to reappear just as coats were being brought out. The wind also began to pick up and tested the limits of the gazebo. The weather however had no effect on the Moseley U7s as they were keen to build on their opening win. Moseley's second game was against Nuneaton's B team and this time we made an immediate impact on the scoreboard as Amaan took the ball from the start and impressively ran in a try untouched. Nuneaton responded with a try of their own but the game became a lot tighter than the previous game as both teams forced repeated turnovers. Alfie was particularly difficult for the opposition to get past but, when they did, they found strong resistance from the WHOLE Moseley team, with Josh, Tyler and Jarryd in particular getting some key tags. There was just enough time for Tyler to score to take Moseley into the break one up. The second half was just as even, with three tries apiece - Moseley tries being scored by the super-quick Amaan (following a great string of passes from the team) and two from Alfie (one following a great run down the wing by Dylan). Another great (albeit narrow) win, 5-4.

 

Moseley 5 – 5 Market Harborough

 

By now both the sun and the gazebo had given up the ghost (the latter probably saying it's final farewell) but the tournament was just coming to life. The way the other results in the tournament had gone, Moseley couldn't afford to lose their final group game against Market Harborough. With the pressure on, the rugby was less free-flowing but each team still managed to get a couple of scores in the first half, with Alfie getting both for Moseley. It was the same story in the second half as Alfie and Amaan finished off great team moves, taking the score to 4-4. With moments to play, Market Harborough broke through to score what looked to be the winning try - but this Moseley team are made of strong stuff and were not about to let that happen. With the last move of the game, the team drove forward and Alfie put the finishing touches on a well-deserved equaliser. The result was enough to put Moseley into the final, much to the excitement of the supporters on the touchlines!

 

Final

 

Nuneaton A 7 – 8 Moseley

 

The Moseley U7s stayed focused while the 3rd and 4th place play-off was being played and didn't even seem to notice the bouncy-based entertainment available to them at the side of the field. The opposition in the final was to be Nuneaton A in a repeat of the opening game. The team were confident, having come out victorious in that game, but Nuneaton had been in scintillating form since. The team put aside thoughts of the magnitude of the occasion (and of Paul's aeroplane team cheers) as they got together in their last pre-game huddle. Whatever was said by the coaches clearly worked as they hardly blinked when Nuneaton opened the scoring and responded with three magnificent unanswered tries.

 

Tyler kicked it off with a fantastic solo effort before Alfie drove through the middle to put us ahead. Then Ellie scored a courageous long-range try which was only one of a number of strong runs from her in the final. Nuneaton got back into the game with a couple of scores, sandwiching a try by Alfie which was brought about by some great passing by the team. The halftime score had Moseley up 4-3. Tries were traded after the break with Alfie completing an impressive hat trick and Tyler picking up his second in response to a pair from the hosts. Then came a turnover try by Nuneaton which left the scores at 6-6 with not long to go in the match.

 

"Big match temperament" was in abundance throughout the Moseley team as the nerves felt by the supporters on the sidelines were not shown by the players at all. The team drove down the field and Tyler made a decisive break to notch up a hat trick but, more importantly, give the team the lead. Then the Moseley defence held out for what seemed ages before Nuneaton finally broke through for what looked to be the try to take the final into extra time.

 

However, with the referee having just calling it the final play of the game, Alfie helped ensure that the referee is always right as he charged straight through the Nuneaton line for the winning score! Final score 8-7 and Moseley were crowned champions!!

 

It was a day of very impressive performances from a very determined team and the pride felt on the touchlines cannot be put into words. Well done U7s, you did us proud!

 

Todd Micklethwaite