RUGBY: Junior and Mini round-up

Lions, Rugby St Andrews and Newbold

Rugby Lions U7s travelled to Leamington RFU for their festival and put in some outstanding performances.

Coaches Fergus Deery and Kiley Mitchell should be extremely proud of the squad and the progress they have made during the season. During the festival the team fought hard in all matches, defeating Leamington and Berkswell and Balsall, drawing with Old Covents and losing to Kenilworth and Old Leam’s.

The team worked extremely hard to capture opposition tags whilst with the ball some strong running by Christopher Smith, and Archie Burdett and excellent support play from Dominic Evans and Connor Postlethwaite ensured a constant supply of tries from all the team. The biggest smiles of the day came from Ffion Brough when scoring her first ever tries after just a few weeks training! All of the squad should be congratulated and our thanks must go to Leamington RFU Club for organising a superb event.

Lions U9’s at Leamington Festival

Rugby Lions 3pts Broadstreet 3pts

The Lions made a bright start with Ben, Lewis and Harry tackling well. Great passing from Dan and good running from Aaron led to a try from Jake. Robust defence from the team held a very strong Broad St line. The Lions captain (Dan) held the defence together well and Jake made a series of strong tackles, giving William H the space he needed to snatch the ball and run in a try just before half time.

Broad St’s complete team change at half time led to them scoring 2 early tries. Great running from William H led to his second try but poor defence from the Lions let Broadstreet back in. Lewis was held back at the line by a strong Broadstreet pack and was unlucky not to win it at the death. A fantastic result for the lion’s after a comprehensive defeat earlier in the season.

Rugby Lions 4pts Leamington A Side 8pts

An attacking performance from the Lions was let down by poor defending. Typically aggressive tries were scored by Lucas and the captain Dan. A well organised and resourced Leamington squad then scored a series of quick tries. A powerful charge from Lucas followed by good passing from Will M and Will H gave Aaron his first try and the Lions their third. However a poor defensive line let in Leamington for another try, with the half ending at 3-6 to Leamington.

Dan rallied the Lions for a much better second half, and strong tackles from Finn and George held the opposition to just 2 tries. A final Lions surge saw the Lions hold the ball for a long play up the field and another charge from Lucas followed by a series of crisp passes from Will M and Finn to give Dan his 2nd try at the death.

Rugby Lions 4pts Kenilworth 8pts

Some strong early tackling from Will H gave the Lions a good start, with great running from Ben giving Harry an early, deserved try. However the Lions defensive frailties cost them dear again, despite some quick running from Ben and strong tackles by the captain Lucas. A clever interception by George and a strong run released Jake for a 2nd Lions try.

After 2 tough games and larger opposition squads with fresh legs, the Lions looked tired in defence and gaps in the defensive line cost them dear. However some strong attacking rugby in the 2nd half saw a try from the speedy Joey following another powerful run from Lucas. A consolation 2nd try from Jake towards the end made for a creditable score against the powerful Kenilworth pack.

Rugby Lions 2pts Leamington B Side 6pts

A couple of early tries by the fresher legs of the opposition caused the Lions heads to drop, but the captain Lewis rallied them and Harry scored his 2nd try of the day following a great run from Jake’s pin point pass. More great running from Will M and Lewis kept the Lions in contention in the first half, although defensive frailties again made it too easy for the opposition.

In the second half again the Lions tired in the face of a new set of fresh Leamington players. The Lions held their own though with some powerful tackling from Dan and Finn in particular. Another surging run from the speedy Joey released Jake for a 2nd Lions try. Tired Lions legs though allowed a final Leamington try.

Rugby Lions U11s at Leamington Festival

Lions’ U11s finished this season with a festival at Leamington. They began the day with a defeat against a big, physical Melbourne side before bouncing back with tries from Adam Williams, Adam Cawardine and Finn Peacocke to beat Kenilworth in their second match. A try from Ethan Walker in the third game couldn’t prevent the Lions losing to Broadstreet. Two more tries from Finn Peacocke gave the Lions a two one win over Old Leams. At the end of a long day, Lions finished the season with a heavy defeat to Leamington. The day saw some excellent play from all teams with the Rugby Lions forwards playing their most consistent and effective rugby of the season, with the backs moving the ball beautifully at times. A lot of work has been put in by all our players this season, and a big improvement in their game was their reward.

Well Done Lions

U12s at Leamington Tournament

Rugby Lions 1 Old Coventrians 1

Constant pressure from the start led to Rugby’s first try by Callum Hopkins and unusually the Lions were off to a good start. The lads were all over the opposition like a rash and a good run by Dan Tuckey kept the play in their half. The second half was more balanced and eventually the opposition equalised. The Lions should have won the match but had some unlucky decisions against them.

Rugby Lions 2 Evesham 0

Again the Lions started off with some excellent text book scrums and tight play from both teams turned it into a very exciting game. The second half saw greater determination from the lads to finish off the match in their favour, with a good try from Ben Dowling. Not satisfied with this, they dug deep and continued to fight for the ball and territory and an excellent pass from Ben to Dan Tuckey resulted in the final try.

Rugby Lions 0 Melbourne 1

Such a tough match with tempers running high throughout the match, but the Lions kept their cool and were very unlucky not to level the score. The play was fast and fierce at all times with brilliant runs and tackles from one side of the pitch to another. The second half saw Harry in the middle of it all fighting for possession but the lads ran out of time to equalise.

Rugby Lions 1 Broad Street 0

Eager to get back on track the Lions upped their game and a lightening run from Jimmy across the pitch and a pass to Jack Woolliscroft enabled them to keep the pressure on Broad Street and eventually led to a try by Jack. Jimmy was on fire as he repeated his run again only to be denied his try by the half time whistle. With the halves only being 6 minutes Rugby often find it hard to get into their stride – but they certainly left their mark on this game!

Rugby Lions 0 Kenilworth 2

This was the last match of the season and indeed the lads’ last match in the minis section and it was against their old rivals. The score does not reflect their passion to win as twice they queued up to just push the ball over the line but every time it was kept up by the opposition. Despite huge tackles, one in particular by Jack Woolliscroft, all the damage was done in the first half and the Lions just couldn’t get back at the opposition.

The parents of the Rugby Lions U12s want to thank the coaches Vince Deery, Ray Hopkins and Andy Dowling and others for all their commitment to the lads, training on Sunday mornings every week without fail. The lads have a great sense of pride and camaraderie and above all really enjoy the game and have fun.

U16s at Broadstreet 10s Festival

Lions U16’s made a very late entry into to Broadstreet Festival due to fixture let downs. So without any specific 10s training and a depleted squad Lions were faced with a massive challenge.

Some hurried last minute tactical training from coaches Mike Jones and Tony Mills got Lions looking fit and confident enough to take on the other festival competitors:- Broadstreet with two teams, Leamington and Barker Butts.

Lions 38 Leamington 5

Leamington were out classed by Lions who accumulated points from the first minute. Lions Scored: Unconverted tries from: Chris Easton, Luke Hibberd. Self converted tries from Chris Easton, Josh Cooke and James Neal. A try from Adam Jones was converted by Josh Cooke. Interestingly the only try conceded was scored by an ex Lion: Josh Crawford for Leamington!

Lions 44 Broadstreet B 0

Another one sided battle where Lions outclassed their opponents with some very attractive rugby swinging the ball from one side of the field to other with comparative ease. Tries from Chris Easton (2) Luke Hibberd, Ed Spencer, Patrick Mills. Self converted tries from Chris Easton and Josh Cooke.

Lions 17 Barker Butts 19

This was a very close match against a strong Barker Butts side who had a match break to recover from a beating by Broadstreet “A”. Lions went on directly from their previous match. It was only one successful conversion that produced the difference in the final score.

Lions Scored: Tries from Tom Marshall-Lee, Jamie Whiteside. A self converted try from James Neal.

Lions 22 Broadstreet A 0

Lions needed to win this game and keep points on the board to take the tournament as Barker Butts would have the same amount of tournament points, but failed to score anywhere near the number of tries scored by the Lions, a massive 21 tries!!!

Another whitewash against a team who, after match one, looked the side to beat!

Both teams had tired legs however to Lions advantage Broadstreet A had been filling themselves with chips and pasties during the previous break. Whilst coaches Mike Jones and Tony Mills kept the Lions on the move out on the touchline during a massive down pour of rain. The concern was reflected by the comments of the Broadstreet fans as they pointed out “Look the Lion’s are out there training whilst our lads (Broadstreet) are feeding their faces! In the end their comment were justified!

Lion’s exonerated themselves by a determined and courageous display of grinding rugby in extremely adverse conditions, Lions defence was strong and they scored four well deserved tries against all odds.

Lions Scored: 3 tries from Jamie Whiteside and one from James Neal which Josh Cooke converted.

This put Lions equal to Barker Butts on festival points but well ahead on tries scored.

Team Captain Patrick Mills received a very well deserved team shield from the tournament organisers. Well done Lions!


U9s: Rugby St Andrews

To celebrate the end of the rugby season Elvis and Lisa organised ten pin bowling, which the whole team attended. They had arranged for the team to have six bowling lanes which meant there was no escape for children or parents who were forced to don a pair of bowling shoes and dust off their bowling balls.

Everyone enjoyed a great morning of fun, with a little light hearted competition, followed by a buffet and prize giving for winners of the bowling on each lane. Lots of fun was had by all and it was a fitting way to end a wholly enjoyable season, so finally, thanks to everyone for all the effort put in.

U15s: Newbold 36 Old Leamingtonians 14: A good scrum and recycling saw Sam Clarke, Jason Moyse and Austin involved before Kyle Lindley crashed over, Ben Williamson converting.

OLs levelled but Newbold came back with Michael Suddens and Joss Thompson contributing well. A good mauling drive saw Jayke Callan arrow over. Austin’s carries were causing havoc and aided by Jayke he finally went over. Ben converted for 19-7 at half time.

Great linking play from Mitch Hughes and strong clearing at rucks by Dan Hart and Harry Brain freed Kieran Heffernan to score. Slick offloading between Will Cullum, Reiss Boon and Kyle saw Mani Sidhu add the next. A quick penalty by Reiss fed Sam. Peter Wright, Charlie Reed and Kieran Handcock rucked strongly and Will dived over. Great covering by Josh Wookey and tremendous defence by Jack Udall saw a certain try prevented but OL’s enterprise was rewarded in the last minute with a converted try. MOTM went to Austin for an impressive display at No.8.

A stylish end to a successful first full season. Thanks from the coaches to all the squad, the parent volunteers and supporters.