Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Monday, March 27, 2006

26th March: Daventry & Newbold

A pleasent enough afternoon for once - not too hot, not too cold.

Particularly lacking Rosie at prop and Steph at fly, the U17s combined were grateful to include three Newbold girls in the team to take on Daventry. As is the way with last minute combinations it took a while for everyone to gel, which meant that Daventry were on the offensive in the first half rather more than might be considered comfortable and - against more experienced opposition - would have resulted in some severe punishment

Still, the defence held up well, Nim's defensive kicking was okay (though hitting touch more often would have been nice) and Hayley finally broke the deadlock at the end of the first half to give us a 12-5 lead.

After that I had to go off and ref the U14s, but a final score of 38-12 (five tries for Hayley) shows that things continued to improve in the second half. Still, Hayley says the rucking wasn't too hot and the opposition were getting through too many tackles before being brought down.

The U14s - with their continuing injury problems - also borrowed, two from Daventry and two from Newbold, to take on Newbold.

The first half was very even - two tries each and only a conversion between the sides. However the "lent" Newbold players changed in the second half and ... how can one say this? ... the new girls did not seem to play at the same level as those they replaced. This resulted in some familiar frustrations and a 31-15 victory that (overall) flattered Newbold. That said they have two or three very good players and the Letchworth tackling was too often pulling shirts rather than grabbing legs. But no doubt Nikki will say more on her site...

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