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, May 19, 2008

Herts 7s: first pictures

Phil has loaded up 63 pictures from Sunday's tournament - see "thumbnails" or slideshow.

Player of the tournament

Mike will no doubt be loading up his review with full statistics shortly, but pending that I guess that it has to be remembered that for the first three games all spectators said that everyone played better than ever seen before. The opening match with Pavworth (Paviors and Tamworth, we now know) was very good - 27-0 as I recall - but the second game against Kettering was close to perfection, as the 55-0 scoreline shows.
Try of the tournament?

The game with Bucks Jesters was marred by the loss of Hayley thanks to her ... ermmmm ... over-eagarness to discuss matters of legal interpretion with match officials? But - despite that - its is worth remembering that you won a game with only six players against the eventual fourth place team by a comfortable margin (22-12?).

Time did drag after that - it might have been possible to finish the event an hour of so earlier - and performance sagged a bit. The semi-final against Wisbech was a comfortable win, but not maybe as stylish as the group games and as for the final... well perhaps the best way to look at it is to say that everyone was so disappointed to achieve a result that even six months ago we might never have expected.
A mere inability to walk was not going to stop Georgie getting her medal...

All we need do now is sustain that starting level throughout a tournament, and above all keep our confidence up when we go behind. When we lose we do tend to lose by quite a margin - and that can only be due to self-belief - it is possible to come back from two (even three tries) down! The past month has shown that we are without doubt one of the best club teams in the country. Next Saturday anything is possible if we believe it is. It promises to be a memorable, and emotional, day. Let's make a bit of history too!

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