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...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Rugby the big loser at Comet Awards

Okay, I knew I did not stand an earthly but one remarkable thing about last night's Comet Sport Awards was the way in which rugby players, clubs or administrators had nominations in the running for pretty much every award - two out of three in some cases - but contrived, I think, to win just one title (Stevenage Boys' U17s for Youth Team of the Year). A bit like one of those Oscar nights when the most nominated film wins next to nothing.

This was even more notable when most of the inter-club banter concerned rugby - Stuart Kenny (for Letchworth, complete with tie) vs. Stevenage vs. Hitchin, egged on by the compere - a fact even more remarkable when you realised that (myself aside) Letchworth were not nominated for anything at all, despite being the "senior" club in the area and not without its successes in 2008. 

For example, it was fascinating to hear that one of Stevenage's main claims to fame and justifications for their award was the fact that they had beaten Letchworth in a cup final (by one point!). I was left thinking about the teams like Letchworth's boys' U15s who, if I remember right, had done just as much - if not more. Why were they not up for an award? Did no-one think to nominate them? Are the boys' and men at our club a bit shy, perhaps - a bit reluctant to advertise their successes?  Or is it innate generosity, to share things around and allow the smaller clubs to have their moment in the sun?

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