Holmwood win Rugby Tournament!

Rugby - U13 "7-a-side" Tournament at O.B.H. (A), Sunday 14 November 2010



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Holmwood were in Group B:   Ipswich, Holmwood House, O.B.H.' A', Barnardiston Hall

This tournament gave a little break in the XVs season and time for some VIIs fun!  The Holmwood House boys turned up in a good spirits, raving about the England international game the day before which encouraged our budding rugby stars to perform the 'Chris Ashton dive' when scoring tries - this was great to see!

The first game was against the host O.B.H. 'A' side.  This was our toughest group game and saw both sides taking advantage of the extra space on the field.  It was Holmwood's defence that won the game; the determination shown to chase the opposition back was fantastic.  Alex Jackson, Simon Holme and Harrison Staines scored tries and Sam Holland converted 2 with O.B.H. managing to score 2 tries.  Result:  won 19-10

Barnardiston Hall was next;  this was pretty much one way traffic with Holmwood winning 34-0.  Tries: Alex Jackson x3, Francis Hunt, Ciaran Johnston, Joe Dougall.  Conversions:  Francis Hunt x2.

The third group game was against Ipswich.  This was a joy to watch with all 10 squad players performing extremely well.   Holmwood ran away with the game again,  38-0.  Tries:  Alex Jackson x3, Ciaran Johnston, Simon Holme and Francis Hunt.  Conversions:  Francis Hunt 4 conversions.

Holmwood progressed as group winners to the semi finals and played St Joseph's.  Due to an injury on one of the pitches, all the games were delayed and with the light fading fast, the boys eventually kicked off  for the semi final.

This was a very tense game with possession changing hands regularly, but it was Holmwood who scored first through Francis Hunt, conversion successful.  Score:  7-0.  St Joseph's replied with a try of their own, conversion unsuccessful. Both teams tackled their hearts out, but it was Alex Jackson who confirmed Holmwood's place in the final with a superb try, conversion successful.  Final score:  14-5.  Tries:  Francis Hunt and Alex Jackson.  Francis Hunt 2 conversions.

The final against New Hall started in near darkness; spectators used car headlights to help!  Despite this, both sides played some fantastic rugby.  It was Holmwood who struck the first blow with Alex Jackson going through and Francis Hunt converting the try.  New Hall then replied with a try of their own which levelled the score to 7-7. Holmwood then applied pressure to the New Hall line and eventually Alex Jackson went over; again the conversion was unsuccessful. so at half-time the score was 12-7.

The second half saw both teams playing outstanding rugby. The game was going down to the wire and, with the final whistle looming, all Holmwood had to do was get the ball out.  New Hall, however, were not going to give up - they played right until the last whistle and scored a try which brought the score to a nail-biting 12-12.  Unfortunately for them, they missed the conversion.

This meant that it went to a drop goal competition which took place in darkness!!  New Hall won the coin toss and kicked first.  Three players from each team were selected.  It was still level after this as they were all successful. It then went to sudden death - first to miss would lose. New Hall missed their attempt which meant that Holmwood had to get the drop goal to win.  Up stepped Alex Jackson to score and win the tournament!

The whole squad played with much enthusiasm; their desire to make tackles and concentration  shown throughout the long and wet day was superb. They should all be very proud of themselves.  WELL DONE LADS!

SQUAD:  Eddie Ashton, Simon Holme, Joe Dougall, Hamish Cock, Sam Riley, Ciaran Johnston, James Parry, Alex Jackson, Francis Hunt, Harrison Staines.

It was a great squad effort, but Alex Jackson was Player of the Day for his outstanding contribution in every game.