U13’s taking the battle to Hastings
U13’s taking the battle to Hastings
Continuing in the build-up to our next competitive fixture the under 13’s travelled en-masse to Hastings and Bexhill to take part in a 4 phase symphony. Due to a mixture of broken instruments and double bookings we were unable to travel with the full Orchestra thus allowing players to experience the joys of working in an unfamiliar section.
Conductor Ed managed the orchestra beautifully producing an almost classical symphony!
A slow introductory sonata; the players coming to terms with an unfamiliar seating arrangement perhaps explained the low tempo, with, to be honest, a few missed notes and a bumpy introduction. However, an inspiring performance at first violin from Guy (1), some great harmonies from Joseph (1), Xander M and Matthew in the woodwind section and a dazzling solo from Dylan resulted in a narrow 2-1 victory.
A much faster stanza. Forewarned that this piece would be the trickiest of the day the Conductor elected to lean on the strong baselines that the woodwind could provide with a mix of very adept fast playing strings. The selected players rewarded the audience with a classical delight with the string section combining very effectively allowing Monty D (2), Fergus, Will S (2), and Hector to display their skills. A display that demonstrated the range of skills the Orchestra are developing. A very strong 6-0
A slow building adagio with an uncertain beginning that ended up in a contest of who could play the longest solo! After Harry had produced a solo from around the 20, Caspar upped it to 30 before Monty D rescued a situation where it looked for all the world we were going to drop the cymbals, but deft hands from Will N and Oliver got them to Monty who produced the longest solo in recent years going for the whole 100! Not to be discouraged Charlie ‘picked up the baton’ and decided he was going to play an unconvincing but ultimately joyful solo from 50 – many in the audience commenting on the unusual technique on display but enjoying the performance. The movement was completed by some strong harmonies allowing Oliver to provide the flourish from 40. A gratifying 5-1.
The closing Rondo was a thing of beauty with a crescendo that will live in the memory for a long time. The movement beginning with a full orchestral harmony resulting in Dylan finishing his piece confidently. The Strings again decided that long solo’s were the order of the day with Hector and Will S producing strong pieces. Monty S finishing a piece, whilst in the unusual seating in the strings, looked like the finale but no! Conductor Ed had saved a final flourish!
[Enough of the musical theme, I can’t describe this in musical terms!]
Monty S catching a kick-off at full-back and running headlong down the left wing, leaving 2 players in his wake before the opposition’s strongest player offered some resistance on the edge of their 22. Monty “moved him out of the way” but was caught and a maul formed, Hector stripped the ball and produced an excellent cross-kick to Thomas out on the right-wing. Thomas collected the ball and headed for the try-line only to be met by 3 opposition players, he cut in and drew all 3 before popping the ball to Oliver to run in for a superb score!
Strength, pace, support, vision, determination, skill, speed - a joy to watch! A closing 5-1
It feels unfair to many that they are not named here but in some ways showing 12 different try scorers, with only 2 forwards scoring and 1 was Charlie masquerading as a centre, highlights the teamwork that underpins performances like todays. You can only score if you have the ball and the work at the ruck, whilst still in need of improvement, produced plenty of ball and the scrum was dominant all morning.
Without the efforts of both Lukes, Roman, Xander, Matthew, Henry, Joseph, Fin, Joe, Monty S and Charlie the backs would not have had the opportunities they took so very well. It should also be noted that Will G played in the backs but performed like a forward in the first 2 games providing leadership and a platform for others to follow, Henry was largely asked to play in an unfamiliar role but provided an excellent link from 9 between the forwards and the backs.
Lastly, the 2 players chosen by Hastings as Players of the Day were Joseph, in a first run in the second row, and Will N and some may have noticed that this was the first mention of Will, which again demonstrates just how much of a team game rugby is in that one of the players selected by the opposition appeared in none of the highlights but contributed hugely to keeping the opposition off the scoreboard.
Jersey Boys next up, here’s hoping for “Oh What a Night!”
By David Simmonds