U8's 5 out of 5 to Win Lewes Festival
Fun times for these guys !
The scene was set for another wonderful Festival with the weather starting with glorious sunshine and temperatures set to increase from the slight chill in the air of first thing.
The Festival format was that of Two pools consisting of Heathfield, Lewes, Uckfield, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath with each pool winners going on to a play off to determine the age group winners and runners up.
We played two equally inclusive and capable teams and Team 1 were faced with a very tight group it turns out. You just never know what other clubs will do at these festivals so it's a bit of a lottery when contemplating team selection. Match 1 was a close game and Uckfield got revenge from the East Sussex festival with a 6-5 win. Then came Haywards Heath who are always a tough club to beat and Heathfield came away with a triumphant 8-5 win. East Grinstead was a 5-5 draw but with a couple of dubious referee decisions allowing East Grinstead to pull off a draw. The last match against Lewes 1 again was a great match with a 9-7 win for Heathfield. This left the group incredibly close and Heathfield missed out on winning the group by 1 point.
Heathfield 2 got off to a solid start with an emphatic 9-3 win over Uckfield 2 and went on to beat Lewes 7-6, Lewes 3 9-5 and East Grinstead 8-4 propelling them into the pool winners play off final.
East Grinstead 1 were clearly fired up by their coaches for the final match which was very tight, a couple of turn overs for both teams meant it was a nail biter with Sam and Adam both scoring a Try in the first half keeping the score level at half time and again in the second half Adam & Sam again scored a Try each and with East Grinstead only scoring 1 Try allowing Heathfield to finish off with a very close 4-3 win giving them an overall age group winners trophy continuing the success of the season. Some of the tagging from both teams was the best I've seen from any team this season. Quite breath taking at times.
All credit goes to the players, the coaching team and the parent supporters who were some of the best behaved in the Tournament. Well done everyone on yet another fabulous performance and result for this squad.
U8's H&W RFC