Eastbourne Festival Success
Success isn't always measured in trophies !
Another glorious October morning down at Eastbourne RFC which was a significant change to the wind & heavy rain we experienced at the start of the festival last year. We had 16 players in attendance for the U8 squad 5 of whom hadn't played in a festival before and 3 of those only having joined the squad within the last few weeks.
It was clear the competition was going to be tough with some strong teams in attendance like Crawley, Eastbourne, Brighton, Hove, East Grinstead & Uckfield. We had Eastbourne U16 players also taking charge as refs and not being fully conversant with the U8 rules and the need for game coaching at this age level. However this was the case for both sides so we can't have any complaints and sometimes need to accept it won't always go our way.
In contrast to last week where the Spitfires won each of their matches this week it was the turn of the Hurricanes to win their group winning all their matches albeit with all of the matches being very tight with only 1 or 2 points (tries) difference. The tagging was incredible to watch and some lovely team support and individual running made for some very pleasurable Premiership quality scoring. It was great to see Henry, Abigail and Fred all getting stuck in and enjoying their first festival with success from some tries and fab tagging. The Spitfires won their first 2 matches winning one by 6 points (tries) to 1 which was brilliant but lost their last 2 matches. Some poor ref decisions went against us which was unfortunate and the kids did look a little disheartened but that just proves their passion and determination for the game I saw some fabulous running and tagging and again quality try scoring but to be fair to Haywards Heath in the last match they did get the run of play and out tagged us. Some very tired looking kids out on those pitches towards the end.
Tries from Jack, Frankie, Henry & Abigail in their first festival are great to see and that is the true measure of success for me and the squad as a whole seeing children running free making decisions and coming out with a smile on their face. So in 2 festivals we have achieved three 1sts and one 4th place which on its own is a brilliant achievement and I'm sure most coaching teams and squads would be chuffed with but more importantly some children have had to learn about losing which will help for the future, some children have scored their first tries and experienced what playing in a competition feels like and others have consolidated on their skills so overall a very satisfactory 2 weeks. We all should be very proud of this bunch.
See you at training on Sunday