Crawley Festival 30.09.12
Our First Festival of the 2012/13 Season. With the introduction of the new rules and contact for Under 9s
On a great day for rugby, with excitement reaching a fever pitch (at least from the parents and coaches) the Heathfield Hurricane U9s with steel in their eyes, fleetness of foot, and might in their tackles, embarked on their first festival of contact rugby.
And so with a collective in-take of breath the boys took to the field against Crowborough producing phenomenal tackling, immense defence and some brilliant forward runs. After a keenly contested first half Crowborough managed two second half tries to win the match 2-0.
Against Burgess Hill the U9s again did some great forward runs and huge tackling, as the game wore on the injury count increased but the brave boys soldiered on and after a valiant effort went down 2-0.
Against a well drilled Horsham G team the try duck was broken. After going through the phases where every member of the team touched the ball Henk went over the in corner to score a well worked try. Despite great tackling and good defence Horsham ran out eventual winners 3-1.
With coaches deliberating which teams the Hurricanes would play in the Tin Group, the boys settled down to a well-earned lunch and much needed team toilet break.
During the interval the coaches highlighted the need to offload the ball before been tackled, a tactic that was about to provide significant dividends…
The Hurricanes defended and tackled with all their might resulting in regular turnover ball on the seventh tackle. Great direct running and offloading resulted in 2 tries for Will Chambers and one each for Thomas Samuel and Henk. After all this scintillating play the Hurricanes delivered a resounding 4-1 win v Hove.
And so to the coup to grace against Horsham W; awesome forward play, excellent tackling from all the team, superb straight running and offloading resulted in 2 tries for Thomas Samuel and one each for Will Chambers, James Pengelly and Finley Smith.
So a fine way to sign off with all boys having contributed to a fantastic team effort. With this final convincing victory secured we could all go home happy with a job well done by boys and coaches alike!!!
Anna and Mark Walley