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Hurricanes U11s
East Sussex Festival
Sun 16 Mar 10:00 - Festival

East Sussex Festival 16 March 2014

A beautiful warm spring afternoon in Brighton was improved further with a great display of rugby from Heathfield in this season’s East Sussex Festival. The pitch was perfect (3G) as the squad prepared to face familiar opponents in the opening game.

East Sussex Festival – Brighton 16th March

A beautiful warm spring afternoon in Brighton was improved further with a great display of rugby from Heathfield in this season’s East Sussex Festival. The pitch was perfect (3G) as the squad prepared to face familiar opponents in the opening game.

First up against Crowborough, Heathfield started off as they were to continue all afternoon with bags of determination, skill and teamwork. The greens piled the pressure on their opponents and in turn had to defend their own line valiantly. It was evident from the start that the players were putting their training into practice as they held their positions on the pitch and reformed when plays broke down. A tough opener ended scoreless.

The team was rejigged for the second match against Shoreham and it was great to see some strong breaks across the game line but even better to see the boys playing as a team passing the ball to make ground on the opposition and score ten unanswered tries. The scorers ran something like this, Sam Walley, Thomas Fish, Sam Tiley, Harry Rogers, Sam Walley, Angus Paterson, Matthew Greenwood, Dominic Carey twice, Rami Nabulsi. Heartening too to see that the players on the side-line were desperate to get on to join the action but at the same time cheered on their teammates just as they did in the matches to come.

The last pool game pitted Heathfield against Lewes which, like the first tie, turned out to be a tough hard fought match between two very competitive and focused teams. Towards the end it looked as though we would run out of forwards as Freddie Kuzemko, Dan Newman and Harry Rogers battled on despite taking knocks. Marshalled by captain Ben Wyatt, the team kept up their excellent level of performance to shut out the opposition and ultimately miss making a telling score by inches.

Unbeaten and without conceding a single try owing to some dogged tackling from players right through the team, Heathfield went on to compete for the Sussex Bowl against hosts Brighton. This was again destined to be a closely fought game decided by the odd try when Brighton were able to make count their one break through the Heathfield defences. Twice Heathfield had the ball across the Brighton try line but both were deemed ungrounded by the referee and as time ran out, the only try conceded in a whole afternoon of rugby saw Brighton secure the prize.

This was the best and most consistent performance the team has yet produced. Every player should be proud of their efforts and make sure that they live up to this standard next time around. To maintain concentration and to only concede one try all afternoon was brilliant but most pleasing was to see twelve players on the pitch playing as a team and enjoying doing so.

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