May 11, 2019
Elmbridge Eagles U13s Lose out to Hemel Stags
Hemel Stags U13s 54 – Elmbridge Eagles U13s14
The score did not tell the story…. It was a great effort by all 16 players that made the journey to Hemel, with only one Year 8 in the team the odds were stacked against the Eagles both in terms of experience and size. However the ball handling skills and bravery of the team made for a very competitive game especially in the second half when the try count was only 4 to 2 in Hemel’s favour.
All the players from 1 to 16 gave 100%, sometimes the enthusiasm got the better of the them, the error count in the first half resulted in the majority of Hemel’s tries. Ball retention and completion of sets of 6 tackles will be the key focus going forward.
All players played their part and deserve a mention!
- Harry Baldwin – Played in a number of positions and never took a backward step in defence..
- Stanley Barnes – Took a knock early on but on the back of great attacking move, we missed his go forward..
- Isaac Coward – The little mystro was back from injury, great with ball in hand and with his distribution from dummy half..
- Finlay Elliot – Tireless in defence in the middle of the pitch, strong on attack..
- Tom Elms – All over the park in defence and great contribution on leading the team..
- Olly Faulkner – Great hands, made some great breaks and played a key part in firming up the defence in the centre of the park..
- Noah Goddard – Despite a leg injury Noah made a significant contribution to the team, a good solid performance..
- Alex Hone – Several barnstorming runs, doing the job that was asked of him, improving week on week.
- Fred Kay – Part of the London Irish ‘Fab 4’ had good debut and did not shy away from getting stuck in and was great in open play..
- Leo Kemp – Put his body on the line when faced with one on the many Hemel ‘Man Boys’ – a very brave display..
- Will Peasey – Rose to the task in attack and defence, ran his blood to water, a power house going forward and key player in defence..
- Finlay Robinson – Great to have Finlay back from injury, showed all his skills in both attack and defence..
- Alfie Slinger – Was great on the wing and pulled off the tackle of the day late in the second half..
- Max Smith – Man of the match, stepped up the plate on doing the hard yards and getting the team on the front foot..
- Jake Walker – Picked up a knock on his first carry, but despite coming off for treatment, went back on when needed and got stuck in..
- Alex Lomas – Another member of the ‘Fab 4’ playing his first game of league, did himself and the team proud with great hands with the ball and heart in defence..
Coach Matt Walker was very proud of the team and the parents for their support. The score doesn’t truly reflect the positives to take from the game.
Training continues: ‘Old Cranleighan Sports Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0HB’ on Tuesdays 7-8.30pm.