On Sunday 9th January, Old Patesians U9s squad set out on their first fixture of the season. After weeks of training under the marvellous Tag Trojans, and then our own volunteer coaching team, we hit the road to Ledbury RFC. Muddy under foot with bright sunshine, we were lucky to have the perfect weather for rugby. Difficult to say who was the most nervous; players or coaches?!
We fielded a squad of 41, made up of three teams. Playing in teams of 7 with rolling subs, we played for nearly an hour in a round robin against the three Ledbury teams. Refereed brilliantly by two of their coaches and one of ours, the matches were conducted in good humour, with good sportsmanship, safety and respect. And the rugby was outstanding!!
Big hits, try-saving tackles, and tries galore from across our mixed-ability teams. It really was a treat to watch, and we’re so proud of how our players conducted themselves, and how they played the game. Not to mention the level of progression they have shown, and seeing it in action.
Across nine 15 minute matches we scored a total of 62 tries to Ledbury’s 38, and won all 9 matches. The result is irrelevant though – these young players were a credit to themselves and were duly rewarded with the obligatory hot-dogs shared with the opposition in the club house.
Thanks for having us Ledbury! And here’s to the rest of the season.