Friday, 19 August 2022

Hawks mini sides impress

HENLEY U9s entered both an A and a B team to the Beaconsfield tournament where both sides

HENLEY U9s entered both an A and a B team to the Beaconsfield tournament where both sides secured three wins, a draw and a loss.

The two sides put in an exceptional effort with lots of strong tackling, excellent running and support play.

For the A team Jack Renders made some good tackles in defence and scored some good tries using his speed and side step to dodge the opposition whilst Harry Groves and Oliver Hewes both ran and tackled tirelessly and effectively throughout the tournament.

For the B team George Blumfield was man-of-the-tournament, tackling hard all day long and running well with the ball in hand while Rory Cordingley played a good all round game ball carrying and tackling and Charlie Rees made good ground and tackled well throughout.

Henley Hawks U10s A and B sides won eight out of 10 games in their matches played at the Beaconsfield tournament.

The Hawks’ A team won four of their five matches showing flair and resilience against some strong and physical opponents.

The scene was set with a convincing 4-0 victory over Old Albanians despite torrential rain, followed by a 2-1 victory over Ealing. Whilst they lost a close encounter to local rivals Marlow, the team ended the day with victory over the home side and a convincing 6-1 win against Harpenden.

All 11 members of the A squad gave their all, with eight players scoring tries. The top scorers were Sam Winters, Ollie Goforth, Charlie Hunt and Jake Williams with good support play throughout by Tom Yeoman, Will Corbett, Seb Bourne and Artie Shrimpton, coupled with solid defence from Jago Dyer, Oscar Thomas and Zac White.

The U10B team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, posting convincing wins against Marlow, Beaconsfield, Harpenden and Amersham and Chiltern, whilst drawing with a strong Windsor team.

Top scorers Finn Hawks, Caspian Palmer and Hugo Donald dominated defences with their elusive running, and Alfie Malcolm, Ben Horner and Toby Shemilt both played well in defence and aggressive offence. Henry Robertson, Charlie Baker, Oli Johnson and Jamie Halliwell impressed with their tireless efforts whilst Ben Palmer completed a memorable first half hat-trick against Marlow in the final game of the day.

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