Saturday, 20 August 2022

Hawks sides put on their Sunday best at Beaconsfield tournament

HENLEY HAWKS’ mini sides came away with silverware from Sunday’s Beaconsfield tournament.

HENLEY HAWKS’ mini sides came away with silverware from Sunday’s Beaconsfield tournament.

Henley Hawks U12A won all five of their matches to secure the trophy with maximum achievable points in four of their games.

A combination of tireless scrumming and forward play from Sam Quane, Max Nugent and Max Smith set a solid platform for an impressive array of backline moves and exemplary through-the-hands rugby.

Scrum half Jack Potter kept up a seamless supply to the quick and sure hands of Charlie Bradbury, James Langston, James Sarney and Jake Elliott.

Incisive, penetrating running from Hector Elrington, Harry Haigh, Morgan Macrae and Jerome Rocks with Adam Porter coming from deep, hammered home some good tries while Cameron Parke rucked and tackled aggressively all day.

The Hawks U12 B side won all their five matches to win their competition.

After sustained pressure in their first match against Ealing, Henley broke the deadlock with a try by Ollie Corbett on the end of an offload from captain Gian Verdding to crash over for the opening try.

Ealing came back strongly and on the stroke of half-time levelled the match through a drive close to the line.

The match-winning try came from the final play when a 35-metre solo run from centre Jake Blackwell clinched Henley a 10-5 victory.

Henley had the momentum and led by forwards Verdding, Louis Herd, Seb Marks and Matthew Choulles had too much power upfront for Harpenden as they ran out 25-0 winners.

Further victories came over hosts Beaconsfield (15-10), Bracknell (30-0) and in the final match against Windsor 30-0. Direct running from Euan Turnell, Christian Oswald, Louis Heard, Alex Carr and Cammy Wright set the platform for tries to Corbett (2), Verdding, Max Riley, Josh Le Beigge, and Seb Marks.

Maidenhead also went unbeaten but Henley’s superior 22-3 try record on the day was to be the clincher.

Henley Hawks U9s done the double by winning both the A and B team titles.

The A team won their first game against Harpenden 9-0 with some good attacking play and fluid passing. They created spaces against the opposition and executed well to start the tournament off with a bang.

As the schedule went on, games against Amersham and Chiltern, Beaconsfield, Marlow and Windsor were all strong contests but the team fought hard and kept playing controlled rugby to deliver the wins. The title went to the wire in the final match of the day against Ealing, with a winning try coming from Ned Floyd with the very last move of the match. Noah Elrington proved himself a fine captain to drive the team in both defence and attack once again.

The B team’s opening match against Amersham and Chiltern saw Henley struggle to find their rhythm but they came back from 4-2 down to draw 4-4. This was the catalyst they needed and, over the next five matches, they developed all facets of their game.

It came down to a winner-takes-all match against hosts Beaconsfield, which Henley went on to win handsomely.

Man-of-the-tournament was winger Tyler Chadwick while Ben Parkinson and Ollie Denison-Pender put in tireless contribution in defence.

Two Henley Hawks U8s teams narrowly missed out on places in the final.

Both the A and B sides played good tag rugby, passing well and defending hard to secure wins in the pool stages. Both sides won through to the semi-finals where they met Ealing’s A and B sides.

Henley U8s A team played a fast attacking game but eventually lost 8-7 while the B side went down 8-5.

Henley Hawks U7s’ A1 team produced good tag rugby to win the sevens A tournament.

The winning team of Jago Dyer, Ollie Goforth, Zac White, Jake Williams and Sam Winters, playing in only their second ever tournament, remained undefeated on the day beating Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Amersham and Chiltern, Windsor and Marlow.

The try count was impressively high with 56 scored on the day, 30 of those going to player-of-the-day, Winters.

The other three Henley Hawks U7s teams also performed well, earning some hard fought victories and draws, and with the B1 team just missing out on the top spot in the B tournament by just three points.

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