Friday, 19 August 2022

Henley sides secure silverware at Marlow and county tournaments

HENLEY HAWKS youth sides had success last weekend at both the Marlow and Oxfordshire festivals.

HENLEY HAWKS youth sides had success last weekend at both the Marlow and Oxfordshire festivals.

Henley Hawks U10s came away with silverware and a runners–up spot in the Marlow festival on Sunday.

Henley Hawks U10 A team set about qualifying from a tough quartet of pool matches. First up were Oxford Harlequins and, although Henley led throughout the match, Harlequins sneaked in for a last gasp try to level the scores at 3–3.

Henley were fast out of the blocks in their next match against Marlow and ran in comfortable 3–0 winners. The Hawks were slow to get going against Beaconsfield which cost them as they succumbed to a 2–1 defeat.

In their final game the Hawks defeated Tadley 2–1 to qualify for the bowl play–off.

In the play–off Hemel Hempstead raced into a 2–0 lead before Henley fought back to go 3–2 at the interval. Another early try for Hemel in the second half was cancelled out by a breakaway try for Henley. A frantic final couple of minutes pursued but Hemel Hempstead held on for a 4–3 victory.

The Henley Hawks U10 B team had a good win in the first game thanks to good play in the middle of the park by Alex de Beer and Ollie Howell. However after a break the Hawks struggled to remain focused and lost to a good Ealing team. This setback galvanised the squad who upped their game and scored some good tries in the next two matches. This secured Henley a shield final spot against Windsor where a good display saw the Hawks triumph.

Henley Hawks U8s ended their season in style with a double success winning the A bowl competition at Marlow on Saturday before being crowned champions of Oxfordshire, winning the main trophy competition at the Oxfordshire festival on Sunday.

A total of 30 players represented the Hawks across five teams over the two days that saw them play almost 40 matches.

The winning A team at Marlow of Sam Bailey, Ben Palmer, Toby Shemilt, Archie Stickley, Zac White, Jake Williams and Sam Winters played good tag rugby which saw them come equal top of their group after winning four of their five games. In the bowl final the Hawks beat Ealing 9–8 with the winning try being scored by White with the last play of the game after a good run by Williams. The try completed White’s hat–trick in that game alongside Sam Winters who top scored for the team on the day with 21 tries.

The following day saw the end–of–season U8s Oxfordshire tag festival at Gosforth All Blacks in Oxford which saw Hawks enter three teams â?? Apaches, Braves and Cowboys.

The Cowboys finished mid–table in the plate competition with three wins, two draws and three losses. The Braves just missed out on silverware finishing runners–up in the bowl competition posting six wins, one draw and one loss to the eventual winners Chipping Norton.

The Apaches team of Seb Bourne, Will Corbett, Jago Dyer, Ben Knight, Zac White, Jake Williams and Sam Winters won the main trophy competition scoring more than 50 tries and remaining undefeated in their eight wins.

Henley Hawks U7s triumphed in two tournaments.

On Saturday at Marlow Henley had two teams of five playing the same opposition at the same time and the aggregate score of both games counting.

Henley remained unbeaten all day, winning their group with victories against Windsor, Marlow and Beaconsfield before defeating Welsh side Pontyclun.

This set up a final against Teddington, which Henley won by four tries with an aggregate score of 16–12.

The Henley squad was Freddie Coultas, Thomas Ferguson, Seb Phillis, Jack Bradbury, Woody Hamilton–Smith, Luca Coleman, Rudi Derbyshire, Dominic Pusey–Arsyad, Harry Groves and Jack Renders.

The following day three sides competed in the Oxfordshire tournament at Henley.

The Henley Apaches continued their winning form as they were pitted against nine other clubs in their league. They started with a 7–1 victory against Oxford. Eight subsequent victories followed including a final nail–biting match against Grove which sealed the 100 per cent win rate and saw them crowned champions after scoring 75 tries in all.

The Henley Apaches were as follows: Harry Groves, Jack Renders, Thomas Ferguson, Seb Phillis and Dominic Pusey–Arsyad.

The Henley Braves played eight matches, winning five, losing two and drawing one. The side was made up of Luca Coleman, Robert Murdoch, Jack Bradbury, George Bottomley, Jonty Priestley and Woody Hamilton–Smith.

The Henley Cowboys saw four out of their nine games being decided by a single try. The Cowboys galloped off to a fast start with five wins out of five, including a close and hard fought victory over Chinnor.

However, the high pace was not sustainable and a few narrow defeats resulted in the final figures of played nine, won six.

The Henley Cowboys side was as follows: Issac Ahmed, Charlie Martin, Charlie Rees, Lucas Edwards and Leo Golledge.

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