Thursday, 18 August 2022

Hawk's mini's turn up the heat securing silverware

THE HENLEY HAWKS U9 squad started its season with a successful day at the club’s

THE HENLEY HAWKS U9 squad started its season with a successful day at the club’s own mini festival picking up silverware at a an autumnal sun-drenched Dry Leas on Sunday.

Despite having a heavily depleted squad due to school commitments, the U9s still managed to field three competitive teams against strong opposition.

The Apaches were unbeaten in the group stages and were disappointed to lose by a golden try in extra time in the semi-final to eventual A tournament winners Saracens.

The Bears, comprising a number of players playing in their first ever tournament, fought bravely throughout, picking up a notable win against local rivals Tadley Tigers. The Braves remained unbeaten all day and ran out winners of the B tournament after convincing victories in the semi-final and final against London Welsh and Chinnor respectively.

Archie Stickley and Finn Hawkes each ran in a number of tries and they were well supported with good defence from Ben Horner and Alfie Malcolm against physical and fast opponents. Oli Johnson controlled the game well at scrum half and was supported by Ben Palmer and Jamie Halliwell who ran some good lines of attack. Jaiden Cooper and Jonny Noctor, playing their first competitive games for Henley, added valuable contributions both in attack and defence. HENLEY HAWKS U8s entered six teams in all from their squad of 50 players, two A sides and four B teams.

The Harriers met strong opposition in the pool stage but won each of their four matches. A particular highlight was the match against Tring A where they finished 7-1 victors.

The Harriers then played their opposite numbers in the form of Henley Hawks in the semi-final where they managed a narrow victory. In a close fought final against London Welsh the sides couldn’t be separated as the game ended 5-5 with all team members appearing on the score sheets during the competition. As a losing semi-finalist team the Henley Hawks went into a third/fourth place play-off against Tring where they lost out 7-6.

In the B pool Henley Buzzards reached the play-off final for third place and ran London Welsh close losing 8-7. The Henley Buzzards went through the group stage unbeaten with two draws and three wins but were just pipped by Chinnor to second place in the group.

In the third/fourth place play-off match against London Welsh the Buzzards started strongly and just lost it by a score in the end with Ben Chapman and Edward Tong impressing during the day.

The Henley Eagles, Henley Swallows and Henley Blackbirds all competed well with new players, some of whom had only been playing the game for three weeks.

Teams from HENLEY HAWKS U7s faced Tring, London Welsh, Saracens, Marlow, Tadley, Chinnor and Abbey in two separate tournaments.

In the B competition Henley Harriers came through as winners over Tadley Tigers in the final while in a closely fought A tournament final the Henley Hawks were victorious over Tring A.

As well as the much coveted trophy, along with medals for all participants, the Henley Hawks and Tring A teams will now re-create their final during half-time at the London Irish versus Leicester Tigers game at Madejski Stadium on October 18.

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