Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Hawks U10 sides brush aside all-comers

HENLEY Hawks U10s fielded two strong teams last weekend at the annual Beaconsfield minis and

HENLEY Hawks U10s fielded two strong teams last weekend at the annual Beaconsfield minis and juniors tournament as they came away with a brace of trophies.

This was always going to be a tough fixture with top teams Ealing and Windsor and local rivals Marlow taking part. Also in the pool were sides from Beaconsfield and Amersham and Chiltern.

The day started with a tough match against Ealing, a side always seen as the hardest side to beat with their coaches of Martin Offiah, Serge Betsen and Zinzan Brooke all fielding players in the Ealing U10s.

Henley B took on Ealing B first and quickly proved too strong in the backline putting good width on the ball and taking the match three tries to one. Next up Henley As took to the field in a match that saw intense rucking against Ealing A. Henley were good going forward in the tackle and quick at the breakdown as they ran out 2-0 winners. The matches against Ealing set a tone of confidence for the remainder of the tournament with the A team never conceding a try across the tournament.

The B side’s outing was renowned for off-loading and breadth of play resulting in a high scoring 21 tries across their four matches.

Throughout the day Henley A and B teams secured nine wins from nine games, two champion cups, and a brace of winners’ medals brought back to the Dry Leas clubhouse.

Henley Hawks U8s continued their fine record at the Beaconsfield Festival with six wins and a draw out of eight matches.

The A team claimed the trophy while the B team finished third in their sections.

The A team got off to a winning start with a 7-5 win over Amersham and Chiltern, which they followed up with a 2-2 draw with Windsor. The tries flowed against Beaconsfield in a 9-3 win with every player scoring tries. The final encounter against Ealing Trailfinders proved a nail-biting affair with Luca Coleman popping up with an interception late in the first half to set up a try which brought Henley back into the game and Harry Groves pouncing on an Ealing fumble to effect the steal and set up the winning try in the dying seconds of the game to secure a 10-9 victory to lift the trophy.

The winning team was made up of Thomas Ferguson, Rudy Derbyshire, Woody Hamilton-Hurst, Harry Groves, Alexander Clark, Dominic Pusey-Arsyad, Edward Tong, Jack Renders and Luca Coleman. Two tries from Oliver Hewes secured a 4-3 win against Beaconsfield Leopards in the B team’s opening match before a 8-6 reverse against Windsor. Four tries from Dylan Price got the team back on track in a 7-4 win over Beaconsfield Lions while Felix Cooper grabbed the deciding score in an 8-7 win against Marlow to finish on a high. The B side consisted of Jack Bradbury, Felix Cooper, Dylan Price, Lucas Edwards, Leo Golledge, Oliver Hewes, Charlotte Tong, George Blumfield and Isaac  Ahmed.

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