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Tigers 0 - 7 Reeds
As usual Reeds showed themselves to be a large well drilled unit; however the Tigers never really let them settle. Unfortunately Reeds scored an early try and it was only in the last couple of minutes that the Tigers showed what they are capable of. Too little too late.
Tigers 7 - 0 Haslemere
This was a game we knew we had to win to progress in the competition. Right from the start the forwards performed much better, and it was Sam Blackmore who broke of the back of a maul to score the conclusive try. Sam Fowler gleefully converted the extras. A very good performance from a rapidly developing team.
Tigers 12 - 0 Guildford
A win in this game would take us through to a final, and the whole team did not disappoint. The forwards again drove up the hill and Alex Gander got the last touch for a try. In the same half a lovely break from Fly half Chris Tyson from the half way line sealed the win. By now the boys were loving it.
Tigers 0 - 14 Sutton & Epsom
We knew this would be the hardest match of the day against a club boasting 80 players in their u12 age group. Sutton were worthy winners but again the Worthing team defended manfully and also exerted pressure on the Sutton Line before a breakaway try sealed their win.
Shield Final - Tigers 0 - 0 Chobham 0
Once again against a more experienced team all the players stood up to the plate and performed superbly as a team and individually. The game went to extra time (nerve racking stuff) and still no tries were scored so all the coaches decided to share the trophy instead of tossing a coin.
After a thoroughly good day no one players should be singled out for praise as the whole team excelled itself and grew stronger with every match. The Coach Kevin Richer deserves praise for development of these lads into a good structured competitive team.
U12s Tigers Squad - Sam Blackmore, Andrew Graham, Ricardo Thompson, Tom Richer, George Kelly, Alex Gander, Joe Kearney, Matthew Wilkinson, Josh Adams, Dominic Clark, Chris Tyson, Rowan Southall, Sam Fowler, Elliott Reynolds, Jake Davies, Alex Godsmark
The U10s Tigers
Worthing tigers were runners up last year and hopes were therefore high to do the same this year or even better.
Our first match was against a well organised Heathfield & Waldron team. It was a first class match. The tigers were dominating for a long period of time in the first half but could not turn this with tries. Unfortunately Heathfield did, with Worthings tackling letting them down. Two tries for the tigers was not enough. The final score was 20- 10. Try scorers were Charlie Glynn and William Fowler.
The Second match against Sutton & Epsom started where we left off. A good physical game, going forward but lack of passing and defensive organisation cost us too many tries. A moment of brilliance from Mischa Dicke however secured the only try for the tigers. This was again a very good effort from the Tigers. Final score 25 - 5.
To stay in touch with the other teams, we needed a win. Reeds were going to be no push over considering the results in the pool. There were spells of great play by the Tigers and all the mistakes of the previous matches were forgotten. Tackling, rucking, mauling, passing, etc was much improved. Still we did not manage to come out on top. Nevertheless this was our best game with great tries from James Johnson and William Fowler. Final score 15 -10.
With no win under our belt you would expect the team to be down and out but with the prospect to shine one more time to win The Shield, the Tigers pulled themselves together to face Brighton. The word ' Brighton' seems to put fear in our boys heads and although we put up a great performance we did not manage to come out on top. William Fowler scored the only Tigers try in a good physical match. Final score 15 - 5.
Although we did not collect any silverware this year, all the players can be proud of their performances, considering this season has been overshadowed by bad weather and therefore a shortage of training and practice.
All the skills the boys have been taught have to be finely tuned and with more games to be played I'm sure the results will come. There is one more thing you have to give this team, they will not give up and they will not give up laughing and having fun together. A big thank you for all the parents for their support and encouragement.
Finally thanks to Simon Glynn, Paul Longley, Michel Ravaudet (score keeper) and Jasper Dicke for giving up their time to coach this mad, hardworking, enthusiastic U10 Worthing team.
U10 Tigers Squad:- Ieuan Rees, Ryan Bolton, Max Ravaudet, Shae Clayton Ullah, Mischa Dicke, William Fowler, Liam Ross Thomas, Charlie Glynn, Cian Oldfield, Alex Havers, James Johnson and Ben Longley.
Plate runners up Worthing under 9 Bs
Well prepared grounds set scene for excellent running rugby for the under 9s group games with Worthing winning first two with relative ease. The forwards aggressive rucking gave the backs a good platform for them to run into space winning the first 2-1 and the second 3-1 .
The final pool game was lost with a late decisive try after we had been pinned into our half for most of the game. The tackling was relentless and injuries meant a disorganised back line missed the all important try. The points difference meant we joined the plate instead of the cup. The plate semi saw the forwards aggression continued with the backs proving hard tacklers and keeping shape meant the semi went into half time 0-0. The second half saw much the same hard tackling and our rush defence kept their attack deprived of ball. The minutes were ticking when we gave away two unnecessary penalties which saw them attack our line and certain try but for a Hollywood tackle into touch. Worthing played a nice attacking set piece deep in defence from the lineout with the hooker receiving the ball off the tail end and providing fast flat ball to the crash ball centre who had the full paddock open to seal a 1-0 victory.
The final was tight and tiring with high tackles appearing, the match was close fought and culminated in extra time after 1-1 full time. As the two minutes elapsed the ref reach for a coin to toss for a winner. Cobham players who were camped on our line at the time sensed a few vital seconds left on the refs watch and poached the game with a try just as the ref went to blow for full time.
Fantastic day had by all.
Game 1 - Heathfield & Waldron 25 40 Worthing
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead after Oliver Hemsley led the way with a captains try opening the scoring. It was soon 1-1 and after a few more scores the teams turned around with Worthing holding a 3-2 lead. In the second half Tigers extended the lead then saw the gap closing to 4-3. Despite some good defensive work by Nicholas Theodosiou in the second half the score changed several times , with Niall Cahill grabbing three tries.
Game 2 - Sutton & Epsom 30 50 Worthing
Tigers again took the lead yet also conceded several times to eventually lead 4-2 at half time with a swervy run by Dan Cade straight from one re-start. In the second half the Tigers piled on the scoring with Jack Turner going over three times and Edward Hodson making an impact as substitute with the final two of the game down the left wing.
Game 3 - Reeds 30 35 Worthing
A series of alternate scoring early on by both sides with Callum Litterick managing three scores in his first festival the Tigers found themselves at 5-4 at half time. Jasper Orbell and Ellis Olsen formed part of the defensive line and forced the opposition through seven tags being taken and turnover ball achieved. From the re-start a quick score took it to 6-4 but immediately Reeds scored twice to level the game. Fittingly the game was won with a last minute try by Callum Litterick.
Game 4 (Semi-final) - Brighton 45 40 Worthing
Worthing conceded early on and the game went with alternate scoring to 4-5 , the pick of the bunch a score by Seb Slade straight down the middle of the pitch. Another score against and it was 4-6 at half time. Three tries from the re-start on the bounce took Tigers into the lead for the first time in the game but a switch move by the opposition unzipped the defence again and a few more tries resulted in the tie being level at 8-8. Some tired Worthing legs at the end could do nothing to stop the deciding score and a loss at 8 9.
U8s Tigers Squad: - Oliver Helmsley (c), Jasper Orbell, , Niall Cahill, Daniel Cade, Nicholas Theodosiou, Edward Hodson, Callum Litterick , Sebastian Slade, Jack Turner, Ellis Olsen.
Most Valuable Player Callum Litterick
U7s shield winners
With Guildford being the first of numerous festivals coming thick and fast over the next few week, we went into the `B` festival with a squad of players who had only played together once before in training, but had the potential to become a very strong squad.
Unfortunately our opening game against Heathfield & Waldron was a bit of a shock to the system when we went down 10 tries to 4, although it seemed that most of our players were still in their beds!.
However recovery was the order of the day, as we went on to progress to the Shield final with some outstanding play against Sutton & Epsom where we ran out winners 5 Tries to 4, and eventually lost in a pulsating game 8 tries to 7 to the winning team of the tournament, Reeds. However our high scoring rate allowed us to secured third place, which then took us onto the Final where we met Chobham.
By now, we were on a roll with some fantastic attaching rugby, and at last our defence started working as a team and in the end we secured a very well deserved win, 4 tries to 2 to win the Shield.
A great day had by all, and to come away with a trophy was the icing on the cake.
Squad - Harry Squire (Captain), Ben Trimmer, Ben Hatrick, Findley Allen, Elliott Steele, Aiden Baker, Donavan Tomlinson, Brynle Roberts, William Warren, Declan Bransby