Under 7s Match Reports

U7 and U8 Tour Cornwall


The U7/8 Tour was a resounding success to Cornwall this year. 28 young rugby players took their parents to play St Ives, Hayle and Falmouth including 2 U8 teams (one all girls) and 4 U7 teams. 

On Saturday after some surfing in the morning the teams turned up to play St Ives who had set up on their main pitch before their first team played. The U8 match was closely contested with Ollie Marsh, Luca Manning and Charlie Brock all scoring at least once and Toby Sanford and Charlie Turley providing superb support runs. The final score of 10-8 was due mainly to the determination the boys had to keep tagging the opposition.  After the rugby the theme became superheroes with the best costume being won by tour mum Vicky Grove as an Incredible.
On Sunday there was a 3 way tournament versus Falmouth and Hayle. Falmouth managed to field 2 U7 teams and 1 U8 team with Hayle providing 1 team of each. All players improved their game for the last few matches of the tour. The last game to be played was the Sidmouth Girls against Falmouth U8. All the tour got behind the girls for the best game of the tour. For the first half the scores were even until Daisy Grove managed to wrestle the ball off a Falmouth player as he fumbled it. Quick hands moved the ball out to Ellie Wood who passed out of the tag to Cleo Turley who ran the full length of the pitch to score the winning try as she was tackled on the tryline. The girls then tagged their hearts out for the second half to keep hold of the lead for an 8-7 victory. 
The U7 games against Hayle were also fast and furious with a number of players including Jack Pugh, Thomas Grove, Jake Dunstan, Scott Monro Higgs and Tom Bird showing a huge improvement over the tour in their linking up and support play. The last half of the match saw the Hayle side tagged to a standstill with Harry Wood getting repeat tags till Hayle were eventually forced into touch which allowed Sidmouth to sneak ahead with the turnover ball.
Thanks must go to St. Ives, Falmouth and Hayle for providing a great atmosphere for these young players first tour. Also thanks to Philip Grove for organising the tour but the jury is still out on the Flash superhero outfit.....

Sidmouth U7 vs Bridport

The Sidmouth U7s and girls U7/8's traveled to Bridport  last Sunday for their last game before their 2014 Cornwall Tour. The bright blue skies and long car journey left all the kids bursting with energy by the time we arrived. Bridport fielded 2 U7 teams versus the 5 Sidmouth teams that turned up. To even things up we played a small tournament which sadly meant some Sidmouth teams were disappointed not to get at their Bridport opposition.

The girls played well again drawing 8-8 and winning 8-6 versus the boys they played. They continue to show their better organisation than their opposition and mention must go to new girl Zoe Allen who played brilliantly - outpacing most of her male opposition. Ellie Monro Higgs also played well continuing to astound the boys by running through them and  Esmey Taylor ran in support superbly.

The U7 boys teams drew once (7-7) and won twice (8-3 and 8-5) against their Bridport opposition. The team being coached by Mark Ross did exceptionally well showing that they can link up and support at pace and are willing to run the ball straight through their opposition. They also exhibited great pace with Reece Hext showing the opposition his heels on a number of occassions. In the other Sidmouth teams Thomas Bird showed his tenacity by collecting a record number of tags and occasionally the odd opposition player.

Thanks must go to Bridport coaches and parents for their welcome. The next installment will be a report from the U7/U8 Cornwall Tour where we are playing St Ives, Hayle and Falmouth next weekend.


U7 match report.

On Sunday the Sidmouth U7s played a huge number of games as Cullompton brought 3 U7 teams to play Sidmouth who managed to field 4 teams . Cullompton turned out to be Sidmouth's toughest opposition so far this year. Due  The high level skill shown in the tagging and passing meant that every point was contested with long periods of continuous play leaving a large number of the games draws.

In the games a number of players stood out this week Alec Bagwell for his huge number of tackles made despite an early collision with a Cullompton player, Harry Web for his passing and support play and Charley Turley for running in a record number of tries. All the players both old and new showed that they can step up their game when the opposition gets harder.This Sunday the U7s will play Chard.

Local Derby For Under 7s

Sidmouth U7s v Topsham, 8 December 2013

It was the last fixture before Christmas, on a crisp clear December day, with the whiff of a local derby in the air, and another great turn out by Sidmouth U7s; three boys teams anda team of girls took on Topsham, away, this Sunday.

The speed and intensity of play was notched up another level this week; notably sharper zig zag running, dinking sidestepsand timely offloading of the ball coupled with much stronger defensive lines to demonstrate their progress this season.

In one match, brimming emotions demanded firm discipline from the referee, revealing the intensity of the competition.  With morale intact Sidmouth fought hard, Charley Turley running in a typically ‘snakey’ try on the final whistle to level the game 11 all.

Meanwhile the girls U7/8 team continued to take the boys to task, demonstrating exceptional tactical awareness with their movement of the ball, and some bold, scything running by new girl Annabel Bird.

Elsewhere the boys competed bravelyAnnabel’s brother TomBird also stood out with his determined, robust running taking his side to victoryand Matthew Thomas showed himself to be the playmaker in a match where honours were even.

With all four teams playing side by side it was a great spectacle of junior rugby.  Overall the contest was superbly balanced and well fought, setting the stage perfectly for the return fixtureto be hosted by Sidmouth in the Spring.

Sidmouth U7 take 4 teams to Exmouth

On a sunny October sunday Sidmouth produced 4 U7 teams to play Exmouth at their home ground. The teams were a good mix of last years U7 veterans and new players.
All the teams provided some excellent rugby to watch with last years players like Alec Bagwell and Sam Hartland linking up again to produce some good flowing rugby. The newer players Luca and Zac Arver proved very hard to stop on the crash ball giving their team a good number of tries.
The Exmouth all-black team and the Sidmouth all-black team provided one of the best under 7s matches I have seen, the Exmouth side winning 8-6. Both sides tagged well with the ball passing through at least 5 sets of hands each time before a try was scored. A mention must be given to Thomas Grove who has evidently been practising his side-step during the off season.

Sidmouth U7/U8s Girls team vs Exmouth

It was a victorious first outing of the season at Exmouth for the combined u7/u8 Sidmouth ALL girls team.  The skills of  Daisy , Annabel, and the two Ellies, Sidmouths seasoned players, gelled well with the enthusiasm and energy of the younger newcomers Tilly, May, Georgia & Harriet in two tense and exciting games.  The first game proved the girls dominance over the Exmouth boys running out 8 -4 winners.  The second game required much more effort, and after a slow start there was dramatic change of pace after half time to come through victorious 8 – 7 against Exmouth’s mixed team.  Special mention for some astounding sprinting to Ellie W. and for massive valour tagging huge opposition by tiny newbie Harriet.  Well done to all the girls for a great turnout and performance.