Under 7s Match Reports

Under 7’s “Along the coast we go “

As our 2014/15 season comes to a close last weekend Sidmouth Under 6’s & 7’s returned to Exmouth RFC for our penultimate fixture of the season, also joined by a contingent from Cirencester RFC in Gloucestershire whom were “on tour” for the weekend in East Devon.

Exmouth as one of the largest club’s in the area put out 5 teams with Sidmouth’s raiding party mustering a respectable 4 teams and our Cirencester Coltswoldian’s also putting out 2 teams. This number of players shows that Rugby is a highly popular sport throughout the Westcountry and also shows great enthusiasm of our young teams to travel locally as well as thanks to the band of parents that bring their children along, week on week come rain and shine.

Another fantastic warm sunny day for this time of year provided the perfect conditions, so a great deal of local rivalry and Devonian pride ensued across all of the matches played.  All teams were able to impress with displays of some great rugby skills, Exmouth provided not only great hospitality but along with Cirencester they both proved to be a strong opposition with well drilled and skilful teams. Like ourselves many of their players are new to Tag rugby this year however they all put in a great team effort and are a credit to their respective coaching teams whom have nurtured these players for the past 8 month.

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Sidmouth Player of the match was awarded to Sam Smart who provided an entertaining display of precision passing, top rate tagging and teamwork to score a number of superb individual tries. With 60 + players involved across all teams and over 20 games being played, a tally of over 100 tries scored, the end result of the day were wins and losses for all sides, equating to an overall draw for the Sidmouth Players that seems to be a feature of our season to date, with the true overall winner being Rugby itself.

Our thanks yet again to go to our hosts Exmouth RFC as well as our Gloucestershire visitors , next week is our final match of the regular season as we travel up the River Exe to Topsham before heading off ourselves “on Tour” to Cornwall to play Peranporth and Wadebridge RFC. We are welcoming new players to our  Under 6’s and 7’s ready for the start of the new season in September 2015 and so if your son or daughter is age 5 / 6 or 7 currently, would like to try our great game “Tag Rugby” and to join our rugby family them please visit the excellent Simouth RFC Junior’s website. 

Under 7’s Back to the “Muth”

At the weekend the Under 7’s for the second time in a weekreturned to Exmouth, last weekend our hosts were Withycome RFC and this time we were welcomed by their local rivals,our hosts for the day Exmouth RFC.  

Exmouth as one of the largest club’s in the area put out 5teams with Sidmouth’s raiding party mustering a respectable 4teams, which shows great enthusiasm of our young team to travel locally as well as thanks to the band of parents that bring their children along, week on week come rain and shine. 

Another crisp winter’s sunny day provided the perfect conditions for playing and as in our previous visit to the “muth” the week before, a great deal of local rivalry ensued across all of the matches played, with all teams able to impress with displays of some great rugby skills.

Exmouth provided not only great hospitality to us as visitors but also proved to be a strong opposition with a well drilled and skilful team, like ourselves many of their players are new to Tag rugby however they put in a great team effort and are a credit to their coaching team.

Notable performances with great play, organisation in attack and individual running, leading to a number of outstanding tries came from Jake Dunstan , Sam Smart and Harry Murphy whom all attend the same school where they obviously must have be practising in their break times. Oliver Marchant also showed great leadership as Captain of ‘Team Green 4’ ensuring his team defended well and were always ready for the Exmouth attack.

Sidmouth Player of the match was awarded to Lawrence Coles who joined us last season, provided an entertaining display of precision passing, top rate tagging and teamwork to score a number of superb individual tries. 

This was one of our most well supported away trips of the season so far with 55 + players involved across both teams, with over 30 games being played and a tally of over 100 tries scored, the end result of the day were wins and losses for both sides, overall another draw for the team that seems to be a feature of our season to date.

Our thanks yet again to go to our hosts Exmouth RFC whom will visit us for our closing match of the season in April , as we return home next week for our first home match of 2015 against our over the border visitors Bridport RFC.

We are welcoming new players to our  Under 6’s and 7’s throughout the season and so if your son or daughter would like to try our great game “Tag Rugby” and to join our rugby family them please visit the Simouth RFC Junior’s website.

With our numbers still increasing the future is bright for Sidmouth RFC with a succession of players coming through in all age groups that may one day play for the Sidmouth Colts and then onto the first team Sidmouth Chiefs.

Simon Dunstan

Under 7’s Coach SRFC

Under 7's V Exeter Saracens

Under 7’s Match Report – Saracen’s Raiding Party ends with a draw

Sidmouth U7’S this week welcomed visitors Exeter Saracens RFC to our Sidford ground,  with many clubs often finding it difficult to fulfil fixtures in numbers, especially away,  credit to Sarries whom were able to bring a complement of  3 ½ teams with them with Sidmouth able to field 4 full teams.

A very respectable total of over 45 under 7’s players took to the field, it was great to see so many players on the field accompanied by a beautiful November sunny day and a big crowd of parents supporting both teams providing a perfect further introduction for some of our newer recruits in only their second competitive match.  A 2 minute silence was held at 11:00 by all teams playing and supporting parents in recognition and respect of Armistice day before the 4 game rolling mini tournament kicked off.

Saracen’s turned out to be Sidmouth's toughest opposition so far this year.   The high level of skill shown from both teams with ferocious tagging and quick passing meant that every game was closely contested with long periods of continuous play.

With all the games played many players showed great steps of improvement and naturally at this early part of the season a few mistakes from both sides, with some pineapple looking passes. Player of the day was awarded to Billy Phillips, whom has only been playing Tag for two months but showed great determination, improvement in all areas of his game and a true Rugby team spirit (especially as he was playing against his fellow team members, as we lent him along with William Swales to Sarries to make up the numbers to 4 teams each)!  

Results from over 16 games played saw many of the games drawn and some very close scores, overall a draw between both sides was the final outcome of the day, a great day for all involved with thanks to Sarries for being well drilled and competitive visitors.

With back to back home fixtures this month, next week we welcome visitors Teignmouth RFC 

U7's have great start to 2015

Sunday saw our first fixture for Sidmouth under 7’s of 2015with the whiff of a local derby in the air against Withycombe RFC at their Exmouth Ground.  To the backdrop of a crisp and beautiful sunny January day with temperatures just above freezing, Sidmouth turned out in numbers with over 20 players providing 4 teams to play our hosts. 

With Withycome fielding 2 teams they had also invited their closest rivals Exmouth RFC to also join us, who were able to muster 5 teams allowing a highly competitive mini tournament to commence.

A great deal of local rivalry ensued across all of the matchesplayed with all sides able to impress with displays of some great rugby skill , resulting in good competitive play, fantastic attacking running fast paced end to end dual’s with some great tries and defence providing thrilling rugby for the on looking crowds of parents

Results from over 20games played saw many of the games drawn and some very close scores, overall a draw between allsides was the final and fairest outcome of a good day, a great game experience for all involved.

Sidmouth Player of the match was awarded to Isobel Wood, whom has only been playing tag rugby for a couple of months, a deserving winner showing determination, good passing skills and sportswomenship.

All in all, an excellent fun and enjoyable day both on the field for the 60 players involved across the teams, our thanks go to our hosts Withycombe RFC as well as Exmouth RFC whom both were excellent opponents.  So much so that next week we return along the coast from Sidmouth to Devon’s oldest holiday resort yet again for our scheduled fixture with another round of games with hosts’ Exmouth RFC.

Were still welcoming new players to our  Under 6’s and 7’s and so if your son or daughter would like to try our great game “Tag Rugby” them please visit the Simouth RC Junior’s website.

Simon Dunstan

Under 7’s Coach SRFC

Under 7's V Withycombe

Under 7s Match Report – A great start to the season

Sidmouth under 7s this week hosted visitors Withycombe for our first competitive game of the season

It was great to see over 20 + players on the team sheet for the under 7s,  a beautiful sunny day and a big crowd of parents supporting  providing a perfect introduction for many of the players to their first competitive match.  

With Withycome brining two teams to Sidmouth’s four, a mini tournament was played with everybody able to improve and impress with the  basic skills recently learnt for our early training sessions.

Sidmouth and Withycome young recruits both showed some great rugby skills, resulting in some good competitive play, some fantastic attacking running and side steps which provides a good skills base for the coaches to work on for the rest of season

Many of the players have only had 4 training session’s to pick up the basic skills of running with the ball, passing, tagging, scoring tries and so the coaches of both teams can be very pleased at their teams progress to date 

Results from over 12 games played saw many of the games drawn and some very close scores, overall a draw between both sides was the final outcome of the day, a great first game experience for all involve  

For the Under 7s parents this week it was also  Kitchen duty (for their first time ever) serving over 200 players, coaches and parents providing an equally steep learning curve off the field in mass catering and providing the gallons of tea and coffee required !

All in all, an excellent fun day both on and off the field for Sidmouth Under 7s, thanks go to our visitors Withycome RFC as we return to training for the next few weeks ahead of our first competitive away game against Honiton RFC.