U8's 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.....