A big thanks to the coaching team for what was another successful season during 2017/18. We successfully ran two ‘A’ teams with plenty of rugby for all. We struggled slightly with finding competitions with the County Cup electing to be a non competitive event for the U13 age group and it has been dropped completely at U14. This said, we had plenty of competitive rugby in the diary and won a lot more than we lost.
We continued to see the boys develop with their rugby, spending time focused on the separate roles between backs and forwards, strong rucking and turn over at the breakdown along with handling skills and moving the ball. As one of our referees I can say with absolute certainty that we saw the pace the boys are able to play at increase significantly through last season, making for some genuinely exciting rugby across the age group.
As we move to U14’s (how did that happen!!) , we see the addition of the last two players to the squad , the #6 and #7 along with pick and go from the back of the scrum, uncontested line outs, conversions and yellow cards with a 5 minute sin bin…so in short we’re pretty much there with full rugby rules.
We want to play the game at a very high tempo and the key to this is to have a very fit squad. We will be introducing more two line attack formations, which will require not only fit players but thinking players. I would urge the boys to watch lots of video`s based on their positions, but also be flexible to change position on the field. We don`t want wingers staying on the wings and seeing the ball once or twice a game, we want to see boys hunting for the ball, getting involved in the game. The front five will also get lots of opportunity to run with the ball as we expand our game so they will require the fitness levels to do this.
We anticipate having around 36 boys signed up for the 2018/19 season, and as such feel that we will struggle to field 2 x 15 a side teams this season with subs. Instead we have elected to book fixtures for every weekend and select a team for each Sunday to provide matched competition, the remaining boys will have training session.
We have lots of games planned for next season and attendance will be key to selection and understanding the style of rugby we will be trying to play. Good luck for the coming season.
The 2018/19 season coaching team is:
Dave Parry – Head Coach
Mat Jordan – Team Manager and Ref
Jamie Dundas – Communications
Terry Payne – Coach
Neil McDonald – Coach
Matt Blewett – Coach
Nico Goymer – Coach
When and where
We will once again be playing at Bournside this season, meet time Sunday at 9.30am with a finish between 11 and 11.30am (weather dependant). We look forward to seeing you all, kicking off the new season Sunday September 2nd.