Thursday, 30 November 2017
Abberley Barbarians have tea and medals at Cheltenham.
Thanks must go to Cheltenham Prep school for organising a fantastic festival of rugby yesterday. Designed to give an opportunity to all those players whose names are not always first on the team-sheet, this was an inclusive afternoon that allowed players, some of whom are in their first term of rugby, to run alongside more experienced team-mates.
Abberley got off to a fine start by winning their group convincingly. Archie, Francisco (his first ever try), Dima, Harry and Gus all scored in their first match against Bromsgrove. Ollie, Kian, Ben, Archie and Harry - again - all scored against Pinewood and played some outstanding rugby that our first team would have been proud of.
This meant that the boys went into the cup competition. The first match was against Sherborne and this was an absolute cracker. Both sides played some excellent rugby but it would be fair to say that Abberley played more of a team game with some fine handling and excellent defensive work. Kian finished off two outstanding team tries, but Sherborne's big runners just made enough of a difference and we lost by one try. In the final match Abberley were back to their winning ways with Harry scoring a hat-trick, Ollie and Dima claiming one each.
The afternoon was not only about scoring tries though; Harvey played a physical role in the forwards and Henry competed with Ruben throughout the tournament for the most tackles made. Ben worked hard throughout and put in some big hits; Harrison and Leo played well and Dan was as reliable as ever at the break down getting the ball away quickly over and over again.
All the boys graciously accepted a runners-up medal and thoroughly enjoyed the day. One or two were really pleased to be presented with their first ever sports medals. What a fantastic sporting event!