Youngsters from Sudbury’s mini rugby section have been in involved in action at two festivals...
The under sevens competed at the Bury Festival, with two teams representing the club.
For the majority of the seven matches the offensive play was better than the defensive, but all the team members played really well.
The under eights took a mixed squad of to the Woodbridge Festival for the first fixture of the season.
Jacob Wood, Charlie Ellison-Oakes and Theo Howlett all made a huge impact in their debuts for Sudbury with some fine running, tagging and try scoring.
Max Shenton, Edward Raymond, Stanley Orrell, Henry Stephens, Thomas Newton, Sebastian Hilder and Lawson Savage gave their new teammates a warm welcome and they all showed excellent progress from last year, good ball handling skills and tagging, along with some great tries.
The under eights narrowly lost their first three matches, but won the final fixture in style to end the day on a high.
At the Bury festival the following week the under eights took a squad of 12 players to compete, including debutants Ruby Weaver and Ewan Gowing, while Oliver Bradbury, Art Goodman, Archie Lincoln and James Bettley played their first games of the season.
Sudbury started extremely well with a convincing win over Shelford in game one, having been behind at half time.
Next Sudbury met a very well drilled and experienced Woodbridge team and suffered a narrow loss.
Games three and four, against Newmarket and Colchester, ended as draws, but included some of the best rugby Sudbury have played so far this season.
The final game against the hosts saw Bury hold onto a slender half time lead to secure the win.
Henry Stephens and Archie Lincoln took on the captaincy roles for this tournament
The squad were James Bettley, Oliver Bradbury, Charlie Ellison-Oakes, Art Goodman, Ewan Gowing, Sebastian Hilder, Theo Howlett, Archie Lincoln, Stanley Orrell, Max Shenton, Henry Stephens and Ruby Weaver.
Sudbury under nines’ mixed squad had their first taste of contact rugby at the Woodbridge Festival and performed creditably.
They won two matches and lost two.
The side have a number of confident tacklers who will prove a great inspiration to the rest of the team as they develop over the season.
At the Bury Festival, the under nines squad continued to make visible progress.
The section took 25 players in two teams.
Team Two were imperious in Pool One and enjoyed comfortable wins until a humdinger against Newmarket, which ended in a draw.
Liam Climpson had a huge tally of tackles at the close and Freddie Harrison gave an awesome all-round display and to top the try table.
Team One showed real guts but had a much tougher time.
However, this largely inexperienced group, with several boys brand new to rugby, achieved a great deal in their development.
Most pleasing was the commitment in defence and a great resolve in adversity.
Sudbury’s under 10s took part at the Woodbridge Festival and took no prisoners.
They won all 5 matches and left with the winners’ trophy.
The team comprised a mixed ability team, given this was primarily a development festival, so many of the more experienced players were left at home training.
They beat Stowmarket 4-0, Woodbridge 5-1, Colchester 3-0 and Norh Waldham 2-1, before defeating Ipswich 3-0 in the final.
At the Bury Festival the under 10s took two mixed teams of 12 players.
Both teams won four games comfortably and drew one tough game in each pool.
The game was built around strength in defence from the whole team power behind the break worked to the side’s advantage.
There was some great attacking play as well.
After two tournaments the under 10s’ record stands at 15 games 13 wins and 2 draws.
The under 11s also competed at the Woodbridge Festival and the coaches were interested in individual performance, and told the boys before the festival that results were not important.
However, the boys delivered performances and results, a win, two draws and a loss.
The defence exceeded expectation and the attacking play was good, with some excellent tries spread amongst the team.
At the Bury Festival the under 11s performed well, winning two and losing two.
At the Woodbridge Festival the under 12s won two and lost two.
All available development players were given a game, supplemented with a few first teamers.
The side lost tight games to Woodbridge and Ipswich YM and completed comprehensive victories over Chelmsford and Felixstowe.
At the Bury Festival, the under 12s took a squad of 16 players, including two players new to this season.
They beat Ipswich YMs 5-0 with a superb all-round game which saw them dominate territory.
Tom Ryan went over in the corner in the last minute to notch the win for the Blues.
Match two was a 5-0 defeat to North Walsham 5, despite a strong defensive display.
Match three saw Sudbury beat St Neots 15-0 with three good tries, including a scorcher from Ollie Wolfe from inside his own half.
Match four wa s a25-0 victory against Bury, an oustatnding performance from the team.