U11s 2013/14

July 15, 2015

April 25th-27th – Vectis Tour

A weekend of sea-kayaking and rafting with a festival throw in on the Sunday. Putting out 3 equally matched touring teams, introducing Mr Freeze into our game-play we got all three teams into the semi-finals with the Vespasians winning the Vectis Trophy on countback from a very talented Chichester side with scores of 33 for, one against as opposed to the Sussex Champions’ tally of 16 for and 4 against.

With each team split up to create the Vespasians, Octavians and Praetorians I tossed a coin as to where to stick the win on the results table and it came up as a win for the Rowlands.

April 6th – Surrey A

The Ripley and the Obolenskys both took part in Surrey A. This season saw a trophy-less festival played in a round robin format. It still took over 5 hours to play 4 very short matches as by the end of the day one of the opposition teams had had enough. No records were taken so the Ripleys final take on Surrey was 23 tries scored, none conceded though we didn’t get to play any of the usual suspects.

March 30th – Guildford A & B Festival

Two mixed teams went to the Guildford Festival based around a core of Obolenskys and a core of Ciprianis. Playing in sunshine the boys took a Shield win in the A festival and enjoyed some tough but close matches in the B festival.

March 23rd – Middlesex County Festival

The U11s were staged at Wasps this year. Park were the only club to field 4 teams. The Middlesex Festivals had been strangely arranged this year with a number of A teams cropping up in the B and even the Development Festival.

In the Development Festival the Rowlands and Ciprianis put together some cracking rugby. Pete Bellamy ran the Rowlands who fought through to the Shield semi-finals and eventually played against Hampstead to secure 3rd overall. This should have yielded them the Plate trophy but in the confusion that was Wasps U11 Festival they were awarded the B Festival Bowl Trophy instead.  The Ciprianis were ably coached by Christian Flack – as ever he has posted a report on the Facebook page. With a number of boys in their first year of competitive club rugby this was a great performance, beating London Welsh C  and losing to both the Bank of England’s and Harlequin’s A sides by only 3 tries.

In the B Festival the Obolenskys notched up a rampant 30 tries. They haven’t conceded a try to a B team all season. As with the Dev event the B festival saw some clubs entering their A teams – Grasshoppers, Hammersmith & Fulham and Twickenham. Paul Webster has posted a full match report on the Facebook page. Playing side by side on the main pitch at Wasps with the A final there were a lot of parents switching their viewing position whenever the ball went dead. When the Ripleys finished their match they were able to cheer on their teammates and witness some magnificent goal line defence against a determined Saracens team.

The A Festival fielded the usual suspects and a number of unknown quantities. In a format normally only seen at the Windsor festival the boys were placed in a pool of 6 teams and would not get to play the other seeded side (Ealing). In order to progress and avoid a repeat of last year’s semi-final against London Welsh we needed to score more tries than Ealing. Chiswick (6-0) and Ruislip (9-0) were the only matches we got to play as Grasshoppers had opted to scratch from the A festival to enter the B event as had Hackney Bulls. After a long wait we got to play Finchley in the semi-final (6-0) leaving Ealing and London Welsh to battle out the other semi. Ealing beat London Welsh to set up a repeat of the Middlesex final from last year (in fact every year bar when we were U9s). Playing in the sunshine the Ripleys produced some of the best rugby they’ve played for years to beat an extremely talented Ealing side by 6 tries. 4 games played, 27 tries for, none against.

On the downside the physicality of older age group took its toll with Felix Cadogan getting stamped on in one match, seeing out the final from A&E; Harry getting a bad knock to the head and having to miss rugby for 3 weeks. We wish them both speedy recoveries.

It’s a pity that Wasps had given away the County Shield to another club but the boys got a photo holding the similar shield won by the Obos.

2015_U12_Middlesex_A_Winners
The Ripleys (Middlesex A Champions 2010-2015)

March 16th – Richmond A

The Ripleys got back together after absences for the National Schools and the Lambs Regional Championships for this tough local festival. The pool stages saw the boys playing some close matches against Richmond A (1-0),  Amersham & Chiltern (3-0), Blackheath (1-0) and Beaconsfield (6-0), which then led to the expected showdown with London Welsh. In a similar vein to the encounter with our local rivals at their home festival this ended in a draw (1-1). Honours rightly shared and no pointers to form for the big one at Middlesex next week.

March 2nd – Esher A

With the National Schools taking away many of our top three teams a composite squad based around an Obolenskys core took to the field at Esher. Full match report from Christian due on the Facebook page soon but congratulations to the boys on a great win at an A festival against some top opposition.

Sunday 23rd February – SE Lambs at Rosslyn Park

If you’re going to lose an unbeaten run then at least lose to a great team in a great style. With 4 of the Ripleys playing in the Lambs it was always going to be a tough ask and the selected side were able to raise their game that bit more each time the Park threw something back at them. An hour of scintillating rugby played on a huge pitch – it was a pleasure to host the Lambs and give them just the test and run out they needed in their build up to the regional play-offs.

January 26th – SW Lambs at Millfield

The Ripleys headed to a flooded Somerset for two top notch matches – the SW Lambs and Battersea Ironsides. Playing on the Jubilee (Gareth Edwards) 1st XV pitch in heavy conditions it was a relief to get any rugby at all. First up were Battersea who looked equally relieved just to be playing. Christian’s match report is up on the Facebook page but 2-0 to Park after some impressive try-line defence by Park towards the close. Next up were the Lambs who promptly ran in only the second try we’ve conceded all season. Rising to the occasion against the selected side brought the close to 2-1 to Park. It’s always nice to win but the quality of rugby from all three teams was the standout feature of the day.

History was made as for the second time only (Cornwall last Spring being the first time) the Park lads had a shower before wolfing down Millfield’s excellent curry with their opposition.

November 17th – Land Rover Cup and Reeds C

Displaying their unceasing appetite for A team competition the Obolenskys are heading to Reading Abbey RFC for London Irish’s round of the Land Rover Premiership Cup.

The Ciprianis head to Reeds C.

November 10th – London Welsh Midi Festival

This weekend the Ripleys and Obolenskys took the short trip to the Old Deer Park to take part in the London Welsh Midi Festival against local opposition (Welsh, Richmond, Reeds & Ealing) and a well drilled Llanishen side we met last year at Ealing. Match reports are on the Facebook page but we won both trophies and conceded no tries.

November 3rd – Grasshoppers B and Lambs Trials

This weekend saw an enjoyable visit by Battersea Ironsides’ development sides to work with the Rowlands and Ciprianis. The Obolenskys went to the Grasshoppers B festival.

At the Oratory School Rosslyn Park fielded 10 of the 48 players that trialled for the Independent Schools SE side. These players came from the Ripleys, Obolenskys and the Ciprianis and were nominated by their schools for the trials. 4 will now have to face their teammates on the 23rd February.

October 27th – Park C

The Rowlands had a great run out winning three of their matches to set up what would be the decider against a powerful and well drilled Battersea Ironsides out fit who had also won their three previous contests. Playing some great rugby Battersea proved to be just too strong and the Rowlands finished as Runners Up.

October 20th – Brighton A, Rosslyn Park B and London Scottish Dev

Park sent 4 year groups to Brighton’s inaugural festival and all came home undefeated with the silverware. Christian’s report is up on Facebook.

The Ciprianis went to London Scottish Dev and played some great rugby as they continue to gel and help some of our newer players learn the game.

Sadly Park B was cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.

October 13th – Rosslyn Park A and Reeds B

Bucket loads of rain but the pitches at the Kings House Sportsgrounds were immaculate and the festival went on. Following up a late call the Obolenskys balanced the pools and played well. The Ripleys scored the most tries and conceded none. Christian’s match report is on facebook but the quality of the opposition throughout the Under 11s event made the event special to watch.

At Reeds a depleted Rowlands team played well in the face of strong opposition.

October 6th – Windsor A, Warlingham B and Richmond Development Festival

The Ripleys retained their Windsor title scoring twenty and conceding one which the official score sheets later chose to ignore. Scores across the board were closer than last year and a number of sides have gained new faces or seen promotions from within. As ever this promises to be a closely contested age group between the top Middlesex and Surrey sides. The full match report is on the U11s Facebook page.

The Rowlands went to the Warlingham B festival – a first visit for the Park. On a day when they couldn’t seem to get into gear they ended up not making it out of the pool stages. The final was won by a strong side from East Grinstead. At the Richmond Development Festival the Ciprianis had also lost some of the spark from the WLL the week before. They return to training this weekend in the Park to regroup for London Scottish on the 20th.

September 29th – Wimbledon B and the West London League

The Obolenskys got their season off to a storming start winning at Wimbledon B with 28 successfully converted tries for and none conceded. The full match report is on the U11s Facebook page.

The Ciprianis had a cracking match at the West London League against London Irish before being edged 2-0 by a strong Ealing C side in their second match. A good start to the season for a team with a fair few faces new to club rugby.

August 29th / September 1st – Pre-season Training Camp

Hellfire Corner
Under 11 Pre-Season - Hellfire Corner

The new Under 11s returned to Cornwall for a weekend of rugby, surfing, bodyboarding and fun. On the rugby side we were superbly looked after by Redruth and Newquay. Whilst it was too early in the season to be allowed to play competitive games on the Saturday we benefited from coaching by the Exeter Chiefs academy staff and got to train on the old Cornwall County ground. Hellfire Corner looked a lot more appealing in the summer sun than in the memories of the former adult Park players. On the Sunday we continued the mixed training format with the Newquay Hornets rounding out the rugby side of the tour with some great games between mixed Newquay / Park sides.

Rosslyn Park U11s 2013-14
Ripleys (As) Middlesex County A Festival County Winners
Richmond A Festival Joint Winners
England Lambs U11 SE @ Park Lost 1-5
England Lambs SW @ Millfield School Winners (2-1)
London Welsh A Festival Winners
Brighton A Festival Winners
Rosslyn Park A Festival Winners
Windsor A Festival Winners
Obolenskys (Bs) Guildford A Festival Shield Winners
Middlesex County B Festival County Winners
Esher A Winners
Rosslyn Park B Winners
Land Rover Premiership Cup (Reading Abbey) 4 bonus point wins out of 4
London Welsh B Festival Winners
Grasshoppers B Festival 3rd
Rosslyn Park A Festival 7th
Wimbledon B Festival Winners
Rowlands (C1s) Vectis Festival (Isle of Wight) Festival Winners
Middlesex County Dev Festival Plate Winners
West London League (Teddington) Winners – P3 W3
Rosslyn Park C Runners Up
Sutton & Epsom C 20th October
Reeds B Semi-finalists
Warlingham B 2nd in Pool
Ciprianis (C2s) Guildford B Festival P4 W1 L3
Middlesex County Development Festival P3 W1 – only lost to A teams!
West London League (Teddington) P3 W2 – only lost to Park
Reeds C Runners Up
London Scottish Pool Stages
Richmond Development Festival W1, L3
West London League – Round 1 (Rosslyn Park) Runners Up (P1, L1)

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