Rosslyn Park U8s – Squad Results to date 2010-11 Season
|Ripleys (As)||Etihad Grand Finals||Joint U8 Champions|
|Richmond A Festival||Plate Winners|
|Middlesex County Championships||County Champions|
|Etihad Semi-Finals||Qualified – top of pool|
|Sutton & Epsom A||Winners|
|Etihad Qualifying Day 1||Qualified – top of pool|
|Guinness Premiership Double Header||Winners at Twickenham|
|Obolenskys (Bs)||Surrey B County Championships||County Champions|
|Middlesex County Championships||County Trophy – Runners Up|
|Etihad Qualifying Day 6||Qualified – top of pool|
|Wasps Highland Spring Challenge||Winners|
|Offiahs (Cs)||Windsor C||Winners|
|Etihad Qualifying Day 3||Qualified – top of pool|
|Chobham B||Runners Up|
|Ciprianis (Ds)||Teddington C||Festival Winners|
|Emmanuel Lions||Plate Winners|
|Middlesex County Championships||County Bowl – Runners Up|
|Cobham C||Plate Winners|
|Wimbledon B||2nd in Pool|
|Papes (Es)||Emmanuel Lions C||Runners Up|
|West London League C/D Day 3 (Ealing)||W1 D1 L1|
|West London League C/D Day 2 (London Irish)||W1 D1|
|West London League C/D Day 1 (RPFC)||D1 L1|
|Etihad Qualifying Day 7||Qualified|
|Rudds (Fs)||Reeds Development Festival||Winners|
|Guildford B||Shield – Runners Up|
|West London League C/D Day 3 (Ealing)||W2 L1|
|West London League C/D Day 2 (London Irish)||W1 D1 L1|
|West London League C/D Day 1 (RPFC)||W1 L1|
|Easters (Gs)||Surrey C Festival||Joint Trophy Winners|
|Middlesex Development Festival||County Plate – Winners|
|Chobham C Festival||Runners Up|
|Guildford C||Shield Winners|
Roadtrip to Wasps – April 17th
On Sunday two teams took part in the Highland Spring Tag Challenge at Adams Park Stadium. The boys got to perform as a guard of honour waving Wasps and Leeds Carnegie on to the pitch and then playing each other at half time in front of a Premiership rugby crowd.
There is a great write-up on the Wasps website – http://www.wasps.co.uk/news/Wasps32335.ink
Vectis and Reeds Development – April 10th
This weekend saw two Barbarians teams take to the fields drawing on players from every squad in the Rosslyn Park U8s in a true test of our squad coaching.
On the Isle of Wight a “squad” of just seven players took on the huge pitches and large numbers of opposing squads at the Vectis Festival. Every players scored tries and the team played like a unit that trained together all year running out comfortable victories against A teams from Heathfield, Beccehamians and Reigate. The crunch match in the pool with Dorking A was a draw so both teams went through to the knockout stages of the Cup. The boys’ 5th match was against Wanstead. By now the boys were very tired having had no opportunity to rest in games and we found ourselves down by 2 tries at half time. Sheer determination and pride saw them fight back to a draw at the close. Faced with the chance of a coin toss to go through to the semi-final (6th match) we waived the opportunity and called it a day in favour of a visit to the ice cream van.
At Reeds a similar Barbarian looking outfit made up of players from the Rudds, Easters, Papes and Ackfords had a marvellous day resulting in a first outright Festival Win for all the boys there. Again every players scored but Coach Pete Bellamy was most impressed with the way the boys pushed up in defence achieving tag-outs and forcing other teams backwards. Wins against Reeds (6-3), Old Whitgifians (5-2), London Welsh (5-1) and a draw (3-3) against Sutton & Epsom put them into a final with Sutton which Park eventually won 9-8 in extra time.
Surrey A and Surrey C – April 3rd
At Surrey A the Ripleys scored the most tries and conceded the least to make it through to the Final against Battersea Ironsides. Battersea seemed transformed from their performance the previous week and retained their Surrey title playing some great attacking rugby.
At Surrey C Park had 5 teams entered and managed to end up with the Offiahs playing the Ciprianis in the semi-final. A tough match saw the Ciprianis go through to the final which they just lost to Cobham. The Easters had a great day picking up the Trophy as Joint Winners.
Etihad Grand Finals, Surrey B and Teddington C – March 27th
Gathering the results in this weeknd it felt like normal service was resumed. At Surrey B the Obolenskys comfortably retained their county title winning all 5 games scoring 10-0, 7-1 and 7-4 in the pool; 7-3 in the semi; beating a very good Richmond B side 6-1 in the Final.
Also on Sunday the Ciprianis finally got their full team back and rediscovered their Festival winning form taking the Teddington C Festival in style.
On Saturday the Ripleys retained their Etihad title at the Stoop. High margin victories against Sevenoaks, Richmond (not as high as the previous week) and Battersea set Park up well for the Grand Final against old (worthy) adversaries Reeds. In a rivalry that goes back to U6s at Teddington we drew yet again to share the title.
Richmond A and Guildford A – March 20th
Park had three squads entered into A Festivals this Sunday. The Ripleys lost their unbeaten run to a very good London Irish side but rallied and went on to win the Plate against Richmond. At Guildford the Obolenskys and Offiahs scored some great victories against pukka A teams to stand them in good stead for the upcoming Surrey Championships.
Emmanuel Lions B/C and Guildfordians B – March 13th
The Ciprianis and the Papes took part in the first ever Emmanuel Lions B/C Festival. The Ciprianis lost their first game by one try but went on to win all their other matches beating Battersea Ironsides in the Plate Final. The Papes were Runners Up in the main Shield. The Offiahs went to Guildfordians winning two of their pool matches but losing out to a strong Guildfordians team.
Middlesex County Championships and Guildford B – March 6th
Rosslyn Park retained their Middlesex title at Grasshoppers RFC. With the National Schools Rugby Tournament claiming 15 players from the top 3 squads Park fielded some revised teams for the County Championship. The County Final was contested by two teams who got through on a coin toss. Park and Teddington had both drawn with their opposition in the semi-finals. The final saw a Park victory to retain the Middlesex title.
The Obolenskys and the Ciprianis had a great set of results taking Runners Up slots in the Plate and Bowl in the main A / B event. The Ciprianis relinquished their chance to defend the Middlesex Dev title they won last year to take on the greater challenge of the main event. This will set them up well for the forthcoming festivals.
The team entered for the Dev Festival were assembled at the last minute from across the Rudds, Easters and Ackfords. One lapse against a strong Pinner team placed them in the Plate event. A close fought final saw the decision go down to a golden try against Grasshoppers – the Park Head Coach would have taken the shared honours but the team went for broke and took the honours.
Once again Park provided all the pitch marshalls for the County Championships – thank you to all the volunteers and the coaches / referees.
At Guildford B a shuffled Rudds side had a tough draw with Teddington and Reeds but nevertheless made it through to the Shield semis, beating Dorking before losing the final to a strong Sutton & Epsom side.
Great team spirit, passing and the tagging improved with every game.
Feb 20th – Easters at Guildford C Festival
Buoyed by their recent trip to Cobham C the Easters represented Park at Guildford C this weekend. By all accounts they had a great start coming out of the blocks with great energy and style, lulling a little in the middle then nailing the third place play-off to win the Shield. Well done to coach Paul McGuire.
Feb 13th Final Round of the West London League
The final round took place at Ealing. Christian Flack coached and managed the Papes and Will Grieg took up the Rudds.
Feb 6th – Etihad Semis and Chobham C Festival
The Easters (Park G – pictured below) took part in what was for all the boys their first festival on Sunday. Emboldened by the recent taste of competition in the triangular at Teddington coaches Tom Gilbey and Paul McGuire led them on a great day out. The Easters scored the most tries overall and picked up the Runners Up trophy.
This year the Etihads has seen a lot of the other big clubs join the fray in the U8s competition. With 4 teams into the semi-finals Park seemed a tad unlucky to be the only club playing back-to-back games in Groups 1-3. Some great rugby was played by all and Park B, C and E recorded some great wins against strong A team opposition. Sadly in the end only the As went through to the Grand Final.
Jan 23rd – Park top all pools at the Teddington-Chobham Triangular.
On Sunday 6 squads travelled to Bushy Park to take part in a triangular tournament with Teddington and Chobham. After some warm up drills the teams were sorted into three pools – an A/B pool, a C/D pool and a Dev pool. Everyone had a great time despite the cold and Park topped the field in each pool.
The Obolenskys took the Ripleys scalp in a thrilling 6-5 win to top the A/B group. The Offiahs topped their group beating the Rudds into second place with a 1 try victory in another Park vs Park pool decider.
In the development pool the Easters and Ackfords had a great competition with the Easters winning all their matches and topping their pool. It was a real treat to play opponents from another club and will prove a valuable experience as they near their first festival. Thanks to Hernan, Stuart and Jonty for running those teams.
Jan 22nd – The Papes make it four into the Etihads.
On Saturday the Ciprianis and Papes took part in the final qualifying day for the Etihads.
The Ciprianis coached as ever by Shane Gleghorn put up a sterling performance with a 3-3 draw against Guildfordians A, some great tries against a strong Juddians team and a bonus points win against Battersea Ironsides.
The Papes coached by Christian Flack started with a bonus points win against Richmond B, went to sleep a bit against Tunbridge Wells before rounding off with another bonus points win against a team from Reeds. Second place in the pool with 8 points from the competition meant the final place in the semi-finals was going to be down to how the other pool panned out. Guildfordians in the other pool also had 8 points. Christian had a tense wait whilst the Quins officials checked on the qualification rules. It was to be decided on tries scored in the competition – Park had scored 13 tries and Guildfordians 12 so the Papes were through.
Jan 9th – The Obolenskys make it three.
Coached by Paul Mangat the Obolenskys topped their group in style with maximim bonus points in each game making it three teams into the Eithad semi-finals.
Dec 12th – Offiahs make Park Windsor A, B and C winners
Scoring 29 tries the Offiahs ran out winners at Windsor C beating Beaconsfield 7-6 in the final. Well done to coaches Rod, Martin and Matt.
Dec 5th Obos play at Wasps
The Obolenskys enjoyed a run out at half time at Adams Park (Wasps) Stadium. Against a backdrop of mist and freezing conditions the Obos beat a spirited Beaconsfield team 5-1.
The next time Park visit Wasps will be on March 13th when the Ackfords and Easters will be playing at half time. The Senior opposition for that game are Quins.
14th November – West London League and Etihads Day 3
The Papes and Rudds (Es and Fs) took part in the inaugural West London C/D League. Both teams played some great rugby enjoying the opportunity to play against C and D grade opposition. The Papes had a great draw with London Irish before losing to a strong Teddington outfit. The Rudds had a close win against a spirited Ealing team before losing by one try to Irish in a very close game.
Meanwhile at the Stoop the Offiahs qualified for the Etihads in style, topping their group and winning bonus points in each game.
7th November – Sutton & Epsom and Cobham C
This weekend saw the Ripleys in action at Sutton & Epsom A – winning the festival outright with 3 wins and a high-scoring draw against a well drilled Cobham side. The Ciprianis took to the field at Cobham C winning all their pool matches bar a one try defeat by the eventual winners, London Irish. The team played outstandingly well to take the Plate Final 6-2.
16th October – Middlesex Champions beat the Surrey Champions at the Stoop– The Ripleys and a composite team coached by Martin and Matt had a great day out at the Etihads. In a tough draw with 4 of last year’s Grand Finalists chasing only two qualifying places the Ripleys topped the table taking maximum points, winning all their matches and scoring bonus points for reaching 4 tries or more in each match. The Offiahs played well being the only team to take a bonus point off the Ripleys, finishing off with a great draw and a bonus point for scoring 7 tries against Battersea Ironsides.
It was pointed out by impartial observers that the match between Rosslyn Park A and Battersea Ironsides was a contest between the current Middlesex and Surrey County Champions. The same impartial observer (from a friendly Middlesex club) must have been pleased to note that the Middlesex champions won.
This weekend saw the Ripleys and Obolenskys run out as winners at Windsor A and B and the Offiahs finish up as Runners Up at Chobham B.
A large contingent had a great time at the Bank of England. The Ciprianis have to wait till next week as their festival at Guildfordians was a casualty of the weather.
BUMPER NUMBERS FOR 2010-11
Following on from the successes of last season we have seen our numbers swell to 105 with 85 players training on Sunday 19th September.
FIRST SUCCESS – ANOTHER TWICKENHAM WIN TO START THE SEASON
Congratulations are due as another group of U8 players, coached on the field by Ben Mercer, ran out winners at Twickenham in the Premiership Double Header. The pool matches were played at The Old Deer Park in Richmond with the lucky finalists running out onto the hallowed turf.