Mini round-up

Mini success at County Festival

Congratulations to Gosport & Fareham RFC Under 11s and 12s on their performance at the County Festival today where the Romans won the Cup and the Vikings won the Shield respectively.

So many young people playing rugby!

Sunday the 15th of January 2017 - what a day!

Over 600 youngsters played as the Mini Section hosted Havant across all age groups (U6-U12).

It required a great effort by the duty teams, Mini/Youth Chair and Club Safeguarding Officer as this extraordinary attendance passed without incident as all our club members and visitors took extra efforts to park safely and with due care for our neighbours.

Across all ages fantastic rugby was played with Cup games and a friendly being played by the Youth Section as well.

Gos ball WEB

Big smiles, great rugby!

The Pirates (Under 8s) hosted 12 US Portsmouth players and four of their coaches to an action packed training session last Sunday.

Laudatory comments were once again given to the way in which coaching sessions are run at Gosport Park.

After training we the teams played some matches and for the first time picked mixed US Portsmouth and Gosport & Fareham players, which worked out extremely well.

Thirty-four young players had a great morning's rugby in the cold but sunny session.

There was some great running with the ball in both hands and excellent positioning to make the tag tackle.

A big thank you to everyone who bought cakes from the Pirates cake sale as this made £84 for the squad fund raising.

New squad members are always welcome at 10am on Sunday mornings at Gosport Park unless the team are playing away.

Vikings triumph away at Petersfield

Once again due to ongoing injuries and family commitments, the Vikings (Under 12s) faced Petersfield with only just enough players to form a team.

Unlike in previous weeks, the away fixture saw some players having to play out of position to form a competitive team, but in true Vikings' style the boys did not disappoint in what was a fiercely contested game of rugby, winning 0-10.

Notable performances from Fergus Carle and Bailey Downing who played their first competitive match at Hooker and Inside Centre respectively.

On a pitch that was long, but narrow, it was evident early on that the Vikings back line weren’t going to be able to play their usual expansive game as the opposition defence found it easy to cover the width of the pitch.

The tight five worked hard to punch forward, having learnt from mistakes in previous games. They played a solid rucking game in an attempt to draw Petersfield defenders into the breakdown.

Half way through the first period, their perseverance was rewarded when the Petersfield backs were drawn in, opening a gap at outside centre that George Middleton managed to exploit, crossing for the first try of the game.

The try seemed to galvanise the opposition, who then enjoyed a period of sustained possession.

They failed to convert this into points however, mainly due to some fierce tackling in the inside channels by Alec Campbell-Baldwin at Scrum Half and Ben Coleman at Fly Half.

The Petersfield period of dominance was ended by some brilliant counter rucking by the Vikings' pack and some quality individual ripping in loose mauls by Baily Downing, Alec Campbell-Baldwin and the Skipper, Harrison Brenchley. On the stroke of halftime, the Vikings picked up possession inside the Petersfield 22, with Petersfield rushing out to cover the well-set Vikings threequarter line, Marcus Blockley-Webb cut back on the blind side and powered over the line to score the second try.

The second half turned out to be a ‘knock for knock’ competition, the Petersfield Coaching Team had obviously identified the Vikings' strategy from the first half and briefed their players at half time. 

The Petersfield defence remained well organised for the full 20 minutes and the breakdown areas were fiercely contested with neither team managing to gain any advantage.

With 10 minutes to play, it looked like Petersfield were going to get themselves back into the competition, when one of their biggest players powered through the Vikings defence and found himself one on one with the Vikings Fullback Findlay Shields.

Giving away around 15 centiometres in height and a fair few kilos, Finlay got himself into the attacker’s channel and delivered a perfect tackle, driving their player backwards and allowing the Vikings' defence to regroup. 

This proved to be the last clear scoring opportunity for either side as they continued to cancel each other out until the final whistle.

Both sets of parents, coaches and the Referee applauded the teams on what had been an exciting and entertaining match to watch.

Player of the Week – Ben Coleman
Viking of the Week – Bailey Downing
Tackle of the Week – Findlay Shields


Celts dominant at Havant

A very wet, windy and waterlogged morning at Havant didn't dampen the spirits of the Celts (U10) yesterday.

They travelled in force and were able to field three mixed ability teams in a round robin type session with Fareham Heathens.

The boys were tremendous and did the club and coaching staff proud losing only one game out of nine.

They showed how well the team is progressing even when spread thinly.

Play of the Day - Charlie Fisher
Defence of the Day - Harry Cromie
Player of the Day - Joshua Fernandes

This week the Mini Section welcome US Portsmouth to Gosport Park.

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