Mini/Youth round-up

Defiant Saxons in late cup win

Gosport & Fareham Under 14s (Saxons) faced a confident Havant in the bright autumn sunshine in front of a large vociferous crowd and won the cup tie 25-22 with a last minute penalty

With a good Wednesday night training behind them and a good pre match build up what could possibly go wrong?

It wasn't scripted but Saxons conceded a try within the first 90 seconds.

But the Saxons proved though that they are now made of sterner stuff and within minutes hit back with a try of their own from a well worked move off of the back of the scrum.

The game was then to swing back in favour of Havant with another score before yet another try for Saxons this time converted to take the lead for the first time in the match.

Despite Havant having the size and bulk in the forwards the Saxons had the upper hand in the scrums, pushing Havant back.

As the match developed it became feisty with some unnecessary off the ball aggression.

Strong control from the Referee was required and duly carried out ably assisted by his Assistant Referees.

Havant went back in front with a penalty try after a high tackle by the Saxons.

A further try by Havant put the visitors 10 points ahead with 15 minutes to go.

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Some tactical substitutions and fresh legs were sent on and slowly but surely the Saxons clawed their way level with two more hard worked tries.

Havant threw everything they had at the Saxons but it was the Saxons who went closest to scoring with only some strong tackling by Havant preventing another Saxon try.

With time almost up and the Saxons pressing hard for a try, the referee awarded a penalty in front of the posts. The penalty kick was converted and the Saxons duly celebrated.

It was a fantastic cup tie in which the Saxons played superbly well against a bigger and at times intimidating team and opposition crowd.

To come back from behind three times in the match was a sign of how defiant the Saxons have become.

Saxons shine under lights with win number eight

Gosport & Fareham Under 14s (Saxons) squad returned to playing on a cold but clear evening against US Portsmouth winning 34-19.

With kind permission of near neighbours Fareham Heathens and some deft organising by a Saxon coach, the team were given the chance to play under the floodlights at Fareham.

The Saxons started with members of the squad who didn't receive much game time in the previous match and were perhaps shocked by the intensity and speed of some of the US team who scored a very well worked try which was converted.

The Saxons rallied to score a try of their own but conceded another try.

The match was really close with the Saxons scoring another try which was converted and a further try to lead 17-12 at the break.
US were strong and aggressive in all aspects making the Saxons work hard.

Some minor rearranging of the team to ensure game time for all was made at half time.

In the second half some of the minor errors made by the Saxons we're eliminated, and they started to play better as a team. Storming runs from both the forwards and backs entertained a decent size crowd and the Saxons scored three further tries, one of which was converted, whilst only conceding one converted try.

The match was played at a high tempo in a fantastic spirit with intensity and aggression from both sides.

Two wins out of two under the lights for Saxons means the season moves on with their eighth consecutive victory.

Minis season begins

It's Registration Day this Sunday (3rd September) so welcome back to those returning and welcome to Gosport & Fareham RFC for any new players. 

There's a busy season ahead for all our Minis (Under 6 - Under 12) with a number of friendly games and festivals and the Under 12 Tournament at Gosport Park on 24th September.

 

 

Long walk for the Sharks

Over the October half term, Gosport & Fareham Under 8s (the Sharks) have been walking from Land's End to John O'Groats!

OK, not all in one go...

Each player has been given a pedometer to count steps daily.

It is estimated they need to do 1,748,000 steps between them and by the end of day four they had nearly hit a million. By the start of the final day they had hit their target!

The idea and execution of this fundraiser came from one of their coaches, John Batten, who is Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Winchester University.

"We wanted to incorporate the RFU Core Values, so Teamwork and Enjoyment have been the emphasis - that and keeping them moving over the holiday! explained John.

"The children have been sharing photos along with their progress and all look to have really enjoyed it. We have had so many positive comments from the parents it seems they may have enjoyed this almost as much as the kids!

"We set a target of £500 to put towards kit and equipment, and we're so close to reaching that goal. The Just Giving page will be active for a couple of weeks yet so, if you would like to make a donation, it would be hugely appreciated. You can do so at goo.gl/houCcX

Twenty per cent of all money raised will go to a local charity chosen by the children. The coaches nominated three charities and let the children vote as to which they wanted to donate to. The charity the Sharks voted for is Aiden's Walking Appeal. For more information go to www.aidens-walking-appeal.org.uk

"As coaches and managers, we are so proud of what the team have achieved," said John.

"If you want to look back on what we've done, or follow our future endeavours (there will definitely be more!), please follow us at twitter.com/GFRFCSharks," he added.

 

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Vikings host Heathens

Last Sunday Gosport & Fareham U12s (the Vikings) entertained local rivals Fareham Heathens.

The rain held off but the usual biting winds made for chilling times for the spectators, many of whom made for the clubhouse and a warming cuppa. However, all were back in time to see the game.

The boys' session started with a game of touch rugby before breaking out into a number of different training sessions. They were then invited to show that they had absorbed this training in a friendly game against the Heathens. Always a challenge and this session was no exception.

First score fell to Tom Robertson following a good miss pass allowing him to score in the corner. Heathens put up a good defence in this, the first of 4 quarters, and the quarter ended 1-0 to Gosport. There then followed a flurry of tries from Cieran Meachen and another from Tom. Cieran’s speed was much in evidence, especially on the later occasion when he collected his own kick and raced over the try line. Gosport also put in some sterling defence in this period with Heathens’ closest attempt at a try being held up over the try line.

There were some brave attempts by the fly-half of the moment to try and organise the Gosport backs into defensive or attacking lines but, although the spectators could hear the instructions clearly, and the coaches were shouting instructions much to the same effect, the backs chose not to hear the advice. The predictable result was players overshooting the man with the ball, forcing the forward pass and giving the ball away.

The second 2 quarters continued with Gosport in the ascendency. Both sides made handling errors but Heathens seemed particularly prone to it and many of their attacking phases broke down for this reason. The Gos defence was strong nonetheless, and Harrison took holding the ball up literally when he grabbed the player with the ball and lifted him up, leaving his feet dangling in the air. Just when it looked like Heathens would get one back, Fin Sheilds put in a great cover tackle, saving the try and gaining possession for Gosport. Fittingly, Fin also scored his first try of the season during what was a great performance.

Another brilliant example of defensive rucking came when Bailey Downing, staying on his feet, reached over the tackled man, ripped the ball from his hands and then set off on a thundering run down the touchline, the crowd urging him on. He was stopped short but the ball ended with Josh who went over the line to score. Other tries came from Cieran and Callum during this period.

The Heathens had arrived a bit down in numbers so were given three volunteers in the shape of Ben Coleman, Harry Reed and Rhys Williams. All of whom put in strong performances and without whom the scoreline would have been even higher. Ben managed to get the only try for Heathens, following a deft piece of speed and sleight of hand. The final score was 9-1.

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