Youth round-up

Saxons start season as good hosts..

The Under 14s (Saxons) hosted Wallingford on a damp, autumnal feel day down in The Dell.

A joint training session with refreshers on tackling, rucking and ball handling was carried out followed by the two forward packs coming together to work on scrummaging and the addition of the wing forwards was beneficial to both teams.

The match was split into four quarters and the first two quarters were really close with nothing to choose from between two combative and aggressive teams.

The Saxons pulled away from the visitors in the third quarter and probably just edged the fourth quarter.

Worthy of note was the interplay between the back row and scrum halves, some pretty decent scrummaging and hard aggressive running from the Saxons back line.

Also they had to kick goals which went very well considering the conditions the match was played in.

Credit to Wallingford for keeping going after what was probably a late night on the Saturday for them and to the referee and his assistants.

There were plenty of plus points for the Saxons and also plenty for the coaching team to take into training sessions on Wednesday nights and Sunday before thier next match away at Heathens on the 15th September.

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Big win to open season

The G&F RFC Under 15s (The Ravens) travelled to Bognor RFC on the first day of the season for a full squad session to allow both clubs to prepare for the upcoming league games.

The Ravens looked ready for the season to start and warmed up in training vests with club badge tattoos proudly displayed on their biceps; a little tribute to coach Paul Wilkinson, his doesn't wash off!

It took 90 seconds for inside centre Harry Rabjohn to break the line and score the team's first try of the season.

Bognor were on the back foot and 90 seconds later Ben Wheeler crashed over. Then 90 seconds later Samuel Rushent scored the third.

The game settled down and Bognor began to get some possession but they couldn't stop Rabjohn scoring his second try of the day on the tenth minute

Bognor team didn't just crumble as many sides would have and held out from an onslaught from the Ravens for the rest of the 20 minute session without conceding a score as they began to contest rucks and mauls and mistakes crept into the Ravens game.

Aidan Jarvis kicked three of the four conversions to give Ravens a 26-0 lead at the end of the first session.

Ravens had brought a full squad of 30 players and made wholesale changes for the next 20 minute session and it took 16 minutes for either side to break the deadlock when Rushent crashed over for his second of the day.

However, Bognor knew that they were now starting to gain some procession and pushed Ravens back and then won the ball to drive to within two metres of the try line where an error resulted in a 5m scrum to Ravens.

Bognor drove the scrum back making it difficult for the scrum half to make a quick pass and the receiver who kicked the ball straight into the chest of the charging wing forward who somehow held on and touched down. Bognor converted to end that session 7-5 winners with the score now at 31-7 to Ravens.

Fired up from their success, Bognor then did to Ravens what had been done to them.

From the kick off they worked their possession and scored in 90 seconds. The Ravens made some more changes and began to dominate what was now a scrappy game and on four minutes Owen Harper sprinted in off the wing.

Twelve minutes later Centre Tom Ellis crashed through in a well worked move and touched down and then six minutes later Wheeler added another. Jarvis converted one from three to make the session score 17 - 5 to Ravens with the total score moving to 48-12.

The final session saw Ravens mix up their players who seemed to knit together well and they dominated the last session with tries from Harry Gille, Rabjohn, Jonnie Lewis and Connor Cox.

Bognor were showing their tiredness and the Ravens were showing that the summer fitness sessions were paying off. Connor missed his own conversion but Rabjohn added one from the other three to give a final session score of 22-0 to Ravens and a final score of 70-12 for the day.

There was lots to take away from the session for Head Coach Richard Daly who now has a real challenge to select the 22 to make the team list for the first League game on 17th September.

There are three training sessions to go to build a little more shape into the side, especially in defence and try to exploit the forward power and fitness that was displayed today.

There was no man of the match today but Connor Cox, Christian Osborne and Jonnie Lewis all put themselves on the line and showed they have stepped up their game.

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Above: Owen Harper scoring.

Visitors impressed by rugby and hospitality at Gosport Park

Gosport & Fareham RFC Under 14s (Ravens) welcomed Woodford RFC Under14s to Gosport Park for the first game of their Hayling Island Tour. 

Early rain dampened the pitch but the sunshine coast delivered with a beautiful day beside the creek to welcome the visitors.

To emphasise the friendly welcome Ravens let Woodford score first after a very competitive first five minutes.

Ravens then set about the task at hand and began to dominate and after several attacks found themselves 10m out with a penalty possession.

Olly Webb tapped and passed to Euan Archbold as Samuel Rushent ran the decoy and Archbold crashed over. Aidan Jarvis converted with an excellent kick from six metres in field.

Two minutes later Ben Wheeler ran in his signature try from an angled run and then Rushent followed suit with a strong run that broke three tackles to make the line in a great outstretched arm.

Connor Cox on the Wing was causing all sorts of trouble for Woodford and Gregor House on the other wing tackled any efforts they made to go wide.

Ravens were dominating and Jarvis chipped over the backs and got lucky with a wicked bounce that beat the Full Back and landed straight in his arms, he accelerated away from the covering tackles and scored under the posts and duly converted for 24 - 5 to the Ravens at half-time.

In the second half Tom Ellis retired injured and was replaced at Inside Centre by Harry Rabjohn who then added two tries and a conversion in six minutes.

Finlay Daly worked hard up front securing ball and was in the thick of it alongside Christian Osborne and Harry Freeman.

Woodford grabbed another try but Ravens kept up the pressure and Outside Centre Mark Hearn and Full Back Jude Read added to the score sheet as the backs took charge of the game and were fed good ball by the hard working pack. Jarvis converted four of the tries for an impressive 17 point total for the day.

Olly Webb at Scrum Half kept up the service from the breakdowns and substitutes didn't disrupt the teams play. Huw Bones, Riley Clarke, Kerr McCall, Joe Wilkinson, Ollie Olorenshaw and Kian Oakley all played their parts in a very balanced team performance.

The opposition recognised Archbold as player of the match and the Woodford coaches spoke very highly of the team performance and great hospitality shown by G&F RFC. We wish them well for their second tour game at Trojans tomorrow.

A tremendous team effort by the kitchen and bar staff meant that Woodford were impressed by the hospitality shown as they settled down to watch the afternoon's Army v Navy game.

Gareth Blake, the referee from the Hampshire Youth Referee Academy, and his touch judges the Aldridges added to the day's enjoyment with a fine display of officiating.

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Youth season begins

It's Registration Day this Sunday (3rd September) so welcome back to all our players, and welcome to Gosport & Fareham RFC to our new squad members.

The season starts with Under 14s hosting Wallingford and Under 15s going away to Bognor.

There is a busy season ahead with Hampshire Cup and League competitions as well as very full fixture cards for all teams.

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HRFU Youth Cup comes to a close

In the final round of the County Cup competitions today,  our Under 14s (Ravens) secured third place in the County with a 12-12 draw at New Milton and the Under 13s (Saxons) beat Eastleigh at Gosport Park to secure seventh place in the County and a seeded place for next season's Cup competition.

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