OA U11s at the Windsor ‘B’ Festival

U11 Windsor Festival

The U11 squad sent to Windsor enjoyed a glorious day out in the sunshine playing with a back drop of Windsor Castle in the ‘B’ tournament. Players: Jack Longbottom, Jakey Chaudhry, Finn Rees, Sam Denton, Samuel Herbaut, Charlie Johnson, Jacob Davis, Charlie O’Brien, Samuel Hudson, Erik Hooper and Jasper Jeffrey.

Our first game was against Rosslyn Park and in our usual style we decided to give the opposition a 1-0 lead before stepping up our game to run in four tries to win the game 4-1 – scorers Sam Denton, Sam Herbaut, Jasper Jeffrey, and Finn Rees.

The second game was a closer affair against Amersham and Chiltern but tries from Charlie Johnson, Sam Denton and Finn Rees, whilst only conceding the one try meant we ran out 3-1 winners. What became obvious during this match was that the effort put in by the boys in defence led to the opposition panicking and OAs benefiting from turnover ball and more scoring opportunities.

The third pool game was against Beaconsfield and the splendid aggressive defensive line proved too much for Beaconsfield. 6-0 was the final score, but it could have been more, and the majority of the tries came from high pressure turnovers.  Try scorers Finn Rees x2, Jasper Jeffrey x2, Charlie O’Brien and Jacob Davis.

The fourth game unfortunately proved to be a niggly encounter against a strong team from Maidenhead. We lost 2-0, with both teams showing poor discipline in most aspects of play, particularly the ruck. OA’s came close to scoring with Charlie O’Brien putting in a stunning run, but just as he reached the try line he lost the ball from under his arm (two hands on the ball please!)

Having finished second to Maidenhead we played in the third/fourth play off final against Ealing who finished second in the other pool. What was expected to be a tough final match turned into a glorious display from OAs, of hard tackling and great running rugby. While Jasper Jeffrey proved unstoppable from close range, taking half the Ealing team with him in the process to score his two tries, Charlie O’Brien was simply untouchable, moving at pace and with a change of direction that left tacklers clutching at thin air. Charlie’s third try came from a scrum with some great passes giving him an angle to streak through to the try line (Australia-esque!)

A third place trophy and medals were a nice reward. It was also noted Maidenhead won the final with ease against Saracens so we lost to the eventual winners.

So an almost perfect (long) day. Thank you to fellow coaches and to the parents for your support, coffee and sun screen! Well played all the boys as you all played your part in the days success. Special mention to Jasper playing in his first tournament for OA and putting a marker down that he could be a force to reckon with this season but my Man of the Tournament was Charlie O’Brien, who tackled, kicked, ran, scored tries and provided the funniest moment at his own embarrassment and did it all with a smile on his face.

James Longbottom