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Record of the 2010/11 U12s season at Rosslyn Park
The U12 As shrugged off difficult conditions last Sunday to emerge as winners of the Plate in the Braemar Cup at Cobham Rugby Club. This competition brings some of last season’s U11 County Champions together for a high quality tournament of clubs mostly from the South East Counties, though Macclesfield made the trip and left as Cup runners-up (Guildford were the winners, 7-0). All the matches in this tournament were very close, and none were decided by more than a two try margin. At this level the games can often go either way and the margins of play that decide the results are often tiny.
We had Cobham, Haywards Heath and Tonbridge Juddians in our group, but also played Wallingford on the way to a record of played 5, won 3, drawn 1, lost 1. This was enough to secure the Plate Trophy.
Though we beat Haywards Heath 14-0, drawing 0-0 with Tonbridge and losing at the death 7-0 to Cobham put us third in this group and into the Plate competition. In the semi against Wallingford (Oxfordshire Champions) we were leading 7-0 from the first half, but a last gasp effort saw Wallingford cross the line. For once we had the luck and they missed the conversion, so we went through 7-5 to play Haywards Heath again in the Plate final. This was our fourth meeting (we played them twice at Etihad at U10 and beat them both times then) and we maintained our record against them, winning 14-0.
Congratulations to all the boys in this squad as it was a tremendous performance and one of which they can be very proud. The standard of rugby in this tournament was exceptional and we proved that, playing this way, we deserve to be on the pitch with anyone.
This week both the A and B teams have important Middlesex County matches to play, with the As at home and the Bs away at Ealing. Good luck to all of them.
Welcome to this record of 2010/11 U11s @ Rosslyn Park
By way of background, the Under 11s currently have approximately 70 players registered. To match the large squad of players, the Under 11s has 15 volunteer coaches all with RFU coaching qualifications (the majority holding the RFU Level One award), RFU accredited First Aid Award and naturally all CRB cleared. Our focus is on developing our youngsters love for the sport as well as providing excellent coaching and the opportunity at every level to participate in competitive rugby. We also have a lot of fun. We are looking forward to a really action packed season and hoping to match the success we had last season as Under 10’s.
We are keen to welcome enthusiastic new players of all abilities. For more information about the Under 11’s specifically please contact Serena Norgren.
Welcome to this record of 2010/11 U10s @ Rosslyn Park
A third unbeaten year for the A team who retained their Middlesex and Surrey titles and beat the previously undefeated Lancashire and Cheshire champions, Lymm RFC.
By way of background, the Under 10s have around 80 players. To match the large squad of players, the Under 10s has 25 volunteer coaches all with RFU coaching qualifications (the majority holding the RFU Level One award), RFU accredited First Aid Award and naturally all CRB cleared. Our focus is on developing our youngsters love for the sport as well as providing excellent coaching and the opportunity at every level to participate in competitive rugby. We also have a lot of fun. We are looking forward to a really action packed season and hoping to match the success we had last season as Under 9’s.
We are keen to welcome enthusiastic new players of all abilities. For more information about the Under 10’s specifically please contact Nick Mason Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Welcome to the RPFC U9s
This the first year of contact rugby and we are learning a host of new skills while not forgetting everything that was learnt playing tag. Details of our latest encounters below…
Match reports 27 March 2011 -
The Bs were at the Surrey B festival. An excellent way to finish a highly successful season. RPFC U9’s B team were convincing winners of the Plate competition showing tremendous team spirit and free flowing rugby to overcome a strong Wimbledon Warriors side in the final; 6-0. We opened the day with a nervy victory against Old Ruts; 2-0 and then were just beaten by a very physical Effingham and Leatherhead side; 1-0 with a final group match finishing early against Chipstead; 6-0. We eased passed Cranleigh in the semis; 5-0. Final Festival stats were; played 5: won 4: lost 1: tries for 19: against 1.
Achievements to date
Plate Winners at Surrey B
Cs Runner up in West London Development League
Ds Runner up in Middlesex Development County Bowl
Bs Runner up in Middlesex A/B County Bowl
Runner-up at Guildford B
Winners at Cobham C Festival
Winners at Wimbledon B Festival
Plate winners at Reeds A Festival
Winners at Chobham B Festival
Winners at Windsor C festival
Qualified for semis of Etihad curtain raiser
We run the age group on the basis that there is room for everyone from the most naturally gifted to the most enthusiastic players. Rugby will bring a great deal to them but the least they should expect is some healthy fun!
A, B, C and D teams will take part in festivals and friendly sessions with neighbouring clubs around London, Surrey and Middlesex. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the Northampton Saints U9 Tour in February.
In general, events and training take place on Sundays. We also sometimes train one more time during the week prior to key festivals or to deal with specific coaching issues.
This age group already has more than 20 CRB-checked qualified coaches, refs and first aiders and benefits from a great level of support from the parents.
Simply ask the children how it feels to wear the red and white of Rosslyn Park!
Do not hesitate to contact Stephan Israel, should you require more information
ONSIDE LAW CUP
The inaugural Onside Law Cup will be held at The Rock on Sunday April 10th. This will be the last Tournament / session of the season so please make every attempt to come along!
Further details of teams, timings, raffles etc will be published over the next couple of weeks but if you have any specific question in the meantime, please contact email@example.com
SUNDAY 6th MARCH 2011
A busy day on Sunday with 5 Under 7 teams in action. The best result of the day went to the Sharks at the Guildford B Festival. They won the festival with wins against Effingham & Leatherhead and Reeds along the way. Congratulations to Nic Greenwood with a Festival win on his coaching debut!
Elsewhere, we had 4 teams at the Middlesex Tag Festival at the Grasshoppers ground in Brentford: Lions (A), Tigers (B) and the Eagles & Cheetahs (C) in a Development League. The Lions drew with Ealing in the Final to share the Trophy, the Tigers narrowly lost to Harrow A in the Bowl final to end as runners-up & the Eagles and Cheetahs came 3rd & 4th respectively after strong wins against London Welsh, Kilburn and Ealing along the way. Progress to the final was halted only on the toss of a coin!
For a Guildford photo, please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/16411693@N03/5508874506/
For Middlesex photos, please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/16411693@N03/sets/72157626096467951/
SUNDAY 13th OCTOBER 2011
We have another busy schedule next Sunday:
The Lions (A) are hosting Chobham As at The Rock / Tigers (B) & Eagles (C) are at the Old Emmanuel B & C Festivals / Leopards (C) are at the Sutton & Epsom C Festival. Good luck to all taking part!
SEASON 2010 / 2011
Hopefully, this season is another step in a long and enjoyable rugby journey for our boys and girls! At U7 level the focus is on the continued development of good individual skills (passing, tagging etc) and the foundations of good team play whilst continuing to have fun.
The coaching staff has pulled together some basic information so you can understand all you need to about what we do in this section of the Minis.
Training happens on most Sunday mornings (but often takes a break in line with school holidays and half terms) from 09.30 to 11.30. You will find the U7 registration point on the halfway line, closest to the road! Due to the number of boys & girls we have at the sessions, it makes sense to arrive a little early to ensure you’re registered with a tag belt, tags and a coloured bib in time for the 09.30 start. We will normally aim to run training even if a number of players are involved in Festivals. On wet or icy / frosty mornings, please look out for announcements on whether or not training will take place.
As an U7 group, we will be participating in Mini Rugby Festivals throughout the season. To make these Festivals more enjoyable, they are designed for different levels of capability. There are generally 4 levels at this stage: A through to D. We plan to run a number of squads in order to fully participate across the range of capabilities and to give as many of our children as possible the chance to participate in and enjoy these great days! They take place on Sundays and generally take up more time than normal training, often running until early/mid afternoon. Full details of which children are involved in which Festivals will be issued just prior to the event itself. We will also participate in the Harlequins pre-match Tag Tournament which has qualifying rounds throughout the season, leading up to a Grand Final around Easter time! These are generally held on Saturday mornings and, as with the Festivals, full details will be issued closer to the time. Finally, we will also aim to hold home and away fixtures with local clubs on certain Sundays throughout the season.
The ongoing success of Mini Rugby at Rosslyn Park is all down to the coaches, team managers and other helpers giving up their time and getting involved in the different year groups and the U7s are no different.
RPFC always invests in supporting parents who enjoy volunteering and supporting their child’s age group. Your involvement is only down to how much of your time and focus you want to spend supporting this squad of boys and girls. No rugby experience is necessary!
Please let us know if you are interested in helping and to what extent; the more we are as a group of coaches, the closer to the players we can be. As a result, we can help players develop by tailoring our coaching to their needs, making it more fulfilling and fun for them!
The Club supports (and funds) volunteers to attend courses and gain the qualifications required to support Mini Rugby. Courses that you will be able to attend are organised both at RPFC and other clubs.
At the U7 level, we also need to have qualified referees (it is a requirement of entry to Festivals that each team provides a qualified referee) so if you are interested, please let us know and we can arrange a place on the appropriate course.
Examples of the training courses offered by RPFC include:
- First Aid – normally held at the Club once or twice / season
- Referee Course – (ELRA 1 & 2). This tag and contact course will enable you to referee at Festivals.
- RFU Introduction to Tag rugby.
- RFU Level 1 coaching qualification. Held over 3 sessions; a preliminary evening followed by 2 full days.
If you are interested in bringing your child along to the Club, in volunteering to help or just have a general enquiry please contact John McKinlay, U7 Age Group Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2010
Last Sunday saw the first Festivals of the season taking place. We sent an A and B squad to Windsor and a B squad to Chobham.
Windsor – The A squad was unbeaten on the day and having drawn the final, we were awarded second place on a count back of tries scored. The B squad won 2 and lost 2 of their games and just missed out on a place in the Plate final.
Chobham – In a day of much wind and rain, the team came back from a defeat and a draw in their first 2 games to win the remaining 3 and win the tournament!
SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER 2010
Another good weekend for the U7s appearing at 3 more festivals and with weather more appropriate for a May Sevens Tournament than October.
Reeds – For the second weekend in a row the Under 7 As narrowly missed out winning a festival, ending up as losing finalists, this time to Reeds Weybridge in their own tournament. They were narrowly overcome 4-3 in the only match they lost in an otherwise bright day.
Cobham – A better week for this B squad who only lost their final league game 6-5 to London Irish. In the Bowl final, they just lost out to Battersea Ironsides.
Wimbledon – Another good week for this B squad which only lost one game, their first, to eventual winners Old Guildfordians. In the Plate final, they overcame Camberley 2-0 to ensure a trophy for the second successive week!
SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2010
Sutton & Epsom – a good example of where winning is more important than playing well! We managed to win 2 games & draw 2 & still managed to win the Tournament….. Many of the squad were suffering from Halloween / Fireworks hangovers which, when added to 1 or 2 key players being absent, meant the performances in most of the matches was below par. That said, a win is a win…..
Cobham – due to the late withdrawal of another club, we ended up taking 2 C teams to the Cobham Festival & for both of them it was the first time they had played together as a group. One team beat Effingham 6-5 & drew with Battersea 3-3 in the group games & then beat Chobham & Cobham in the quarters & semis respectively, leaving a final against London Irish. This was eventually drawn, therefore sharing the cup with Irish! The other team won 2 & lost 2 & ended up being runners up in the bowl!
SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2010
Etihad Cup, The Stoop – We sent 2 B teams to compete in the qualifying day at the Quins ground, neither of which had too much success. Due to a combination of not playing for 3 weeks, a cold Sunday afternoon, some extra keen refereeing & the fact that the other teams were a wee bit better than us all led to the Sharks winning 1 & losing 3 & the Tigers losing all 4. However, both teams thoroughly enjoyed playing on the Quins pitch & we know we have 2 good B level teams that will go in to the new year with confidence and continuing to improve.
Windsor – The Eagles (C Team) had a great day at Windsor last Sunday. We won 3 of the group games and only lost 1 to Amersham. In the plate final, we drew 2-2 with WIndsor & as we had beaten them in the Group game, as well as having more wins, we took the trophy!
Last match of the season – the St George’s Day Tag Cup – Saturday 23rd April
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.
The Rudds Barbarians – Reeds Development Winners
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.
The Obolenskys – Surrey B Champions again
Also on Sunday the Ciprianis finally got their full team back and rediscovered their Festival winning form taking the Teddington C Festival in style.
The Ciprianis – Festival Winners at Teddington
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.
The Ripleys – Etihad Champions again
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.
The Ciprianis – Plate Winners at Emmanuel B
The Papes – Runners Up at Emmanuel Lions C Festival
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.
Rosslyn Park A – Middlesex U8 County Champions
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 Ciprianis on the charge at Middlesex
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.
Middlesex Development Festival – County Plate Winners
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.
The Easters – Shield Winners at Guildford C
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.
Teamtalk at Ealing – the Papes with Christian Flack
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.
The Offiahs – winners at Windsor C
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 Obolenskys at Wasps (Adams Park Stadium)
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.
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.
3rd October 2010 – Great Results at Windsor A, B and Chobham B
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.
The Ripleys and Obolenskys – Winners of Windsor A and B Festivals
The Offiahs – 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.
Perhaps the most satisfying statistic is that the team was comprised of players who hadn’t gone to the St George’s Day match at Twickenham. That gives Rosslyn Park an A squad full of players who have both won at Twickenham and hold the Etihad title for this season.
We are keen to welcome enthusiastic new players of all abilities. For more information about the Under 8’s specifically please contact our Manager Nick Gardner at email@example.com or Head Coach Richard White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note players must be born between September 1st 2002 and August 31st 2003 to play in the u8s in the 2010-11 season (i.e. Year 3 at school).
The U8s follow a schedule for all the players so that our skill sets are transferable across the teams. The coaching team includes a number of coaches that have taken the RFU Tag Rugby Course and RFU Level 1 course.
All coaches, parent-helpers and first aiders are CRB certified and the club encourages all parents to get stuck in and do the courses.
Training consists of game-based drills and mini-games. We aim to get the schedule out early in the week to avoid lengthy explanations to the coaches and parent-helpers.
For the first few weeks Sunday training will start at the usual time of 9:30am and finish at 11:45 with the team huddle and the Player(s) of the Week.
The returning squad had an amazing season with teams capturing Middlesex and Surrey titles, breaking all the records in the Etihad Cup held at Harlequins and capping the season off with a win at Twickenham (click to see YouTube video) in front of 63,000 fans.
Rosslyn Park U7s – Squad Results to date 2009-10 Season
|Ripleys (As)||Etihad Curtain Raiser Cup||Winners|
|Middlesex County Shield||Winners – County Shield|
|London Irish 4 Nations – A||Winners|
|Richmond A||Plate Winners|
|Reeds A||Runners Up|
|Windsor A||Runners Up|
|Obolenskys(Bs)||Surrey B Championships||Winners|
|Etihad Curtain Raiser Cup||Winners|
|Wasps St George’s Cup – A||Twickenham Winners|
|Cobham B||Runners Up|
|Middlesex County Shield||County Shield Semi-Finalists|
|Ciprianis(Cs)||Surrey C Championships||Winners|
|Etihad Curtain Raiser Cup||Grand Finalists|
|Middlesex Development||Winners – County Shield|
|London Irish 4 Nations – B||Plate Winners|
|Effingham & Leatherhead B||Runners Up|
|Chobham B||Runners Up|
|Offiahs (Ds)||Surrey C Championships||Winners|
|Etihad Curtain Raiser Cup||Semi-Finalists|
|Middlesex Development||Plate Winners|
|Sutton & Epsom C||Winners|
|London Irish 4 Nations – A||Plate Winners|
|Wimbledon B||Runners Up|
To read more click on the link to last year.
The squad was arranged into teams. These teams were named after old Rosslyn Park members – Ripleys, Easters, Ciprianis, Obolenskys ,Ackfords and Offiahs. The aim will be to form teams as early as possible as we are plunged into our first festival a couple of weeks into the season. As with last year there will be lots of movement between the teams as young players develop at different speeds.