Brave efforts by Welwyn teams

PUBLISHED: 16:24 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

Welwyn Rugby Club's Under-8 B team

Welwyn Rugby Club's Under-8 B team

TWO Welwyn Rugby Club Under-8 sides competed in the Herts County Tag Festival Plate competition. In the event, both Welwyn teams battled it out for a place in the semi-finals. The B side were drawn in a tough group alongside fellow B teams from Hitchin, O

Welwyn's C team

TWO Welwyn Rugby Club Under-8 sides competed in the Herts County Tag Festival Plate competition.

In the event, both Welwyn teams battled it out for a place in the semi-finals.

The B side were drawn in a tough group alongside fellow B teams from Hitchin, Old Albanians and Letchworth.

In an even tougher group, the Welwyn C team were drawn alongside the B outfits of Fullerians, Hemel Hempstead and Bishop's Stortford.

The B team started very well and brushed aside Hitchin with a fantastic display of attacking running rugby.

In just 10 minutes of play they managed to score eight times.

Andrew Dixon, Johann Schymanski and James Cory all scored two, with further tries from Saul Otene and Hugo Oliver completing the rout.

Unfortunately, the boys could not match the first display against a well-organised Old Albanians side.

They lost by seven tries to two with Dixon and Schymanski grabbing what turned out to be the consolation efforts.

Going into game three, Welwyn needed a victory over Letchworth to apply pressure on OAs.

The team showed great character in another open game that produced 10 tries, seven of them going to Welwyn.

Gus Laws-Mather and Harry Atherton were holding the line well and Harry Macer scored a great hat-trick.

Also on the scoresheet was Schymanski, Cory and a brace from captain Otene.

However, this was to be their last game in the tournament as they finished runners-up in the group.

Meanwhile in another group, the C side were also performing heroically against three B teams.

The first game was against Fullerians and despite some good defending, the Watford side ran out 5-2 winners.

Charlie Mildren and Oliver Hembury-Gunn scored the Welwyn tries.

Game two was against Hemel Hempstead. Mildren scored a hat-trick and Nicholas Brown added his name to the scorers.

Lily Whitefield, Joshua Patey and James Weston were resolute in defence and it was only a last-gasp try from Hemel Hempstead that resulted in both sides sharing the spoils at four tries each.

The next game was immediately after and against the strongest side in the group, Bishop's Stortford.

It proved to be a match too far for the team, despite more great defending, led by the captain for the day Finlay Banks.

Welwyn lost the game by seven tries to one. Patey got their all-important try.


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