Welwyn boys share festival spoils

PUBLISHED: 15:10 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

WELWYN Rugby Club s Under-12s were crowned joint Herts County Festival champions after a 0-0 draw in the final against Harpenden. The Hobbs Way youngsters took part in the traditional finale to the season and got through three group games unbeaten before

WELWYN Rugby Club's Under-12s were crowned joint Herts County Festival champions after a 0-0 draw in the final against Harpenden.

The Hobbs Way youngsters took part in the traditional finale to the season and got through three group games unbeaten before winning their semi-final.

They shared a scoreless draw with Fullerians in their first pool match, despite dominating possession.

Game two saw Welwyn grab their first win.

Tries from Sean O'Dea and Ross Ryan helped them to a 10-0 victory over Barnet.

Hosts Hertford provided the opposition for Welwyn's last group game.

The Hobbs Way side triumphed 10-5 with tries from O'Dea and Robert Caldwell to book their place in the last four as group winners.

Tring provided the semi-final opposition and Welwyn came out on top 10-5.

The West Herts side took a first half 5-0 lead but after the interval O'Dea again and Jack Burgess touched down to guide their side into the final against Harpenden.

An extremely tight final failed to produce a clear winner, as neither side really got the upper hand.

With the scores tied 0-0 at the end of the match, both were declared county champions on a shared basis.

The Welwyn player of the week award was given to Sean O'Dea, not only for his try scoring but also for his overall performance.

For the Under-12s this competition signalled the end of their children's mini rugby careers.

Next season the Welwyn boys will play in the Herts/Middlesex Under-13s Junior League One.


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