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1 December 2023
U12A – Season finale
On Wednesday, the U12A team played their last Rugby game of the season, away to Davenies. The Beacon got off to a slow start and made a number of errors that Davenies capitalised on scoring two early tries. With pressure building from Davenies, our boys needed a response. That came from a brilliant individual run from Charlie C who weaved through defenders, side stepped and dummied his way over the line for our first try. With ice on the mind and fire in the belly, the boys now stood taller knowing they had what it took to score. Another try came quickly for The Beacon, this time from Finlay F who came up with the defensive line and intercepted the ball, powered through several defenders to go over and made it 2-2.
The score at the break was 3-2 to Davenies after a mix up on our own line which let the home team slip in front.
It didn’t take long for The Beacon to level it to 3-3 after a hard carry from Charlie C. Our boys kept the pressure on and went through a number of phases in attack, recycled the ball quickly and after a lovely floating miss pass out wide, Oliver F managed to hold onto the ball and dive into the corner to take the lead. A break away try made it 4-4 but our boys bounced back, carried hard and upped the tempo. After multiple phases which sucked in the Davenies defence, Charlie C saw space out wide, tried a cross field kick that was chased down by Thor K and dotted down just before the dead ball line to make the score 5-4 to The Beacon. Davenies never gave up and leveled the score to 5-5 with minutes remaining. The scored finished 5-5 in what was a great spectacle to watch.
I’m really proud of the way the boys have developed this season and improved in so many aspects of play. Well done to all involved.
Reported by Mr. A. Walker
On a chilly day at Davenies, the U8B2 team were ready for their last match of the Rugby season. The boys have improved so much this season and this was evident in the match. The Beacon boys made quick passes into space, came up as a line in defence and pressed the Davenies players backwards when they had the ball. All of our players were heavily involved in the match and soon warmed up in the near freezing temperatures. There was some selfless passing to put players into space which allowed every player to get over the line to score a try.
I have been really impressed with the development of the team this season. Well done to everyone who played for the U8B2 team.
Reported by Mr. A. Walker
The forwards provided a steady stream of possession for half backs Grayson W and Rory OS to deal with. Both may have had their best rugby matches in a Beacon shirt. Zac completed his hat trick before half time to see the interval score at 3 – 1.
Dominance up front continued in the second half with William F, Abhi D and Rufus T to the fore. In perhaps the score of the match Oscar H crossed from about 50 metres out. Oscar clearly enjoyed the experience so much, he did it again about 5 minutes later! Our final try came on the other wing as Dino J scampered down his flank to score a lovely try himself. The final whistle blew with the Beacon comfortably ahead at 6 -1.
All boys involved are worthy of praise but it would be remiss of me not to mention Kieran M’s match. He was like the oil in a finely tuned engine that, through his efforts, allowed everyone around him to perform so well.
It was a thoroughly pleasant afternoon and a real reminder of what can be achieved when a group pulls together, in head and heart, to conquer a common goal.
Davenies at home – there’s a game to warm the soul as the temperature starts to slip below 0 degrees and this one didn’t disappoint. The Colts A team played some good rugby last Wednesday and they needed too, as Davenies were formidable opponents. The boys worked on moving the ball wide this week and some of the tries came because of this. We still need to focus a little more on the breakdown, both sides of the ball, but improvements are continuous and some of the rugby on display was great to see.
The game finished 7 tries to 4 with Barney, Harry and Henry B each running in one each. Henry M was on fire this week and scored 4 tries but the collective effort around most of these scores was a pleasure to watch.
One more game to finish off the season boys – Berkhamsted away next Wednesday. I just hope we can put in one final performance and sign off the season in style.
Well done, boys.
Reported by Mr Powell