Hornets juniors enjoy three-way fixture at Avonmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:19 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:19 24 November 2017

Cooper Boyd.

Cooper Boyd.

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Almost 50 Hornets Under-12 players got to enjoy an hour’s rugby in three-way event at Avonmouth.

Hornets Under-12s travelled north to face Avonmouth and play a three-way fixture which also included Burnham, with nearly 50 players getting to enjoy rugby for an hour.

Hornets’ large squad was split into two teams and played five games in total.

Hornets Amber got off to a flying start in their first game against Avonmouth, starting strongly and scoring tries at a regular intervals, but failed to keep a clean sheet in the dying moments as Avonmouth had the last word to score a try from close range to make the final score 6-1 to Hornets.

In their second game against a good Burnham side, Amber again started well and were strong in the tight and managed to score five tries to Burnham’s one.

Hornets Black also started well with a controlled display against a well-organised Burnham. With some good play in the tight from both teams, Hornets managed to find space out wide to run in four tries and maintain a clean sheet.

In their second game against Avonmouth, it was almost a repeat of the Ambers game, with Black also scoring at regular interval. Again Avonmouth kept battling and were reward with a try late on before Hornets finished the game with a try in the corner to match the Amber’s score of 6-1.

For the final game of the morning, Ambers and Blacks, now in white, faced each other, with Blacks building an early lead they managed to maintain.

Weston Under-9s Lions and Bridgwater gave a display of great rugby from both teams.

The game started quickly and the pace of Liam Hughes put the opposing team on the back foot and linked well with Ed Hodge. Assisting in the middle was Frankie Moore and Adam Donachie.

Austin Goodland was outstanding in making tries down the wing, while Henry Jones and Maddy Newbury were also outstanding in defence. Loose balls were picked up by the newcomer Merci Weir who used her pace well.

Niamh Sparling was one of the players of the morning earning herself a set of green laces from the Old Mutual Wealth kids rugby programme.

The Under-9 Barbarians put out an experienced team against Bridgwater. Thomas Shirlow linked up well with Megan Craddy, allowing Tristan Kitson to rip through and score multiple times for Weston.

Oscar Crompton showed huge improvement in this game, but the defensive player for the day went to Max Dando, who put in some outstanding tackles, earning himself a pair of Old Mutual Wealth laces.

Man of the match for the teams went to William Hughes.

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The Under-10s made the short trip to play Bridgwater, with both sides splitting into two teams for four matches of what turned out to be outstanding rugby.

The Weston side were quick to put the pressure on the home team. Good work by Charlie Calcutt set up Cameron Ross to open the scoring, before Bridgwater levelled the scores.

Corey Draper powered over from close range and Corey Morrisey added a third. Cooper Boyd added a fourth for Weston to seal a well-earned win for the visitors.

Match two saw Sam Bishop open the scoring with a brace of tries. The Weston defence was working well and the home side could not break through to score.

Andy Grinham ran well with ball in hand, as did Will Stiddard. Connor Bristow scored next after another impressive drive from Brooklyn Pring, who was rewarded with a try of his own shortly after. Abi Brown had the final say with a try to finish off an excellent game of rugby.

In match three, Weston once again played a strong direct rugby. This allowed Josh Kaschek to score a well-taken hat-trick of tries and Cameron Ross also went over at speed.

Caitlin Mulroy distributed well from the breakdown and set up Corey Morrisey for two tries from close range. The Weston defence was once more rock solid and kept out the visitors.

The final match saw Bridgwater at their free-running best and they managed to breach the Weston defence for three tries, despite brave defence from Kaiden Robertson and his teammates.

Weston were determined to have the last say and laid siege to the Bridgwater line for the last five minutes of the match before Corey Morrisey took the direct approach to score a try.

Special mention goes to Jack Smith who showed great potential on his debut and Cooper Boyd, whose all-round display earned him the days man of steel award.

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