Weston juniors produce outstanding display against Gordano

PUBLISHED: 15:27 29 November 2017

Frankie Moore.

Frankie Moore.

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Weston Under-9s Lions produced an outstanding display in their victory over near neighbours Gordano.

Weston Under-9 Lions put out a strong team against Gordano.

Playing in the middle were the pairing of Adam Donachie who continues to be the driving force of the squad and he linked up nicely with Ed Hodge who continued to display his pace scoring some great tries along the length of the pitch.

Back into the side this week was Oscar Crompton who showed great passing ability linking up well with Liam Hughes, who continued to use his pace and was strong again with his tackling.

It was a close game with Maddie Newbury on hand to keep the strong Gordano team away from scoring. Supported by Merci Weir on the wing, the girls were outstanding in defence and attack.

Mason Davies was back from a break and managed to get back into the game, putting some great passes out to the impressive Max Dando who continued to not only tackle well, but drive the ball forward.

Putting on a great run, Max passed to man of the match Frankie Moore who ran in from the halfway line to score a great try.

The Under-9 Barbarians were out in force and saw the return of Jack Knight to the team. Jack was on hand to secure some great tries and get the Barbarians onto the scoreboard.

In the centre, Weston had Tristan Kitson and Megan Craddy who continued to support each other with Megan putting on some great passes and Tristan linking up nicely.

The ball was moved out to the wide areas where Josh Piggott continues to drive the team forward with his blistering runs. On the other side, Jacob Rumble was outstanding and drifted inside to pass to Tom Shirlow to find the gaps.

Tom linked up well with Niamh Sparling, who following her outstanding display last week, continued to dazzle with her defensive work and attacking play. Newcomer Maddock was amazing, putting in some great tackles.

Man off the match went to Austin Goodland who was fantastic. His tackling was outstanding and his runs through the middle showed huge commitment.

Jack Knight earnt himself the Old Mutual green laces for his determination and commitment.

The Under-7s took on Gordano and four games were played over the cold, dry morning and there were wins and losses for both sides.

Weston came away feeling invigorated by their team work and attacking the spaces. Grayson Smith and Archie Denning worked well in the support play and excellent catching and attacking play was demonstrated by Wilfred Coulton, Zac Vincent and Robert Kmieclk. The team’s standard ball carriers of Beau Hewlett and Benny Robertson also had strong games.

The Under-6 stars, with match awards and showing how games should be played were Bethan Newbury, Theo Mellish, Freddie Hockley, Meika Hunt and Mia Prideaux.

Playing on the first team pitch, the Under-16s and St Mary’s played out an entertaining game worthy of the venue.

St Mary’s broke the deadlock with a try and the conversion from a tight angle hit the upright.

Weston’s front five had an excellent game and after they had propelled the team into St Mary’s 22, Euan Braidwood picked up the ball from a breakdown and got the ball out to Kyron Pearce who scored and Lewis Paterson landed the conversion from out wide. Paterson was next to get over the line an again he added the extras.

St Mary’s continued to threaten and crossed the line after a dummy pass was missed by Weston.

The second half saw Weston take a firm hold of the match and score four unanswered tries. The first two tries were scored by Dom Marshall, with Paterson converting both.

Weston’s seventh try came after a prolonged period of possession by the dominant forwards. David Clamp was able to control a loose ball three metres out and touch down.

Weston’s final try came from Andrew Turner, who found himself at the business end of a well-worked maul which got over the line to make the final score 38-10.

Joseph Connolly, Billy Howells, Ben Mullins, Andrew Turner, Ruben Picardo and Charlie Raisey all had excellent games, but the man of the match went to Euan Braidwood.

The Under-14s enjoyed a comfortable 71-12 victory against Yatton.

A re-organised back line saw skipper Huw start at 10 with Alfie at inside centre and new recruit Ethan in the outside centre slot.

Weston kicked off and immediate pressure from the forwards saw scrum-half Ollie H set up Robbie for the first try and the extras collected by Ethan.

A good run by Robbie and great support running from lock Jude saw him over the whitewash for his first try for the club, again converted by Ethan.

Ollie and Huw delivered good ball for punching drives from Alfie, Ethan, Harvey and George. The distribution was working well and Robbie score again.

Next it was the turn of Adam on the left wing to link well with Huw, Alfie and Ethan to complete the final sprint to the line, Ethan adding the conversion to make it 26-0.

Yatton came back well for a converted try, but Robbie crossed for his hat-trick, Ethan converting to make the half time score 33-7.

Yatton suffered a number of injuries during the half and Weston players pulled on the Yatton shirts to put a shift in and keep the game going. The opposition were resurgent from the kick-off, scoring quickly with an unconverted try.

Ethan scored his first try for the club and collect the extras on four more occasions to bring a personal tally to 21. Alfie scored an individual try and Jon not added a hat-trick of his own from the No 8 position.

Other forwards to note were George, Tom and Brett, while Sam and Harvey grow in confidence with every game. Substitutes all contributed positively with Marcus, Caleb and Olly L coming on during the second half. Man of the match however, was Robbie Hazard who scored his fourth try before the final whistle

The Under-10s entertained a large Gordano squad at the Rec, in front of the biggest crowd of the season so far.

They started brightly in the first match and Morgan Andreozzi-Inganni was quickly into his stride and quickly opened the scoring. Josh Kaschek on the other wing was not to be outdone and crossed for a brace of well taken tries.

Cooper Boyd was in typically aggressive mood and ran straight and hard and was working well in partnership with Corey Morrisey. They set up a try for Corey Draper, before Cooper was rewarded with a try of his own.

Charlie Calcutt was at his best and ran in two excellent tries, while Brooklyn Pring also scored twice. The Weston defence was in defiant mood and tackled well all game only letting the visitors score one try in reply.

Match two was a much closer affair with both sides attacking and defending with gusto. Fine tackling by Weston soaked up early pressure from the visitors and they started to gain good field position with runs from Sam Bishop and Abi Brown.

Will Stiddard distributed well from the breakdown to set up the first try for Josh, before a good move involving both Andy Grinham and Finley McDermott saw Charlie score his third of the day. A great team effort meant that the Weston defence was not breached in this match, much to the coaches’ delight.

Match three saw Weston at their free-running best and Corey and Cooper continued to dominate the ruck and maul. Caitlin Mulroy was involved in several moves that resulted in scores for Brooklyn, Cooper (2) and Charlie (3).

The Weston defence kept the pressure on all game with strong tackles, allowing the visitors just a single try in response. The final say went to the day’s man of steel, Josh Kaschek, who scored in the corner to round off a magnificent morning of rugby.

Despite the cold, Hornets Under-12s got off to a red-hot start that meant Nailsea & Backwell were always on the back foot.

Building an early lead with some expansive play, Hornets dominated the first half and were able to keep the frantic pace up throughout with ability to change the whole team en masse.

The second half started in a similar vein, but Nailsea & Backwell finally managed to get some possession of the ball and start putting together some useful phases of play, but the young Hornets displayed their defensive mettle and kept the Ravens from getting over the try line, before finally turning the ball over and finishing with a final try.

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