Withycombe Under-9s are in their first season of contact rugby and have enjoyed a tremendous campaign so far. The squad comprises of; Joseph Bowden, Samuel Skinner, Harry Williams, Charlie Passmore, Callum Tose, Ollie Hempstead, Ollie Willis, Charlie Tyler, Paddy McGuinness, Jack Cortizo, Joe Farmer, Alfie Gillard, James Griffin, Harry Bennett and Erin Asselman. The Under-9 coaching team is Ian Skinner, Ben Asselman, Dave Passmore and Tony Willis.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Withycombe under-7s took to the field at Raleigh Park to entertain Cullompton on Sunday in some of the worst conditions encountered by both sides this season.
What Cullompton lacked in numbers they more than made up for with skill and determination!
As the first game got underway it became apparent that the visiting youngsters were coping better with the conditions.
However, Withy were their usual determined selves and showed great willingness to keep trying!
Ben Jeffery showed the way with his direct running, ably backed up by Harry Dobrijevic and Thomas Lawrence, who both produced their best performances for many a game.
However, Cullompton were always just out reach and the game finished with a 7-3 score line in their favour.
The second game would prove to be a complete reversal of the first game as the Withy players adapted instantly to the mud!
Resolute defence from Max Rowley and Kieran Long set up a strong base for the fast running of Jamie Thompson and Jack MacDonald-Brown to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
As with the first game, the heavy conditions led to many slips leading to bumps and bangs amongst the players, with players from both Withy and Cullompton needing to receive treatment.
It was Withy who emerged triumphant with an 8-2 victory.
With one win each a deciding game was contested. This proved to be as close as it gets! Once again fast flowing rugby was at a premium and there was only ever one try in it either way!
At the final whistle it was Withy who had edged it by the odd try in 15!
Great credit must be given to the players from both sides for the way they handled themselves and the spirit in which the games were played.
The Withy try scorer were; Jamie Thompson (6), Jack MacDonald-Brown and Ben Jeffery (5), Kieran Long, Max Rowley and Harry Dobrijevic one each.