Chobham B2 Festival Report Cobham 5th October 2014

Sunday 5th October 2014


The Mighty B2 Match Report

As the sun rose and early morning mist cleared over the field of battle, there emerged the Mighty Chobham Under 11’s B2. Ahead lay four epic encounters fought with pride, determination and bravery. Some were to pay a heavy price – a few were to see Dave Tinney move with gazelle like grace and speed over an astonishing distance at well under 10 seconds – Chobham’s day-glow lightening bolt.


Match 1: B1
The opening match was a derby pitting the mighty B2 against arch rivals Chobham B1. A close and tense game with first honours going to Alan with the opening try. B1 fought back and scored just before half-time. B1 had the advantage of having played a match and this helped. Massimo scored in the second half putting B2 ahead but B1 scored the winning try. Final score, helped by an additional couple of points for a converted try: A win for B1 14:12.


Match 2: Wimbledon B1
A fantastic game with everyone contributing to a well-deserved and resounding win against Wimbledon. Aaron opened with a great try. Massimo followed with a second try. The third try emerged from a massive team effort and I simply have no idea who finally got the ball over the line. With each try confidently converted the final score was 21:0.


Match 3: Teddington
A difficult game against tough opponents. In the first half Teddington scored with two tries converting one to establish a strong lead. B2 made a strong start to the second half showing great character all round – but at a price. Jackson was injured and that brought the game to an early end as Chobham’s excellent First Aiders stepped in. As a precautionary measure Jackson was taken off for an X-ray. Final score: A win for Teddington, 12:0


Match 4: Cobham
Ably assisted by Oliver, on loan from Cobham, the mighty B2 had unfinished business. With heads held high and a steely determination to make a point the whole team fought a difficult and tense game. After a slightly weak start, excellent defending kept a clean sheet for the first half but without a point to show for all the hard work. With just seconds left a magnificent effort from the whole team got the ball ever closer to the line with a Joe scoring a great try to secure a well-deserved victory.


And then…


I am not sure we were supposed to win anything but Chobham B2 picked up the award for least tries conceded. I guess it belongs to Jackson.

Thanks, as ever, to the excellent (and patient) coaches, Ade for all his managerial skills and our heroic (and fast) first-aiders.

STOP PRESS: Jackson’s X-ray revealed nothing of concern – all OK.


Chobham B1 at Cobham Festival Sun 5th Oct 2014

Game 1: Chobham B1 1111vs Cobham
Tom Martin immediately showed great ambition with a flying first attack to score the first try in less than a minute! Conversion completed successfully by Jasper Cox with a drop kick.
Cobham came back with a return try and conversion to level the score! Closing out the first half Chobham, off the back of a solid scrum put the ball out to Jasper who through a great dummy to open a gap in the line and score his first competitive try for Chobham. A missed conversion had the scoreline at 12/7 in Chobham’s favour at half time.


Early in second half Luca Allera made a great catch from a bodged Cobham clearance kick (a perfect example of why we don’t kick during matches at present) and ran straight into space making a fantastically simple 3rd try for Chobham. Missed conversion.[Chob 17 / 7 Cob] Again Cobham fight back strong. With another try and conversion bringing the score close again at 17 / 14. To close out the game Jasper made a determined dash for the line with Tom on his shoulder in support. Missed conversion. Again Cobham came back strong and were driving us hard back into defence. Thankfully James Deakin made a try saving tackle as the ref blew the final whistle.
Final score Chobham B1:22 – Cobham: 14


Game 2: Chobham B1 vs Chobham B2
This was going to be an interesting game and would show how evenly the squads been divided? Chob B1 playing white with shirts reversed.
The first half was very tough with neither team making much progress initially. Tom made an outstanding tackle to halt Aaron Tinney on the line after a strong blue attacking run, but the blues pressed on and Alan Levitt managed to take advantage to score. Missed conversion gave blues 5point lead. Just before half time whistle Jasper made another driving run, weaving his way through the blues with another two whites on his tail in support. Converted kick earned the whites a 2 point lead. It should also be mentioned that superb efforts were made by Valere Sartiaux, Morgan Haskins & Etienne Yeo with their tackling and general defensive works. No one wanted to be beaten by their club mates!


Massimo opened up the second half scoring for the blues putting the ball down in the far corner. Joe made the conversion look easy to take blues back into the lead at 12 – 7.
James made another try stopping tackle, this time on Eddie, with the ball going out for a line out. From the line out, Nathan Everett, our ever busy scrum half, moved the ball quickly back down the line to Locky Almanza who made a spectacular ran from our try line to the other without being caught to score an epic try! The kick was converted too giving the whites
a narrow win Final Score: Chobham B1: 14 – ChobhamB2: 12


Game3:Chobham B1 vs Teddington
Really tight first half against Teddington, with neither side making any great inroads. Most of the play was just inside the Teddington half, but neither side unable to make a break. No score at half time whistle. This was going to be a game for Chobham’s forwards from here on in.


The second half progressed in much the same way. Although the ref made a couple of ‘interesting’ decisions. Not least when he allowed Teddington stealing the ball under a Chobham advantage and make it over the Chobham try line?! Converted kicked left Chobham 7-0 down. Somewhat demotivated, somewhat tired, Chobham struggled to get back in the game and although the team defence was effective, led equally by Jack Heslop & Cameron Lambert, Teddington remained strong and eventually broke through to score a second try to close the match. Conversion also completed successfully. Final Score: Chobham B1: 0 – Teddington: 14


Game 4: Chobham B1 vs Wimbledon
Another very tough first half with both sides trying to get the better of each other. Wimbledon found a gap and took the advantage to make the first try. They failed to convert the goal and the first half concluded 5-0 to Wimbledon.


Shortly after the kick off in the second half Chobham released the ball to Jasper who again weaved his magic, ably supported by Liam Androne on his shoulder, he made his way through the opposition finding space where these wasn’t any, to score a great try. Missed conversion.
After the Wimbledon restart Chobham tried to drive forward again. Rather than passing wide, we kept running back into trouble, and a lesson the boys must learn. Wimbledon eventually ripped the ball from our hands, passed wide and scored again, also converting the goal for a 12-5 lead. In the last minutes of the game the Chobham team spirit continued to challenge the opposition, eventually finding Jasper who again went for the line scoring the final try of the day. No pressure for the final conversion which would be the difference between a loss or a draw….
Final Score: 12 – 12


Overall a fantastic day for the boys, they played some great rugby, identified areas they need to work on, and above all, enjoyed themselves. Everyone really gave their all for the team and apart from the game three blip, were a cohesive unit of players.


Tackling and general team play was good considering this was the first festival of the season.

Many thanks to Jimmy, Mark & Mike the coaches, and to all parents for taking part in a great day.