Chobham’s Under 10s gathered bright and early slightly amazed that for the second festival running the weather forecast was for sun, temperatures in the early 20s and no chance of rain, if Carlsberg made festival weather it would be like this.
11 fine boys decked out in splendid Chobham colours, were all warmed up by Richard, Stuart and John, the game plan was explained, the moves were finalised and the boys were primed for their first match.
Chobham dominated from start to finish but the opposition (Reeds?) had two chances and took them both and ran out winners 2-1 in a game our boys really should have won.
Down but not out we regrouped over a bag of sweets or two and not long after we were taking the field for the second game (I haven’t got the foggiest who that was against), we ran out winners 2-0, with a fantastic try scored by Joseph hugging the touchline for the length of his ¾ pitch run, the other try being scored by Jaego who forced his way over, turned and slammed the ball down in the corner.
On a high we were immediately sent in to battle against what looked like a very well drilled Guildford side who ended up giving us a lesson in a 5-0 one sided game, maybe it was due to tiredness from having no rest, but Guildford did look good.
Feeling a little sorry for ourselves we regrouped and Richard got the boys going for the grudge match against the hosts Cobham. Cobham had just played a very tight game with Guildford and had probably deserved more than to lose 2-1 so they were obviously going to present a problem.
Our boys didn’t care for what had gone before, however they started the game poorly and conceded an early try and we all feared for the worst, however they then dominated the rest of the match and ran out 2-1 winners, it’s entirely possible that the tries I described earlier were scored in this match.
A great win in a great match and a very good performance apart from the first minute or so.
On to the last match against Battersea, most of us thought they were perhaps the weakest team there, but they proved us wrong by putting the ball through the hands well and they also defended resolutely as we had the majority of possession, the big lad with the big hair gave us problems on the wing and was responsible for both their tries to give them a 2-1 lead, we pulled one back late on through (possibly Josh) and then we looked like we might get an equaliser, but it was never to be and judging by the cheers at the end you knew what it meant to the lot from Battersea.
Battersea gave us a rousing three cheers only spoilt by calling us Cobham, it wouldn’t be a festival if that didn’t happen.
At some point in one of the matches Josh scored a breakaway try from an interception, something he was looking to do all day long, great try.
The B’s and C’s also played at this festival with over 30 of the under 10’s on show.