Medway Under 8’s Away to Thames RFC Sunday 22nd April 2007
Medway travelled to Thames RFC on Sunday and came away with another unbeaten display. Two teams were fielded the Blue and Red Sharks. First up the Blues took on the home side and lead 3-1 at half time. They finished the game 6-3 winners with a very confident display in the second half, however the score really did not reflect the level of determination shown by the Medway youngsters.
The Reds then took on the home side and struggled in the first half to find any form. A number of lapses in concentration allowed Thames to cross the line and at half time it was all-square at 3-3. They then composed themselves and eventually saw off Thames 6-4 with a number of sleek passes and determined running lines resulting in tries.
The home side then had a rest and the Blues took on the Reds. The experienced players were rested for this game, which gave the development squad players a chance to go head to head. What resulted was a very entertaining game of rugby with both sides giving 100%. Eventually a couple of blistering runs and turnovers determined the result and saw the game end 8-3 in the Blues favour.
The final match of the day was the home side against the combined and experienced Red and Blue players. What resulted was a master class in tag rugby and but for a number of minor mistakes Medway could have kept a clean sheet. The match ended 5-2 to Medway and was a very polished team performance.
Try scorers for the day were Max Poynter (5), Josh Goodbrand and Callum Germany (3), with James Bullock, Sam Jefferies, Alexander Belsey, Ed Holland, James Downard and Billy Young (2) and finally Lachlan Wardle, Sam White, Harry Bloomfield and Ethan Anderson (1). Also involved in the action were Stephanie Brooks, Daniel Restell, James Robertson, and Arran Mathe
Before the game a team photo was taken with all the squads trophies and medals for the season. In all Medway reached the finals of 5 festivals, 4 of which were at consecutive fixtures.
Under 8’s win Treble
Last weekend the Medway mini section went on tour to Weymouth and played in the Dorchester festival on Sunday 1st April.
Medway Under 8’s fielded two teams of 6 with the seventh player coming from the other team in rotation, meaning that all players ended up playing in both teams even if only for one half.
Medway Reds played Dorchester A first and got off to a flying start going up 4-1 at half time and eventually winning 7-3, they then played Tottonians which was a much closer match with the eventual score being 7-5 in Medway’s favour.
Medway Blue team started by playing Exeter in an extremely close match Medway were up at half time 3-2 and final score was a 5-5 draw, Medway Blue then played Dorchester B in an impressive show of rugby from Medway who won the match 7-0.
Both teams won their groups and so went onto the semi-final, Medway’s Red’s went against Exeter which was a very hard fought match, score at half time was 2-3 in Exeter favour and they then went onto win 5-4. Medway’s Red’s were out but not down as they all showed great team spirit.
Medway Blues were drawn against Tottonians the score was level at 3 all at half time and showing real staying power Medway Blue’s then went onto win 7-6. They then played in the final against Exeter who they had drawn against earlier in the day, even with extremely tired legs the Medway team made everyone really proud as they went up 3-1 at half time and went on to win 5-2, the whole under 8 team was thrilled and due to the fact that all players had played for one half every player got a winners medal which was a fantastic achievement. This was the third festival in a row that Medway under 8 came away with silverware.
Try scorers were Sam Jefferies (9), Edward Holland (8), Aengus Daly and James Bullock (7), Max Poynter (5), James Bullock (3), Aaron Mathe (2), Callum Germany (1) and great passing and running support from Max Willis, James Robertson, Harry Bloomfield and Ross Carter.
Medway Under 8s Double Up
For the second weekend in a row the Medway Under 8s entered a festival and left with silverware, albeit the plate final. Medway entered two teams at the very competitive Old Colfiens festival last Sunday. The Red and Blue Sharks had mixed fortunes but both sides left the event with a smile on their faces.
Medway Blue Sharks were drawn in a very tough pool and struggled to get out of the blocks but steadily improved match after match. First up were Cranbrooke A who quickly dispatched Medway with a 5-1 win. Next up was Old Colfiens Girls and Medway were drawn against girls from mixed age groups which pitted the Medway Under 8’s against Under 9 & 10 players. Despite a brave effort Medway went down 5-3. Next up were eventual Cup Finalists Westcombe Park and Medway dug deep and held the strong side to a 4-2 scoreline. The final match of the day was to be against the home A side and even though Medway have started to play some flowing rugby some decisions went with the home side and Medway were eventually the wrong end of a 6-4 result, although the Medway youngsters deserved more.
Try scorers for the day were Aaron Mathe, Max Poynter, Harry Bloomfield, James Downard and Stephanie Brooks with Daniel Restell, James Robertson, Lachlan Wardle and Ross Carter providing excellent support and defensive cover.
The Reds Sharks, despite a lacklustre start eventually found some form and left with silverware. First up were the other eventual Cup Finalists Brighton A who stunned Medway with a 10-5 result. Next up were Tunbridge Wells A and this time it was the Reds who were at the end of some poor decisions and eventually Medway had their second loss of the morning 7-5. Medway finally started to find their form in the third match and quickly notched up a 9-2 win against Old Colfiens B. In their final must win pool game Medway saw off a spirited Bromley A side 7-5. Medway were though to the plate semi final where they were to meet Blackheath B. Medway now had a second final in sight and demolished the opposition 10-3. The final was to be against the home A side and Medway stuck to the basics and ended the match 7-3 winners.
Every Red Shark got on the score sheet on numerous occasions and every player showed a great work rate throughout the festival. The squad was made up of Sam Jefferies, James Bullock, Edward Holland, Josh Goodbrand, Alexander Belsey, Callum Germany, Ethan Anderson, Aengus Daly and Billy Young.
Medway Under 8’s wow the crowds at London Irish!
Medway Under 8’s entered the Llanari Cup at London Irish last Sunday. The pool matches took place at The Oratory School at Woodcote; Reading and the Medway youngsters were facing top sides from London, Surrey and Berkshire.
Medway were drawn in a pool with Reading, Maidenhead B and Oakmedians. The youngsters from Medway got off to a great start leading 3-0 at half time. However Reading fought back and unfortunately a couple of decisions went against Medway which allowed the opposition to get a 4-4 draw at the final whistle.
The second game against Maidenhead B saw a much more determined Medway performance and ended in a 4-1 win having given the opposition a master class in defensive play and counter attacking.
The final pool match was against Oakmedians and with a place in the final in sight, Medway stepped up a gear and cruised through to a 7-2 win.
The final against Maidenhead A took place at half time on the main pitch during the Guinness Premiership London Irish v London Wasps game. In front of a crowd of over 22,000 Medway held their own and were narrowly beaten 3-2 in a match, which could have gone either way.
In the first half Maidenhead got off to a flying start with two quick tries in succession. However Medway showed true grit and got the Irish and Wasps fans on their side by a putting on a brave and determined fight back in the second half and both sides left the pitch to a standing ovation.
Try scorers for the day were Josh Goodbrand (4), Edward Holland (3), Sam Jefferies and Alexander Belsey (2) with James Bullock, Harry Bloomfield, Ethan Anderson, Max Poynter and Billy Young getting one each.
Also in the squad and contributing fully during the pool matches and final were Callum Germany, Aengus Daly & James Robertson. All in all the strength in depth of the squad was the key element in the team’s success and their performance shows that they can compete with the best of the best.
Medway Under 8’s Sunday 4th February 2007 Away Fixture v Tonbridge
The sun shone on Medway in more ways than one on Sunday morning as Medway fielded two teams at Tonbridge, the Red and Blue Sharks. Unfortunately due to delays in getting the matches under way the Reds only managed to play one match and the Blues scraped two games.
First up was the slightly less experienced Red Sharks v Tonbridge B. This was a great match for the spectators with both sides giving 100% to the game. The Medway youngsters managed a number of turnarounds however Tonbridge just held on to win 3-2 at the final whistle. Medway did have a try disallowed. This was a much more polished performance by the Reds who have gone from strength to strength in recent weeks. Try scorers for the day were James Downard and Stephanie Brooks, with Barnaby Sneller having had his try disallowed. Also involved for Reds were Billy Young, Lauchlan Wardle, Aaron Mathe & Max Willis.
The Blue Sharks continued their strong run of recent weeks. First up were the much-fancied Tonbridge A side. Medway got straight into action and registered a score with their first play. For the duration of the game Medway continued to cause the home sides defence concern and managed a number of turnarounds. The result was a 7-4 win to Medway. The second match was once again against Tonbridge A, with the home side looking for some revenge. This time is was Medway who got off to the less confident start and Tonbridge registered two quick scores. Medway weathered the storm for the rest of the first half and came out in the second half in much better form. At the final whistle the score was 4-4. Try scorers for the day were Edward Holland (4), Sam Jefferies and Angus Daly (2) with Harry Bloomfield and James Robertson getting one each. Also involved for Medway was Ethan Anderson who just missed out on getting on the score sheet.
Head Coach Trevor Jefferies commented, “The Under 8 squad is developing and getting stronger each week. The fixture at Tonbridge goes to show that despite a number of absent players Medway is never a side to be underestimated”
Medway Under 8’s Sunday 28th January Away Fixture v Sidcup & Thurrock
Medway fielded three teams on Sunday, a Barbarian side with Sidcup and a Red and Blue Sharks Sides.The Barbarians, the most inexperienced players from both teams had a tough morning but put up some very brave performances. Their first match was against the Blue Sharks where experience was the key factor. The Blue won 7-1. Next up was Thurrock. The Barbarians got off to a poor start and were 3-0 down at half time. However in the 2nd half they matched Thurrock tackle for tackle and try for try and the match ended 4-1 to Thurrock. Innis Williams picked up a try for the Barbarians with Ross Carter, Barney Sneller and James Downard also involved in the action.
The Reds got off to the worst of starts going down 7-1 to Sidcup. In the 2nd match the players began to focus and whilst Thurrock matched them in the first half, during the 2nd half the Medway youngsters started to dominate possession and ended the match 8-3 winners. Try scorers for the day were Ethan Anderson (5), Map Poynter (2) with Aaron Mathe and Callum Germany getting one each. Also involved were James Robertson, Sam White, James Bullock and Daniel Restell.
First up for the Blues were the Barbarians as detail above with the Blues winning comfortably 7-1. Next up were Sidcup fresh from their 7-1 win over the Reds. This was a match, which could have gone either way. Both sides traded tackles and mistakes and the score was 2-1 in favour of the home side at half time. The second half continued in the same manner and at the final whistle the home side had just edged a 3-2 win despite an onslaught in the last minute from Medway. Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies (5), Edward Holland (3) with Angus Daly getting one. Also in action were Stephanie Brooks, Harry Bloomfield, Alexander Belsey, Caitlin Payne & Lachlan Wardle.
Medway Under 8’s Sunday 21st January Home Fixture v Ashford & Sittingbourne
The Red Sharks set their intent for the rest of the season by clocking up four wins in a row. Eleven players represented the Reds and showed equal amounts of determination in attack and defence. First up the Reds demolished Ashford 7-4 with tries from 7 different Medway players. Next up were Sittingbourne, who held the home side 1-1 at half time. In the second half however Medway started to dominate possession and ended up 4-1 winners. Medway then played Sittingbourne again and despite changes in the line up they still ended up with a comfortable 4-2 win. The final match of the morning was a grudge game against the Medway White Sharks. The game was not for the faint of heart as both sides attacked and defended with the added incentive of not wanting to lose to their club team mates. In the end however the Reds came out on top and the match ended 5-2. Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies (5), Callum Germany & Max Poynter (3), Harry Bloomfield, Josh Goodbrand & Edward Holland (2) and one each from Ethan Anderson, Aengus Daly and Alexander Belsey. Also involved in the action proving great supporting runs and assists and were James Robertson and Billy Young.
The White Sharks got off to a nervous start. First up was an Ashford/Medway Barbarian side. The game ended in a 4-1 win to the Barbarians with many of the tries coming from Medway players. Next up was Ashford. This was a very evenly matched game but ended in a 2-0 win to Ashford having conceeded two late tries. Medway then played the Barbarians again but this time the home side lost 4-2. The final match of the morning was against the Red Sharks as detailed above. All in all a great mornings rugby for this developing side. Try scorers for the day were Aaron Mathe (2) and one each from Stephanie Brook, Caitlin Payne and Barnaby Sneller. Also representing the Whites were Lauchlan Wardle, Max Willis, Ross Carter, Sam White and Daniel Restell.
Medway players involved in the action and scoring for the Barbarians were James Bullock with 5 tries and new player Innes W with one try.
Medway Under 8s Match Report Sunday 14 January 2006 Away to Ashford
Medway ‘White’ Sharks made the trip down the M20 to Ashford to compete with Ashford and Tonbridge and showed great team spirit and determination.
First game was against Tonbridge ‘A’ and although they lost 7-1 it did not show the spirit they showed against a more experienced side. There was several fantastic team runs and support play resulting in the try by Aaron Mathes.
In the second game The Medway Sharks played Tonbridge ‘B’ losing narrowly 5-3. The sharks showed great resilience against a bustling attack which was demonstrated by the courage of players like Caitlin Payne and Ross Carter to keep going. Some great team efforts saw scores from great runs followed by quick passing. Try scorers were Aaron Mathes, Daniel Restel and Max Willis thanks to great support from Stephanie Brooks, James Downard, Lachlan Wardle and Sam White.
Medway Under 8 Sharks made the muddy trip to Blackheath for the New Year's Cup.
They fielded two teams and showed real spirit, determination and pretty good tag rugby as well.Medway Red Sharks first played Blackheath B and in a match which could have gone either way with some great runs down the entire length of the pitch, finished 4-5. Blackheath a were next and although they beat Medway Red's 6-1, the score was not a good indication of how the Medway players pulled together as a team and frustrated Blackheath A. Final match for the Red sharks was a
repeat against Blackheath B and Medway showed real strength by gaining a 6-6 draw. Tries came from Aengus Daly (4), Billy Young & James Downard (2), Harry Bloomfield, James Robertson one apiece, with great support from Ross Carter, Stephanie Brook, Sam White.
Medway Blue Sharks Showed some great flowing rugby. First match was against Blackheath A and went back and forth but finally ended 6-8 to Blackheath. Second match against Blackheath B, and Medway got off to a real shaky start but then pulled together with some great passing and running and won 7-5. Final match which went towards the New Year Cup result was extremely close and was real nailbiting stuff, great support from all players but unfortuantely Medway Blue were pipped at the final whistle 5-7. Great tries from Edward holland (7), Sam Jefferies and Ethan Anderson (4) a piece, Alex Belsey (2), James Bullock (1) with great tagging and support from Callum Germany and Max Poynter.
A good all round team effort from the under 8's and an impressive show ofteam playing to start the new year.
MEDWAY UNDER 8’S AWAY FIXTURE V CANTERBURY & BROMLEY SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2006
Medway field 3 teams at Canterbury, a barbarian side (reds) with Bromley and also an A & B side.
First up were the Barbarians who were up against Canterbury 2, which ended up with a 4-3 win in favour of the home side with a last gasp try. Next up were Medway B and this was a fiercely contested affair and resulted in a 3-3 draw. Next up were Canterbury 3 and once again this ended in a 2-2 draw. The last match of the morning was against Bromley A who despite their strength only just managed to beat the barbarians 6-5 in a very entertaining game. Try scorers for the day from Medway were Sam White 5, Max Willis 3 and Barnaby Sneller 2.
Next up were Medway B who’s first opponents were Canterbury 3. Once again a closely fought match with the Medway youngster giving as good as they got however the home side eventually won the match 3-2 despite a determined Medway defence. The next match was a draw against the barbarians and the final match of the morning saw the youngster’s edge a 2-1 win over Bromley A. Try scorers for the day were Billy Young 3, Max Poynter 2 with Aaron Mathe and James Robertson getting 1 each.
Finally the Medway A side only had two matches. First up was Bromley A who were shellshock by the Medway youngsters and were 4-1 down by half time. Medway continued way after way of attacking and counter attacking play to eventually end the game 8-2 winners. The final match of the morning was against Canterbury A. This was a much more evenly contested the affair with the home trying desperate not to suffer the same fate as Bromley but at the final whistle the Medway was were 5-4 winners. Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies 4, Ethan Anderson and Callum Germany 3, Edward Holland 2 and Alexander Belsey getting 1.
MEDWAY RFC UNDER 8’S AWAY FIXTURE AT MAIDSTONE SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER V MAIDSTONE AND OLD ELTHAMIANS
The Under 8’s turned up and outnumbered the home side 9-1 and the other opposition 2-1. As such Medway integrated the Maidstone players into their squad, which allowed them to field 3 teams (Red, Blue and Yellow) as well as lending a player to Old Elthamians to allow them to field 2 teams.
The Yellows had mixed fortunes. In their first match against Old Elthamians A they put up a spirited effort in a very high scoring match however eventually they were beaten 11-8. Their second match was against the Medway Blues and of course when squad members come head to head then neither wants to loose. It was ding-dong affair in the first few minutes and by half time the result was 5-4 in the Blues favour. A stalemate followed in the second half with neither side wanting to concede and the match eventually ended 5-4 to the Blues. Every member of the squad got on the scoreboard with tries coming from Josh Goodbrand and Ethan Anderson 3, Max Poynter 2 and Lachlan Wardle, James Downard, Daniel Restell and Max Willis getting one each.
Next up were the Blues. Their first match was against Old Elthamians B. This match ended up to be a clash of the defences and both sides put up a great effort in a very closely fought battle. At the final whistle however the other visitors just managed to shade a 4-3 win. Next up were the Medway Yellows in the match detailed above. Try scorers for the day were Angus Daly and Edward Holland 3 with Billy Young and Caitlin Payne getting one each. Also involved in the action were Harry Bloomfield and Aaron Mathe James from Maidstone.
Finally the Reds held a great account of themselves winning both their matches. First up fro them was Old Elthamians A. Again close fought matches were the theme for the day but in this case the Medway side came away with the 5-4 win. Their second match was against the Old Elthamians B side and once again the Medway side came away with a 5-4 win in a real end-to-end game. Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies and James Bullock 4, with Callum Germany getting 2. Also involved in the action in both matches and providing excellent defensive cover were Stephanie Brooks, Alexander Belsey, Sam White and Ellis Longworth from Maidstone.
Special mention goes to James Robertson who took to the field for Old Elthamians for the day and even managed to bag a few tries on their behalf.
All in all a much more polished performance this week with all the teams mixed between the experienced and less experienced players. The players certainly gave the supporters something to cheer about on a very cold morning!
UNDER 8’S AWAY FIXTURE V CRANBROOK & TUNBRIDGE WELLS SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER
Medway fielded two teams with mixed fortunes on Sunday for the fixture at Cranbrook.
First up were the Medway Red Sharks against a very well drilled and experienced Tunbridge Wells A side who came away with a 6-2 win. Next up the Medway youngster gave a much better account for themselves against an equally skilled Tunbridge Wells B side and were just narrowly beaten 2-1 in a very tightly contested game. Barnaby Sneller, James Robertson and James Downard all bagged one try each. Daniel Restell, Stephanie Brooks, Sam White, Lachlan Wardle, Aaron Mathe and Ross Carter also provided support and put in an incredible collective defensive display in the second match.
Next up were the Blue Sharks who were matched against the home A side in their first match. Once again the Blues got off to a nervous start but despite a number of basic handling errors and mistakes managed to keep the home side to a 2-2 draw. Next up were the home B side and by now the Blues had started to gain in confidence. They quickly racked up a 4 try lead and ended the match the right side of a 7-3 result. The last match of the morning was against the Tunbridge Wells A side. Both teams were very evenly matched and traded tries in the first half. Early in the second half Medway extended their lead by two tries however a lapse in concentration allowed the opposition two quick tries with just a minute left on the clock and the match ended in a respectable 5-5 draw. Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies (5), Josh Goodbrand (4), Edward Holland (3) with Callum Germany and Angus Daly getting one try each. Also provided much needed support were James Bullock, Alexander Belsey and Harry Bloomfield.
AWAY FIXTURE V WINDSOR & THE DRIFTERS SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2006
Ten Medway Players make the long journey to Windsor Rugby Club, which is located in the shadow of Windsor Castle.
First match of the day was against the home A side. The game got off to a scrappy start and at half time the home side were ahead 2-1. The second half turned into a battle for possession and eventually ended in a 3-3 draw.
The second match was against The Drifters A team and this turned out to be a much more one sided affair. Taking advantage of the space being allowed to them and a very determined counter attacking display Medway were already 3-0 up at half time and ended the game 6-2 winners.
The final match of the day was against the home B team. Both sides traded scores in the first half but a lapse in concentration saw the home side just edge the match 4-3.
Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies & Josh Goodbrand 4, Edward Holland 2 with Alexander Belsey and James Robertson getting 1 each. Also involved in the action and putting up a great defensive display, in particular in the second match were Billy Young, Harry Bloomfield, Stephanie Brooks, Ross Carter and Lachlan Wardle.
AWAY FIXTURE V DOVER & SHEPPEY SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2006
Medway made the long journey to Dover RFC and were treated to blue skies and sunshine in weather that was more suited to Spring than Autumn.
The visiting side outnumbered the home side 2-1 and following a joint training session got down to the serious business of matches. Medway fielded the Blue and Red Sharks against the Dover Sharks and Sheppey Rams.
The Blues got off to a flying start and outplayed Sheppey in every department, eventually winning 7-1. Next up was the home side, who managed to get the first try however they began to creak following wave after wave of Medway attacking and counter attacking play. Medway finished the match 4-1 winners. The final match was the head to head match between Medway Blue and Reds and given the display of both teams during the morning the match attracted quite a number of neutral spectators who were intrigued to see the outcome. Both sides were very evenly matched and traded scores in the first half. In the second half however the Blues started to get into their stride and whilst both sides managed numerous turnovers and forced errors the Blues managed to just pip the Reds 3-1. Try scorers for the day were Sam Jefferies 5, Billy Young & Josh Goodbrand 3, with Daniel Restell, Caitlin Payne and Harry Bloomfield getting 1 each. Also involved in the action were James Robertson, Aengus Daly and James Downard. In total the Blues racked up 14 tries an only conceded 3 tries.
The Reds also had a very successful morning registering a comfortable 7-3 win against Dover and a determined 5-2 win against Sheppey in what was a battle where neither side was willing to concede possession. Try scorers for the day were Edward Holland and Alexander Belsey 3, Ethan Anderson and Max Poynter 2, Stephanie Brook & Barnaby Sneller 1 each. Also contributing to the action were Lachlan Wardle and Aaron Mathe. The Reds piped the Blues with 15 tries for the day but conceded 6 tries.
Both Medway sides showed tremendous determination and discipline.
HOME FIXTURE V WESTCLIFFE ON SEA AND CANTERBURY SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2006
On a sunny autumn Sunday morning Medway welcomed the Essex side Westcliffe and Canterbury to Priesfields. Each side produced 2 teams each and matches quickly got under way.
Medway firstly fielded mixed teams, allowing the newer or less experienced squad members to play along side the experienced players. The Blue Sharks firstly took on Westcliffe A, the home side quickly got into their stride and registered a 7-2 win. Next up was Canterbury A and once again Medway through a determined defence came away with a 6-3 win. Try scorers were Sam Jefferies and Callum Germany 3, Edward Holland 2 with Harry Bloomfield and Max Poynter getting one each. Also playing for the blues and adding to a great defence were James Downard, Caitlin Payne, Max Willis and Lachlan Wardle.
The Red Sharks had mixed fortunes. First up was Westcliffe B and the home side finished the game comfortable 4-0 winners. Next up was a very well organised Canterbury A. The first half the sides traded scores however 2 late tries gave the visitors a 3-6 win. Tries came from James Bullock 3, Ethan Anderson 2 with James Robertson and Aaron Mathe getting 1 each. Also playing for the Reds were Barnaby Sneller, Stephanie Brookes, Daniel Restell, Ross Carter, Sam White and Alexander Belsey.
All teams then had a quick round robin competition involving their experienced sides and less experiences Sides. Medway A beat Canterbury A 5-3 and then Westcliffe A 2-0.
Medway B went down 3-5 to Canterbury B and then 0-4 to Westcliffe B however a number of new players registered their first tries for the club.
Special mention for the day goes to Josh Goodbrand for playing for Canterbury A for the day as the visiting team had a shortage of players.
Medway Under 8’s look to continue their great run of results at Dover RFC next Sunday morning.
MEDWAY FESTIVAL – UNDER 8’S
Medway Sharks entered 3 teams at Under 8 level, Red, Blue and White.
Medway White Sharks were drawn with the Blue Sharks in Pool D and clearly scared off the opposition Old Gravendians who failed to turn up. That left it to Whites and Blues to battle it out in the best of three matches to decide who went though to the Cup and Shield Semi Finals. In match one the nerves got the better of the less experienced Whites and the Blues ended up 5-2 winners. Match 2 saw a much more determined White team who only narrowly lost this game 5-3 with the score line not really reflecting the game. This set the Whites up for a place in the Shield Semi Finals against Sevenoaks. The match ended in a 6-0 win for Sevenoaks however Medway’s new kids on the block left the field with their heads held high and a smile on their faces. Try scorers for the day were James Downard 2, Barnaby Sneller and Sam White 1 each with Caitlin Payne narrowly missing out on her first try. Captain Lachlan Wardle, Aaron Mathes, Daniel Restel and Max Willis supported the team.
Having overcome Medway Whites the Blues looked forward to a Cup Semi Final clash with eventual Cup winners Upminster. This was a tougher affair for the Blues who were a little shell shock by the opposition and were down 3-1 at half time. After words of encouragement the Medway youngster dug deep for the second half and only conceded one further try with the match ending in a 4-1 win for Upminster. Try scorers for the day were James Robertson 4, Angus Daly and Billy Young 2 with Harry Bloomfield, Captain Max Poynter and Stephanie Brooks all scoring 1 try. Ross Carter also supported the team.
Medway’s last team the Red Sharks consisted of the squad’s veteran players and were drawn in pool A with Old Colfiens and New Ash Green. Medway quickly dispatched Old Colfiens and New Ash Green with 3-0 and 4-1 wins. Medway then drew Gravesend A in the other Cup semi final. Whilst the Medway youngster got off to a nervous first half they got into their stride in the second half with the match ending in a 5-1 win for Medway who had booked their place in the Cup Final.
Medway knew that a very tough Upminster side stood between themselves and the Cup and this game proved to be the most compelling battle of the day with two of the most determined defences locking horns. Each side courageously defended the opposition’s attack, which resulted in numerous turnovers. Upminster were the first to score however just before half time Sam Jefferies beached the Upminster defence on the back of a terrific phase of passing. At half time it was 1-1 and each side welcomed the half time respite. The second half saw the two sides slog it out for possession and with a minute to spare Upminster finally managed to score. The match ended with a 2-1 win for the visitors however both teams were rewarded by a standing ovation by the gathered crowds for a truly special final. Try scorers for the day were Josh Goodbrand 4, Ethan Anderson 3, Callum Germany and James Bullock 2 with Sam Jefferies, Alexander Belsey and Edward Holland also getting 1 each.
The future continues to look bright for Medway Rugby!