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U15s Presentation Day and Season Review

U15s Presentation Day and Season Review

By russell vale
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End of Season Awards – more parents than players!

Presentation Day

It was the last day of the season. Everyone gathered at Fromehall for the highly anticipated end of season awards.

Rugby superstars were gathered on stage ready to hand out awards. Rugby Royalty in fact. The Stroud U15s coaching team (aka Touch Rugby masters) were joined by their new recruits – Glos legends Willi Heinz and Mark Atkinson and Quins coach Mark Mapletoft.

So the coaches were there, the parents were there. A few players were there – more injured than fit but great to see Darion again and Bernie back on the mend. Most of the players were away with school trips, DofE, Glos Rugby Academy, or just AWOL. Never mind – the trophies needed giving out to well deserving players:

Award Winner Link to Stroud U15s
Players Player Karen Hayes Wearing her sons shirt
Coach’s Player Tori Miller Blue hair
Most Improved Player Bernie A real player

“It’s a stitch up” called the few remaining players. Laurie didn’t want to do DofE expedition this week, Mr T hates flying and was sent on a Geography field trip to Iceland. “It’s all about the Mum’s” came the response. "We love to meet professional sportsmen and wind up our sons." Jo had to do a hasty re-count and re-announce the awards:

Award Winner Link to Stroud U15s
Players Player Laurie Dominant lineout play and play in the loose
Coach’s Player Mr T Big tackles and punishing runs
Most Improved Player Bernie Solidifying the scrum. Bravery in the tackle

So the U15s BBQ this Friday to celebrate our season and pass on the trophies to those that were missing.

Special thanks from Stroud U15s to M&J chair Nicky Gamble who has done an amazing job over many seasons for Stroud Rugby, and also her work with GRFU.

Season Review

Quick season review. 20 games played. 6 at home. 14 away.
Won 13. 8 we scored 50+ points
Lost 7. 4 within 1 try of victory, and 2 of those the 2nd half reffing was totally different to the dominant 1st half we had…. You can probably guess those games

Played teams from 8 counties – see if you can guess them…..
... its an educational match report for those absent Marling Geographers in Iceland....

Opponent Score Tries For Tries Against Miles driven
Old Pats 52-22 8 4 0
Banbury 43-25 7 5 100
St Brendans 45-34 7 6 0
Matson 38-34 6 6 16
Berry Hill 55-30 8 6 63
Bromsgrove 29-31 5 5 102
Minchinhampton 33-20 5 4 0
Cinderford 24-29 4 5 0
Chippenham 51-41 8 7 48
Bath 26-34 4 6 55
Clifton 21-44 3 7 56
Chippenham 24-30 4 6 0
Cheltenham 50-29 8 4 44
Cinderford 12-40 2 6 56
Old Pats 29-15 5 3 28
Old Brentwoods 59-38 9 6 0
Cirencester 28-31 4 5 28
Marlborough 52-3 8 0 78
Wellington 52-19 8 3 0
Bideford 55-0 9 0 345
Totals 778-546 122 94 1019

Scored 778, Against 546. 122 tries scored for average of 6/game and against 94 tries – but a clean sheet in last game so things are looking up defensively ;-)

Travelled 1019 miles round trip to away games from Fromehall. If you want to claim petrol expenses then Jenks knows a good accountant…..

So those 8 counties: Glos, Wiltshire, Oxon, Worcestershire, Essex, Devon, Somerset, and Bristol (it’s a County and a City!)

Beat 2 County champions – Banbury won their Oxon County Cup and Old Brentwoods won Essex County Cup - congrats to them. And based on Bideford result and common games vs Ivybridge we could have beaten Devon RFU champs as well – he says optimistically….. We also had much better showing vs Clifton which was a big positive.

See you all next season – for 2000 miles of travel based on Chris’ latest fixture list.

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Sun 05, May 2019