HUDDERSFIELD U11 season review 2019-20
This has been another great season for the boys. In many ways every game had highlights but…
The emphasis has once again been on individual skill development, we have tried to play games with the emphasis on speed of ball and speed of thought being the most important rather than physical size. We are looking to play an expansive skilful game relying on speed.
On the back of England success at the World Cup, we bc had a number of new boys joining us this season, all performing brilliantly, especially as some had never played rugby before. Three or four of the new recruits came from local rugby league teams, bringing a whole new skill set to the team and giving everyone a lift. It’s also brought out a more competitive element amongst the team, which bodes well moving in to a new season.
This was evident in our games home and away against Doncaster. The away game in particular, where we played on astro turf, enabled our faster thinking and better ball handling skills to come to the fore where we scored several full length tries against a tiring opposition.
The next highlight game was played on the pitches at Hull Ionians where we played on miniscule pitches. The pitches were very narrow and making space a premium, this was highlighted in an excellent game against Wetherby. Both teams attempted all the skills kicking for the length, cross field kicks and wild miss passes. It was a really even game with both sides playing “proper” rugby.
East Yorkshire is clearly somewhere where we go to play our highlight games. Our next games involved Pocklington and Hornsea. These were played in excellent spirit from all three teams scoring several lengths of the pitch tries with the ball going from side to side to side again.
Our last highlight was the very last game we played against Bowdon. We didn’t expect it to be our last game, in fact we thought it was going to be the first game of many, running into the end of the season, after all the heavy rains and storms we had in January and February. At 8:30am we were forking the pitch and scooping water off it using cones-it was quite a comical sight! All of this was to allow our friends from Bowdon to finish off their tour. Once again, our team produced a thoroughly physical performance in which they never took a backward step against a similarly spirited team, who eventually tired after a long tour and a late night meant the two Huddersfield teams played some fantastic rugby in the final few minutes. Of course after that March the 23rd the Prime Minister announced the lockdown for COVID-19. Facebook is a premature end to the season, however due to WhatsApp and the parents group we have taken part in several online comic quizzes which have been thoroughly enjoyable.
I am sure everyone is looking forward to the boys playing under 12 rugby next season, this will mean 12 a side and the bigger pitches which will suit our style of play.
The coaches would like to thank all the parents for their amazing support of the boys, regularly bringing them down to the rugby club on a Wednesday evening as well as the Sunday games. It is a fair comment to say that we have the best parents on the touchlines and at the “social”. They are so supportive to their children in all the games that I have seen. The winning part is not important, it is the support of their child playing a sport they love and learning new skills that is the most important.
We all hope to see you all in September where we can play, talk, drink beer and enjoy our rugby as we did previously. So stay safe, stay well, keep your social distances and save up for the new pair of rugby boots they will need because their feet will have grown by September, fingers crossed!