U9’s plumbed to new depths today at Withycombe, as the boys and girls played there first ever contact match of the season and what a match it was.
Match 1 Match 2
Exeter Youths U9s 5 Exeter Youths U9s
Withycombe 4 Withycombe 5
Both teams showed huge competitive spirit today in two games of seven aside, which lead to some compelling rugby.
We all saw that today is a new day and speed isn’t everything, players who were in the background last season shone and we learnt that there’s no more ‘I’ in team.
Training and match day coaching by Panda, Luke and Richard has been on top form, from teaching the team new techniques for the up and coming season, disciplining when necessary, cheering each player individually in the game and praising them all in the end of play huddle. This has not only empowered the youths, it has taught them valuable life lessons of respect and team work.
Match One and Two
At the beginning of the game we saw parents at the side line holding there breath and biting their nails as the first whistle blew.
However Exeter showed great confidence and determination by getting stuck in and taking each tackle within their stride.
Match one tries were scored by:
Lucas, Bailey, Max, Jacob and James O
Match two tries were scored by:
Harvey and Ruben
Amazing play was seen all the way though by all players. New members of the team who have never played rugby before played beautifully. Great passing, tackling and running by all members of the team, made this first game of the season epic.
There were a few moments in the game where Withycombe had the upper hand with their pushes outside the side lines making it an easy hand over. However Exeter bounced back with some remarkable takes downs.
This week’s player of the match went to the brave and bold Savannah, who was voted by the coaches and parents for her determination and tackles.
Keep it up guys you have done us all so very proud and it’s amazing to see you all so grown up.