U9 Hampshire Festival
By Daniel Tasker
Great day out to Petersfield!
A team of 12 U9 players and their handlers made the trip to Petersfield for the annual festival. After a steady but solid start drawing their first two games the players worked well as a team and won their remaining games.
With the format change this year meaning no knockout competition, we were pleased to see that despite the incentive change, all were committed to play for enjoyment and improved with each test conducting themselves well in the process.
We welcome Gosport and Fareham to Vectis next week and with it the opportunity to improve upon todays stalemate with a team that played well and beat all other comers. All our players demonstrated improvements in positioning, passing and an appetite for tackling in good playing conditions. We not only saw a broader list of try scorers but also try makers linking up. It was great to see and was another step to our goal of fielding two competitive sides for the April local Festival in Newport.
With all remaining season dates hosting Hampshire or touring teams at Wootton we are keen to see all our registered players with so much competitive rugby ahead of us. No individual recognition this week, since they were all so good...... but specific thanks to the organisation, transport and parental support for making a long day out so rewarding. Good luck getting all the players up tomorrow morning!