By Colin Hiom
It was quite an odyssey!
OK. Enough of the greek tragedy jokes although it must be said there was no Fall of Troy on display and no sign of any Trojan horses either! The boys played with great spirit throughout and competed every tackle, ruck and maul with great spirit. The U10s also saw a second stand-out performance in two weeks from this week's golden boot winner and 'man of the match' Clyde H who definitely made more tackles than any other player and possibly made more tackles than half his team mates combined! Well played Clyde!
Clyde showed great determination and effort on and off the ball all afternoon and was a total tackling role-model.
That aside: festivals are what we love. We can see how well the team is doing and what the other teams are up to and the driving maul that worked so well last week, fell off slightly perhaps without our main driving-mauler Alex W not available today, but also because the mainland teams on display today, Alton, New Milton, The Trojans and Overton made a lot of good ground through the ruck and counter-ruck - which is something we'll turn more attention to over the coming weeks and before the next festival - which is set for Sunday 17th November at Havant where the squad will hopefully be back to full-strength being short of George W, Coben A, Isaac H as well as Alex A for this particular tournament.
Although also catching the eye today was Jack J through some great surging runs and good defensive work as the day went on, Regan N, Harris ML with some great runs and superb crunching tackles, Tyler E had another very good day too and all the other players, Elliot O, Freddie H, Harry T, Jay EI, Leo D, Nye S and Rafe B all having some great moments, tackles and turnovers throughout. Well done boys.
Next week: training is back at the Wootton Rec with Will Cowell, Ben and more - while I go swanning about it northern Italy.
Special final thanks to all the parents and grandparents(!) for making the trip and bringing the boys along. We hope you had a good trip back and a lovely evening after all the delays caused by the sand-banked Red Funnel ferries + delays that wrecked the afternoon return ferry timetable.
Definitely an epic day in the sunshine and not a single greek tragedy in sight!