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Mini Youth Senior
Tour Information: 2010 Under 7's tour to Gravesend
The weather forecast looked good for the Under 7’s tour so at various points in the day the team started their trip down to Kent for the first tour of hopefully a long rugby career.
On the Friday night we all met in the entertainment venue and danced the night away, a few of the parents stayed on late and seemed to get into the tour spirit (helped by copious amounts of alcohol and a cabaret act with questionable talent)
On the Saturday we had a day at the Diggerland theme park, where everyone got to drive real diggers and we had to be careful as they seemed to be digging to Australia and we didn’t have a game planed there. For once the weather seemed to follow the forecast and it turned out to be a perfect day.
Sunday, was again a good day, we all travelled to Gravesend RFC and to have a small training session followed by a little round robin tournament with Gravesend and Medway U7’s. The first match was Norwich against Medway. Norwich produced some excellent rugby with some good tagging and some great tries scored by running straight at Medway and punching their way through the defensive line. The final score was a 5-5 draw.
Following a short break, Norwich was up again, this time against the home team. Again some great rugby was played by both teams. The highlight of the game for Norwich was when Gravesend had the restart and attacked the Norwich line, who managed to keep Gravesend at bay and after several phases, Gravesend made an error which gave Norwich possession and ultimately a try. However Gravesend came back in the second half to make it 7-7 draw.
Medway then played Gravesend and took the game with the result being 7-3, thus taking the tournament, with Norwich coming a well earned second.
The final match was between all of the under 7’s en mass and a team made up of coaches and adults. After some couple of minutes it was a 1-1 draw, but then some foul play by one of the coaches gave the kids a penalty try and the match.
Altogether Norwich played really well with tries scored by most of the team, some excellent defensive and Antony was given the nickname Ants Offiah by some of the spectators
A short presentation followed, where Henry accepted a plaque on behalf of the team, and a tired but happy bunch of kids hit the buffet table whilst the coaches retired to the bar for a refreshing pint.On Sunday evening all of the tour party met up in the resort club house and each of the players were presented with a tour medal and then it was party time, the adults proved to the kids that they could keep up with the party dances and the Norwich RFC were officially named the happiest table!!!!!
The tour has formed an even stronger team spirit within the side and also amongst the parents. All are looking forward to next season and another tour.
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