Brentwood Under 11's - Essex Festival -Westcliff Sunday 18th March
By Colin Game
Brentwood Under 11's narrowly lose out in Bowl Semi Final on number of tries scored decision, after 1-1 draw against Eton Manor
On a bright and sunny Mother’s Day morning at Westcliff – Yes..........who organised that one!!???
Seventeen of our finest travelled away to The Essex Festival with a number of Mum’s who had given up their special day.......but I think secretly hoped for an early home time to tuck into that Sunday roast that was being cooked for them at home!!???
Brentwood Under 11’s were drawn in Pool D, with our opposition being Westcliff, Romford, Rochford, and Wanstead.
Our first match was against Westcliff. In the first half, Westcliff took the game to us, and we didn’t appear to be switched on, giving them the opportunity to go over the line mid-way through the first half. In the second, a much better performance gave Brentwood the better of the possession and we were constantly pushing up, with the forwards working well in the rucks and mauls. Unfortunately, despite this pressure, Brentwood were unable to capitalise on this by scoring through a strong Westcliff defence.
FINAL RESULT: Brentwood 0 Westcliff 5.
Our second match proved Romford to be very strong opposition. Brentwood battled throughout, in what was a very physical game generally, but particularly between both forward packs, with Brentwood again working well in the rucks and mauls. However, Romford’s back line was extremely well drilled and used the width of the pitch both sides to exploit our Defence and go over the line twice. Brentwood continued to battle, but again, could not capitalise on this by scoring.
FINAL RESULT: Brentwood 0 Romford 10
With Wanstead having not shown, Brentwood’s last match in the group stages was against Rochford. In this game, Brentwood came alive and dominated, with all boys working well, communicating with each other and making some piercing runs from the backs. Their efforts were rewarded with 5 tries, with good efforts from all, but particularly good performances from Charlie Gooding, Daniel Pembroke, and Ollie Foreman, as well as Alfie Adams who was impressive in keeping possession and making ground time and time again!
FINAL RESULT: Brentwood 25 Rochford 0.
Having successfully reached the Semi-Finals of the Bowl, Brentwood were surprisingly drawn against Eton Manor, normally a strong contender at this Festival. Unfortunately, a number of injuries forced changes to the Brentwood side, which otherwise may not have been made.
Brentwood came out with good organisation and started strongly, scoring a try within the first half through Charlie Gooding. Eton Manor were an even match in the forward pack, and contested well in the second, being rewarded with a try of their own. With the score being a 1-1 draw at Full-Time, and no option to play extra time, despite the agreement of both coaches, the decision rested upon either; the team with the most wins in the group stages, the most bonus points in the group stages, the number of tries scored in the group stages, or total try difference in the group stages. Result: Unfortunately, with the first two criteria being even, Brentwood narrowly lost on the number of tries, as Manor had scored 8 tries to our 6.