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Report for this week's (Junior) Age Grade Rugby

Littleborough Away - 23/01/22

Heath u11s and u12s travelled over the border to Littleborough in dry conditions.  Littleborough pitches were in great condition which meant no excuses for an entertaining mornings rugby.  The spectators wouldn’t be disappointed.

Heath v Littleborough U11's - match report by Al Gordon
The squad of 13 included 3 players from the u10s - Alex Murphy, Archie Howson and AJ Boothroyd making one in and captain for the match was Lennon Fermoyle.

Heath received from kick-off in the first third of the game.  Ben Ingham fielded the kick well followed by a good offload.  Heath were straight into a good pattern of play attacking to the left and right of the ruck.  Jasper Haigh was using his size well and was able to drive over for a try.  Littleborough hit back with strong counter rucks leading to turnover.  Great footwork led to their first try of the game.  Alfie Cartwright was showing no fear taking the ball right up the middle of the Littleborough defence, at times getting isolated (something for the support players to work harder at!).  The first third was won by Heath by two tries.

The second 20 mins was dominated by great play by Littleborough.  Heath weren’t committing to the breakdown so Littleborough had most of the possession which led to a handful of tries.  That said, Archie Howson (u10) was really showing what potential he has by constantly stripping the ball and making some strong runs.

The final third was evenly balance with some real fire creeping into the collisions by both teams.  Finlay Inwood did some great work stripping the ball in close contact.  Ethan Gill scored possibly the try of the match, picking up the ball deep in his own half to step from left to right that backing himself beating 5 players to score in the right corner - superb try.

Heath & Littleborough were well matched on ability today.  Both sets of players should be very proud, and there is potential for many great fixtures between these teams over the coming seasons.

Player of the week: Archie Howson. Archie was aggressive in the tackle and always ready to take the ball into the heart of the Littleborough defence.

Team: Finlay Inwood, Ben Ingham, Lennon Fermoyle, Ethan Gill, Charlie Anderson, Jasper Haigh, Lewis Farrell, Alfie Cartwright, Ethan Murphy, Kye Briggs, Alex Murphy, AJ Boothroyd, Archie Howson

Heath v Littleborough U12's - match report by Andy Boothroyd 

Today we travelled to Littleborough a little light on numbers with notable absence of Noah Sheriffe and Caleb Grix. But with this shortage of numbers we welcome back Ollie Knappers from injury and Sonny Gordon stepping up an age group to help the U12's.  On his return from injury Ollie captained the side and lead by winning the toss, which Ollie chose to receive the ball from kick off.

From the kick off Jesse Boothroyd caught the ball on the full and ran to score on the opening play for an excellent solo try. Littleborough looked a little shell shocked, and conceded several more tries from the kick off again through excellent teamwork.

Littleborough began to settle and put some decent defensive efforts together which forced the boys to move the ball out to the fringes which earned Sonny Gordon 3 well finished tries and Mason Pullan busting a few tackles out wide to bag a try. Heath go into the break with a big lead and keep Littleborough scoreless.

Coming back after the break was a lot more of the same from Heath with tries flooding in. A notable try from the hard working Reubyn Sheriffe who caused havoc for Littleborough with his dominant rucking. Reubyn over the last few weeks has been a real leader in this role clearing out the ruck which seems to have a positive affect on the boys rucking.
Heaths defence again was on point with some really powerful tackling from Lucas Droungos, who showed a textbook tackle on one of the Littleborough players that was a certain try saver! Heath go into the last 3rd of the game keeping Littleborough scoreless again.

In the last 3rd of the game we mixed the teams up slightly to give a deflated Littleborough team a confidence booster and to test Heath's defence by sending Jesse to play for Littleborough. The boys was tasked to keep their defensive efforts the same and to try to keep Littleborough scoreless.
Littleborough kicked off with spring in their step but strong running from Kaden Roebuck, Lachlan Moran and Benjamin Tyrell marched Heath up the field and gave some great position, which was unfortunate to convert to a try. Littleborough then manage to overturn the ball in the ruck get on the board for a well-deserved try.

A very cold Scotty Mitchell got his hands on the ball from the kick off and made some great yards causing Littleborough a bit of a headache. Strong running again from Kaden, Lucas, Reubyn and Benjamin took Heath into the right area of the field but we were unable to convert into a try.
Mason & Ollie's defensive efforts in the final 3rd and Scotty who stuck to Jesse like a clamp and prevented him from scoring. Heath conceded a few tries in the last 3rd with some lessons to be learned.

Overall really pleased with the boys efforts and how they conducted themselves on the pitch, they played the game in the spirit that it should be, showing respect to both the Littleborough team and Referee.

Star player today goes to Lucas Droungos who's massive defensive effort and a certain try saver plus his barnstorming runs leaving a trail of Littleborough players on the floor. Lucas is improving every time he steps onto the field in a Heath jersey. Keep up the brilliant work buddy!!

Team: Jesse Boothroyd, Mason Pullan, Reubyn Sheriffe, Lachlan Moran, Benjamin Terrell, Kaden Roebuck, Oliver Knappers, Scotty Mitchell, Lucas Droungos, Sonny Gordon.

Dated: 23/01/2022