Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Rugby: Stanford mini’s start with style

Stanford 5yrs – 8yrs step out in style.

STANFORD’S youngest age groups of players and newest members had their first match of the season away to Chingford. Most of the players were new to the game and some had only held a ball for the first time the previous weekend! The team consisted of 10 enthusiastic players, willing to give it their all.


Upon arriving at Chingford it was clear the heavy fog had set across the pitches and was here to stay, but the players didn’t let that get in their way. We split into two teams, Â 5/6s and 7/8s and I’ve got to say both teams were excellent. The older squad (Carter Johnson, Kiran Barnett, Josh wells, Katie Derby and Samsan Oonilogbo) were up first playing 4 matches in total.Â


Match 1 saw a bit of a shaky start which I’m putting down to pre match jitters, but 5 min in the team starting to run lines and pass like a well drilled squad. The first match was lost but it was early days.


Match 2 saw Stanford score from the off which lifted their spirits. Â Samsan and Katie were tagging players all over the pitch driving Chingford back into their own half which allowed us to win a turnover. This allowed Josh, Kiran and Carter room to spread the ball out wide and between them scoring in the corner. Game 2 won


Match 3 saw yet another Chingford side, this time they were stronger, well drilled and faster. Stanford was getting forced back into their own half and more often than not Chingford was scoring from it. Stanford heads were dropping until we scored in the last play. We lost that game, roll on game 4Â


Match 4 Stanford were opposed by more fresh players, despite this we managed to give it one last push, we were tiring and it was neck to neck but we finished off winning game 4.

Meanwhile the 5/6 had started supervised by Dan May and Dean Barter.Â

In the first full set of games of the season for Stanford under 5 & 6’s, they started in very promising fashion away to Chingford RFC.

After being split into a team of four; Grace McIntosh, Ted Rawe, Zachary Barter and William Robertson stepped up and showed us how much they have taken on in their training sessions.Â

With Chingford starting strong, scoring straight from the off, Stanford replied immediately through William Robertson with a great solo effort. This was pretty much the pattern of play for the rest of the first of 3×10 minute matches. With Chingford just edging out a close first match.

After a quick turnaround it was Stanford’s turn to show their defensive skills with some great pressure and great tags, particularly from Grace and Zachary. Despite Zachary and William getting on the scoresheet, Chingford took the second match.

In the final match Ted stepped up as the captain and scored 2 great tries also showing great willing to chase the Chingford players all over the pitch. With William finishing the match with another top solo effort, securing the win for Stanford in the 3rd match.

Although we lost 2-1 as coaches we cannot fault the commitment and enthusiasm showed by the team, and most importantly how much fun they looked to be having was a win in itself.

Well done to all.

Basildon next week at Stanford rec

Stanford under 11s

Stanford played 3 games against their hosts Chingford winning two and drawing one. Stanford scored a total of 55 points to Chingford’s 40. Stanford’s try scorers were; Amelia (5), Tyler (3) Josh and Taylor 1 apiece. Player of the day was Jack for his physicality and pressure defence.


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