Over 100 minis from the U8, U9 & U9s age groups of Dorking and Barnes descended on the big field on Saturday to play a curtain raiser before Dorking National 2 South League games vs Barnes. Some rare sunshine made this great show of junior rugby even more enjoyable for the kids and their spectators.
The kids were excited by an unusual Saturday fixture as a curtain raiser for the 1st XV League fixture versus Barnes at the Big Field .The U8s had two squads taking on a Barnes who we knew as a strong team after playing them at the Rosslyn Park Festival earlier on in the season. The squads played 20 mins games and swapped opposition. The Blue Squad took some time to get themselves organised and struggled with first up tagging throughout the games but some amazing running and offloading created some of the best tries of the day for the team. Several tries were scored on the 5th or 6th Tag after some outstanding team work. Unfortunately the blues make it easier for Barnes to score tries but our teamwork enabled us to draw one game and only lose the other by one try. The Reds….
This weekend saw the first ‘competitive’ games this side of Christmas and we should remember that we have only trained once since Christmas! On Saturday a mixed (non steamed) Dorking side took on Barnes at the curtain raiser. The conditions were awful but our boys seemed to relish it! Most of the boys had taken part in a morning of sport, so stamina was going to play a part… We played hard, strong and fair. Some fantastic cover tackling from Seth stood out for me! The coaches were delighted that some of their efforts at training had been rewarded with some great off loads whilst being tackled (a drill we had been practicing) We won very comfortably (8-1)
All three age groups made it a long journey onto the pitch for the players of the 1st XV game as the guard of honour nearly crossed the pitch. Adding to that was the massive cheers from the minis cheering on their clubs. The Dorking minis should be proud as their cheers stood out and could be heard around the ground. Following that many were lucky enough to meet Jason Leonard who was brilliant with all the kids, signing their shirts or anything that their parent you let them get signed.
Many Minis and their Parents were down the club late into the afternoon and evening which made for a great ‘one club’ atmosphere.