The Llandaff North U7 Hornets braved the unexpected change in the weather and set off to Porth on Sunday 5th October. Despite the rain and some initial difficulties finding the club house all the Hornets were in fine spirits and ready to do plenty of running.
Playing for the U7’s were Callum Pearce, Finlay Britton, Cameron Palladino-Nessbert, Jacob Hare, Elijah Marshall, Max Wilson and Harri Palfrey.
Game 1 – Captain for this game was Jacob and he led the team extremely well. We started strong with impressive tries being scored by Harri, Max and Finlay. There was a fantastic effort made on the tagging front as well, special mention goes to Cameron who really excelled in this area. Max also excited the crowd with his defensive skills. Finlay helped bring a sense of calm and control to the game ensuring the Hornets were all on-side before passing the ball once he was tagged meaning we weren’t giving away any silly penalties. Despite this stellar performance all round Porth showed they had some quick runners and we went into half time at 3 tries a piece. The Hornets came back onto the pitch in the second half determined to finish the job they had started. This half Jacob put his money where his mouth was and completed a spectacular run to cross the line for his first ever try. Finlay again showed great maturity in the second half keeping a cool head to collect a spilt ball and crossing the try line again. The Hornets picked up their defensive game with Elijah, Callum and Harri really committing to hunting down those tags. A tremendous team effort saw this game finish at Hornets 5 – Porth 3.
Game 2 – Was a mixture of U7s and 8’s, all the Hornets that had travelled up to Porth got a run out. Continuing in top form U8 players Freddie and Fraser put us on the score board in the first half. Now we do all need to take a moment to revel in the glorious skill demonstrated by Fraser in what head coach Dominic Scoble described as a text book side-step (he also added that he hadn’t shown Fraser this in training so we are left assuming that it’s just natural talent). Let me paint you a picture, Fraser is tearing down the wing with just one man to beat (a Porth player who had already proved he had some considerable tagging skills) Fraser dummies to the left sending the Porth player in field then stepped quickly to his right giving him a clear run to the line where he successfully scored! A great tagging game was demonstrated by the Hornets again with Cameron again astounding the crowd with tags that looked almost impossible to reach. William also made a real impact on the tagging front. Going into half time with 2 tries each the Hornets came out determined to finish the last game in the same style as the two previous games. Freddie showed his skills again crossing the line for yet another try. Owen, whose tagging skills are second to none also added to the try count. Seren naturally scored yet again, but special mention for her try saving tag, all other Hornets had just got finger tips to the elusive tag, but in true Hornet spirit of not giving up Seren used her speed and crossed the width of the pitch to come and snatch the tag to prevent the try. All players performed really well and it was great to see a combined U7 & 8 effort. The game ended Hornets 5 – Porth 4.
Player of the day was awarded to two players this week, Jacob Hare and Cameron Palladino-Nessbert.
Big thank you to all the support that was shown by friends and family.