Sunday 12th October saw the Llandaff North U8 Hornets yet again travel away, slightly closer to home this week though, to face Llanishen. Although this club has a reputation for being well organised and focused our Hornets were up for the challenge.
Playing for the U8’s were Freddie Blackmore, Seren Lockwood, Owen Lockwood, Elliott Barry, Tom Woods, Sophie Southgate, William Greenaway-Parry, Fraser Britton, Niall Moore and Ed Maguire.
Game 1 – Captain for this game was Elliott and he did a great job of keeping the Hornets spirits up during this tough game. The game started well with the Hornets answering both of the Llanishen tries, Tom and Sophie ran some fantastic lines to cross the line once each. Fraser again showed some fancy footwork with some great runs making valuable yards. The whole team made a real nuisance of themselves in terms of defence with everyone playing a vital role. At half time there was nothing to choose between the teams and the coaches reminded the Hornets not to be put off by Llanishen’s assertive ‘in-your-face’ style of play. Unfortunately in the second half Llanishen picked up the pace a bit and ran in another four tries. That said there was some tremendous tagging on display from the Hornets, Owen and Freddie especially. Niall and Will also displayed some fantastic supportive running and showed great passing skills. It wasn’t all Llanishen though as Freddie really decided to stretch his legs and touch down for our only score in the second half. The end score was Hornets 3 – Llanishen 6.
Game 2 – Captain for this game was Seren and she was determined to lead from the front. The coaches, having recognised that the incredibly narrow pitch was favouring Llanishen’s style of play, had demanded that this be corrected for the second game and straight away we saw the Hornets start to feel much more comfortable with some actual room to move. Although the first half of this game did see Llanishen run over for three tries they did have to get past some impressive defensive play from the Hornets. After being reprimanded by their coach for “running like a bunch of girls” Llanishen were shown what our girls can do as Seren left them all for dead to score our only try in the first half. Sensing the teams’ frustration the coaches took the opportunity to have a half time team talk to reassure the Hornets that they were playing with real style, elegance and skill, making parents and coaches alike very proud. Inspired by the team talk the Hornets took to the field with renewed vigour. Not only did this half yield a very impressive try from Ed, who took advantage of a turned over ball and ran like a whippet down the length of the pitch to score. Tom also showed flare cutting through mid-field to score his second of the morning. Buoyed by our performance the Hornets closed ranks and there was no way they were letting another Llanishen player through. The game ended Hornets 3 – Llanishen 3.
Overall the coaches felt it was a successful morning. Head coach Dominic Scoble who was on the pitch with them didn’t have to shout as our Hornets organised themselves and supported each other brilliantly. The team also showed tremendous team work in regard to us having to operate a rolling sub, with everyone taking their turn on the beach and supporting the team from the touch line. Although there were a few frustrations in regard to the refereeing the team didn’t let it show on the pitch and treated the referee respectfully – a real class act!
Player of the day was Ed Maguire.
Also a BIG belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY / PENBLWYDD HAPUS to Freddie and Will who both turned 8 on Sunday. Hope you both had a great day.
Big thank you to all the support that was shown by friends and family.