JUNIOR SECTION PRESENTATION EVENING May 2019
What a fantastic first season for our boy and girl U6’s which finished last Friday with a team presentation ceremony. Boys and girls learnt brand new skills and had fantastic fun playing tag rugby. The new squad averaged 20 U6’s every Sunday morning and played lots of games ready for some tag matches next season. Boys and Girls are very welcome to come and join in with two free try it sessions from September. For more information call Jeremy on 07798724765
LRFC U7 Team have experienced a mixture of training sessions and match fixtures this season. It is the first year of competitive matches and the team have developed new skills and understanding over the last 9 months.
They have travelled to matches across Herefordshire and surrounding counties and also participated in a large festival of rugby.
Each week the players are supported by two coaching staff who keep the children motivated and engaged.
At the end of the season the Team were awarded medals for participating and awards for performance were voted for by coaches, children and parents.
Most Improved Player Awards: Arran & Thomas.
Coaches Player Award: Ben.
Players Player Award: Sonny.
Parents Player Award: Oscar
LRFC Core Values Award: Will
Ledbury RFC U8’s had a very enjoyable season with some vast learning curves across the board. Play improved dramatically this season with expert tuition from coaches Jim Cambridge, Richard Park, Alex Allcock and Nick Moran. End of season awards were given to Bea Powers (Coaches Player of the Year), Ollie Sergeant (Most Improved Player), Max Herbert-Powers (Players Player of the Year – voted by team mates) and the RESPECT Award for upholding the core rugby values was awarded to Iroquois Adams.
This year our U9s were introduced to contact. They have thrived developing new skills which has reflected on the pitch with a very successful season seeing them win every game at the Lucs tournament earlier this year. The U9s had a fantastic rugby tour when they travelled to Exeter to play a number of teams and to enjoy watching Exeter Chiefs. The unity and support they have shown their fellow team mates on and off the field promises an exciting future in the game for all the players. We very much look forward to next season and watching the new U10s continue to develop.
Another superb year from the under tens!
Undefeated in all games, the under tens have learned they can win games with not only pace but with superb tackling. Often in close games it is their spirited tackling that has seen them home.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed trying out positions for the first time as well as taking much of the responsibility for running the game themselves as a team with minimal help from the touch line coaches.
This team definitely epitomises the spirit of toughness, having fun, respect for all and fair-play.
Very much looking forward to the new season and new challenges.
U11s demonstrated their abilities and strength early on in the season when performing in front of a large crowd at the Malvern College v Monmouth School Border Shield festival. Ledbury U11s were unbeaten against very strong school sides, including Monmouth and The Downs. From then, the priority has been to develop the players’ knowledge, tactical thinking and techniques and so focus was more on the quality rather than number of tries. As a result, tries have been scored from all sorts of well thought out and executed play and the future for our players looks really promising. With one of the largest squads in Herefordshire, Ledbury U11s have benefited from enjoyable training sessions and plenty of games, often putting out 2 or 3 teams on a Sunday.
The Under 12s have wrapped up their season with their final Mini festivals at Luctonians and Worcester in April, performing well at both. It has been a rewarding season with the boys developing flowing passing and running rugby. They have got stronger at the ruck and tackle and the whole squad have delivered some pleasing wins.
England U20, Worcester 1stXV and former Ledbury RFC junior player Will Butler took a training session for the squad in March and they learnt what it takes to play smart and exciting rugby.
Finally the squad closed the season with clean sheet wins away against two Dorset sides while on tour.
Another successful season, which saw 6 new players welcomed and integrated into the squad. The season was capped off by a hugely enjoyable tour to St David’s, Wales, where the squad spent a morning coasteering off the Pembrokeshire shore line!….as well as some playing some thrilling rugby!!
A strong squad of over 40 players enjoyed a record breaking season for LRFC Juniors, winning the Droitwich 7’s Tournament, runners up in Cirencester 7’s and to cap it all winning the U14 North Mids Cup….a first for a Ledbury Junior side in any age group. In recognition of their achievements the U14s are proud winners of the LRFC Junior Team of the Year Award.
The combined Ledbury and Bromyard u15 side enjoyed another successful season. Despite going out in the quarters of the NM Cup in a hugely competitive match against Stourbridge, #themightyledyard improved their teamwork and attitude through the season and won more matches than they lost. More importantly, the players demonstrated high skills, had lots of fun and messed about constructively. Highlights included an excellent tour to Dorset and a great 7s season, coming runners up at the Cirencester tournament.
The U16s slid back into the awards night like returning ninjas, quietly and with style. Let’s make it a tradition.
This season has been testing for the coaches & players as loss after loss stacked up from last season into this one. But when we thought we couldn’t go on and might have to collapse the team, the players stood together as a squad to beat Worcester for the first win in 14 months. Then to pick up for a storming end with more wins.
On the back of this, our season’s awards have been hard to pick. But there were two players who have stood out for their attitude and commitment to the squad, so our coaches’ player was Hamish and the players’ player was Dom. These players also deserve a mention in the most improved, but one player has accepted the challenge we gave him and really started to take it on, that was Nate.
Finally, core values and we unanimously agreed on one winner, the WHOLE squad, to still be here with 18 players and 13 regulars after a 14 month losing streak is a testament to all the boys.
Next season should be a great one to build on from the platform of this one.