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Guildfordians Win the U17s National Cup Final06/05/2015
Dawn broke on a cold, wet Sunday morning in Guildford. The warm-up bout of Mayweather and Pacquiao neared its end as the chorus for the main event began, with the birds starting to sing, quietly at first, then in unison: "Guildfordians, Guildfordians, Guildfordians!!" This would be a day to remember!
Armed with essential kit of pillows, Forbes croissants & Pheasey Beastcake, the squad assembled in the damp gloom at Guildfordians club house on Stoke Park at 6am, boarding their chariot coach and commencing their long journey to the cold forbidding North. DVDs of old Lions and England matches merged with the hum of the tarmac and eventually the team arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford at 11am. The crowds of fans who had waited at the home of Sale Sharks & Salford Red Devils all night in the cold pushed past Danny Cipriani and Mark Cueto to get a fleeting glimpse of their heroes as they walked, hoodies down into the stadium and the sanctuary of the changing room.
After their Official RFU Team Photo on the hallowed pitch, the waiting was over and the RFU National U17 Finals Bowl Competition at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford ( The Home of Sale Sharks ) kicked off at 1.15pm on Sunday 3rd May 2015!
Wetherby kicked off, collected by winger Matt Kipping and after a chip and chase the first Wetherby lineout of the day took place quickly followed by the first of many Wetherby attacks. Early tackles by second row Daniel Trinder-Hunt and outside centre George Mason gave Wetherby a taste of the task ahead. A not straight lineout by Wetherby on the Guildfordian 22m line gave Guildfordians their first scrum and first opportunity to unleash their backs: scrum half Konrad Lipinski to fly-half Tudor Forbes, fed quickly to full back Will Eves to winger Nathan Neoh, back to Konrad, an early move that showed the opportunities that lay ahead on this wide Salford pitch.
But Wetherby too relished the space and after a well worked move launched a probing dangerous attack, speeding the ball wide: with a two on one opportunity to score what seemed an inevitable try in the Guildfordian corner, pressure from full-back Will caused the Wetherby centre to hesitate and then cut back in, rather than pass to his wingman, allowing inside centre Fraser Mills to demonstrate his blistering pace on the unwitting Wetherby centre with a crunching try-saving tackle that will echo around the Salford stadium for generations to come!
With possession back with Guildfordians in their 22, the Guildfordian scrum allowed captain and No 8 Charlie Bolton to pick and go, feeding Tudor who kicked for space. The respite was short lived as Wetherby counter-attacked, kicking for the Guildfordian try-line: as Will waited with the patience of Job for the ball to trickle towards the try line, the Wetherby forwards stampeded down on him, sensing victory. But casually, and to the stress of the watching parent fan club, who had gone strangely quiet, their hearts in the mouths, Will touched the ball down as the breath of the Wetherby front row reached him!
The Guildfordian 22 drop out was quickly gathered by Wetherby, who again unleashed the forwards against the Guildfordian defences. Another strong tackle by Fraser forced a Wetherby error, allowing hooker George Shannon to take a quick tap and go, the resulting pressure gifting a Guildfordian free kick, then lineout on the Wetherby 22m line: second row Enrico Cadoux-Hudson, lifted to unbelievable heights by the combined strength of by Patrick Bird and prop Sam Colfer, was master of the lineout, collecting the ball like a leaping salmon catching flies, Enrico fed flanker Harry Smith, who drove towards the line, brought down by a high Wetherby tackle. The Guildfordian penalty kick at goal by George S narrowly missed its mark, but the Wetherby 22 drop out allowed Charlie to charge and recycle the ball to the Guildfordian backs allowing Fraser to unleash full back Will for the first try of the match!
15 minutes - Guildfordians 7 v Wetherby 0
Identical twin Josh Neoh now entered the fray with a crunching tackle ending a Wetherby attack, the loose ball falling to Fraser who passed back to Josh Neoh who passed to his twin Nathan, who passed back to Josh as the twins charged up the right wing, literally making the Wetherby defence see double as the Guildfordian parents sensed another try. Unfortunately a hard tackle and awkward fall left Nathan with a broken collar-bone: Nathan's playing game was over after a tremendous performance, but with arm in sling, he bravely cheered on his brother, Josh, and the rest of the team from the team dug out.
Wetherby saw their opportunity: winning a scrum on their own 22, the Wetherby fly-half chipped over the Guildfordian defence and the centre caught the ball in the air at pace and was on the Guildfordian 22m line, when Will tackle forced a pass to the Wetherby prop who showed remarkable speed and strength, scoring a try in the Guildfordian corner.
25 minutes Guildfordians 7 v Wetherby 5
32 minutes Guildfordians 14 v Wetherby 5
35 minutes : Half time - Guildfordians 14 v Wetherby 5
40 minutes Guildfordians 21 v Wetherby 5
45 minutes Guildfordians 26 v Wetherby 5
48 minutes Guildfordians 33 v Wetherby 5
58 minutes Guildfordians 40 v Wetherby 5
60 minutes Guildfordians 47 v Wetherby 5
70 minutes : Final Score - Guildfordians 54 v Wetherby 5
An exhausted but elated Guildfordian team were crowned RFU National U17s Finals Bowl champions! The only surrey team in any of the national cup competitions since the quarter finals!
A great day – thanks to the RFU and Sale Sharks for making the day such a day to remember – it was just like being at the premiership final.
A proud day for the boys, their parents, their friends, the club and Surrey rugby!
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Guildfordians in the U17s National Cup Final01/05/2015
We are all very proud of our U17s reaching the Final of the National U17s Cup ( Bowl Competition ), this is a fant...astic achievement for the club as this is the first time that we have been in the competition. We were the only club in Surrey to reach the London and South East Final which they won to progress to the National Semi Finals and then National Final.
The final is this Sunday 3rd May at the AJ Bell stadium in Salford ( home of Sale Sharks ).
Updates will be on the clubs Twitter account which can be seen on the clubs web page : http://www.grfc.co.uk/
We wish the team the best for the game.
Club Dinner Dance - Friday 15th May ** New Venue **20/03/2015
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Baby mozzarella and tomato salad
Lemon and herb marinated chicken
Chocolate tort with ice cream.
Socioussports Summer Camp - 27th - 31st July20/03/2015
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Minis ( Micros - U12s ) Tour 1st - 4th May 201511/10/2014
Our Minis Time Travellers tour and it will be visiting the Isle of Wight on the weekend of 1st - 4th May 2015. The tour is a fun family weekend, please click on this link for more details :
Final payments are due by February 14th 2015.