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London Scottish Minis Festival Round Up

London Scottish Minis Festival Round Up

This past Sunday London Scottish hosted their annual festival and for another year, it was a roaring success. Kids and their parents descended in their droves to the Richmond Athletic Ground and Old Deer Park, despite the lashing rain, for a cracking morning of festival rugby.

This past Sunday London Scottish hosted their annual festival and for another year, it was a roaring success. Kids and their parents descended in their droves to the Richmond Athletic Ground and Old Deer Park, despite the lashing rain, for a cracking morning of festival rugby.

One of the main sponsors of the 2018 Minis Festival Chancellors were thrilled to be able to contribute to such a successful event with thousands of kids and parents.

“Chancellors are proud sponsors of The London Scottish Minis Festival 2018. It was great to be part of a local event that brings the community together and creates a fun sporting outlet for so many clubs. We appreciate the opportunity to be sponsors and we hope the Chancellors teardrop flags provided useful during the tournament.”

Here are some reports from the London Scottish age groups who were out there on Sunday in the pouring rain playing some great rugby.

Under 7s – written by Angus Donaldson 

What a festival the U7s had!

The highlight for me was the first game against Hampstead, which turned into a true try fest of 9 all. As soon as George started the game and passed wide to Ben to race down the line to score in the corner, we knew we were in for a real cracker! The game flowed back and forward, and the general speed of play and competitiveness was exactly what our kids needed. On the other pitch Emile and Brodie were causing havoc for opposition defences with their quick, direct play. This continued through all the games and the general level of play was superb.

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The weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of our kids and even during their last game when the ball was as slippery as an eel and the rain bucketing down, they all played together as one team and enjoyed every minute of it.

Wrapping up after the games and giving out the medals we had the loudest “who do you play for!” response we have ever had. Can we do it again next week?

Under 8s – written by Mark Tweedie

The London Scots “weathered” a fierce onslaught on Sunday from both the elements and visiting teams from Wasps, Welsh, Ruts, Hammers and Old Cranleighans.  Despite the conditions there was some exquisite rugby on offer.  In Marko’s absence, Ronny drilled the Blues and along with their Red contemporaries succeeded in showcasing the best London Scottish have to offer.  Both teams held their defensive lines to good effect and relied on a steady stream of strike runners and well timed passes (pre-tag or right at tag) to pierce opposition lines.

It is clear to see that the standards of performance and team-play have increased dramatically year-on-year.  The team looks like it is having fun which is by far and away the most important thing – it remains a pleasure to coach the boys.

I’d like to finish by expressing massive thanks for the LS minis Exco (led by Iain), the army of bakers / marshals & helpers led and coordinated by Sarah and the deep engagement of the senior players who mingled brilliantly with the minis and showed all visitors what a wonderfully supportive and collegiate club we are.  Well done team.

Under 9s – written by David Deakin

The U9s London Scottish Blue and Red teams lined up against Haagsche, Regents Park, Richmond, Twickenham and London Welsh.  Since the start of the season we have been focusing on tackling development and both teams gave an excellent display of contact rugby on the day.  They were disciplined and controlled in the tackle, winning back possession through many a turnover ball and forcing the opposition into touch. Their fearless approach of going into the tackle and direct play led to many excellent tries.  It’s amazing to see the progress the boys and girls have made so early in their first season of contact.

It was also great to see the true London Scottish spirit in our replacements offering to play for the opposition when they were short of players.  They even managed to score a couple of tries and received a tunnel of applause at the end of the game.

We received some very positive feedback from the visiting teams and big thank you needs to go to all the volunteers who helped with pitch marshalling, cake baking and supervising the control tent.

Under 10s – written by Chris Pinney

London Scottish U10s began the day with both our teams in a huddle for a team talk from the coaches and Jordan, Ollie and Ed from the 1st XV squad.

The children kicked off just as we asked them to, tearing into their first game and starting as we finished the Richmond festival the week before. The enthusiasm and commitment was first class from the off.  Our first matches against Twickenham and London Welsh set the tone for most of the day – very closely fought games against well matched opposition. It was end to end stuff in both games as any tries from the other team were swiftly met with one of our own in response.  The result from our first two matches was two wins! Great start!

The high quality rugby continued into the next matches against Old Emanuel Lions, Richmond and Wasps.  Every aspect of our play has improved significantly, with back to back festivals helping the kids – there was certainly no sign of any lethargy!  It was great to see the teams beginning to organise themselves in both attack and defence: passing is coming on well and everyone had a go at tackling.  The introduction of the ruck, maul and scrum is the big thing this season, but our kids showed again their commitment to learning the dark arts of the forwards, even as the heavens well and truly opened at around 11am!  They still got stuck in at the breakdown!

Our two squads played Hampstead and the Dutch tourists Haagshe in the final two matches.  Some classy opposition but one win and one loss evened out what had been a very successful few hours .

We have made loads of progress and the general spirit and fun in which we played bodes very well for the remainder of the season.

A massive thank you to all the club officials, parents and Pros who organised, marshalled, baked and sold their way to a fantastic contribution to a great day. COME ON SCOTTISH!

Under 11s –written by Alistair Gay

Scottish U11s showed grit and focus in building on a promising start to finish the festival with an outstanding display against local rivals Harlequins. The opening game against Wasps was a tight affair, with the sides trading early scores and being fairly even at the final whistle. It was brilliant to see both teams running from deep with some great handling and offloading skills in the wet conditions

In recent training sessions, the team has focused on contact and rucking skills. Their hard work started to bear fruit this week with some well-organised turnovers throughout the opening game and the following games with Regents Park, Hammersmith and Harlequins. Conditions were not exactly conducive to open free-flowing rugby, but the ball was worked wide on a number of occasions, with strong running and decent support play resulting in well-deserved scores.

As the conditions worsened the team could perhaps be forgiven for some lapses of concentration through the middle games. However, as the ball went to deck more frequently, there was some sterling work in clearing out opposition players and securing ball that had looked lost and, for the most part, the defensive line remained strong. As they broke up from their final pre-match huddle for the Harlequins game, it was clear that the focus was there. To a player, the U11s stuck to the tasks given by coach Colman (focus, run direct and hard, tackle low and support each other 100%). Every player put in a performance deserving of the LSFC badge, running Quins off their feet!

Photos were taken at the Festival by DE Photo, you can view the photo gallery online here 

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