U13s first Match of the Season
Just a little bit sleepy and a little bit rusty.
Unlike last season where as Under 12s there seemed to be months of training before the first match, this season after just two Sundays where cricket was still very much a high priority, the Under 13s visited Market Harborough, and there did appear to be still a number of absences.
I also noticed a number of the boys carrying knocks already, some from training, some from school games and some from hazardous extra-curricular activities. All part of getting older I suppose.
During the warm up it became apparent that it might be a bit of a sleepy morning and so it proved. The first half of the first game relied heavily on two individuals with pace and running ability, Josh in the forwards and Logan in the backs, created real momentum and led to tries. Harborough relied upon their own speedy back and kept themselves in it. The problems in the first half did seem to surround forwards finding themselves in the back line and backs finding themselves as the first, second and third person to many of the rucks. In to the second half where we made wholesale changes and unfortunately cohesiveness was lost, as players seemed to find themselves in positions they were not expecting to be in. They battled hard and didn't give up which is a testament to the boys.
The second game followed a similar pattern, but with a noticeable performance from Lewis and some strong carrying by Ben to create tries for themselves. It was a morning where you hoped that the boys could see issues and sort them out for themselves, I think they would have by the end of last season, so it does appear that the coaches still have a job to do to get the boys back to where they were.
Scrums were a really good point of the morning and commitment of some of the boys to the ruck was also good, unfortunately some of those boys were backs and the forwards were the ones left in the centres. One further thought on the games, I think the size of pitch and intensity of the game told on some of the boys, so building fitness (less XBOX) is in order.
Finally, they all scrubbed up well (all appeared to have showered) and ties were all around necks and not headbands - even if my own son only managed to get out of the changing room by the time all the Market Harborough boys had left the building.
Plenty to work on for the season - well done for the first matches.