Veseyans U9’s welcomed Pinley to the Memorial Ground for their final fixture of the season.
Veseyans fielded two equally balanced teams, U9’s Black and U9’s White, and faced a very powerful and determined opposition.
The first game saw V’s Blacks go in what proved to be an end to end affair, with Pinley using their extremely powerful runners, who proved initially unstoppable, to power through the middle and over for several good scores, and the V’s countering with a more expansive game, passing and off-loading well and using their pace out wide to outflank the Pinley defence.
As the game wore on the V’s started to commit numbers to the tackle and were able to stem the tide of Pinley’s rampaging route 1 attacks and run out eventual 7-6 winners of a very closely contested match.
Credit to Pinley who fielded more or less the same team for the second match to face the fresh legs of the U9’s Whites. The game followed a similar pattern with Veseyans again showing just how much everyone has improved over the season in terms of their positioning, spacing and overall shape, both in attack and defence, as well as their basic handling skills.
Great handling and some excellent footwork again allowed the V’s Whites to move the ball wide and attack with pace, scoring some excellent team tries as well as a few fine individual efforts.
However Pinley were determined in their endeavour and their power runners really stepped up and just kept coming at the V’s, proving once again very difficult to tackle.
Combined with that were a couple of opposition players with electric pace who managed to unlock the Veseyans defence out wide, allowing Pinley to run out 11-9 winners.
1-1 was a fair reflection of a closely fought contest, played in great spirit, with both teams showing great skill and commitment.
A final game, to round off a great season, saw U9’s Blacks take on U9’s Whites. It was great to see the lads all playing with smiles on their faces and both sides showed again just how much they have improved, both individually and playing as a team.
A nail bitingly close game with plenty of great tries was finally won at the death by Whites, with Will Eustace-Street taking the honours after powering down the left wing and eventually touching down in the corner, despite a desperate final defensive effort by Blacks.
Well done one an all to the mighty Veseyans U9’s for a fantastic effort and a great season!