Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
Dursley Lions (U7s) at the Dursley Festival 4 October
7th October 2009
Dursley Lions produced a performance to be proud of at the recent Dursley RFC Festival. The first game was against old rivals Minchinhampton who had beaten us the week before 7-3. This week a strong performance resulted in a 4-4 draw, with tries from two old hands Ryan Powell and Sam Butcher and debut tries from Dominic Melville and Toby McCormick.
The next match was against Hucclecote, the Lions winning 4-1, with tries from George Topham, speed merchants Toby McCormick and Ryan Powell (again) and Lagan Baldwin. There was a superb run from Lily Davies-Potter, which came to an abrupt end when she was brought down by the opposition. Ben Lee also crossed the try line, but this was unfortunately disallowed for diving; this didn’t deter him and he produced a number of good runs throughout the day, keeping his head up and looking for space.
Cirencester Flames were put out with a 5-4 victory to the Lions. A superb run gave Morgan Harper-Coles his debut try for the U7s. Further tries were made by: Ryan Powell, who was clearly having a try-fest; Toby McCormick, who has only been playing for a few weeks and is fast becoming a try-scoring machine; Ben Fallows, who worked hard all game; and Sam Butcher, who scored after a dazzling run.
The final game of the pool was against Painswick, with tries from Dylan Armstrong, Ryan Powell (again) and two from Sam Butcher leading to a 4-2 victory.
The Finals beckoned, but the Lions’ destiny was left in the hands of the final game, which saw two old rivals, Minchinhampton and Hucclecote. As Minch won, the pool was tied between Dursley Lions and Minchinhampton. In the end, Dursley Lions were denied the Finalist position, losing out on the try tally by one.
There was excellent support play from all: Lily Davies-Potter, as always keen as mustard, made a number of good runs throughout the tournament; Lagan Baldwin and Sam Ruddick showed dogged determination, with Lagan providing great support for his first tournament despite having a clash of heads in the first game.
What really impressed was the way the Lions played as a true team, with no sense of flinging the ball wildly to the fast players ... everyone participated and anticipated, and the tagging effort from all players was superb. On top of all this, they enjoyed themselves.