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Year 8 Rugby

Josh jumps ahead as Southam set a storm against Sutton Coldfield
After a warm up ‘preseason’  tournament where we took 2 mixed ability teams to Finham Park -(26 lads enjoying there first run out and getting to the final), it was time for the season to get under way proper with a home fixture against Fairfax from Sutton Coldfield.
With several players absent, the influential Lewis S and James E to name a few, there could have been concerned rumbles in the air. The concerns were as numerous as the clouds in the sky, (non existent), as from Kick off Charlie S went wide to score a great pacey try. The team then took it to Fairfax, who in fairness tackled their hearts out, and at times out rucked Southam, but they struggled to cope with the speed and strength of the side, combined with Southam’s ferocious tackling.  Will H was instrumental in securing ball alongside Ali M and Austin O., Austin being desperately unlucky to be held up from a ‘pick and go’ near the line, denied by a thick Fairfax forearm. Josh E made several darting runs and ran through to secure Southam’s second. Ali was a great pack leader in the absence of Lewis, leading from the front in the rucks. Will H was also outstanding in the tackle- keep focused and you will go far.
Callum M. began to show power in the scrum and the forwards set a base for the likes of Josh, Charlie and Sam R to run the game. Sam led his defensive line like a young Jonny Wilkinson! The new signing of the year on the wing Oli R was not only impressive in the tackle situation – driving the Fairfax wing nearly over his own line, but also in setting Charlie up for another. Harry L scythed his way through on several occasions and scored a scorcher as Southam stretched away. Most notably Josh E and Joe C continued to take down the huge talisman of Fairfax, and as they passed the ball in panic Harry took another opportunity to score. Blake C made a great tackle to save Southam from danger before coming off with an injury. The versatile George P was excellent in attack and defence mixing it up in the backs and forwards. A lot can be shown by his and Ausin O’s body positions today in securing the ball. Charlie F made several good runs out wide and presented the ball well. The second half saw the back 3 replaced. Will M made sure of his tackling and Ronan O made several tackles under pressure. The strong Haden and new raw talent of Drew C came off the bench into second row. Drew most notably made several crunching tackles to dislodge the ball. Tommy B showed his versatility in playing both prop and second row with solid sound effect to secure the scrum.   Josh E scored another from a loose ball and set Freddie C up for his first try in Southam Colours with a 2 on 1 from the scrum. The last try finished off with a mazy run from the scrum half, before giving to Charlie to speed away into the distance. Charlie is a talent who continues to impress and should never be taken for granted.
Mr Robinson awarding Josh  man of the match for a ‘De Klerk’ style performance. Joe C was not far behind with amazing tackles that stopped huge lads in their tracks. There was a little disjointed play and slipped tackles that need to be improved, as Fairfax took 2 consolation tries, students will need to take responsibility for fitness and improving their ‘work ons ‘ during the season, but a great start boys.
Try scorers Harry L (3), Josh  E (3), Charlie S (4), Freddie C (1) final score : Southam 55 Fairfax 10.
Training Thursday 24th.

Year 8 Football

Monday evening saw the year 8 team play the first football fixture of the new season in an away league and cup fixture against Studley. The team were hopeful of building upon their success from year 7 as they transitioned from 9 a side to 11 a side.
Southam started brightly and passed the ball around with composure, the boys created a few early chances through Josh and Charlie but neither were taken. The breakthrough goal came from a well delivered corner from Oli which was nodded home by Archie. Southam continued to play attacking football and more chances were created through Harry and Maxton. Southam doubled their lead after good play from Fred who found Ronan who held off the defender before calmly slotting past the keeper. 2-0 half time score.
Southam found themselves defending more at the start of the second half and were undone after a defensive mix up allowed the Studley striker to unleash a great strike from 20 yards. This kick started Southam who then dominated the play. Calm passing and moving allowed Harry to break down the right before drilling the ball into the top left corner. Archie then doubled his tally for the evening with a a great left footed strike. Joe found himself unlucky to have his goal struck off for offside. The back 4 were marshalled well by Captain Noah and goalkeeper Jasper and started attacks well throughout the game. Southam’s final goal of the evening was scored after a neat through ball from Alfie to Ronan who curled his effort round the keeper into the top right corner. Full time score 5-1.
Man of the Match: Oli, a tremendous performance in the middle of midfield. Calmly collecting the ball and looking to start attacks.
A thoroughly pleasing performance to start the season. Well done Gents.
Mr Turton