The Grove vs Akeley Wood School
After only two practise sessions our Colts Boys travelled to Akeley Wood for two matches against our hosts and then Ashfold.
We started well with Elijah Martey running in a superb solo try, showing his blistering pace. The game then ebbed and flowed with the action quickly moving from one end to another. The Grove were unable to convert their chances on a regular enough basis and weren’t as clinical as our opponents. Another try for Elijah made it close but we sadly lost, 10-20.
The Grove: 10
E. Martey (2)
Akeley Wood School: 20
Man of the Match: Elijah Martey
The Grove vs Ashfold School
Going into our second match we knew the areas to improve on; keeping our defence wide, ensuring we were quick to ruck and secure the ball and finally get the ball to the wide areas of the pitch as quickly as possible.
An incredible try from Henry Lorenz opened the scoring, as he danced his way through the Ashfold defence. Soon after Ryan Kimani added to the scoreline, ploughing his way through the defence with great power. Our opposition hit back with tries of their own and it became a tense affair with both teams fighting for the win. A great piece of play from Giannis Rigas inspired his teammates; whilst rucking Giannis ripped the ball from his opponent and had sights only for the try line, dodging many tackles on his way to scoring. Elijah and Henry both showed their pace and trickery again scoring, but with Ashfold also scoring again it was a close finish with The Grove just holding on for a thrilling 35-25 victory.
All in all the boys can be delighted with their afternoons efforts, there are still areas to work on but it was extremely pleasing to see such a high standard of performance so early in the season.
The Grove: 35
H. Lorenz (2), R. Kimani (2), E Martey (2), G Rigas
Ashfold School: 25
Man of the Match: Ryan Kimani