Finals heartbreak for U16s on home turf!
Ashford Rugby Club hosted the inaugural East Kent 10s Tournament on Sunday 11th Oct with the hosts hoping to make a good impression on home soil.
In bright sunshine the hosts kicked off the tournament with the first game against a strong Thanet side who were the top seeds in the group, however from the off the Ashford boys adopted a passing 7s style of rugby that negated the large Thanet pack and Ashford ran in 5 tries to Thanet’s 1.
The Ashford boys attacking, running rugby continued in the next 2 pool games v Sittingbourne and a combined Whitstable/Folkestone team with victories of 42 -5 and 25-10 which meant they topped the pool and where through to the Cup final against the pre-tournament favourites Medway.
The final started with Ashford in the ascendancy but 2 comfortable try scoring opportunities went begging through poor finishing only for Medway to break from their own half to open the scoring just before half time. The 2nd half again saw Ashford with most of the possession only for Medway’s clinical finishing on the wings put the game out of sight with 2 further tries.
It was a disappointing end to the day, but on reflection the team played some highly exciting rugby in the pools and matched a strong but clinical Medway in the final.
|Bruce Wright/Tony Maxwell|
|30th Aug 15||Training|
|Sunday, 6 September 15||BEER FESTIVAL -Training|
|Sunday, 13 September 15||REGISTRATION – Training|
|Sunday, 20 September 15||Training home|
|Sunday, 27 September 15||Aylesford (Away)|
|Sunday, 4 October 15||KC 1 – Darts home|
|Sunday, 11 October 15||EK 10’S @ ASHFORD|
|Sunday, 18 October 15||KC 2 – Judds A home|
|Sunday, 25 October 15||Training|
|Sunday, 1 November 15||GRAVESEND (H)|
|Sunday, 8 November 15||EK CUP 1 SITTINGBOURNE (Away)|
|Sunday, 15 November 15||Training|
|Sunday, 22 November 15||KC3 – no game (training)|
|Sunday, 29 November 15||KC4 – Maidstone away|
|Sunday, 6 December 15||EKC S/F|
|Sunday, 13 December 15||ASH (H)|
|Sunday, 20 December 15||Training|
|Sunday, 27 December 15||XMAS|
|Sunday, 3 January 16||Training/activity day – Dymchurch beach|
|Sunday, 10 January 16||Poss Charlton Park – tbc|
|Sunday, 17 January 16||KC5 – Thanet away|
|Sunday, 24 January 16||AYLESFORD (H)|
|Sunday, 31 January 16||WHITSTABLE (H) – to cancel – Now Training|
|Sunday, 7 February 16||KC 1 Q/F|
|Sunday, 14 February 16||Training|
|Sunday, 21 February 16||Darts A&B home|
|Sunday, 28 February 16||KENT CUP S/F|
|Sunday, 6 March 16||CRANBROOK A&B (A)|
|Sunday, 13 March 16||DEAL & BETTS (A)|
|Sunday, 20 March 16||KENT CUP FINAL|
|Sunday, 27 March 16||EASTER|
|Sunday, 3 April 16||EK CUP FINAL or East Grinstead|
|Sunday, 10 April 16||7s Training|
|Sunday, 17 April 16||KENT 7’S|
|Sunday, 24 April 16||fixture – TBC|
|Sunday, 1 May 16||TOUR|
|Sunday, 8 May 16||Awards|
|ASHFORD JUNIOR FIXTURES 2014-15|
|30 minutes each way|
|Sunday, 1 February 15||Cranbrook “A&B” – away||confirmed|
|Sunday, 8 February 15||Kent Cup Plate Semi Final v Judds B away. And Folkestone B (Away)||both confirmed|
|Sunday, 15 February 15||MAIDSTONE (Home) mixed fixt B/A team||HALF TERM||confirmed|
|Sunday, 22 February 15||Canterbury A&B – home (venue tbc)||HALF TERM||confirmed|
|Sunday, 1 March 15||Looking for A&B fixt – or training|
|Sunday, 8 March 15||Looking for A&B fixt, or just B|
|Sunday, 15 March 15||KENT CUP FINALS or Horsham at Home A&B||confirmed|
|Sunday, 22 March 15||AYLESFORD (H) – B fixt (A train)|
|Sunday, 29 March 15||NEW DATE EK FINAL v Medway (at Sheppey)||confirmed|
|Sunday, 5 April 15||EASTER||HT||OFF|
|Sunday, 12 April 15||ASHFORD INFORMAL 7S ROUND ROBIN – EK fixt||HT||TBC|
|Sunday, 19 April 15||Charlton Park B game (home) & 7 squad training||HT||confirmed|
|Sunday, 26 April 15||KENT SEVENS||confirmed|
|Sunday, 3 May 15||Tour/Southend 10s – tbc sat and Sun||confirmed|
|Sunday, 10 May 15||Awards – tbc|
Cup Final awaits U15s!
Following an away 29-7 victory last weekend in the East Kent Cup quarter finals against Thanet, Ashford RFC U15s secured their place in the Final with a comprehensive 29-0 win at Kinney’s Field over ASH this Sunday.
On a very heavy pitch and in wet conditions Ashford started with a bang with a try in the first 5 mins with a fine individual effort from ex centre turned flanker Mathew Burns with a dummy pass, followed by a hand off of the full back.
He then followed this up with a 30m break down the flank and a deft offload to winger Ben Maxwell to cut inside for the 2nd score.
Jo Whitby ensured the Ashford boys went in at 17-0 with a powerful burst through the middle from a delayed pass from fly half James Heyward.
Although Ashford made a couple of changes at half time the pattern was very much the same with 2 nicely created tries to see 2nd row Tom Perkins and Centre Jason Baker go over the line.
Toby Perry was named man of the match after a flawless display at hooker saw him win 9 strikes against the head, and Andrew Slann on the wing again impressed with a fine defensive display.
Coach Ian Kelsey said, “There were some fine individual performances notably our hooker Toby Perry, flanker Mathew Burns and wing Andrew Slann and we will take the win, however we need to improve our handling and make the most of our forward dominance if we are to be champions against a very strong Medway team come March”
This Year (2014/2015 Season)
Pre-Season Training Starts Thursday 21st Aug 6.30 – 8.00 and continues every Thurs throughout the season.
Sunday 31st Aug – Sunday training starts 10.00 – 12.00
Sunday 7th Sept – Training 10.00-12.00 and registration
First Fixture – Sunday 21st Sept – B match 10.20 ko, A match 11.00 ko.
Coaches Details:Ian Kelsey 07875 375181 email@example.com
Roger Bryan 07768 740774
Well done to all the boys for another successful year. Below those who received special mention for their efforts this year.
Plate success at Kent 7s!
Ashford U14s ran in over 30 tries in 7 matches to win the Plate at the Kent 7’s at Folkestone on Sunday.
Having beaten last year’s champions Judd’s 14-7 with a fine solo try by Owen Church Mills in the group stages, a tight 7-7 draw with Sevenoaks followed by a big win over Ash, it was the narrow 28-21 loss to Westcombe Park that meant they went into the plate rather than the Cup.
However they romped through the Qtr and semi-final beating Tun Wells 40-0, and Gravesend 47-7 respectively!
Revenge was not in doubt as the Ashford back line made sure of a big win over Sevenoaks 47-7 in the final, Andrew Slann finished the day with a personal haul of 9 tries.
The open running rugby was thrilling to watch, it was great to add further silver ware as we prepare to play a strong French touring team from Biarritz in an invitational match at Cranbrook on the last day of the season on the 26th April.
Victory in South East London!
With 5 players on Kent duty and a number unavailable Ashford RFC U14s travelled to Shooters Hill with a squad of just 15 players made up mainly from their Saxons squad.
It was a first ever fixture with the South East London Team and after finding themselves 5 down after 5 mins the Ashford team wondered what the morning had in store against a clearly superior pack!
With the constant risk of being turned over in the rucks and mauls Ashford decided to avoid the contact areas and move the ball wide at every opportunity, the hosts could not cope with the pace out wide and the excellent handling skills by the Ashford backs and offloading game of the fwds. Possession was about 50-50 but a score line of 45-5 to Ashford proved that running rugby was the winner on the day. 3 tries for wing Ross Kennedy on the day in his first season puts him in next week’s 7s team at the Kent 7s at along with Captain Harry Charles who was man of the match.
Kent V Surrey 6th April
Five Ashford players helped 2 Kent teams convincingly overcome 2 teams from Surrey at Warlingham RFC near Croydon.
Fly half Owen Church-Mills, Wing Jo Whitby and Full Back Ross Bryan were accompanied by débutantes Rory Gilles-Jones and Max Wright.
It is always an honour to play for your County and all 5 boys did Ashford RFC proud with their performances.
Under 14’s East Kent Plate Final
Ashford 41 Deal & Betteshanger 7
Ashford shrugged off their Quarter Final loss in the Kent Cup 2 weeks ago to retain the East Kent Plate. It was a convincing win for the team against a Deal squad that always compete strongly for every ball. Although the Deal pack had the edge in the first half, the Ashford back line was always too good with the ball, running in 19 points by half time. The second half had the Ashford pack determined to compete and they combined well with the Backs to score another 22 points with Deal scoring a consolation converted try.
Number 8 Tom Perkins scored a brace of tries, one from the loose and one from the back of the scrum. The rest of the points were scored by the Backs, one from Wing Andrew Slann, one from Centre Jo Whitby, 3 conversions by Fly-half Owen Church-Mills and a hat-trick of tries from Centre Ross Bryan who continues his good form.
In the Kent Cup, Ashford won their Group with good wins against Bromley and Ash but lost to Beccehamians in the Quarter Final. Beccehamians went on to defeat Tonbridge Judds in the final. Ashford keep up their record of going out to the eventual winners of this tournament. This coming weekend Ashfrod travel to Cobham in Surrey to play in a 10’s tournament against hosts Cobham, Saracens and Chobham.
Ashford Under 14’s Saxons 44 Dartfordian Saxons 0
Ashford Saxons had their best win of the season away from home against a Dartfordian Saxons side. With a superb team effort, the Ashford squad coped best with the difficult conditions with tries from Will Wilson(2), Dan Beale, Ben doughty(plus 2 conversions), Harry Charles, John Stiffel, Tom Medcraft and Ben Cummins to run out worthy winners.
Ashford A Under 14’s 24 Dartfordians 14
In the A fixture, Ashford fought back from an early converted try by the home side. Handling errors by both sides kept the scores close in the wet, blustery conditions. Tries by Joe Whitby, Owen Church-Mills(plus 2 conversions), Ross Bryan and Andrew Ralph finally sealed the win.
Ash Under 14’s 7 Ashford Under 14’s 29
Ashford comfortably progressed to the final of the East Kent Plate. Although the Ash forwards competed well, the Ashford back line was just too strong with two tries from Owen Church-Mills and three from Ross Bryan with Owen Church-Mills kicking two conversions. Tom Perkins continued his good form at number 8 and Jo Scott gave one of his best performances at 2nd row.
Ashford RFC Under 14’s 0 Canterbury 0(Canterbury won 6-0 on drop goals)
In a match that would have graced a final at any age group, Ashford lost their first round East Kent Cup game with Canterbury on a ‘shoot-out’.
Both sides had good chances to score in a tense, high quality match at Kinneys Field last Sunday. On several occasions Ashford and Canterbury had crossed the line but were adjudged to have been ‘held-up’. After 60 minutes, including 10 minutes of extra time, neither side had broken the deadlock, emphasising the high level of commitment from both defences. The drop goal shoot-out was the usual lottery but the Canterbury kickers held their nerve and slotted over 2 kicks to Ashfords nil.
In the warm-up match, the Ashford development side ran out 14-7 winners in another good quality match. In the first half, Centre Harry Charles scored following a clever dummy. Canterbury replied making it 7-7 at half time. In the second half Will Wilson broke away and ran the full length of the pitch to win the match. Nadeem Makhalfa converted both tries for Ashford.
Deal 7 v 60 Ashford RFC U14s
Ashford’s U14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive win away at Deal on Sunday (November 3).
Ashford’s super competitive wing Andrew Slann scored four tries and fly half Owen Church-Mills two tries and five conversions.
Forwards Rhys Drakeley, Tom Perkins and Rory Gilles-Jones and back Ben Maxwell added a try each to rack up a convincing 60 – 7 victory.
The U14s have recorded similar victories against Sittingbourne, Folkestone, Cranbrook and Medway. Next up for Ashford is an East Kent Cup game against Canterbury at Kinney’s Field on Sunday (11am, November 10).
Ashford Under 14 B 12 Tonbridge Judds Under 14 Saxons 15
The Ashford Saxons squad hosted one of the best B teams in Kent last Sunday. The sides were well matched and played some good rugby. Judds scored first with a converted try but Matthew Burns got one back after some fine Ashford play. Judds took the lead but Ashford came back again with Jo Lightfoot crossing the line with scrum half Ben Doughty converting making it 12-12 at half-time. The second half was tense with both sides threatening the try line. After a period of Judds pressure and great Ashford defence, Judds dropped a goal minutes from the end to secure the win.
Despite the loss, the Ashford Saxons continue to improve and showed great fighting spirit.
Whitstable 36 v 22 Ashford Saxons U14s
An Ashford U14s Saxons team put up a spirited display against a full strength Whitstable side on Sunday October 14.
At the end of the first half Ashford had scored one try by Ben Cummins and conceeded three tries and a conversion. The strength in depth in Ashford’s squad became apparent in the second half with three tries of their own, scored by Edward Adley, Luke Smith and Tom Medcraft, and a conversion by Ben Doughty.
Captain Dan Beale held the Ashford defence together, and Bill Hollingsbee threatened to score, throughout the game .
Ashford Under 14’s 27 Medway 0
Ashford Under 14’s had their best result of the season by beating Medway 27-0 away from home last Sunday. In driving rain & wind, Ashford showed guts & determination in shutting out the Home side. The first score was always going to be crucial and Mathew Burns made it count for Ashford breaking the Medway defensive line to score beside the posts. The only conversion of the day was made by Owen Church-Mills. Another Ashford try by Andrew Ralph gave the visitors a 12-0 lead at half time with Medway rarely threatening the Ashford line.
The second half followed a similar pattern with the Ashford defensive line holding good and putting pressure on the Medway back line. The Ashford forwards were up against a bigger pack but scrummaged and rucked brilliantly. This forward play set up further tries by Andrew Ralph, Owen Church-Mills and through his excellent support play, flanker Rhys Drakeley.
This was a great team performance in tricky conditions and difficult to pull out individuals. However, hooker Toby Perry took several vital strikes against the head in the scrum and Adam Kelsey had one of his best games at scrum half.
In the Development Squad match, Ashford narrowly lost to Medway 12-5 but showed tremendous fighting spirit in coming back from 12-0 down at half time. Full back Tom Medcraft made several try saving tackles in his best match of the season.
Ashford 33 Cranbrook 14
Ashford Under 14’s travelled away on 30th September and came up against a well organised and determined Cranbrook side. The fixture is always hard-fought and this game was no exception.
Tries by Jo Whitby, Ross Bryan and Matthew Burns in the first half plus 3 conversions by Owen Church-Mills to one converted try by Cranbrook gave Ashford a 21-7 half-time lead. The second half was closer with Ashford scoring another 12 points through tries from Owen Church-Mills and Ben Maxwell with a conversion by Jo Whitby. Cranbrook scoring another converted try.
Overall, the Cranbrook forwards had the upper hand in loose play but the Ashford backs proved too good when the ball went wide. Jools Russell, Tom Perkins, Jo Scott and Toby Perry were the pick of the Ashford forwards.
In the warm-up Development Squad game, the Ashford side was outgunned by Cranbrook. Jo Palmer and Jacob Huggins for Ashford deserve special mention for their play.
Ashford 105 Folkestone 0
Ashford under 14s ran out convincing winners against Folkestone on Sunday (22 September), scoring 17 tries and a total of 105 points for no reply.
Eleven players touched down in a great team display with Owen Church-Mills scoring 4 tries and 7 conversions for a personal tally of 34 points. The Kent and Saracens’ elite squad player capped a superb display for his home town club when he knocked a long defensive kick back into play, gathered the bouncing ball and ran more than half the length of the pitch to score a marvellous solo effort.
Ashford RFC Under 14s
Thanks to Dave Jones for the photo’s.
Sittingbourne Match Report 15th September 3013
Ashford were hosts to Sittingbourne in the season opener at Kinneys Field.
Playing against a Sittingbourne side in the process of re-building, Ashford scored 8 tries and 4 conversions by half time. Billy Hollingsbee, Nadeem Makhalfa, Mathew Burns, Rory Gilles-Jones(2), Owen Church Mills(2) and Jools Russell were the try scorers.
In a re-vamped 2nd half, 3 of the Ashford players strengthened the Sittingbourne pack and the Ashford team was heavily populated with Development Squad players. The result was a more even contest with Ashford scoring 4 tries to 1 converted Sittingbourne try. Ross Bryan(2), Matthew Burns and Andrew Ralph were the try scorers for Ashford.
Final Score Ashford 68 Sittingbourne 7
In the clubhouse, the new floor was christened with pints of lemonade in the traditional boat race between the two sides.
Next week, Folkestone at home.