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Rugby - Bowdon U9's - Oct 10 edition
11:22am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
YOU could be forgiven for thinking Bowdon U9’s have been playing full contact rugby for years, but this was their very first outing under contact rules at the Stockport Festival.
Under a scorching autumn sun, the U9’s started their campaign against a strong Wilmslow Side. And despite going behind early on, some fearsome tackling from Henri McGuire and direct running from Harry Edmundson helped Bowden to a narrow 6-5 win.
The second pool game against Heaton Moor was just as tight but Bowden stuck to their game plan. Rhys Evans put in tackle after tackle and was backed up by a Bowden team who were starting to gel. A stunning individual run from James Beddy set up another try, and by the final whistle Bowdon were worthy 7-3 winners.
In the final pool against Stockport step up Thomas “The Destroyer” Child, who with the help of Finlay Kearney stopped every attack in it’s tracks. But this wasn’t going to be a walkover, and again Bowdon had to come from behind, eventually winning their pool with a 5-4 win.
After a well-earned break the boys took to the pitch again, this time against Stockport A. By now the team was playing as one and the now usual big hits allowed Tom Greening and Charlie Hayton to bag two fantastic tries a piece, contributing to a stunning 8-3 win.
The boys and were exhausted and were up against the strong Wilmslow A team. Once again Bowden conceded an early try but again they were up to the task. Vital challenges from Toby Gilder and Jack Stanley kept Bowdon close, and as Wilmslow tired the spaces opened up for our boys to pounce. The final whistle blew and Bowdon had won 4-2. First festival, first trophy. The futures bright for Bowdon U9’s
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