U13s Team Match Reports

2016-2017 Season

 

4th Dec 2016

Midsomer Norton 13’S 30 – Keynsham U13’S 20

 

On a very cold but bright sunny Sunday morning Midsomer Norton welcomed a Keynsham side to Norton Down.

With some influential players missing the squad dealt with what there opposition threw at them. The opening score came from a barnstorming charge from Connor Schmid, after some excellent work from the ever energetic Will Lacey, who put the winger into space and Schmid ran in from the half way line.

Connors 2nd try of the game in similar fashion this time the ball being shifted between many pairs of hands this time the final pass from Tom Williams set Schmid free. The Norton pack decided to switch off at this point and allowed Keynsham some possession and territory only to be repelled by Kinnear, Lacey and Hansen in the midfield. Schmid then completed his hat trick after great support from forwards and backs, pulling the defence from left to right the space opened up for Schmid to score in the corner.

The Keynsham attack did manage to cross the line in the final few minutes of the half after sucking in the Norton defence a short blindside opened up and the scrum half took full advantage of the mistake to score. Half time 15-5

 

Norton started the second half playing down the slope a 20 metre run from second row Ky Williams set up quick ball and it was Schmid again on hand to score in the corner with 2 would be tacklers hanging on to him to no avail.

Keynsham took full advantage missed tackles and manage to score straight from the kick off. With that in mind  Norton again set up camp in the visitors 22, with Keynsham conceding penalties stand in Fly half Joe Kinnear took a quick tap to score a well deserved try.

Connor Schmid then got his fifth try of the game again being in the right place at the right time. With Norton players being changed and tried in different positions the uncertainty in defence left Keynsham in for a further 2 tries to cut the gap to 2 scores. In the dying moments Keynsham were unlucky not to get within 1 score as they were held up over the line by some excellent defence.

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27th Nov 2016

Midsomer Norton U13s 30 - Hornets U13s 15

On a cold November morning Midsomer Norton travelled to Weston-Super-Mare to face a Hornets side they had previously played on the opening day of the season.

With a near full strength squad Midsomer Norton Captain Will Rawlings won the toss and decide to kick off. Hornets started strongly with big runners trying to break down a solid Norton defence to no avail. Big tackles from Christian Hansen, Joe Kinnear and Cooper George put a halt to the attacks which allowed the forwards to turn over ball and set up quick attacks in Norton’s favour. From one turnover the ball quick got passed through the hands to winger Connor Schmid who forced his way past 2 or 3 defenders to touch down. Although the game continued as the Referee didn’t realise where the try line was. After admitting this Norton restarted the game 1 try to the good. This was swiftly followed be another strong run from the ever willing Schmid to cross the line for his 2nd of his 3 tries.

With both sides creating chances but unable to break through either defence, it was from a cross field clearance that Hornets returned and registered there 1st try with a close range drive. With Norton electing to receive the restart, a moment of class and pace from scrum half Ben Smith he found himself in space and weaved  his way through the would be tacklers and as he was about to touch down he got called back after stepping into touch. This wasn’t going to deflate the Norton side as they managed to take advantage of a Hornets knock on and with Smith gathering he raced away making sure he steered well clear of the touchline.

With time almost up 2 massive tackles from Alfie Williams on the Hornets number 8 set the tone for the rest of the half, with tackle after tackle helping Norton keep a 2 try gap going into half time.

 

The second half was very much like the first, with big tackles and brilliant scramble defence from both sides halting any progress. Norton’s 10 and 12 combination of Rhys Davies and Will Rawlings started throwing outrageous dummies create room for winger Schmid to score his 3rd try of the game. This spurred Hornets into life and they went on to score 2 unanswered tries in quick succession.

With their only being 1 score in it the game started to get scrappy until Smith pounced on a loose ball he again tiptoed his way down the touch line staying in the field of play with centimetres to spare, he went on to score his 2nd try of the game. The scoring was completed by Captain Rawlings scoring in the corner after a superb display on his come back from injury.

With all 17 players putting in 100% effort and commitment the achievement of winning another game in their first season as a junior side was evident on all of their faces.

This weekend Midsomer Norton host Keynsham which is sure to be another cracking encounter kick off 11 am

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30th Oct 2016

 

Minehead U13’s 0 – 50 Midsomer Norton U13’s.

 

Midsomer Norton took to the road on Sunday, with a long trip to Minehead. With the mist lifting on the journey, the under 13’s arrived with great weather for rugby.

 

Captain Will Lacey winning the toss chose to play against the slope in the first half. Straight from the kick off the ball was gathered by Ben Smith who evaded the Minehead defence to score after 20 secs. Even though Smith done it all himself the support from his team mates was immense. This support continued throughout the game. Quick off loads and line speed set up Dylan Willoughby to waltz through some would-be-tacklers to score under the posts. Ben Smith again found himself in space to score his 2nd of his 4 tries.

 

With the Minehead team starting to get there big runners going the Norton defence stood firm and repelled and attack their opponents threw at them. With the forwards working hard securing ball, Joe Pearce leading the attack time after time creating multiple phases the ball got shipped to the wing for Joe Kinnear to squeeze into the corner. The final try of the half again came from great support line and hard work from the Norton pack which created the opportunity for prop Toby Scott to run in from 15 meters out to score his first try for the club. In the final few minutes Norton found themselves camped on their own line working hard in defence and making sure Minehead never crossed the white wash.

 

The Second period started the same as the first finished, with Norton working hard in defence and holding the ball up over the line twice thanks to big tackles from Joe Culligan-Walker, Alfie Williams and organisation from Rhys Davies. It was the latter who managed to get the ball clear and turn the tiring Minehead players. Ben Smith then chipped in with 2 further tries after brilliant interplay between the 3 Joes and Tom Williams. Joe Kinnear then added to his tally and grabbed his 2nd of the game. In the final stages of the game Norton created an overlap and Christian Hansen finished the move off.

 

The most pleasing thing for the coaches was the way all of the players conducted themselves in attack and defence. And the smile on all of their faces afterwards proves they enjoy playing rugby together.

 

Next week the under 13’s take the shorter trip to Wells.

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18th Sept 2016

 

Midsomer Norton U13s 50 - Hornets U13s 0


On a warm morning at Norton Down, Midsomer Norton under 13’s opened their season in fine style, running in 10 unanswered tries in their fixture against Hornets last Sunday. This was their first competitive match at junior level, Norton put on a display of fine handling and good running to overpower the visitors.


From the first whistle Midsomer Norton took the game to their opponents. Playing up the slope in the first half, some excellent tackles and forceful rucking Norton managed to grab their first try of the game. Brilliant carries from Connor, Cooper and Joe P created gaps in the Hornets defence which Captain Will R exploited with great jinking runs and outrageous dummy’s crossed the line. Almost straight from the kick off the forward pack again took control and with quick ball from a ruck, Ben S widened his stride and run around the defence who just couldn’t cope with his pace, he went on to score his first try.

 

The Norton defence were then tested, only to be thwarted by great tackling from Will L and superb hands under the high ball from full back Dylan.  As the forwards repeatedly turned over Hornets’ ball Will R again bamboozled the Hornets players and raced away for his second try of the day. With the centre partnership of Christian and Rhys working brilliantly it was the latter that created a hole for prop Connor to crash through and outpace the Hornet’s defence for his first try. With the game becoming a little scrappy both defences were cancelling out the attacks it was down to Norton’s number 8 Joe C-W who collected the ball on the half way line and bulldozed his way over the line leaving ‘want-to-be’ tacklers on the floor. Tom W playing out of position on the wing had an awesome game in attack and defence turning ball over at will. 


At half time Norton emptied there bench, and even with a small reshuffle in the back line this just helped the intensity and speed of the game which suited Norton’s game plan. Now with the slope in their favour Norton took the kick off cleanly and set up a ruck in the middle of the field, Will R ran a line that any professional would have been proud of. Quick feet and allusive sidesteps which left the Hornets fullback glued to the spot, he ran in to score his hat-trick. Unfortunately this was his last act as he injured himself whilst scoring. Everyone wishes Will a speedy recovery and back playing soon.


Another reshuffle in the back line saw Rhys slot into the 10 position and a short ball from Rhys to Connor set him free to run in unopposed for his second. His hat-trick try was a carbon copy of first running through a gap and outpacing the tiring defence. Ben S scored his second of the game after some excellent handling, collecting the ball off his boot laces to then out strip the Hornets’ defence.  Norton’s scoring was completed by Alfie after an impressive run by Owen.
This was an outstanding performance from everyone involved with fine handling, and good running to overpower a good Hornets side.


Next week Norton travel to Taunton, kick off at 11:30am

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Frome U13 0 Midsomer Norton U13 69

 

Midsomer Norton under-13s ran out comfortable winners following a fast start against Frome. Norton opened the scoring almost immediately from the kick-off as Luka ran the ball in from halfway, handing off several players in the process.

Within seven minutes the youngter had completed his hat-trick and was substituted.Ollie Attwood then added another to extend the lead before Norton rang the changes. New boy Jake Kilburn came on and showed his pace to score two tries with ease.

 

Tom Sparey added two conversions and hit the post with a great effort from wide to take the score to 36-0 at the interval.

 

It was more of the same in the second half as Norton, though far from their best, took total control of the game. Further tries from Ollie, three more from Jake plus one from Luka and two conversions each for Tom and Finn Shakespeare sealed the victory.

To Frome's credit they never gave up on what was a difficult day.

 

Norton's players of the day were back Finn Shakespeare for his best game in a Norton shirt, and forward Deadly, who made some crunching tackles.

2015-2016 Season

 

Frome U13 0 Midsomer Norton U13 69

 

Midsomer Norton under-13s ran out comfortable winners following a fast start against Frome. Norton opened the scoring almost immediately from the kick-off as Luka ran the ball in from halfway, handing off several players in the process.

Within seven minutes the youngter had completed his hat-trick and was substituted.Ollie Attwood then added another to extend the lead before Norton rang the changes. New boy Jake Kilburn came on and showed his pace to score two tries with ease.

 

Tom Sparey added two conversions and hit the post with a great effort from wide to take the score to 36-0 at the interval.

 

It was more of the same in the second half as Norton, though far from their best, took total control of the game. Further tries from Ollie, three more from Jake plus one from Luka and two conversions each for Tom and Finn Shakespeare sealed the victory.

To Frome's credit they never gave up on what was a difficult day.

 

Norton's players of the day were back Finn Shakespeare for his best game in a Norton shirt, and forward Deadly, who made some crunching tackles.