The Henley Hawks Under 12s brushed-off early season rustiness with a strong showing at the Beaconsfield Rugby festival last Sunday (30 September).
The day began against a very committed and fast paced High Wycombe side. After a slow start, the team rose to the challenge and a fine second half try for Charlie Hunt resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Henley then went on to beat local rivals Chinnor 3-0 with tries for Oscar Thomas, Sam Winters and Ben Horner. In the next game, Amersham & Chiltern proved typically strong opponents, but Henley’s superior physicality superbly lead by Will Corbett, resulted in a 3-1 victory with well worked tries for Ben Palmer, Jake Williams and Will Corbett. A 4-nil loss to an excellent and very physical Beaconsfield team reminded all the squad of the importance of the fundamentals of rugby when under pressure, but the coaches were particularly pleased to see the squad respond with well fought 1-1 draw against a strong Windsor team in their final game, with Sam Winters scoring his second of the day with a breakaway try after the side had gone down 1-0 early in the game. Henley debutant Conrad Morley made an excellent start to his Hawks career, and Lawrence Walker and Tom Smith were given TREDS awards (teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship) for their outstanding performances throughout the day.
The whole squad can now look forward to the Hawks home festival at Dry Leas on Sunday 7 October with confidence and a better understanding of the demands of Under 12 rugby .