SATURDAY brought a trip everyone involved with the Ormskirk Under-9s, had been looking forward to for many weeks.
The team travelled early to Sale Sharks’ home, the AJ Bell Stadium, to take part in a much anticipated mini festival.
The first of the five games the boys would face would be against Macclesfield, the boys fell to a 4-3 tight defeat.
Thanks to two tries from top scorer Dan, as well as another from in-form wide player Joel. The boys were unfortunate to be beaten.
The next game saw the boys roundly beaten by an impressive Lymm side, who played excellently all day.
The boys did well to frustrate their opponents with some great tackling, they would have got on the scoresheet but for great defending by their opponents.
The boys then took on a well coached attacking Bury side, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw, which delighted the opposing coach who was from Maghull. Joel added another two tries to his tally, with Dan finishing excellently again.
The fourth game saw the boys take on Ellesmere Port. This game brought what the coaches had been waiting for - a victory!
The boys ran out 4-1 winners. This was thanks to a dramatic flying finish from George and a hat-trick from Dan. The boys were excellent, playing some of their best rugby of the season.
The final game saw the boys take on Burnley, in another tightly fought contest the boys ran out 4-3 winners again! Defending well at the end of the game to hold out for the win. Tries came from George going over in the corner, Ben who turned opponents inside out on his way to the line and finally a brace of tries for our newest member Harry who left players in his wake.
The day wasn't over there though, after being presented with medals and flags after the game, the boys then took in visits to the club shop, autographs and photos with club stars.
A parade around the pitch at half time as well as seeing coach Dan Evans nearly hit the crossbar at half time. As well as taking in the LV Cup fixture between Sale and Worcester.
Player of the Festival went to Joseph for his line speed and ball carrying, it also went to Adam for his awareness at the breakdown, Josh also scooped the award for not showing any fear.
Dan deserved the award also for his super tackling and try scoring. Captain Sam picked up the award for his leadership skills. Ben couldn't be overlooked for his footwork and super ability to make ground.
Joel stood out for selection because he kept his position so well and was always an option. George stood up to be counted on the day with his excellent try assisting and his willingness to pass.
Jake made his case showing some excellent tackles and making lots of ground.
Harry was more than deserving of the award for his pace and willingness to run for his team.
Every player deserved to win player of the festival, and they did!
Jack and Dan couldn't be prouder of all the boys for their rugby and behaviour on the day showing what a great credit to the club all the boys are.