U12 Boys Contact
Congratulations U12s "Lions" for their 15-15 draw at Heathfield. Well done to the whole U12s squad - undefeated in phase one of the Sussex Waterfall.
Report on our game versus Lewes.
Forty minutes of dream rugby is what spectators at Lewes RFC encountered on Sunday. The home team welcomed Jersey, with both teams showing a keen desire to demonstrate what they could do.
Jersey had the upper hand at the outset with two early tries scored by Freddie Bracken-Smith. From the opposition’s first kick, the high ball was beautifully received by Lewis Ham-Howes, passing it out to Bracken-Smith. The second ball Bracken-Smith caught himself and, on both occasions, he weaved and side-stepped past at least 4 players through to the try line.
The opposition soon responded and ensured their defensive wall was stronger at the next Jersey onslaught.
Spectators were vocal in their appreciation of the drive and commitment of the Jersey team and noteably by Jack Stevens, Ham-Howes and James Courtness whose tackles waged war on Lewes, stopping their physically bigger forwards in their tracks. That said, Lewes had the edge during a number of phases breaking through and scoring two tries by half time.
Samuel Hunter faced up to his opposite number with grit and determination, whilst Nathan Witherington’s accuracy as scrum half placed the ball in his backs hands to play with flair.
Jersey’s third try, driven home by Celyn Thomas, was the most beautiful of the match. The ball passed down the line through six pairs of hands from the centre-line breakdown, taking advantage of the space on the wing.
Minutes later, scrum down, top left in Jersey’s half. The ball emerged in the visitor’s hands as it passed to Drew Boylan, then to Thomas and onto Matthew Thornton, who grasped the moment to run like a train down the right wing diving over the line for the fourth touch down.
From yet another scrum, this time, Jersey’s Courtness was the ball receiver, taking it from a standing start, running dead straight through the home team to score Jersey’s fifth try.
Lewes had the advantage over their visitors at the ruck, with higher levels of discipline at the breakdown, driving over and, either, keeping possession or winning more turnovers.
Harry Journeaux covered ground and kept Lewes on their toes, Eathan Soar kept possession of the ball in the scrum and ruck and James Edey rocked the pack with his strength and power. All three added to the wider team’s ability to show off Jersey’s combined skill-set.
The second half, Lewes evidently upped their game, but Jersey were ready to maintain their pressure and focus.
Boylan showed his mettle and was seriously on fire. His first of many breaks through a thick fog of defenders followed by fantastic support play by Aiden Fox who placed himself perfectly to receive Boylan’s offload and to score the first try of the second half.
After the kick restart, again Boylan ploughed through the defensive line in his own half building up a powerful head of steam quickly getting up to full speed moving steadily away from the chase, but unfortunately only just missing a try.
Jack Stevens’ try soon followed developed from a close contact altercation with a Lewes defender whose best efforts failed to stop the Steven’s might.
Following the next restart a touch down on the try line by Courtness was not seen by the referee due to the number of bodies in the mud blocking his view, but Jasper Lilley calmly collected up the ball and smashed it over the line to both the approval of the crowd and, more importantly, the ref’s whistle. Jersey’s ninth try was in the bag!
The ref’s strict application of the laws combined with a very short dead ball line left Ben Neasham wanting after a storming try which, unfortunately, was not awarded as the touch down was placed off the pitch.
A great day’s rugby by all and Jersey can be proud of their Under12s representatives.'
Final Score: Lewes 2 - Jersey 9
Most Improved Man of the Match: Harry Journeaux
Man of the match: Ben Neasham
Manager: Ruth Galloway
Coaches: Carl Ham-Howes & Simon Burgess
We're delighted to welcome Jersey Reds players, who are joining us as coaches for some of our sessions - Jack Macfarlane, Roy Godfrey, Tom Quarrie and Scott Van Breda.
U12 - Lead Coach
Tony Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org 07768 041221
U12 - Manager
Adie Hodgson - email@example.com 07797 757649
U12 - Assistant Manager
Ruth Galloway - firstname.lastname@example.org 07797 828612
Coaches: Dave Clark, Simon Burgess, Peter Smith, Carl Ham Howes, Kevin McGinty, Carl Parslow, Brian Middlemiss, Richard Stevens
Training - 10:30 - 12:00 on Sunday mornings, Pitch 2
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The U12s are generously sponsored by British Airways
East Grinstead 10 (5) 30 (20) Jersey
Tries: Thornton; Cuthbert; Sanders; Nayel; Bracken-Smith; Stevens;
In the first ever league match for the Under 12’s the Under 12’s travelled to East Grinstead.
Arriving in good time, the team shook off the travel with a quick set of drills and then lined up on the half way line to observe one minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday.
From then for the first 15 minutes of a 20 minute half, it was all Jersey. Fast up in defence putting real pressure on the Grinstead players forcing errors and ferocious counter rucking meant that Jersey retained the ball.
The team exploited the time on the ball by moving the ball through at least six pair of hands to score our opening try in the left hand corner. This fast start was hard to live with for Grinstead and the pattern continued with strong running and rucking complimented by good handling skills.
The intensity that the team brought to these first 15 minutes meant that Jersey had crossed the whitewash on 3 occasions without reply. A great start in our first league match however East Grinstead playing at home however were not going to lie down and through some strong running scored a try of their own.
The response to being breached was instant and Jersey scored another try just before half time t make it Jersey 20: East Grinstead 5.
East Grinstead lifted their game in the second half and brought their strong runners into the game. Jersey maintained a good defensive line and collectively made a number of strong tackles. Although Grinstead did break through to score a try, Jersye replied with two of their own to make the final score Jersey 30 East Grinstead 10.
Significantly every boy that travelled had significant game time, our six tries were scored by six different players, Jersey were complimented both for their style of play on the field and behaviour off it.
All the team made strong contributions to our overall performance but a special mention should go to Saif Nayel who only started rugby this season and was nominated by East Grinstead as their man of the match.
A great start to our league campaign.
Team: Bertie Cook; Callum Cuthbert; Cian Bowring; Ciaran Maloney; Dyllon Gratz; Edward Nash; Freddie Bracken-Smith (c)
Harvey Sanders; Jack Stevens; Lewis Ham- Howe’s; Matthew Thornton; Owen Graham ; Saif Nayel; Sam Watling; William Hodgson
Coaches- Richard Stevens and Brian Middlemiss; Manager - Adie Hodgson
Le Tournois Tournament
Weekend 23rd/24th September
Jersey U12/13 select
A combined Jersey under 12/13 side took on a strong Normandy select at the annual Le Tournois festival at Chateau de Flamanville home to Flamanville RFC, our rugby hosts for the weekend.
The French select started strongly scoring in under two minutes with a run in try. Jersey soon got into the game with some ferocious tackling and commitment at the ruck ably supported by some good passing movements in the backs.
Jersey were back level after twelve minutes with a scintillating run by Etienne Huckson from just outside his own 22 with great support from Gus Hotton who was on his shoulder all the way to the try line.
Two quick tries by the French backs in the 15th and 17th minute saw the Normandy select end the first half in the lead at three tries to one.
Jersey came out for the second half with great determination and started to dominate their French opponents. Some superb lineout work by the Jersey second row, who stole a number of opposition ball, provided good ball for the backs to run at the French. The Jersey nine, Freddie Bracken-Smith, showed great vision and pace to break through the French defence line and scored two brilliant tries in the half. The French responded well to end at normal time 4 tries to 3.
A final 20 minute period was played which saw the opposition beginning to take control again as the Jersey side began to tire as the early start to their day began to take effect.
A second outing against the same opponents on Sunday saw Jersey start strongly and took an early lead with good passing through the back line out to Bertie Cooke who still had a lot of work to do to score in the corner with just three minutes gone. A well worked try by the French squad squared the game on 6 minutes who then took the lead following a miss-placed kick out of the Jersey defence to the big French centre who set up the final score to end the game 2 to 1.
A very big thank you to all the players for their behaviour and attitude over the weekend. They were a fantastic credit to both themselves and Jersey RFC and a pleasure to travel with.
La Manche (Normandy) - combined U12s/13s - Sept 23/24 - report below
House Tournament - Oct 15 & Nov 5
East Grinstead (Sussex Waterfall) - Nov 12
Lewes (Sussex Waterfall) - Dec 3
Heathfield (Sussex Waterfall) - Jan 14
Worthing (Home game) - Jan 28
Bath (Home game) - April 14/15
Please regularly check our webpage, this is the primary means of communicating with parents & will detail our training and travel schedule. Any variations to Sunday training, due to weather etc will be posted to the webpage by 6pm on a Saturday evening.
Parking is available at the clubhouse or on Pitch 3; please avoid the Jersey Bowl carpark.
Please also note the following
players should not wear hoodies or clothing with zips for training
all players must have a mouth guard bring a bottle of water to training
new JR M&J kit is available to purchase in the M&J kit shop which is located in the container Adjacent to Pitch 4, not from the club shop. The M&J shop can now also accept card payment as well as cash and cheques. There is also a second hand kit shop on the first Sunday of every month operating from the changing room next to the M&J office facing Pitch 2.
please make sure a parent or other adult is somewhere on Club premises during training or advise your manager if another adult has parental responsibility.
Please remove muddy boots & clothes before entering the Club house
...and if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask - there is no such thing as a silly question!