The Mini's Festival visitors were Hastings, Heathfield, Helloingly, Eastbourne, Newick, Chichester, Wimbledon and Uckfields
U7's Coach Rob Moore
Lewes Under 7's had two teams available for the festival, Lewes Blues and Lewes Blues and Whites. Rob Moore said "Both teams played absolutely brilliantly and next season, for U8s we have a strong core".
Lewes Blues players were, Toby, Ronan, Barnaby and Tabitha - notably Barnaby playing in his very first festival for the U7s having moved up from the U6s recently. They played out of their skin, tagging like demons and supporting each other when they didn't have the ball. They played games against Hastings, Eastbourne, Uckfield and Heathfield and their final tally was won three, lost one. Outstanding work. Toby worked hard in every game, Tabitha was a dynamo, Ronan just gets better and better and Barnaby Green in his first festival showed that the family genes run strong and rugby is in his blood.
Lewes Blues and Whites players were, James, Adam, Jake and Malin and they got into their stride from the first whistle. Each player had "his game" where they did something amazing that turned the game in our favour, Adam in the final game was outstanding as captain leading by example scoring an excellent try, Jake with his jinking runs up the sidelines scoring tries at will, Malin turned into a tagging machine and James with his Campese-esque scissor kick and a sublime interception was amazing. They did Lewes proud, not just by going undefeated, but by beating all teams before them - Heathfield, Hastings, Chichester and Uckfield.
U9's Coach Paul Lacy
Played 2 teams of 7
Both teams played good flowing rugby in wet and muddy conditions. They were against some talented opposition which was a good challenge for the team but they showed good teamwork, aggressive tackling in defence, competent passing in attack and some stunning tries were scored.
U10's Coach Aroop Tanna
We were delighted to enter two U10 squads to our home festival this year. With our post-Christmas influx of players new to rugby, we were able to provide 7 (slightly nervous) new joiners with their first opportunity to play competitive rugby. Lewes Reds has a good day with two wins, a draw and a single loss. Lewes Blues had a slightly tougher day with 1 win and 3 losses. Given the recent spate of festival cancellations, everyone appreciated getting plenty of game time and our new players conquered their nerves to do themselves and the club proud
U11's Coach Nick Summers:
We put out 2 mixed teams and both performed admirably only losing one match each. From a coaching perspective it is great to see that we are building a squad with strength and depth. A number of newer players introduced themselves today with committed performances, others continued to demonstrate real improvements and some of the stronger players were able to show off their skills and dazzle!
U12’s Coach Justin Brown
The Under 12’s held a Tri-tournament between Lewes, Shoreham and Seaford. Scores were not really monitored except for the Lewes v Seaford match, but it’s fair to say that Shoreham comfortably beat Lewes and Seaford. The Lewes and Seaford match however, was very tightly contested and ended in a 4-4 draw.
The tournament was a great chance for some more game time for our Under 12’s.
The U15s (pictured) were off on tour to Cornwall where they played in gorgeous conditions in a tournament. They beat St Austell 17-0, Wadebridge 40-0, Newquay 14-0 and drew with Truro 0-0. As Truro beat Newquay 5-0, Lewes were tournament champions on points difference.
The U16s went to Cranbrook with 14 players for a friendly. At the end of the first half, their hosts led 27-0 but the second half was even scoring ending with a Cranbrook victory 39-12.
Updated 09:43 - 10 Apr 2018 by Becky Taylor