U13 A Rugby Team on Tour
On the Wednesday morning before half term, our talented U13 A Rugby Team got ready to set off on tour. Proudly wearing their Elstree-branded tour kit, they split in to forwards and backs to load the mini buses. Rivalries established, tour fines and points explained, the youngest squad member was given responsibility of the tour mascot ‘Rio’. All they then had left to do was pose for a photo at the front of school before departure.
A smooth drive to the beautiful Wye valley (just before Storm Dennis), meant a long lunch break in the woods and a game of ‘Zimmie Zimmie’. Soon after lunch, we arrived at Monmouth School for Boys and started getting ready for our first game.
The opening exchanges were pretty even, but once we got into our stride, the forwards dominated and the tries mounted up. We were very well looked after by Monmouth and with a quick shower and a full belly of curry, Merthyr Superbowl was our next destination. The backs dominated the bowling, the forwards just edged it on the Si-fi crazy golf, and everyone conquered the feed. It was then on to our bunkhouse accommodation for a much needed sleep.
The next morning, we were hosted by The Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre. With the cold, wind and high waters, canoeing was pretty tough going. The boys made the most of it and were soon warming up with a huge serving of Fish and Chips.
Next for some brave souls, was gorge walking; crawling in, up and over the cold waterfalls. They slid along lengthy stretches of very cold white water rapids, chanting various songs to distract from the cold, and laughed a lot.
The showers back at the centre were, in the boys words, ‘sensational’! Next a huge feed at Pizza Hut, where once again the boys outshone themselves, not only in the amount they ate, but through their manners.
The final day involved for some of these boys the last ever rugby match they will play for Elstree. Beaudessert were a strong side and both teams played some great rugby. Unfortunately, the result didn’t go our way, but it was nice to have proper contest to end our season.
It was then on to Gloucester for some expert coaching and to watch the match against Exeter Chiefs. This was a lovely way to end the tour for this great team. We all left tired, yet fulfilled, with many happy and lasting memories.