GUILDFORD U14’S WEST COUNTRY TOUR
26-28 MARCH 2010
There was a sense of expectation as the 39 strong Guildford U14 team and their parent "mad hatters"
gathered at the club to climb aboard the bus bound for Bristol for the second West Country tour.
Worries of traffic delays soon waned and a few beers were cracked on the bus.
A smiling Diana greeted the arrival of the bus in Bristol reassuring all on board that we had arrived at
the right hotel! The mad hatters who drove down joined their tour mates for a well earned drink
After a team photograph in the Saturday morning sunshine the tour party departed to Keynsham, well
that was the plan, but all soon realised we were heading down a cul de sac. All hoped this was not an
omen for the rugby ahead and with one player arriving with no boots and another with two right boots
concern was high.
With the other touring side from Cork Constitution laying in wait, looking well drilled and Keynsham
looked big and strong, the call from the coaches was to repeat the effort against a big Basingstoke
squad where we made their strength their weakness by attacking fast and getting low at contact. The
boys pulled this off in superb fashion with the Bs leading the way against Cork with an excellent win
before losing to Keynsham after a great fight. The 2nd XV scrum looked very strong and there was
some excellent individual running. The 1st XV won n both games in style and it was decided not to
play 1st v 2nd XV game in view of a hard day’s rugby the next day.
All adjourned to the coach for the short journey to Bath to see Bath play Harlequins and the boys were
able to meet, get autographs and photo’s of many of the players after a good game.
A buffet at the hotel and a court session completed the day and a few stragglers propped up the bar in
true tour style (mainly the ladies we believe).
Blue skies defied the weather men on Sunday and after the traditional wrong turn out of the hotel by
Stuart (or is it Nigel) the party arrived at Clevedon RFC for a tournament featuring the 1st XV teams
from the hosts, Alcester from Worcestershire and local rivals Weston Super Mare.
With the hosts looking strong the 2nd XV stood up to be counted and competed well against all the
teams despite narrow losses. The 1st XV showed patience and quality to win every game and to win
the tournament without conceding a try making it no tries conceded across the whole weekend - a
The only try conceded by the 1st XV was during the fun match, which many agreed a highlight of the
tour between the 1st and 2nd XV squads. With all boys playing out of position the whole game was
played in excellent spirit showing the strong bond in the squad.
Touring is meant to be all about fun and playing the best rugby of your lives and every player can
look back and be proud they upheld this tradition.
Tour squad; Joshua Andrade-Brown, Cameron Appel, ( 1st XV players player of the tour) Will
Bickerton, Tom Campbell, Alex Carelse, Max Christie, Chris Clark, Torin Davies, George Duff,
Stirling Gee, Tom Gill, Richard Gray, Murray Greenan, Will Harrison, Tom Hothersall, Dan Innes,
Dylan Jones, Tom Jordon, Robert Kealey, Ryo Kurashina,( 2nd XV players player of the tour)
Christian McGleughlin, Dom Moritz, Jake O’Sullivan, Jonathan Pennock, Luke Potts, Alex Pound,
Ben Scott, Dan Smith, William Snowden, Oli Stebbing, Elliot Tann-Farr, Fergus Taylor, Jonathan
Tyers, Matthew Tyers, Scott van der Leeden, Cameron Wetherall, Adam Wilkinson, Luke Wytcherley
and Matthew Wythe.
Results; Saturday at Keynsham with visiting side Cork Constitution
GRFC 1st XV; Cork 31-0, Keynsham 10-0
GRFC 2nd XV; Cork 12-7, Keynsham 0-20
; Sunday at Clevedon with visiting sides Weston and Alcester
GRFC 1st XV; Weston 32-0, Alcester 22-0, Clevedon 20-0
GRFC 2nd XV; Weston 0-5, Alcester 5-10, Clevedon 0-24
GRFC 1st XV v GRFC 2nd XV 10-5