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Buzzard Minis at Buckingham Festival 7th October 2018



Sunday the 7th October at  the Buckingham festival.



Well done to all the teams involved.

Under 8’s

The team travelled to Buckingham Rugby Club to take part in their first game of the season, a festival at Buckingham.

We had 2 reams entered in the festival and coaches were a little anxious to see how the kids would play in their 1st game, on a bigger pitch than last year and slight changes to the rules.

We had no reason to worry, our 1st game we won not 1 but 2 turnovers, 7 consecutive tags. This hard work and skill shown by all boys continued throughout the day, culminating with us turning over in 9 out of our 10 games. They really stepped up and it was great to see that all the hard work and efforts by the kids and the coaches paid off as we only lost 2 games out of 10. Bearing in mind that some of them had had a very long day at Twickenham the day before.

Their Behaviour was exceptional and the boys listened to the coaches and showed fantastic, sportsmanship and  teamwork.

As coaches we couldn’t pick a player of the week so we gave the award to the whole team as they had all done such an amazing job, representing themselves and their club.

Well done U8’s!!!


Under 9’s

Leighton Buzzard U9s took two teams to the Kirk Nokes Mini Rugby Festival at Buckingham rugby club.  Whilst some of the players had played at last weeks Bedford Festival for some this would be their first contact rugby matches.


Autumnal sunshine saw the matches kick off at 10am with the two teams playing matches against Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Chinnor, Towcester and Aylesbury.  After their customary slow first matches both teams started to flourish with committed tackling, fast and flowing running, offloads and of course plenty of tries. Improvements and confidence came with each passing match. LB1 finished with 3 wins, a draw and loss.  LB2 finished with 2 wins, a draw, and 2 losses but regardless of the results all matches were played in the right spirit and upheld the RFU core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportmanship.  Well done U9s.

Under 10’s

A crisp and sunny start to Sunday saw the U10’s turn up for their first competitive games of the season. Buckingham once again hosted the Kirk Nokes Mini Rugby Festival with teams from Aylesbury, Chinnor, Milton Keynes, Towcester and of course Leighton Buzzard taking part. Our U10’s were biting at the bit to get their first games under their belts and this positive attitude paid off to good effect with a couple of early wins. Both Milton Keynes and Towcester had fairly formidable front rows but unlike their other opponents, our U10’s did not capitulate and managed to contain the dual threats with solid teamwork and determination. Not all results went our way and what appeared to be a bout of post -luncheon lethargy certainly didn’t help, but that soon subsided with touchline ‘encouragement’ and a renewed appetite for results.

The U10’s still have some way to go in terms of tackling and team communication but they can certainly take many positives from this festival and consider the experience a building block to greater achievements. There were some notable performances including Hannah Johnson for her persistent drive and Geordan Atwell for his first try both mentioned in dispatches amongst others, but it was outstanding and spirited performances by Joseph Allen, Leo Clarke and player of the tournament Jack Beer that earned them this week’s team awards.

Under 11’s

LBRFC U11s entered two teams into the Buckingham the festival including a number of new players to the club who were not on their first outing in LBRFC club colours but were also playing their first game of rugby! The teams took on a range of local sides including Aylesbury, Towcester, Milton Keynes, and Chinnor.

Both LBRFC teams played exceptionally well; especially given it was the first game of the seasons. They adapted really well to the new rules which include kicking and striking in the scrum.

Whilst we took a bit of time to warm up in our first game against Towcester after that all players seemed to find their rhythm and spectators were treated to some great running rugby. Both LBRFC teams tackled hard and demonstrated their ability to turn over ball at the ruck and the scrum.

The three new players who had not played rugby before had exceptional games getting fully involved in the action with great running, strong tackling.


A great start to the season, onwards and upwards!

Under 12’s

Following an early season run out in the Land Rover Cup at Northampton Saints last month, Buzzards U12s were eagerly anticipating playing in the Kirk Noakes Cup at Buckingham Rugby Club, a ground where they have enjoyed playing over recent seasons.  With increased numbers in the age group for the 2018-19 season a large squad made the journey over including some new players making their first appearance for the club. Buzzards were drawn against Aylesbury, Bedford Blues and Buckingham in their pool and following hard-working performances that improved as the day went by, they topped their group.


The first match saw Buzzards come out on top against a strong Aylesbury team with tries scored by Jack Charter and new signing for the season, Joseph Chapman who raced down the wing to touch down in the corner. A second physical match against Bedford Blues saw Finlay Rodger crossing the white line for Buzzards. In the final pool match against the unbeaten Buckingham, the boys in blue and white put in their performance of the day for the watching crowds. Trailing at half-time Buzzards came out firing in the second half and ran in six unanswered tries with Jack Charter (3) and Lewis Jeans (2) putting the opposition to the sword with some great inter-play whilst Alex Cartwright also ran in his first try of the season. Most pleasing throughout was the contribution by every single player showing the coaches what potential the boys have for the season in terms of strength in depth.


Having progressed to the final, Buzzards came up against a well organised and clinical Towcester RFC who took their chances well and secured the trophy. The squad should be proud of their performances today across the board. Next week the team travel to Biggleswade RFC.