Warly U16s bring home the Hampstead Cup!
By Matthew Quarendon
Triumphant win for the Warly U16 boys in the Quins Cup Finals day at Farnham beating Cobham 45-5 and finishing 4th in Surrey
It has only taken us until the very last fixture of the season to get our match start right! Oh hitting the ground running is such a joy for the coaches to behold… and scoring in the 4th minute is the icing on the cake. Today we came out of the blocks and set the pace early and apart from a passage of play in the 12th-20th minute of the first half where they slowed down a little bit the boys kept up the pressure from end to end.
Cobham who we've not faced all season looked spirited but were slow to react to our back line and their speed. After 15 minutes they looked like they were coming back into the game with some urgency and dominance in the loose, but were soon driven back when the Warly boys re-grouped and beat them back. Great performance from the forwards who aren’t always the quickest to the breakdown and the most enthusiastic when it comes to driving the opposition off the ball, but their speed of handling was better and with far fewer mistakes and penalties lost.
Sam Evans and Ollie Leake our ‘pillars’ up front were mobile and energetic around the field and dominant in the scrums. Such a pity the 1.5 metre restriction remans in place as more than once we could have scored if not a push over try then at least built the base for some close pack tries. Locks Jamal Ryan-Coker and Louis Quarendon looked pacey around the park and defended like another set of back row all game putting in some decisive tackles. Bradley Cummings coming on for a 2nd half for Jamal, is a fresher talent who we are very excited about developing further next year, He is very bold, runs straight and always does the right thing. He too, could cut it on the flank as he’s quick-witted with fast feet. What a difference it makes when we have 5 man back-row.
Hooker Paddy Mallows proved once again that his twisting and turning and devilish side step is hard to combat and allowed him an excellent try in the 10 minute. Glenmore Haydon on the blind side competed in every breakdown and scared of no-one his speed and strength in defence is devastating for any opposition. He narrowly missed scoring a try having ran half the length of the pitch in the 23rd minute showing his great fitness and stamina. Toby Carter and Andrew Dearden sharing a half each also showed the incredible fitness they both have and how they have grown since even the beginning of the season at flanker. Both have terrific game sense and know how far to punish the boundary most of the time! Marni Richards, made another huge impression, especially on the opposition who struggled to stop him all game. His brutal strength and bursting pace makes made a great 8 and a try under the posts proved this in the 12th minute.
Scrum half Thomas Sullivan played with his usual determination and focus, stealing opposition ball and making our own messy ball straight again so the backs can do something with it. Never happy to just convert ball, he proves over and over that you cannot give him any space as his speed and superb balance will prevail and he’ll score from anywhere on the field. Brother Liam Sullivan at 10 equal in speed and stamina and with the same ferocity with ball in hand can set up plays and finish the job over and over. Superb fitness and great game sense make him an extremely valuable asset in our side as well as his excellent captaincy competence, with 2 tries his game, his was a epic game.
No.12 Chris Lipczynski played his heart out, beating the opposition for 3 magnificent tries and converting 5. He is at his most deadly in close quarter play in the first 10 paces where quick foot work and deception stumps the opposition every time and opens up the field for rest of the back line.
And to behold seeing the return of the Luca at 13 having spent so many long weeks on the bench with a broken collarbone seemingly looks like he wants to make up for lost time by proving to us all once again his searing sprint pace unequalled by anyone in the squad will put him far beyond the reach of the opposition. He was unlucky on Sunday not to score but that was right in the space of it and we as a squad are delighted to see him return.
Cavell Ani on the wing had another next game where he despite his incredible speed and lightning reflexes was a marked man and stopped a few times more than he would have liked. However never one to give up what he kept going and his defence once again was on point. Jeevan Saggu came on at 14 for Cavell in the 2nd half and maintained a very respectable line and a great barrier in defence. On the other wing Joel Munroe showed us once again how pleased we are to see him back this season having spent a couple away. His strength and speed is a great bonus to us and his ability to defend with a no-nonsense tackle is right at the heart of our defence.
At full-back Joshua Palmer is a great selection with his sticky hands and extraordinary acceleration keeping safe all stray ball. Daniel Willicombe, fast becoming a utility player (“he’ll play anywhere”) put up a strong defence at 15 for the 2nd half with great hands and expert skills in attack with a side-step and a flourish.
It was a great effort from all our boys, with good discipline throughout and keeping to the game plan. Well done all 19 who made our last fixture of the season a memorable one. We are due to collect 2 pieces of silver now on 28th June and looking forward to next Sunday 6th May for our awards BBQ.
1st Half: 17 - 0
Liam Sullivan 5, Marni Richards 5, Chris Lipczynski 2, Paddy Mallows 5
Chris Lipczynski 5, Chris Lipczynski 2, Chris Lipczynski 5, Chris Lipczynski 2
Liam Sullivan, 5, Chris Lipczynski 2, Chris Lipczynski 5, Chris Lipczynski 2
45 - 5 - Full time