U14 Boys dominate and win their pool and advancing through to the cup final...
Saturday 17th was a dismally wet day with heavy rain starting just as we started warming up for our first game at the Q-META Cup Sevens tournament in Brantford. With a strong squad the U14 boys spirits and enthusiasm were high for our first of the Fall Sevens tournament series.
Our first game was against Mississauga Blues. With a couple of early tries, it was clear we would dominate and we won comfortably with many different players getting through to score and captain Sean Snyman making most of the conversions.
After a short break, our second pool match against Highland was clearly a different prospect. Highland were strong and disciplined, tackling and supporting well. The Cru boys were caught off guard and gave up a couple of early tries. Cru tightened up it’s defense and started doing a better job of retaining possession when attacking. This was a close and exciting game with Cru drawing level in the closing minutes of the game.
Our third game against Oshawa saw the team play really well from the kick-off and we dominated most of the game for a comfortable victory. With two wins and one draw, we won our pool and progressed to play Barrie in the semi-final.
Barrie were strong and skilled but the Cru boys played excellent rugby to starve them of possession and keep control of the game. With a hard fought contest, the Crusaders held on to win and progress to the Cup Final. In the other semi-final, Highland beat out the home team favorites Brantford to progress to the final.
With 3 tough games behind us and a number of injuries we struggled to find our form against a stronger Highland team that was playing very well. Despite our good defense, the Highland team did well keeping possession and overturning our possession and soon found themselves with points on the scoreboard. The Crusaders worked hard but were clearly exhausted and never really threatened Highland. I don’t know the final score but Highland played well and deserved the victory to win the cup.
It was a very damp day but the spirits of the boys remained high, they played great rugby and left it all on the pitch. They had a lot to be proud of and we look forward to our next tournament at Sunnybrook Park on Saturday.