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Minis U10 • Festival • Sun 15th Apr 12, 12:00PM
Effingham Under 10s joint winners of the Surrey Cup
The Effingham Eagles carried on from their cup tournament victories at Richmond and Effingham with a first ever Surrey cup triumph at this age group.
The day started well with fine victories over Kings who were beaten 4-1 and then a 5-0 drubbing over Richmond. The quarter final was against Guildfordians and though not at their best ran out 2 – 0 winners with tries from Max Tait and Louis Kassapian.
The semi finals saw them pitched against old adversaries Reeds Weybridge who had defeated them earlier in the season. Effingham never allowed Reeds to settle and tore into them from the start. Great running from Aaron Owen and Sam Turner made dents in the Reeds defences and this allowed scrum half Mark Purves to feed George Stuttard who bulldozed over from 5 yards. Reeds attempted to respond but found an iron defence and the game was finished off when Max Tait finished off a sweeping move to dot down in the corner to win 2-0.
The final saw the Eagles pitched against a very big Farnham outfit and for the first 5 minutes the Farnham boys battered their line until Eagles fly half Harry Mead latched onto a loose pass and set off on an 80 metre dash for the line. He was hunted down but just managed to score in the corner for a great individual try. Farnham responded immediately with a neat try in the left hand corner but Effingham could have taken the lead right on half time when a typical barnstorming Kassapian charge was brought down yards short, the ball was recycled but the final pass to Max Anderson fell just short and the chance was squandered.
Farnham fired out of the blocks in the second half and within 2 minutes had scored through their scrum half who spotted a gap close to the ruck to dart over. Effingham were not done and came back strongly through strong surges by Stuttard and Liam Kerr, then tremendous forward power saw the ball moved to Tait who coolly finished off in the corner with men to spare outside. 2 tries each and Effingham were looking for the final kill. A great scrum surge with new prop Tom Marvin to the fore enabled fly half Mead to dart up the blind side and looked like a try was beckoning but the covering Farnham defender just squeezed him out into touch and the final whistle went to end an enthralling contest. The rules dictate that a draw means the 2 sides are both crowned champions and so the eagles rounded off a remarkable season with the major trophy they were after, the Surrey Cup and Surrey champions.
Max Anderson Louis Kassapian Liam Kerr Harry Mead Aaron Owen Marc Purves George Stuttard Sam Turner Tom Marvin Max Tait Tomasz Faulks