Harlequins Curtain Raiser Cup


Minis U11 • Festival • Sun 27th Jan 13, 10:00AM

Harlequins Curtain raiser Cup

After the recent dreadful weather the day was set fair for excellent rugby . The pitch was exceedingly small  but the boys were fired up in true Effingham fashion.


Effingham 3 Haywards Heath 0

Effingham started their campaign against Haywards Heath and immediately went into attack mode through the forwards driving hard up the middle until Chris Ballard dummied his way over from 5 yards.   A further try was added by Thomas Hardman when he threw a lovely dummy to step inside his man and ran in from 30 yards.  The match was wrapped up when Ollie Tebbits touched down late in the game. 


Effingham 1 Old Alleyenians 1

The defending  champions Old Alleyenians were a good side with a useful backline and initially the Eagles showed them too much respect and conceded an early try when they created an overlap to put their winger over.  The Eagles soon realised that they had a soft underbelly and started to smash them back at scrum and ruck time and after a lovely run by Edward Timpson the ball was rumbled up the middle by the forwards before Chris Ballard in his signature dummy and go, scored. 

The second half saw the Eagles apply early pressure and came close to scoring on several occasions.  Once Alleynians had weathered the storm they started to gain territorial advantage and a great cover tackle by Timpson denied their fly half a certain try in the corner.  A collection of scrums were set close to the Eagles line and on each occasion they managed to win the scrums and clear their lines.   The final whistle sounded and a fair result was achieved.


Effingham 5 Old Alleynians Bs 0

 A routine victory was achieved but the rugby did not flow until the second half.  A solitary Eagles try in the first half was a scrappy affair after the Alleynians dropped the ball on their line and George Stuttard dotted it down.  The second half was a different affair with the team running riot.  Tries were scored by Ted Tacon, Alex Smith, George Stuttard and Louis Kasapian.The boys appeared to really enjoy it and out rucked and out muscled the opposition.


Effingham 1 Guildfordians 1

The Eagles scored in the first minute when a typical barnstorming Max Tait run was rewarded with a try.  The game then turned into a scrappy affair until the second half when Guildford applied pressure to suck in our backs and created an overlap to score.  The Eagles then picked up their game to hammer at the Guildford line, Louis Kasapian looked to have scored but the referee mysteriously disallowed it and the final play saw Edward Timpson awarded a try but then it was retracted as he had lost the ball in the act of scoring. 


Overall the boys had a successful morning and qualified second in the group.  The spirit was fantastic and we should certainly have a good chance in the finals.



Louis Kasapian
Thomas Hardman
Albert Litman
Ollie Bradshaw
George Stuttard
Tom Marvin
Max Tait
Ted Tacon
Chris Ballard
Alex Smith
Sam Turner
Ollie Tebbits
Elliot Lewis
Tomasz Faulks
Edward Timpson



Report by Andy Stuttard