An update from the Under 14s, 16s, 17s and Girls.
The London Scottish U14s, who were promoted last season, have started this season’s league campaign in Herts Middlesex Division 3 with some good rugby and two fantastic wins.
First off was an away win against Teddington scoring some great team tries and then hosted Finchley on the 10th of October, a perfect day for rugby, dry and sunny!
The lads put in another solid performance scoring seven tries for a 43-0 (HT 19-0) win.
Overall the team was impressive in defence and attack with particular note to some good rucking and straight running.
This squad is managed by a good set of coaches and team manager, that really works hard to give the players the skills, understanding and ultimately the bond to play for each other. The simple rule of including
everyone during the season in friendlies and at least one league game each. Hard work with a squad over 30 in numbers but with a very healthy environment!
With new lead coach, Neil McFarlane, running the sessions, the players have engaged well over the last few weeks in training. We welcomed a few new faces that will certainly add value to the squad for the season to come.
The older group of juniors in the club supplies a good number of players to the junior academy, and the players benefit all from the different coaching that is on offer. George Swinburne is lead coach for this age group, but also lead coach for the Junior Academy at the club.
The academy attracted a number of players for this age group and we are looking forward to see them
integrated into the U17s squad to start their league campaign. The players had a chance to play an exhibition game in the RWC2015 Fanzone on Old Deer Park a few weeks back. This was in the form of a training game against Richmond and although the opposition played the better rugby on the day, it was the start of integrating new players to the squad with many positives that came out of it.
The London Scottish Lionesses (U13, U15 & U18) have had a good few sessions under the belt including the joint sessions with our cluster club Old Emmanuel and their girls also called the Lionesses.
On Sunday the 11th we hosted games for the U15s against Grasshoppers and also an U18s game in the South Cup, playing as the Scottish Emmanuel Lions. The girls did well in their defence and know that their wider attack needs a bit of work as a group. This is a great milestone for the people involved and we are looking forward to the next round in the Cup.
With the Rugby World Cup in its business phase we are also looking forward to a good season in all our age groups and with strong team managements in place and good squad sizes we are optimistic for the future.