It was a fine ‘parade’ of performances from Year 7 on Wednesday evening to win all four matches against local schools and to not concede a try. Nick Houldey was top try scorer with 6, at times he is like stopping an ‘elephant’ on the charge. Man of the Tournament went to skipper Archie Coats for his dazzling all round performances.
Southam 30 Aylesford 0
‘Randolph Turpin’ would have been proud of the agility, pace and power shown by winger Tom Parkin-Neal as he scorched to a hat-trick of tries. Dan Boag dived in for a great try in the corner after fabulous offloads in the tackle by several players. Nick Houldey and Archie coats completed the scoring in an impressive opener in wet conditions.
Southam 30 Myton 0
A ‘SPA’rkling performance against potentially difficult opponents was the highlight of the evening. A sensational Archie Coats try from the kick off set the tone of the match, as his superb footwork and pace bamboozled defender after defender. Good work by centre Dion Tulloch released Tom Parkin Neal to once more fly down the wing to score his fourth of the evening. Dylan Willis and Eden Wood were continually powering up the pitch, the former scoring a fine try and the latter playing in Mr Eadon’s boots! That’s not ‘comyn’ for an 11 year old! Nick Houldey bagged another brace of tries showing real pace to match his strength. The scoring was completed with another Dan Boag try.
Southam 20 Campion 0
It was great to see Campion at this tournament and their ‘new bold’ approach made them worthy adversaries. I took the rampaging Nick Houldey to make the early difference with two more impressive tries. The ball at last found its way out to the right wing where Eric Stanley’s patience was rewarded with a lovely try which reflected his speed and evasive running leaving the opposition as static as the ‘Queen Victoria statue’. Another Dylan Willis try completed the scoring after good work from forwards Jody Hollingsworth and Harry Latus. The high catches and return runs of impressive full back Jack Barley-Morey were a particular feature of this game.
Southam 5 North Leamington 0
Southam camped in the North Leamington half but were frustrated by giving away too many penalties in try scoring positions and by two disallowed tries. James Taylor was particularly unlucky not to mark a fine set of performances with a try. The team had to go back to basics, a solid scrum and an incisive run by Archie Coats to ‘pump room’ in the defence for Nick Houldey to power through to clinch the full set of victories.
Sorry for the delayed match report, Southam’s Got Talent and Parents’ Evening on consecutive nights has resulted in this being a busier week than normal.