December 2012 Round UP
A great time was had by all on the last Sunday training session of the year. After warming up and playing a few games we all assembled by the U10s pitch for the much anticipated obstacle course. There were slaloms, cargo nets, tackle pads and bags, all this whilst being bombarded by rugby balls, water bombs, super squirters and spray string. It was a great way to finish up for Christmas. Then it was straight into the clubhouse for the juniors Christmas bash. Whilst the boys and girls were enjoying their lunch, a guest appearance from our favourite tiger handing out presents to all, really was the icing on the cake
It is with a big smile on my face that I look back at the first half of the season for all the youth and juniors. I can’ t think of a time when we have been downbeat about the task ahead and we are very fortunate to have some fantastic people involved, people who believe in this club and want to be here to make sure all the boys and girls who pull on that black and gold shirt are put first, afterall they are the future. We are growing in numbers on a weekly basis and continue to prove that we are competitive at all our age groups. Our rebuilding continues and we go into the second half of the season with the help and support from all our fellow clubs who have stood by us throughout this period and continually ring up looking to play us if we are free. Its very reassuring for all of us involved at this rugby club
May I on behalf of all the youth and junior section, wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and as the minis always say “and don’t forget the champagne”.
Darren Wright (Junior Chairman)
What a month October was for the youth and junior section…..
After 4 weeks of training the U7s-U9s started a run of 6 games including two festivals at Woodbridge RFC, and then had a home game which saw Stowmarket and Felixstowe come to Humber Doucy Lane. And after a great morning’s rugby the boys returned to the clubhouse for some lunch. When the U14s who were playing both squads against Colchester’s teams came in, the clubhouse was packed with over two hundred boys and girls as well as the parents and coaches. This is all part of a rugby club for me. The atmosphere was fantastic with kids of all ages shouting to be heard and having a lot of fun, whilst the U14 boys all looking very smart in their shirts and ties were trying to get to the kitchen to get their well earned lunch, as well as joining in with the banter.
The first of the festivals was the Woodbridge Development Festival which saw over sixty teams from across the eastern counties come to give their newest recruits a chance to show how far they have progressed over the first few weeks. All the boys did really well. The U7s won the plate final, the U8s lost in their plate final to a well drilled Bury side and the U9s won the cup final beating a big Lowestoft side.
The second festival was at Bury st Edmunds and this festival focuses more on picking your team from the top down and there were some great sides in action. It’s a totally different experience from the Woodbridge one, not only are the teams more experienced but the refereeing is a lot stricter. All the boys did really well considering they were facing established teams and all had a very enjoyable day, ending with the U7s narrowly losing in the plate final.
Our last game in the run of six, was away to Hadleigh. From the moment we left Ipswich it was pouring down and when we arrived at Hadleigh it was very wet indeed. It’ s probably the first time that all the boys have played in conditions like that and all did very well.
This Sunday sees us all at Humber Doucy Lane for a much needed training session.
Darren Wright (Junior Chairman)
Come and Feel The Buzz (August 2012)
All the hard work that has been put in pre-season off the field at HumberDoucy lane is really starting to pay off.
The club is reaping the benefits of its one club one vision campaign as children of all ages have been joined by senior players, coaches, parents and club officials in creating a real buzz at Ipswich Rugby club.
A lot of the senior players are taking an active role in the youth and junior set up,helping some of the coaches with sessions for the boys and girls, and for the first time this season all the youth and junior teams will be able to experience playing a game before the 1st Fifteen games, in front of the crowd and then being guard of honour as the seniors run onto the pitch.
A new family area has been constructed to encourage more families to come down and experience match day in the safety of an enclosed area just for them, and also a stones throw away from the clubhouse in case dad fancies a pint.
If you dont believe it, why not come down and give us a try! All details of all 1st and 2nd fifteen games can be found on our fresh new website
Children of all ages and experience are also welcome to come over on a Sunday morning and have a go at the game of rugby. We offer four free sessions to see if they like it. For more details go to the youth and junior section on our website and click on an age group, or contact Junior Chairman Darren Wright on 07970980440.
Never has it been a better time to come over to Humber Doucy Lane and see, and feel what everyone’s talking about.