All the hard work and preparation from the Camelot U10s paid dividends on Saturday when they participated in their first competitive festival of the season – the Saracens Cup Qualifier.
Placed in a pool of five teams on the artificial pitch at Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens, Camelot were battling it out for a place in the Champions Cup back at the stadium in February.
The main aim of the day was to just enjoy the occasion – but the Camelot boys did much more than that, winning all four of their matches in emphatic style to top the group and cruise through to the finals.
They made an excellent start to the day with a 5-1 win over Chess Valley, soon followed by a 3-0 victory over a Hampstead side that had looked impressive in their opening fixture.
Camelot went into their third game against fierce rivals Old Albanians knowing that one more win would guarantee qualification – and they achieved this in style with another dominant 3-0 triumph.
The boys could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the gas in the final game but, buoyed by their surroundings, they went storming into their clash with Blackheath and bagged a try right from the start before a Blackheath player had even touched the ball.
They went on to record a 3-1 win that completed a stunning day’s rugby from the team whose existence was in jeopardy just three months ago.
The squad is still on the lookout for new recruits to join, and anybody interested in taking part should contact head coach Dave Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org