Camelot RUFC is buzzing with this week’s news that no less than nine junior players have been newly selected for the Hertfordshire County squads – the largest number in the club’s recent history.
This brings the total number of Camelot players currently representing their club at county level to 13.
In the U14 age group, Oli Stafford, Harry Keoghane-Beech, Lewis Brown, Ross Buchanan, Tom Cahalane and George Orriss have all been newly selected, while Josh Mansfield has been called-up for the second season.
Max Allen, George Perry and Adam Jolly have all been selected at the U13 age group, while Adam’s elder brother Sam makes it a family affair, having been picked again at U15 level.
The tally of 13 Camelot players at county level is completed by Eli Thomas and Matt Davies in the U16 age-group.
With one eye on his future Colts squad, academy director and U14 head coach Nick Wilson said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the players concerned and a just reward for their passion, enthusiasm and commitment shown both during training and on the field.
“We highly commend each and every player selected for the trials whilst offering our thanks and gratitude to all who have helped create an environment which has allowed their potential to really bloom – particularly the parents and the coaching team.”
Meanwhile, the first Colts squad (U17/U18) in four seasons faced an experienced and well drilled Amersham & Chiltern side at Chaulden Lane.
Although the score did not favour the home side, head coach Brendan Hope expressed his confidence at the potential his new team displayed so early after the squad’s creation.
The Colts also impressed many of Hemel’s current 1st XV players, who went to watch the inaugural fixture; many of whom came up through past minis, youth and Colts sides themselves.
In other club news, to kick off Camelot’s celebrations for this year’s Rugby World Cup, school youth teams from Kings Langley (two teams), Ashlyns, and Hemel Hempstead School (two teams) competed in a mixed World Cup-themed tag competition.
One of the Kings Langley teams, who became Scotland for the day, ran out as winners in the round-robin event before all teams retired for a well earned barbecue.
Joe Cox and Adam Whyatt – both Camelot first XV players – mentored the visitors by playing opposite each other as non-scoring ‘team stars’.
Tournament organiser Quentin Halfyard, a Camelot veteran, said: “Tag rugby is a fantastic introduction to the game, played with all the tempo of rugby proper.
“But because it disallows contact it enables people of all abilities and fitness levels to participate and enjoy both the camaraderie and discipline that distinguishes rugby union from other sports.
“For this reason it is ideal for mixed gender events, such as has taken place at Camelot today.”
Camelot now look ahead to the start of the RWC and in particular September 26 when the club will be welcoming the local community at a family fun day (2pm-5pm) and beer festival (September 26 to October 3) in the build up to England’s crucial match against Wales.
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