The Dover College-sponsored Deal and Betteshanger Under-12 Rugby team travelled to Holland over the Easter weekend. The squad, that has amongst its team members of Dover College, played a number of matches culminating in a very successful tournament win. 

The college players – Seb (Captain), Jimmy, Nicholas, Nathan, Archie, Libby, Hector, Finlay, Geoff (and not forgetting Ollie as mascot) – spent three days in the north of Holland. One of the benefits of playing in Holland was that the girls could join the boys to play competitive games. 

The first match on Saturday was a mixed session with RC Eemhof and was a hot and sweaty affair with some great play from all sides. The Sunday saw the whole team de-camp to Hilversum for the Rugby festival. Over 1000 players took part and the team played four matches. It was clear from the start that our team’s well-rehearsed passing put them at an advantage and we conceded only one try in the first match, but scored 4. Over the next three matches we conceded only one more try, and put away an impressive 22 tries to win the cup outright. 

Thank you to all of the team coaches, parents and players for making it happen and here’s to next year.

Mr Irwin