With the “Beast from the East” having thrown preparations for the East Kent Cup into disarray, two teams of Thanet Wanderers U9s arrived at a pleasantly dry Ashford Rugby Club, a week later than originally planned, full of enthusiasm and confidence, looking forward to their participation in the tournament.

Wanderers continued their fine form by winning 6 out of 7 games against the biggest and fastest teams in East Kent. From the off Thanet knew they were in for their biggest challenge of the season so far as their opponents, Canterbury, Deal and Sittingbourne to name just a few, had improved since their earlier meetings.

The opposition put Wanderers under huge pressure with wave upon wave of attacks, however they were kept out by an incredible display of tackling, to a chorus of cheers from Coaches and Supporters alike.

Having soaked up the pressure it was now Wanderers chance to go on the offensive and they attacked the space, surging with power and pace and no little guile.

Our Supporters watched with delight as the players ran, passed with accuracy, supported each other and scored a number of wonderful tries

Special mention must go to Charlie F, Evan and Thomas who participated in their first tournament and performed fantastically well on the day.

Well done to all the Thanet Wanderers U9’s, our Team of Players, Coaches and Supporters continues to go from strength to strength.

Report by Anthony White.