Folkestone Under 12’s win at the Kent Finals
Sunday 23rd April saw Folkestone under 12’s travel to Aylesford to compete in the Kent Finals. This year saw the introduction of the waterfall tournament, which I must say has been run to great effect.
Folkestone knew their first game would be their toughest, as they had to compete against Blackheath 1st team. Blackheath are one of the top clubs in Kent, and their Under 12 side were equally as strong as the rest of the club. The Folkestone youngsters put on their best display of the year, as they matched the physicality of the much larger side, and were much more efficient when attacking. Despite Blackheath scoring the first try, Stones showed great resilience to firstly draw level and then take the lead before half time. Despite being under serious pressure in the second half, Folkestone weathered the storm and even managed a superb team try to rum out 3-1 winners.
Full of confidence, Folkestone went on to play Dover in their 2nd game. Dover have improved significantly over the season, and gone are the days when this would be a one sided affair. Folkestone went two tries up in the first half, but then switched off and became complacent either side of the half time break allowing Dover to take the lead. For the last couple of minutes Folkestone through the kitchen sink at the opposition and managed a try in the dying seconds to draw the game 3-3.
The final game of the day saw Folkestone play Aylesford. Aylesford had put in some great performances during the day, but Folkestone knew that a win here would see them win the tournament. As a result, the Stones put in a ferocious defensive display, and were able to maintain possession to a high standard. They put 4 tries past Aylesford, and didn’t concede one.
A great cheer went up when Folkestone lifted the trophy. The parents, coaches and the club as a whole are immensely proud of the team, and all the hard work they put in to get to this point. Next week they compete in the Camber tournament, where the squad are hopeful of continuing their winning ways.
Squad: Lucio Decicco (Captain), Felix Pavitt, Connor Horne, Edward Faiers, Harry Collier, Jared Hayes, Gene Farragher, Joshua Perez, Jim Duncan, Louis Douse, Sebastien Douse, Ryen Morton, Luke Baigent, James Denney, Bradley Dorrell, James Gillespie, Mason Kemp, James Langridge, Ace Gates.