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Frampton U16’s get creative to keep playing
With the Frome Valley sports teams hoping for dryer weather this month, the rugby club has kept up their player’s fitness levels during the wet weather by sometimes employing unusual tactics, as the club’s Phil Wiltshire tells Frome Valley Voice. With the weather causing havoc with the Fixture list, Frampton’s U16’s have been getting creative with ideas for not playing. The 16’s haven’t had a game for many weeks in fact they have only played twice since Xmas. So with a break in the rain and the sunshine beating down the boys were treated to an “Army” style boot camp training session. Coaches Rob & Phil decided that a gentle trot along the Frome Valley was the order of the day. The lads trotted off in pristine kit with no idea what was about to hit them nor the physical effort required. Frams U16’s Prior to Mud Slog. The Frome valley was a bog of a trail with the smell of agriculture across the fields that even the cows had deserted. With the river over its banks and the mud thigh high Frampton’s
16’s battled with the kit to the field that coach Gally frequently uses to tone his own physique. Gally’s field is steep hill which was used to good effect to test the lad’s fitness. After a good hours work out on Gally’s gradient, the lads trotted and swam back to Crossbow for a well-earned shower. Frampton’s under 16’s season up to now has been one of continued improvement with some really great performances and notable victories. The statistics to date show 14 games played, 9 won & 5 lost. The
5 losses were all close calls. Arguably Fram’s U-16’s greatest performance this season came in the Bristol Combination Cup Quarter Final against Wells RFC, that contained many Somerset County players. A very close loss robbed at the very end by a last play try 29-26. As the Gloucester County Cup progresses the boys had a great win at Cirencester and were on the end of a defeat by Longlevens. With pool fixtures still to come against Bream and Cheltenham, Fram’s 16’a have a great chance of qualifying for the
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main cup knock out stages as we have beaten both teams earlier in the season. Fram’s U16’s has some real characters in the squad; a South African, a Welsh Wizard, a Farmers Boy and the obligatory One Direction wannabes. One in particular stands out (if not tall): Bullet! This particular young man may not be the tallest, in fact he is by far the shortest. He has the heart of Lion and the determination to succeed second to none. He never shirks responsibility, if there is a tackle to be made he’ll make it. It’s also been said that he has the best hands in the club and is often caught popping up at fly half to give that miracle pass to put the winger away and yet he is the guy in the middle of the front row with the squashed nose and cauliflower ear. He has also amassed over 150 appearances for Frampton, having started playing at the age of 6. Frankly he is the kind of guy that Frampton Cotterell RFC produce year in year out that epitomise what FCRFC is all about and what we stand for – enjoyment, inclusion & camaraderie. Next season the current under 16’s will be taking their first steps into becoming seniors when they play as a colts team. The Colts (under 18’s) will be playing in the Somerset League with matches being played on Saturday afternoons. This has been proven to be a great success in previous years for FCRFC with player retention into senior rugby being the highest in the clubs history. Frampton Cotterell Colts/ U18’s welcome new players of all shapes, sizes, abilities and experience. If interested contact Phil Wiltshire: ruggurcoach@ gmail.com
Published on Apr 3, 2014