Wick­low storm Sara­cen base

Won­der­ful tour to Bram­ley Rd.

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The Wick­low and Sara­cens U-15 squads in Lon­don re­cently. FOL­LOW­ING their mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance in the Le­in­ster League Di­vi­sion 1 fi­nal, Wick­low Rugby Club's U-15s took their good form on the road with a three game tour to Lon­don last weekend.

The Wick­low boys ac­cepted Sara­cens in­vi­ta­tion to come and play them at their Bram­ley Road Sports Ground in North Lon­don fol­low­ing their visit to Ash­town Lane last Oc­to­ber as part of their 2013 Ire­land Tour. A tour­ing party of 31 trav­elled con­sist­ing of 21 player's and 10 adults and coaches.

In ad­di­tion to the fea­ture game against Sara­cens two additional 'blitz' style games were ar­ranged with Head Coach, Paul Bar­ron's rugby alma mater Ted­ding­ton RFC who are ta­ble top­pers in Mid­dle­sex County's Pre­mier Di­vi­sion and nearby County Berk­shire Brack­nell RFC who are also league lead­ers in that county's Pre­mier Di­vi­sion.

On Satur­day, the friendly ri­valry with the Sara­cens boys was re­newed with a com­pet­i­tive en­counter at their home ground in front of a healthy fan base and cheered on by their Club's Se­nior 1st fif­teen.

The game was a played in the spirit of the sport with no quar­ter asked or given de­spite the close bonds be­tween the two teams, in the end, the Wick­low team pre­vailed with a fi­nal score of 36-10.

The high­light's were a maiden try for Wick­low rookie Cian Keogh, a spec­tac­u­lar try for Diar­muid Who­riskey and a beau­ti­fully weighted cross field kick by Wick­low's No. 10 col­lected by team cap­tain Cal Con­nolly and who ran in for a try.

On Sun­day morn­ing in spec­tac­u­lar sun­shine the Wick­low team trav­elled to Ted­ding­ton, in North­west Lon­don for two games in the tran­quil set­ting of Bushy Park. The Wick­low boys per­formed well in both matches com­pet­ing gamely against much big­ger squads.

The hos­pi­tal­ity shown by both home teams (Sara­cens and Ted­ding­ton) was gen­uine and re­ceived gra­ciously by the Wick­low team who car­ried them­selves im­pec­ca­bly dur­ing the course of the tour.

Dur­ing the tour when not play­ing rugby, the team viewed the Lon­don sky­line from the top of the Lon­don Eye on Satur­day and en­joyed a su­perb pre­mier­ship match be­tween Sara­cens and North­hamp­ton Saints at Al­lianz Park on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The Wick­low U15s are im­mensely for­tu­nate to have the ben­e­fit and sup­port of a strong par­ent com­mit­tee who made the tour pos­si­ble.

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