Injuries hit Ducks youngsters in bid to win U20 Festival

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Aylesbury’s youngsters were beset by injuries as they hosted the Bucks Under 20’s Seven-A-Side Festival at the weekend.

The aim of the festival is to retain players through youth rugby and it is also an opportunity for clubs to keep in touch with players through the transitional period as many leave for university.”

Injuries hit Ducks youngsters in bid to win U20's Sevens    PHOTO: Mark Bannister - www.markbannister.com

Injuries hit Ducks youngsters in bid to win U20's Sevens PHOTO: Mark Bannister - www.markbannister.com

There were teams from Marlow, Amersham and Chiltern, Buckingham, Olney, Bletchley and of course hosts Aylesbury.

In the end it was Marlow that came out on top beating Amersham and Chiltern 24-12 before staging an amazing comeback from 19-0 down at half-time to win a thrilling game against Buckingham 24-19.

Olney were winners of the plate competition.

Unfortunately the young Aylesbury squad were badly affected by injuries during the early stages of the competition and despite battling on ended the day at the bottom of the table.

The squad were coached by Ducks boss Dave Larham, who said: “We were delighted to host this inaugral event and promote the game of Sevens.

“We fielded a young and inexperienced squad to provide them with a competitive opportunity to challenge their skills and fitness.

“Despite our lack of preparation, the 10-man squad improved in every game. Congratulations to Marlow on their winning performance.”

Meanwhile, another popular tournament at the Weston Turville-based club is the Touch League which was in full flow again with just one week to go.

The Dragons and CSP have secured the two top spots but three teams can still claim third. Happy Slapper got two wins which pushed them up the table while Ali’s Army slipped up losing all three to surrender third place.

Vets and sons are the other team in the mix for third place while at the bottom of the league Touch With Vengeance’s three losses puts them in equal last place with MacIntyre, with next week set to decide the wooden spoon.