Match Report
Shiplake College U16B vs  The Oratory School
On: Saturday, 16 Sep 2023
Venue: at Home

After our first game of the season was cancelled, the U16s squad couldn't wait to get their boots back on and play their first game of rugby for the 2023 season. After a positive week in training, our lads were ready to face The Oratory school, at home, on a warm Saturday morning. It was great to have parents and family members back on the touchline supporting their boys and the match did not disappoint.

Unexpectedly, The Oratory took the lead with an early try, after a nice passage of play, asking questions of the U16s character and resolve. Shortly after, our boys provided all the answers we could have asked for, with Lucas Moore scoring the first try and Charlie Nash-Steer cooly converting.

With the bit between our teeth, Ethan Iu picked the ball up inside our own half and was able to penetrate a gap out wide with an explosive run to put Shiplake ahead. From there on, Shiplake looked comfortable with notable performance from club captain Oli Beaney, who as always, led by example with his fearless tackling, outstanding leadership and clear communication. Sam Pickering, who’s power and pace proved difficult to stop, Bertie Demery, our no. 9, distributed the ball well from rucks and often spotted gaps in the opposition defence, eventually allowing Mikey Taylor-Fitzgibbon, to take the game away from The Oratory with 2 impressive scores.

The U16’s squad showed a positive attitude and togetherness and as this continues, I am certain we will have an excellent season.

Man of the Match: Mikey Taylor Fitzgibbon