As we approach the end of September and winter begins its approach it’s now time to see how the Juniors are looking as there have been several games mainly amongst the teenagers so far this month.
The Colts have had their first outing last Saturday with a visit to Cullompton. In what looks like a tight game Barnstaple came out winners 14-12 which leaves them in fourth place in their pool of the Devon Colts merit table.
They have their second match in two weeks time with their first home fixture of the campaign on 7th October against Ivybridge. If your coming to watch the Chiefs that day why not make an earlier start to see some of the Colts Game.
Their season is well underway with a big win on September 10th in the Fisherman’s Cup. Travelling to Crediton they were quick of the mark scoring 3 tries before half time and leading at the break 17-7. The second half saw Barnstaple score 35 unanswered points to win 52-7.
An impressive start Ben Sloman was the pick with a hat-trick of tries whilst Max Farmery, Alex Rowe, Ryan Woods, Harry Stickley and Cameron Johnson all grabbed a try each. Harvey Causer also impressed converting 6 of the 8 tries.
Last week should of seen them at home to Exmouth but unable to raise a team Exmouth had to forfiet. This Sunday however, 1st October, does see Barnstaple at home to take on Launceston Kick Off 11am
First game of the season for The U14’s saw Barnstaple travel to Brixham for the preliminary round of the Devon Cup, and they didn’t disappoint. A strong first half performance saw them three tries up and they then spent most of the second half in the oppositions half. Brixham did manage a try in the second half but 2 more tries secured the win 29-7 for Barnstaple. 2 tries by Reuben Faulkner and 3 from Zac Wheaton sealed it with Haydn Goslin converting two of them.
As with the U16’s, the U14’s are also at home this Sunday playing Launceston.
THe U13’s had their first match a week earlier on the 17th at home and despite losing 5-7 to Kingsbridge, The Barum Commandos played well and matched their opponents in a very close and physical game. Kingsbridge were quicker at the start scoring the first try and both sides traded scores with Kingsbridge going in at half time 4-2 up. The second half was more even with moth side scoring 2 tries apiece. By all accounts it was a very tense but enjoyable game to watch with a fantastic effort by the Barum commandos with important contributions made by every player. A special mention for their contribution and passion to the game must also be made to Ted Brewer, Kieran Magson, Mikey Wiltshire and Theo Baskcomb.
And that’s it for the juniors, a great start to the season by all the teams and a lot of promise to come. The younger teams have yet to start thier campaigns but rest assured when they do you’ll know about it