Focus on Fakenham rugby scene

TAG: Fakenham Rugby Club hosted the Fakenham and Wells Cluster Tag Rugby Festival last week. This was the third annual event to be staged at the club since 2007.

TAG: Fakenham Rugby Club hosted the Fakenham and Wells Cluster Tag Rugby Festival last week. This was the third annual event to be staged at the club since 2007.

Over 100 children attended. Year 5 and 6 children participated in competitive matches against other school whilst Year 2 children enjoyed coaching sessions delivered by young leaders from Fakenham College.

The Year 5/6 event saw some excellent rugby played. Four schools qualified for the next stage: Rudham, Colkirk, All Saints and Astley. Good luck to them in the Partnership Final.

All Saints (winners 2007) and Astley (winners 2008) were involved in what was effectively the final in 2009, All Saints narrowly winning and therefore becoming champions for the second time in three years. Congratulations to other participating schools: Blenheim Park, Fakenham, West Raynham and Sculthorpe.

FAKENHAM College rugby team recently participated in the RFU College 10s event at North Walsham. The team played some excellent rugby and despite narrowly losing games to KES, East Norfolk and Diss, managed to qualify for the next stage of the competition.

Because of the number of injuries sustained during the first three games and the fact that the squad was relatively small, the lads did not feel they had enough fit bodies to continue so decided to forfeit their place. Thank you to Alan Young, from Fakenham Rugby Club, who coached the team.

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FAKENHAM FOXES: Looking for their first league win of the season, Fakenham Foxes travelled to play Thames in the RFUW NC South Eastern Division Three.

Due to illnesses and unavailability, Foxes travelled with 13 players, meaning Helena Cribbins stepped in as captain with usual influential captain Mandy Warren absent.

Vicky Armes made her debut with a very encouraging performance on the wing.

The game was open with both teams working hard to find a gap in the opposition's defence.

However, strong defence by Foxes kept Thames at bay. With the game flowing from end-to-end, it was the home team who took the first points of the match as Foxes were caught napping at a penalty to allow Thames to score five points.

This was a wake-up call that was needed as Foxes then started to dominate play as the centres linked well for Kym Kendle to run half the length of the pitch to crash over to bring the scores level before half-time.

The second half again saw Foxes defend and attack well with good line out work from the forwards. Again Kendle scored five points after an unstoppable run from inside her own half.

This was soon followed by Foxes' fly half kicking deep into Thames' half for Hannah Stephen to score under the posts and for Sarah Wheelhouse to convert.

Thames scored a controversial try late in the game, but this was to have no impact on the final result.

A good all round team performance resulting in a deserved win 17-12.

Forward of match: Stacy Hargrave, back of match Kym Kendle.

Training every Wednesday at Fakenham Rugby Club at 6.45pm. New players welcome to attend.