Esher U14s completed season of dominance in Surrey League

Champions: Esher U14s are celebrating promotion for the second consecutive season

Champions: Esher U14s are celebrating promotion for the second consecutive season

First published in Esher

Esher RFC’s U14s have completed a clean sweep in Surrey League Three, winning every game to secure promotion for a second consecutive season.

Captain Matt Quinn, who will pick up the trophy at Twickenham, said: “Winning the league has been a real squad effort. We’ve come from being underdogs to one of the most respected sides in Surrey.”

"The final league match against a strong Richmond line up told us just how far we’ve come and in a winner takes all result, we just managed to sneak the game and take the league title. “

There was also a solid season from Esher's U14s B team in their first seson in the Surrey League, where a mid-table finish, under skipper Alex Bethell, included wins over Ruislip and league champions Chipstead.

Esher’s triumphs were not just limited to league success, as the end of season tour saw a combined Esher A and B squad win all seven games in a two-day festival at Rye Rugby Club, beating Northamptonshire’s Division One champions Olney in a nail-biting final to receive the silverware from former British Lions and England player, Tim Stimpson.

Head coach Andy Berry said: “The coaching team and parents are really proud of the entire squad.

"Both teams have achieved well-deserved success due to massive effort and commitment over a long season.

"We also owe a big vote of thanks to Esher professional Cameron Gentles and backs coach Aleks Naess-Clarke, who have taught the boys so much this year and to sponsors Luxfords Removals of Weybridge and Paton Plumbing Supplies of Walton without whom little of this would have been possible."

He added: "But the credit ultimately rests with the boys - who can now enjoy their summer knowing that they’re champions.”

Esher’s chairman of rugby John Inverdale said: “We’re really proud of our U14s. They show the very best of our approach at Esher Rugby Club; a really inclusive set-up with rugby for all and a great sense of fun.

"We know that, despite their success this season, they’re looking for more players to join and I know that anyone - regardless of playing experience or standard - will be made welcome.”

 

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