In a highly anticipated match, Fakenham took on Northgate at Thetford Rugby Club, with a host of spectators who had travelled down with the boys by coach. After a thorough warm up and team talk by Mr Savage and his assistant, Mr Curtis, the boys were ready to start the biggest game of their lives.
Fakenham got off to a flying start with Arminas Dovainis weaving in and out of the defence and speeding past the opposition fullback to score an early try. Despite conceding early, Northgate were not willing to take this and fired straight back with a try of their own. Both teams battled hard trying to gain ground and put in some superb tackles. Special mentions must go to Will Rands, Alex Lockhart and Charlie Fish for putting in some big hits and rucking well over the ball.
Fakenham continued to push hard and were rewarded for their efforts with a try from the powerhouse Charlie Fish. The game continued to be a close fought contest with the Northgate scrum particularly dominant. Through some excellent supportive play from the forwards, Arminas and Charlie were able to pick holes in the defence and find the space needed to stretch their legs and score further tries. Special mention must go to Nathan Hann for taking on the role of 'human battering ram'.
The game continued to be tight after Northgate pressed hard into the Fakenham half and were successful in scoring another try. As the game went on, Fakenham began to tire and were up against a barrage of attacks from Northgate, one of which resulted in Fakenham stealing the ball from a scrum on their own 5m line and running the full length of the pitch for Arminas to score yet another try, much to the delight of the travelling supporters, who certainly made their voices heard!
Northgate were still not ready to give up though and scored two late tries to close the gap between the sides. Fakenham continued to battle hard and both Joe Curtis and Robert Bond were regularly forced to make quick decisions due to the speed of the Northgate defensive line. Thankfully with the steady hands of Liam Spooner at fullback and the sheer athleticism of Arminas and Charlie, Fakenham held out to become champions and the best state school in Norfolk for rugby at U14.
Such an achievement for only their first year of competitive rugby. The boys should be very proud of their efforts this season, as they have a very bright future ahead of them if they keep working hard. A big thank you to all for attending the final and roll on next year...!
A very happy and proud, Mr Savage