Last weekend saw the final weekend of competitive rugby for most of our junior and minis teams.

Our U7s, U9s, U10s and U11s all took part in the Uckfield festival where they all enjoyed an excellent day of rugby. There are some great photos on the club Facebook page if you want to check out some action shots.

Our U12s had a busy final weekend playing league fixtures on Friday night up at Crawley and then finishing off their season at Eastbourne on Sunday. On both occasions the boys showed how much they have improved this season. On Friday, after a terrific first half, they were eventually worn down in the second half by their opponents. Crawley had the advantage of 5 U13s playing down, a considerable average size advantage and many subs to keep using to keep their team fresh – but until the last 5-10 minutes, Burgess Hill matched them with real effort, great tackling, and real heart. On Sunday they finished their season against Eastbourne with a 3 tries each draw – and the match report is on the FB page / website.

Our U14 development side finished their season at home against Uckfield with a very narrow loss despite playing with a player less for the whole match. Again, the match report is on the FB page/website.

Finally, our U13 girls travelled to Tunbridge Wells to join forces with Horsham to enter two teams for a 7s competition. I had the good fortune to be able to watch the afternoon matches and the standard of rugby played was unrecognisable from the start of the season. One of the teams finished 3rd overall (out of 16 teams) including a high quality drawn match against eventual winners Heathfield. They were 4 tries to 1 down at half time but battled back to earn a draw. The other team, after a tough morning group, won all their afternoon group games to top their pool and finish 9th.

AWARDS DAY THIS SUNDAY & ANNUAL CHARITY MATCH

This Sunday we have our end of season awards day at the club for all junior and mini teams. The teams will take part in some fun activities with their coaches from 10 with the awards part of the morning starting at about 11:15. There will be bouncy castles for the younger ones and the customary BBQ, tombola, barrow of booze raffle and the main raffle, where we have been able to source some great prizes this year. Many thanks to the U11 parents who have coordinated the collation of these.

Donations for the tombola and barrow of booze are still need so please bring these with you on Sunday.

The club will be open by 9.15 for those kind volunteers who have offered to help with set up.

Why not make a day of it and enjoy the BBQ and bar into the afternoon to watch the club’s annual charity match – details on website and Facebook page.