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Your News Millwall U10s hit the field for the first time

SUNDAY morning (Feb 22) saw a landmark day for Millwall Lions youth rugby as the 'Lion Cubs' – the club’s U10s team – took the field for the first time.

Despite playing against bigger and more experienced opposition in Thurrock RFC, the Cubs impressed the big crowd of parents and supporters with their enthusiasm and work ethic.

Will Foley, a product of the Josh Lewsey Rugby Academy, scored the Cubs’ only try in the defeat, but team manager Sarah Edmead was proud of all the players:

"They all did so well, taking the tackles in their stride. Players like Johnathan Ayten, Alfie Cole and James Rowbottom really surprised us, because they are usually so quiet at training but they lead our team really well.

“Hopefully we’ll kick on from here and start to see everyone's confidence improve" she said.

Meanwhile Millwall U13s took the field for only the second time this season with an away match against Essex big guns Barking. A 52-0 thrashing did nothing to hamper the spirits of the first time Millwall players, who like their younger counterparts took it all in their stride and gave 100 per cent to the very end. And they were met with a standing ovation by players and parents alike on their return to the Millwall Clubhouse. Props Billy Edmead and Chris Pappa were the stand-outs for the visitors.

In Millwall's third youth match of the day, the flashy U17s put the Southwark Tigers to the sword with an impressive 49-0 thrashing at Millwall Park.

Although flyhalf Billy Gray grabbed a 20-point personal haul, scrumhalf James Strong was awarded man-of-the-match for his outstanding tackling all over the pitch. Prop Michael ‘Tank’ Delastie grabbed his first ever try for the Lions after crashing over on the wing off a sweeping backline pass from Gray.

Commenting on the overall success of the day, Youth Chair Matt Shorrock paid tribute to the hardworking parent volunteers:

"After starting up an U16s team last season, we set ourselves a goal of fielding four age group sides this season - and we've done that now, thanks largely to the parents who volunteer as coaches and team managers," he said

"They've put in the hard yards off the pitch and we're now seeing the results on the pitch. I'm predicting we'll really take off from here and the time is now for anyone wishing to get involved in Rugby in Tower Hamlets."

Millwall U15s return to rugby action next week with an away match to Braintree, while the U13s will host Southwark Tigers at Millwall Park.

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