This week we had Chipstead RFC visit Esher, where we ran what should be a familiar set of drills (I hope you've been paying attention, parents will be expected to take part on the 22nd), with a passing pod, a reset/regroup drill and some 3v2 attack/depend pods. The pods rotated a couple of times before we broke out into games. As we had 5 teams, we cycled the teams through and some took time to work more in the passing pod.
The games were tightly contested, showing a good level of competitiveness in the games I refereed. In most cases seeing an improvement in getting onside to defend, and passing to players running on to the ball rather. Chipstead edged both matches, with some finishing letting Esher down on the day.
In general we are starting to ask the kids to lead themselves on the field, where we have 1 person making sure everyone is involved in attack, and 2 calling the defensive line, and we rotate selection on this from week to week. All the kids have been stepping up brilliantly, and the respect their team mates show when listening to them is a credit to them all.
The best effort of the day award went to Jack Desmond for his level of engagement in drills, willingness to work, and efforts as attack captain.