Gwent League #4 – Pontypool – u11 and u13 boys

Our young u11 team of Alex Auton-Green (18), Oisin O Halloran (20), Barney Thomas (58) & Rufus Hull(78) all committed well to the undulating course. They all managed to stayed on their feet except Alex who took a tumble within site of the finish but thankfully bounced back up again suffering no more then a muddy vest. Several of these lads stayed on to cheer there older siblings in the u13 race.

The mighty u11 team

Many of our regular members of the u13 team were missing due to broken bones, illness & parties so we were not at full strength. However with 10 lads on the start line I felt we could still hold our own. The newly appointed team captain for the day Eoin O Halloran(7) lead the team in as well as making chocolate brownies the day before, obviously taking his captain duties very seriously. Another consistent run from Jay Hunt (11) along with a back to form Ishmael Bradley (16) followed by a fast finishing Tomek Czerepinski (27) completed the first team. A much improved Jacob Franklin (34) followed shortly by Zac Roe (43) who was giving his all in the final stages & so holding off Vijay Bakrania (50) who is relatively new to the group but has next year to prove his potential. Archie Green (62) hardly looked out of breathe as he sprinted for the finish & closed in the B team. Joseph Mc Namara (69) our last finisher digging deep as usual clearly enjoys the ethos of cross country running & possibly the cakes afterwards. Unfortunately Misha Evans failed to finish due to two tumbles early on in the race & decided not to risk third time (un) lucky. I am sure he will make amends at the final fixture when we hope to pick up team silver & finish the xc season in a blaze of  glory at Blaise on March 2nd.

The cake-loving u13s!

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