Camp Hill RFC U17's: Holland Tour

Friday 2nd March, 3:00am came around and Camp Hill RFC’s tour bus departed for The Hague! Although it was an early start the lads were in high spirits and a good sing along kept everybody awake during the transfer to the ferry port. Upon boarding the ferry a small group of lads, including the team captain, decided to get a cabin and get their heads down ahead of the eight hour crossing – no questions asked. The crossing carries plenty of tour memories and thankfully Camp Hill RFC made it to Holland in one piece.

After a short transfer to the StayOkay Den Haag dinner awaited the team and following this the lads wasted no time in heading out to the bars of Den Haag. Unfortunately several players didn’t make the first night and instead spent their time sleeping – the ferry crossing must have taken its toll!

After an eventful evening the players and supporting dads boarded the bus and headed to their first tour rugby fixture bright eyed and bushy tailed. RC the Bassets was the first opposition and the club provided fantastic facilities along with some great hospitality. Some of the players entered the pitch bleary eyed  after an intense warm up it and it didn’t take long for the Camp Hill team to perk up and get their game heads on. The game was played at a competitive fast pace and the opposition proved victorious when the final whistle blew with a narrow 17-12 win. Post match entertainment was provided by RC the Bassets – music, beer, singing, sausage and chips!

Camp Hill’s second tour fixture was against the Pink Panthers, the kit perfectly matched the team name and the famous quote “Only real men can wear pink on a Sunday” was echoed with great pride throughout the club. The opposition started strongly however it was an early try from Camp Hill that set the ball rolling. From this point on confidence was high and Camp Hill dominated the first half with several well worked tries and big hits. In the second half the momentum continued and George Drabble scored his first try on his first tour! The Pink Panthers put up a good fight however Camp Hill took control, won the game and finished with a final score of 7-44.

The trip back to Camp Hill was a lot quieter than the journey to Holland however the lads all showed good spirit and managed to stay awake throughout – some through fear of losing valuable facial hair (thanks Russell). Everybody got home safe and well, some with new hair styles and hopefully all with great memories. We look forward to seeing you next year Camp Hill RFC!