Chichester rugby youngsters fly flag on Isle of Wight

Chichester under-12s - the Pirates - at the Vectis tournament
Chichester under-12s - the Pirates - at the Vectis tournament

CHICHESTER under-12s came back victorious from the Vectis tournament on the Isle of Wight.

The team treated the event as an end-of-season mini tour and the theme was pirates.

Teams competing in the competition included London Scottish and Bracknell.

Chichester entered two under-12 teams, the Pirates and the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers required six tries from their final pool game to stand a chance of competing in the plate semi final which they managed to achieve against Bracknell B.

They drew their semi-final, which was decided on the toss of a coin - which they lost.

The Pirates - pictured - topped their pool undefeated, showing real spirit, particularly in the match against Bracknell A in which they came from two tries behind to level the score.

The semi-final against a team from Kent was cut short because of an injury to one of the opposition but the game had already been won.

The final against Bracknell ended 5-0 in tries to Chichester. The whole squad showed amazing quality, strength and self belief.

This has topped a fantastic season, with the under-12s winning five out of seven tournaments, losing only two matches all season.

The boys will travel to Twickenham for the Premiership final where they will represent Harlequins and parade around the pitch at half-time.

The parents thanked the coaching staff for a fantastic effort. They are already looking forward to next season.


Chichester RFC under-11s ended the season unbeaten.

The Sussex champions went to the Vectis festival on the Isle of Wight having won everything they had entered this season.

With 24 teams in the four under-11 competition pools, Chichester were drawn against Eastbourne, Beckenham, Fareham & Gosport, Gosport Trojans and the mighty Rosslyn Park from London.

Chichester got off to a fast start with a quick win over Gosport Trojans before also seeing off Gosport & Fareham, Beckenham, and Eastbourne, the biggest win a 7-0 victory over Eastbourne. Only one try was scored against them in those games.

Rosslyn Park were expecting to have a clean sweep of wins in the pool as Surrey and Middlesex champions but they came up against Chichester playing great rugby. A sole try from Chichester won the match 1-0 and put CRFC through as pool winners.

In the quarter-finals, Chichester were drawn to face Bracknell, and Chichester put four tries past them.

The semi-finals pitted Chichester against Rosslyn Park, who knew their strengths and were out for revenge. But Chichester were again too strong and triumphed 1-0 to reach the final.

Another Rosslyn Park team awaited in the final and after Chichester took the game to them in a hard-fought, physical match, the result was 1-1.

Chichester were unbeaten on the day and were commended on their conduct during the entire tournament.

At the annual players’ awards ceremony, silverware was presented to the players for their achievements.

Player of the year was Sid Lewis, most improved Alex Gillespie, best attitude went to Louis Blanshard and players’ player was Sid Lewis.

It was a truly fantastic season for the under-11s as they won four out of five tournaments played, becoming West Sussex and Sussex champions.