The South & East Midlands Wing cadets arrived at RAF Cottesmore in good spirits after two hard and productive training sessions. However a slow start and a lack of composure on the ball only meant a 5-0 win over Beds & Cambs wing and 10-0 win over Warwick & Birmingham through some fortuatus break away tries. This set up a nervy encounter with Trent wing in the third match of the day. It produced an error ridden 0-0 draw with neither side wanting to lose, buoyed by the fact that we were yet to conceed any points and the team were starting to really gel together they took to the field for their fourth match against Norfolk & Suffolk all fired up and with great composure which really showed as the team won in emphatic style 31-0. The team went into the final match against Herts & Bucks with confidence sky high knowing that a win would see them crowned champions and this brought out the best of the team with a 22-0 victory greeted with a triumphant roar from the cadets and supporters at the final whistle.
Captain Cdt Jowett collecting trophy from the Region Commandant – Group Captain Morrell
Team Captain – Cdt Jowett 1279 Sqn said “when the final whistle went in our last match it felt exhilarating, words can’t describe how good it felt. Also having not conceded a try all day it really showed how well the team played and how well we had been coached”
The hard work on tackling, support play and ball retention in the training sessions really paid dividend in the competition with no team able to break through the solid defensive line.
It was fantastic to see how happy the cadets were with winning the trophy, they have done themselves and the wing proud. And with nine of the team selected to attend the regional team trials/training just shows how strong the team was.
Team Manager – Sgt J Marman ATC – 1279 Sqn commented “In the first match it looked like the day was going to be tough. But after the first win the team pulled together to produce four wins and one draw. Just before the last game the nerves were starting to kick in as we needed to win to win the tournament. They pulled together and put in a fantastic performance to win the match 22-0”.
Assistant team coach – F/Sgt Turner 1211 Sqn added “It was a pleasure to manage such a well deserving winning team.
The cadets certainly tested our nerves at times but I am over the moon at coming away with the silverware. They deserved it, they put alot of effort into the training sessions and listened to the coaching teams advice and tips. a big well done to everyone involved from me”.
Report written by F/Sgt B Turner and added by Flt Lt Waplington
Wing Sports Officer
on behalf of the Wing Sports Council.