Pepsi ICC European U15 Division 1 heads to Rugby School
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 3:44 PM
The Pepsi ICC European U15 Division 1 Championship begins tomorrow as five teams from across the continent compete for honours in a round-robin tournament.
Held for the first time at a neutral venue – the magnificent grounds of Rugby School in Warwickshire, England – with the competition promising to be a close-run thing.
The Netherlands, winners of the championship for the last two years, will begin as favourites having not lost a match at this level since 2010. Although, only William Price and Rens van Troost remain from the victorious squad of 2012 and will be confident of further success.
Scotland was the last team to deny the Netherlands the title, having completed their own hat-trick of titles between 2008 and 2010. Led by Shujaa Khan, the Scots bring an entirely new squad to Rugby; however, Scotland has always figured as a major contender in these tournaments and will be hoping for a strong showing in this year’s tournament.
Traditionally one of the stronger teams at this level, Ireland has endured a lean run of late, having not won since 2007. This could be the year when the Irish return to the top of the pile, skippered by Daniel Hogan, with an experienced squad – including talented players such as Rory Anders and the Delany brothers – they will be keen to reverse recent fortunes.
Jersey finished in fourth last year, but their results included a tie against eventual champions the Netherlands, and so should be confident of building upon that performance. Captain Jonty Jenner was a leading light of the 2012 championship and several others – including Robert Duckett and Solomon Warner, return for another tournament.
Guernsey, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing fifth-place finish in 2012. William Fazakerley was one of the leading run-scorers in last year’s tournament, so he and skipper Tom Nightingale will be looking to lead an inexperienced squad from the front.
With no team enjoying home advantage and with significant changes in personnel from last year’s tournament, this could well be a closely-contested championship.
Guernsey: Tom Nightingale (C); Rory Betley; Nicolas Buckle; Christian De Carteret; Lewis Drummy; William Fazakerley; Nairn Guilbert; Daniel Le Messurier; Declan Martel; Daniel Martin; Daniel Rice; Jack Smart; Anthony Stokes
Ireland: Daniel Hogan (C); Rory Anders; Colin Currie; David Delany; Andrew Delany; Stephen Doheny; Aaron Heywood; Ryan Macbeth; Ross McCay; Conor O'Gorman; Cameron Shoebridge; Fiachra Tucker; Ben White
Jersey: Jonty Jenner (C); Grant Donaldson; Robert Duckett; Charlie Ellam; Archie Hamilton; Thomas Hanby; William Kaye; George Moore; William Robertson; Benjamin Tait; Benjamin Timms; Benjamin Ward; Solomon Warner
Netherlands: Nicholas Bett; Pieter De Graaff; Bas De Leede; Oliver Murray; Kertan Nana; Lex Otto; Jan-Wieger Overdijk; William Price; Tushar Sharma; Remco Van De Giessen; Davi Van Slobbe; Rens Van Troost; Sean Walsh
Scotland: Shujaa Khan (C); Rory Allardice; Ryan Cameron; Niall Critchley; Albert Culley; Euan Dawtrey; James Dickinson; Thomas Dryden; Mohammad Ghaffar; Hughes Gillin; Angus Hinton; Rory Johnston; Finlay McCreath