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Shelford and Heidelberg Easter tour with the Shelford first-team players. Picture: Lizzy Bennett (56136040)
Shelford and Heidelberg Easter tour with the Shelford first-team players. Picture: Lizzy Bennett (56136040)

A tradition that stretches back 21 years at Shelford Rugby Club has been renewed after a gap of three years.

The rugby exchange began in 2001 when Heidelberg Rugby Club in Germany first welcomed Shelford’s under-14 team.

During the Easter weekend, the under-13 and under-14 boys and, for the first time, the under-15 girls welcomed squads from Heidelberg.

After the players took part in team building games and an evening meal with their hosts, the rugby fixtures were held on Good Friday.

Shelford got the first try in the under-13s match, but Heidelberg hit back to equalise and found their rhythm to dominate possession and territory to earn a comfortable win.

The match between the under-15 girls was played using the ‘Ready for Rugby’ rules, and Heidelberg proved too strong to be convincing winners.

There was a complete role reversal in the under-14s game, where Shelford dominated possession and territory for victory.

Shelford under-14s and Heidelberg under-14s on the Easter tour. Picture: Lizzy Bennett (56135932)
Shelford under-14s and Heidelberg under-14s on the Easter tour. Picture: Lizzy Bennett (56135932)
Shelford under-13s and Heidelberg under-13s on the Easter tour. Picture: Lizzy Bennett (56135928)
Shelford under-13s and Heidelberg under-13s on the Easter tour. Picture: Lizzy Bennett (56135928)

On Easter Sunday, a second round of fixtures was played and they led to a similar outcome for the fixtures, with all players showing spirit, determination and respect.

As part the exchange, Shelford players treated their Heidelberg guests to a treasure hunt around Cambridge city centre, punting, bowling and a training session led by club captain Charlie Baker and some of the players from the Shelford first team.

To round off the exchange there were presentations and speeches on Sunday afternoon.

The Heidelberg coaches were very grateful for the warm welcome, kindness and generosity they received from the club, parents and players while they were visiting.



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