KS4 TOUCH RUGBY SUCCESS
A mixed KS4 ‘touch rugby’ squad conquered the county’s best at yesterday’s Worcestershire Summer Games, held at Bromsgrove School. Many of our opponents chose to bring Y11s out of exam leave to compete (surely to their chagrin by the culmination of the tournament), but as a reward for many, many lunchtimes training with Mr James and Mr John, we sent our Y10s and they delivered when it mattered….again.
Not to be confused with England’s attempts to overcome the mighty All Blacks last weekend (that was meant to be full contact), touch rugby is a very difficult game to play well. The merest touch with a fingertip, equates to a tackle, so running lines and passing have to be of the highest order to even compete.
Our first game v Bewdley High School and a 2-0 defeat, seemed ominous and suggested that the presence of Y11s would be significant! Not deterred, however, we regrouped and focused on a couple of areas which we needed to improve to have any chance………work-rate and speed of ball.
Tenbury High School suffered at the hands of an angry South, before a rather unpleasant Arrow vale Side went the same way. Bewdley were defeated by Blessed Edward, meaning that, should we defeat Blessed, we would be tied at the top of the league, and tries scored would be the determining factor. They came at us with vigour and a game plan that was negative but effective, but we nullified them with the work rate we had spoken of earlier………and then we struck with frightening pace. The jet-heeled and very heavy lifting Evan Corbett found a chink of light on the wing, fed by Kristian Thomas, and moved with such alacrity that he did well not to overrun the try scoring area. A second try followed and Blessed Edward were broken and in a complete stranglehold. Coach inadvertently made matters easier with some late subs which ‘ate up’ a running clock, and we were home and dry.
We awaited the try count and were delighted to come away victorious, having played in superbly and in the right spirit, as ever.
Dom Jenkins sniped and topped the try scoring, Evan Corbett did what he does best…….run, Aaron Caswell and Alisdair Murray were key creators, Josh Owen was a constant threat, Jake Parkin showed deceptive speed and great hands, Kris Thomas was a lynchpin and Frankie Jenkins, Grace Harris and Claire Sach all made key contributions.
Another very good day for rugby at South and well deserved.
PRESIDENTS’ CUP 2014 MATCH REPORT
North will never have had a better opportunity to take the rugby playing ‘scalp’ of South Bromsgrove High.
They fielded a team rich in experience, a national sprinter and some big aggressive characters. Their pre match and post try chants were designed to intimidate and their retreat to the changing rooms at half-time was the behaviour of an elite side. So the scene was set. You can probably see where this is going………….
An early try, against the run of play, poached by Year 9 ‘danger man’ Tom Shaw, was scant reward for North’s territorial advantage in the first 15 minutes, but it was 7-0 and the first of many ‘blows’ and ‘counter blows’ had been unleashed. North were now angry and played a very punishing brand of ‘one out’ rugby in their attempts to redress the balance. They were very physical, very aggressive and very much back on level terms shortly afterwards, because it worked. A passive South defence allowed North the momentum needed to pile over the line!
This was very much the pattern of the half and with North talking tactics in the changing room at half-time, the writing was on the wall for South. Could it be the first North win since the resurrection of the Presidents’ Cup in 2007? That would hurt, but it was looking likely, regrettably.
Coach told South’s players to forget personal friendships in the 2nd half. Many of South’s team knew their North counterparts but coach urged that the pleasantries were reserved for post-match. We wanted to make them uncomfortable and create a dent in their growing confidence. ‘Who are we? North. Who are we? North’ they chanted. The temporary identity crisis had, again been overcome. Shirts with names on would be helpful next year!
You may remember the national sprinter mentioned earlier. With our speed demon dousing his smoking soles on the side line (Evan Corbett was hurt), North’s took advantage and a great run by the sprint king meant we were on the ‘back foot’ in all senses and things looked grim.
But……….cometh the hour, cometh the man and skipper Kristian Thomas took on all comers and the sea of defenders parted before him. Some had been bounced and some had just readied themselves under the posts, but either way, the try had been scored and we were back in it.
We were now fielding all but one sub and had the lost razor sharp Caswell also, but Corbett was limbering up to make return to the field of play thankfully.
So, who would make the difference? The next score would be crucial.
A series of penalties close to the North line, eventually led to a deadly snipe by the increasingly influential Dom Jenkins, who showed the instinct of a young Danny to scythe through.
Remarkably, North hit back but a simple conversion was fluffed and North couldn’t claim a draw, much to their dismay. But one man’s floor is another man’s ceiling and the South players were joyous. We were the far more creative side but had been targeted at the breakdown and done superbly to overcome a strategic North outfit.
Special mention to Will Pagan whose tireless bravery made a massive difference, Josh Owen who was everywhere, Jake Parkin who hurt North close to the rucks, Alex Blackburn who was a ‘wrecking ball’ at times and Year 9 Dafydd Rees who played in a pivotal role superbly for the entire 2nd half.
In summary, this team has improved massively and is a credit to South and is worthy reward for hard work!
19-17, the cup retained!
Y9 RUGBY 1/4+2/4-HOME, BOTH 4PM K/O
Weds-v Saint Augustine’s
15 Tom Shaw
14 Tyler Hodgetts
13 Harvey Martin
12 Ronan Woodbine
11 Simon Williams
10 Tom Van Der Plank
9 Dafydd Rees
1 George Bickerton
2 Jack Westwood
3 Joe Mellor
4 Sam Piper
5 Will Reeves
6 Tom Moor
7 George Skitt
8 Robbie Baxter
Subs-Woolams, Oakes, Fry, Dwyer, Battle, Burrows, Quickfall, Tom Jones, Sam Parkinson, any other players unnamed, please attend
Need-boots, gumshield, shorts , socks, tracksuit
SBH Badminton Championships Results
We played the SBH Badminton Championships on Thursday evening and the following pupils were successful. Please feel free to congratulate them if you see them around school.
SBH Boys Singles Winner = Aaron Pattison (Year 9)
SBH Boys Doubles Winners = Aaron Pattison and Clay Russell (Year 9)
SBH Girls Singles Winner = Chloe Cosgrove (Year 10)
SBH Girls Doubles Winners = Chloe Cosgrove and Izzy Willmott (Year 10)
Congratulations to all players involved.
YEAR 10 RUGBY, MON 31/3, 4PM KO V SAINT AUGUSTINE'S, HOME
15 J WILDMAN
14 J HARVEY ELLIDGE
13 C KIRBY
12 A CASWELL
11 E CORBETT
10 W PAGAN
9 D JENKINS
1 J PARKIN
2 J EDWARDS
3 A BLACKBURN
4 J OWEN
5 C FISHER
6 J GWILLIAM
7 Z HEITMANN
8 K THOMAS