Rugby Boys & Girls display great promise in first tournament
After both our Year 8 Boys' and Girls' Rugby teams competed in their first tournament, PE teacher Mr Edmondson gives us his match report:
'It was an incredible day for our school. I cannot tell you how proud I am of our rugby teams. They have been building towards their first ‘full rules’ rugby games for the past six months, but the Schools Rugby Festival yesterday was another level.
The students were picked to represent Brent against other school teams from Richmond, Hounslow, Ealing and Teddington; schools which have been hotbeds for rugby for a long time.
In a battling performance, the Boys drew their opening game 12-12 and lost their second and third matches 0-12. They experienced an enormous learning curve with their tackling. Ace, Ahmed, Abdulkarim, Rhys, Ahshon and Kevin all really stepped up to the plate and made some enormous hits in these games to keep the score down.
Finishing third in the pool, we played off for the Shield against Hounslow’s representatives where we again slipped to a 0-12 half time deficit.
At half time, the boys decided their goal for the second half was to score the first try and see what would happen. As so often happens in Year 8, Ahmed picked up the ball and charged the full length of the pitch.
Suddenly with their tails up, immediately from gathering the restart Ace put us within 2 points of the opposition, with a scintillating slalom down the right wing.
With both conversions missed, we needed one more try to win, and on the last phase of play Antonio and Joel made a surging combo run down the left, before Abdulkarim (our amazing scrum half) got a quick ball to Ahmed, who brushed off four tackles on the way to a 30 meter run in to see us 15-12 winners! Incredible scenes and a great ending to the contest.
The girls did equally as well as the boys, playing two longer matches in their pool of 18 minutes each. Captained by Rashauna, they made an incredible impression on the organisers and development officers who couldn’t believe they’d only started playing last Easter.
Try scoring duties were shared amongst the girls, as we won the opening game 25-5. There are so many less missed tackles in girls rugby than boys, it’s fantastic to watch.
Amazing performances from Rashauna, Latoya, Alex, Bellecia, Faith, Sara and Luana in the first half saw us move to a 20-0 lead, with each team making changes in the second period and adding a try each. It was also the first time the girls have scrummaged!
The second game saw Richmond and Teddington fielded a combined team of their best players, however the girls would not be dispirited by their 0-40 loss. The game was way more even than the score line suggests, however it was another steep learning curve, particularly around tap-penalties, which was our Achilles heel! They all played with enthusiasm and grit so we are looking forward to seeing them progress even further over the coming year.'
Head of Boys' PE, Mr O'Carroll, agreed: 'To achieve so much in such a technical sport in such a short space of time is incredible...and hopefully only the beginning of even greater successes on the rugby field!'
Huge thanks to Mr Ding, Mr Donaldson and Miss Rafferty for all their help with training the teams - you rock!