On Thursday 19 March the U15 boys embarked on the journey to defend their county cup 7-a-side rugby title at Chapel Gate Sports Club, the home of Bournemouth rugby. Fifteen teams from around the county met to lock horns in what is one of sport’s most exhilarating and action packed activities that makes its Olympic debut in Rio, Brazil in 2016.
The boys have worked like Trojans on developing their skills ready for the 7-a-side tournament, which involves a very different skill set to that of the fifteen a-side game. The boys were ready!
Led brilliantly by stand in captain Igor C the boys swept through the pool rounds with wins over Parkfield and local rivals Twynham. After ripping through Winton Boys London Irish Academy team they found themselves in a semi-final rematch against Twynham who had beaten Corfe Hills in the other quarter final.
Twynham’s resistance was futile when put up against the epic handling skills of Alex M, Captain Fantastic Igor C and the power and pace of Baktash M and Jack G, and they quickly collapsed as the boys slid comprehensively into the final.
The final, against Bournemouth Grammar School for Boys, required patience and skill. The pace of Bronson C stretched the opposition and created gaps in the defence for the rest of the team to attack. Hard hitting and powerful running from Tiago M and the ever reliable River S and Danard D sapped the energy from the opposition and before long it was raining tries.
On their way to victory the boys were complimented by other teams and coaches on their ability and attitude and the whole squad played an important part in the road to victory. Elliot S showed great foot work and determination in scoring a quite brilliant individual score, James J, was brilliant in his supporting and linking role on the pitch and the ever smiling pocket rocket Omid F earned himself a brace of tries using his gas and power to maximum effect!
I was very proud of the boys and already looking forward to next season and hopefully working with them further as part of the Sixth Form Rugby Academy. A great day for all with a very happy ending!!!
Mr Lucas, Subject Leader for PE