The U14A rugby team have enjoyed a brilliant run in the Kent Cup, reaching the semi-finals for the first time in many a season.
Unfortunately the team lost a hard-fought battle away at King's Canterbury 12-5. It was a courageous performance epitomised by team spirit and a mental toughness not often seen at school level. The talented side, who have bonded really well, probably shone most in defeat, where they remained humble and polite despite their obvious frustrations.
Captain Ben Walker led the side to impressive victories over Judd School and Gravesend School, with his ball carrying skills defining key moments in each of these games. Ben was ably supported by his equally impressive back row partners James Affleck and Freddie Davies: together they gave a real balance of pace, power and skill to our hugely impressive forward pack.
During the season the side have expanded their game, looking to play with real width whenever possible. Some of the tries and off loading skills will live long in the memory, and much of this transformation should be attributed to excellent skill and commitment levels of one our sports scholars, Louis McKeeve. His ability to link with the likes of Oliver Clinch and Edward Harris has meant that the forwards hard work has usually been rewarded.
Lastly, it must be mentioned that three members of this rugby team have only started to play the sport this term! Marcel Sand, Dong Sung Kim, and Sacha Dulerayn have all grown tremendously and they should be commended for becoming really effective rugby players in such a short space of time.
Thanks go to Dr Sharp, Mr Holden and Mr Reilly who have all spent a lot of time with the squad, and thank you to the parents who have been a superb support for both the coaches and the players.
Monday 21 November 2011
by Charlotte Hails