Fixture reports from the Junior School

Sunday saw our U8 A and U10 A rugby teams take to the fields of Epsom College; and what a venue for the National Rugby Finals. Both teams had qualified with flying colours and we all knew how tough this next step was going to be.

The two teams produced some outstanding results and, without a knockout stage, the positions were made up with points for wins, tries, excellent play and bonus points for sportsmanship.

The U8 Tag team had five matches and showed what an excellent team they are. They played dynamic rugby, shifting the ball without using all their tags, and scored some fine team tries. This really pleased Mr Rice and Miss Chapman who were so delighted with the efforts of the boys. I know the parents really supported the boys and were so proud of the way they all played. In the end the boys finished fourth in their group but finished fifth out of the 11 schools who had made the Finals – fantastic effort!

The U10s produced displays of rugby that we knew they are capable of, but are not always seen – showing fine form on Sunday. Four tough games saw the boys win three out of three, which left Winchester House. Although we lost out four tries to one, the boys just didn’t know when to stop. We even scored the last try. The boys had a couple of chances but just couldn’t get over the line. The first three games were outstanding and the results against the large school were just so pleasing. I know that everyone supporting the boys was just so proud. In the end the boys finished runners up in their group. The final place overall is amazing – fifth out of 15 qualifying schools.

It was an amazing day and I know how proud everyone there was of all our players in both teams. The support from our parents was amazing and I have to thank everyone who came. A fantastic day to savour and something that should spur the boys on for next year.

Thank you lastly to the team of staff. I couldn’t do it without you; you were all fantastic.

Wednesday saw the U10 A & B teams travel to Wellingborough for what we knew was going to be a difficult fixture.

Playing side by side, it was great for myself and Mr Peedell to be able to watch both teams. They didn’t let us down. The B team worked really hard and came away as 2-1 winners, with Wellingborough having only lost one match before this fixture. Akeley had plenty of chances but the home goalkeeper produced some fine saves.

The A team stormed into the lead and were 3-1 up at half time. They pressed quickly, putting host under pressure. It soon turned into a 6-1 score line before the hosts grabbed three goals back late into the game. We had made a few changes by moving some players’ positions, but still all the boys responded. Wellingborough hadn’t lost a game on grass until this fixture.

 

Well done to all the players, as we were again, delighted with their team work and the work rate with each other. It’s looking very good for Year 6 football next year. Thank you, as always, to those parents who travelled to support the teams.

Mr Lemon

Director of Sport

Akeley Wood Junior School and Nursery

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