On Wednesday our Under 11 team attended the South West ISA Tag Rugby Tournament host by St Christophers School in Staverton, near Totnes.

We have been working hard in preparation for this tournament during our Games and PE sessions all term and had even managed some practice games to help our team develop the groundwork and understanding of the Tag rules.

We arrived in Totnes after a long drive with the children in good spirits and looking forward to the day ahead.

After a warm welcome from our hosts and lunch, we started a warm-up while a teams’ meeting was held to format the order of play and rules.

Unfortunately for our team, we faced last years winners Trinity A in the opening game. Last year we lost to Trinity 12 – 1, so it was going to be a tough opening game.

Trinity fielded a strong team with regular Teignmouth RFU team members controlling good areas of the match. Our boys and girls worked hard, and despite a few mistakes, we managed to score two well-worked tries from Gaius and Henry, who produced great runs to pick up our scores. We had to rise above our emotions to focus on the game and not let the situation disrupt the mindset of fair play and respect towards each other. Trinity eventually ended the game-winning 8 – 2. It was a good game and one which helped the team gain valuable experience and start the momentum for an impressive transformation in performance levels as the tournament continued.

Next, we faced the host school, St Christophers. We had lost to this team last year, so it was very pleasing to see a hugely important reversal of the scoreline this year with Kingsley winning 7 – 6. The team displayed a much better, and more effective, approach to running forward, offering great support to one another. Alfie scored three tries, and Ollie scored two, Henry and Gaius scoring one each again.

Our last match was against Trinity B team, a match we needed to win to secure an opportunity to finish in 2nd place and break the annual stronghold on this event by Trinity.

We started with great determination and confidence from our previous victory. We committed our forward attack with positive runs and quickly took a half time lead 4 – 0. In the second half, the team continually dominated the play, and when we lost possession, defensive tag tackles quickly regained the turnover. We finished the game with our best team score winning 9 – 0 with five tries from Alfie, two from Theo, and two more tries when Henry and Gaius.

 

There was some brilliant teamwork, in particular from female members.
Felicity, Chloe and Alexandra got really stuck into the games and helped pass on the ball and make many good tags to help Kingsley produce the turnovers.

Overall after a slightly disappointing start, the team came together and actually ended the day looking more like a stronger well-organised group.

Sport can offer so many life lessons. There are clear links between sport, activity, academic achievement, good mental health and community involvement. Playing team sports certainly helps develop character and important life skills.

Congratulations to the entire team. It is a proud moment when you see the full potential of everyone, working as a team and endeavouring to make the best of each moment in the game.

Thanks, in particular to Mrs Cloak and the parents who travelled to Totnes to support the team.

Simon Ward