Sports Report - Yr 9 rugby final
WHAT A GAME! The Year 9 boys put in their most impressive shift of the season and played some really smart rugby. The forwards were dominant in the scrum which allowed scrum half Leo Stockham easy ball, to give out to Brooklyn Cooper and the back line. The forwards also fronted up in collisions, rucks and mauls and really stamped their physical authority on the game. Mr Elliot (Haygrove Coach) asked what I had been feeding them, therefore a special mention to Val and the catering team! Corey Brunskill, Owen Court and Leyton Le Maitre carried the ball really well and the forwards were ruthless in securing the ball at ruck time, something that has been a big work on for the boys. Brooklyn Cooper, Travis Luke and Harley Huett showed their athleticism in the back line to make good ground for Chilton. Hayden Hewart executed the line out throws to precision, ensuring that we always had some go forward in the set piece. Like Eddie Jones at the weekend, I 'unleashed' the bench. Romano Henderson came onto the field of play and made a brilliant tackle which inspired the team and the crowd. Joe Salter, Coree Stephenson and Charlie O'Keefe were tackling machines which put Haygrove on the back foot. Harrison Bishop, Mitchell Langham, Taylor Higgins and Oliver Pike worked hard around the pitch, getting stuck into lots of rucks and mauls which was great and Ashley Francis and Jacob Heath-Finch had glimpses of action, but it was difficult to get them to full steam when it was a forwards dominant game. A special mention to Captain Rowan James who conducted himself in a very mature manner when talking to the referee and talking well to the boys before, during and after the game and of course leading by example throughout. It was a fantastic game of rugby. It looked like rugby! The boys showed great character for the entirety of the game, they worked well as a team and worked hard for each other. It is a rare moment in rugby to smile in defeat, but after a performance like that, all of the boys were extremely happy and very proud of what they had accomplished and so they should be! I'm sure you will all congratulate them throughout the day, they deserve it.