Primary Schools Tag Rugby Festival
On Wednesday 25th May 2016, boys from Form IV competed in the Tag Rugby Festival at Springfield Stadium. A competition that brought twelve primary schools together; St George’s Preparatory School was grouped with D’Auvergne, Mont Nicolle, First Tower and Grand Vaux.
The boys began by facing Grand Vaux Primary School. The game was played in a wonderful spirit with some impressive individual performances. St George’s scored seven tries and won the game 7-3. One memorable try was scored by Ben Cleary who ran the length of the pitch, evading tackles with his speed and nimble footwork.
The next game two games were played in the same positive spirit and St George’s managed to overcome Mont Nicolle 8 – 2 and a strong First Tower School 7 - 5. The defence was starting to work well together by this point and special mention should be given to Christophe Howlett, William Ruff, Sidney Barrowcliffe and John Wright for the amount of ‘tags’ they managed to make.
St George’s remaining match would determine whether they would earn a place in the final of the tournament! The boys needed a victory against D’Auvergne Primary School. The match was not the close affair that was expected and St George’s ran out 8 – 2 victors. Hector Somay and Michael Pardey played leading roles, scoring 3 tries each. The support play was now quite impressive; every time a player was tagged, there was always another option on each shoulder and almost every piece of possession seemed to be converted into a try. Victory put St George’s through to the final.
The players were made to wait a little for the final to start as all the other playoff games needed to be completed. This meant that there was an audience of approximately 200 children and adults to watch St George’s Preparatory School and FCJ battle it out for overall honours. With both sides having won all of their group games a close match was expected. Tries were exchanged for the opening few minutes to make the score 3-3, before the St George’s Form IV boys started to click again in attack. Zac Mallinson was this time the catalyst. Every time he got his hands on the ball he would side step tackles to make valuable metres. Zac scored the next 2 tries and was denied a third due to a foot being in touch. The game finished 7-5 and St George’s Prep were awarded the trophy.
It was a fantastic tournament played in exactly the right spirit. Our boys are now looking forward to retaining the trophy next summer.