BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 14/03/17
TEN MILE RELAYS
C1 VII’s @ Durham Tournament: Lost Semi Final 28-14 v Barnard Castle
Sedbergh progressed through their group comfortably, dispatching Newcastle School for Boys, Birkdale and Ashville. The boys improved with each performance, putting together some great passages of play.
Durham were up next in the quarterfinal, posing a physical threat in attack. However the boys in brown rallied well winning 19-7 and progressing to the semi-final to face Barnard Castle. This unfortunately, was a step to far and Sedbergh were outplayed across the park, failing to make good decisions under pressure. They ended up losing 28-14.
B1 VII’s @ Bradford Tournament: Won Final 31-0 v Durham
This was B1’s best tournament win of the season so far as they overcame significant challenges in the shape of Woodhouse Grove (twice), Worksop College, RGS Newcastle and Durham.
Several games saw the scores level or very close at half time but Sedbergh showed their maturity and patience to pull away in each of the second half periods. Worksop in particular had capitalised on three Brown mistakes to lead 19-0 before Sedbergh responded with a bang to take the game 21-19. Facing Durham in the final Sedbergh had to work hard without the ball in the first half yet stayed strong for almost four minutes of Durham possession.
Durham took heart from this but their hope was quickly extinguished in the second half when the Sedbergh attack cut loose. With Cameron Melville and Angus Gowling side-lined with injury this was a whole squad effort. This bodes well heading into the final two tournaments of the term.
A1 VII’s @ Sedbergh Tournament: Lost Final 19-5 v Woodhouse Grove
Sedbergh hosted the U16 North Sevens festival this weekend and whilst it was unfortunate to have some schools pulling out late on, our A1 side made the most of the opportunities across four competitive games to improve their Sevens knowledge and accuracy.
A1 started the day well with a strong performance over a physical QEGS Wakefield side, and it was pleasing to see the width in attack stretching our opponents. Talisman George Barber set up some good scores and wing James Greenwood showed some gas early on to punish QEGS.
The second game against St Peter’s York was more of a nail biter – with both sides showing some magic with ball in hand. A1 became frustrated playing without the ball and let in an early score but some composure and good finishing allowed a 12-5 win for the Browns.
Next up was Loretto who had showed good signs of improvement throughout the day. The Browns were pegged back in the first half and made simple errors which were well punished by the team in red. In the second half though – some clever movement of the ball and staunch defending allowed Sedbergh to score three tries and take the win.
Into the final game which, after Woodhouse Grove’s successful performances during the day, meant it would turn out to be the final. A real tussle for possession ensued. Woodhouse took the early lead through some good touches of the ball; 7-0.
After regrouping at half time A1 started to play much better but were frustrated by a well organised defence. Woodhouse pounced on a handling error and extending their lead 12-0. From the kick off A1 again tried to force the game and Woodhouse latched onto a kick forward to score their third try. However it was Sedbergh who finished the stronger scoring a well worked try down the left flank by forward Jake Hill.
Lesson learnt and we now move on to the QEGS Wakefield festival on Wednesday
1st XI v Bolton Won 10-1
5 goals from Chris Sanders, 2 from Henry Holdsworth and one apiece from James Milburn, Rory McAnemy and Sam Shewan saw Sedbergh sign off the season in fine style. At 3-1 early in the second half Sedbergh were struggling to impose themselves until the excellent Chris Sanders got the ball rolling with two clinical finishes in quick succession.
Thereafter Sedbergh played with freedom and clinically finished off the game. This was a fitting way to finish for the upper six lads Sam Stewart, Rory McAnemy, Henry Holdsworth, James Milburn, Chris Sanders and Marcus Stables. In particular congratulations to Sam Stewart who has played for five years in the First XI and been an outstanding ambassador for the club.
Colours were awarded to George Barber, George Hill and Jonas Von Fritschen.
U14A v CSPS
1st Team v Durham Won 39-10
This was a tough game against an inexperienced but physical team. The first quarter was a close affair with Sedbergh school just one point ahead (6:7). The second quarter saw us take a 10 point lead 7 to 17.
Durham only scored 3 points in the third to Sedbergh’s 12. Durham failed to break our defence in the last quarter while we managed to score 10 points with many squandered opportunities. Final score Durham School 10, Sedbergh School 39. A fine performance from Ozzy Ukponzene who scored 16 points, followed by Seb Ball and Victor Leung who both scored six.
1st Team v Edinburgh University Lost by 31 points.
The rifle team competed against Edinburgh University in a shoulder to shoulder match, Edinburgh disappointed with last year’s loss were keen to seek revenge. Sedbergh produced a good score of 1497 but lost by 31 points over 16 shoots. Congratulations to Harry Welch who achieved a high score of 98 and to Charlie Cowen who was 1st for Sedbergh and 3rd overall with a score of 193