Sedbergh 1st XV v Bradford GS (Champions Trophy Round 1) (A) Won 32-20
The 1st XV entered new territory in 2015 with their inclusion in the newly formed Champions Trophy Competition. The first knockout match saw Sedbergh drawn away against a much-fancied Bradford Grammar side. The first 35 minutes proved hard going for Sedbergh as we put in a terrible first half performance going into the break under real pressure 15-0 down.

With our backs against the wall we lifted a level which Bradford could not compete with in what turned out to be a game of two halves. Bradford’s lead disappeared before their eyes as a ruthless Sedbergh chased victory scoring 25 unanswered points.

The final nail in the coffin for the home side came in the last play as the impressive Jonny Keh scored his second try of the day to confirm the comeback victory and advance Sedbergh into the second round.
Tries: Keh 2, Crossdale, Hutchinson
Cons: Crossdale 3
Pens: Crossdale 2

Sedbergh 4th XV v QES Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV (H) Lost 29-10
Sedbergh were taught a lesson at the breakdown in a good all round performance by QES.

Sedbergh 5th XV v Cockermouth 2nd XV (H) Lost 84-0
Lupton North, shone, in the glistening autumn sun and the grass fluctuated in the warming temperate breeze.

The 5th XV took to the stage in what can only be described as a challenge. The boys will face tough challenges in life and this was a true test of their character and moral fibre. Cockermouth 1st were strong, too strong, but that did not dampen our spirit. It only fuelled our desire to never give in.

I was immensely pleased with how both teams conducted themselves. It’s fair to say that friends were made and we would certainly relish a rematch. Sedbergh performed well in the rucks and recycled the ball well but we could not contend with the pace and power of the Cockermouth players. They scored 14 tries in all.

Our only tactic to stop the haemorrhage was to play with XXII players instead of the usual XV. Sadly it was only the second time in Tinyside 14 year history that they have failed to score, our spirits though have never been higher. Onto the next game.

Sedbergh A2 XV v Cockermouth U16A (H) Lost 41-23
A2 were no match for a strong physical Cockermouth team who dominated possession and territory from the start. Despite the size difference there was some standout individual efforts in particular from George Thomas and Ed Whitehouse who were superb at the breakdown.A2 did rally towards the end of the game scoring two late tries and to their credit fought hard right up to the final whistle. 

Sedbergh B2 XV v QES Kirkby Lonsdale (H) Won 37-5
Boys did what I ask them to in the Tuesday session and, after a tough 10 mins at the start of both halves, patience and fitness told. Archie Davies ran and tackled well all game but one particular low hard tackle in open field on a strong runner from the opposition “had the crowd on their feet”.

Sedbergh C2 XV v QES Kirkby Lonsdale (H) Lost 75-0 
C2 struggled to cope with the physicality and athleticism of the opposition, who exploited the evident shortcomings in our defence. The boys battled hard throughout and will learn a lot through this tough defeat. 


Sedbergh 1st XV v RGS Newcastle (H) Won 70-14
On a beautiful day for rugby in perfect conditions on Buskholme Sedbergh dominated a first half period which saw them score 56 unanswered points in a brilliant advertisement for running rugby.

RGS could not cope with the speed, physicality and execution of a hungry home side who were eager to finish off a three game week with a good performance. Eight tries were scored in the first half followed by a further two in the second to give Sedbergh a huge victory 70-14.
TRIES: Crossdale 2, Lewin 2, Keh, Phelan, Kitney, Bentley, Laidler, Smith.
CONS: Crossdale 8, Lewin 2.

Sedbergh 2nd XV v Newcastle Boys School (H) Won 85-0
A poor 1st half against week opponents but improved 2nd half. Blackhall & Silvester best players but good performances by Radcliffe, Mcghee & Lister.
Tries; Radcliffe 2, Silvester, Lister 2, Hill, Blackhall, Pepper, Madronal 4 (hat-trick in 8 mins) Rudd, Heathcote, Scrivens.

Sedbergh 3rd XV v RGS Newcastle (H) Won 58-0
A beautiful afternoon on Riverside meant that it was inevitable the Sedbergh boys would try and throw the ball around. Holdsworth, who finished with three, and Scott-Dempster scored early tries which seemed to indicate we might find the game easy.

The score line flattered us a little with NGS playing with passion and defending very well. It really was pleasing to “nil,” them. A fantastic corner flag tackle from player stopped their most promising attack. The defensive work is paying off. The NGS tight head prop was a powerful runner but he got no change from the boys in Brown. Dale and Sanson putting in big hits and Sanson turning over the ball twice at crucial times.

Moss ran the back line well and linked with Park-Johnson in the middle to score the most well worked try of the afternoon. Moss taking the ball to the line drew two defenders stepped into space and delivered an inch perfect pass to Park-Johnson on a hard line. Scott- Dempster scored the best individual one of the game with a break from our line beating defenders with pace and pace.

There is certainly much to work on and as the game became more fragmented we lost our discipline and tried to do too much on our own. We need to fight to stay on our feet at the breakdown and we need more depth and patience in attack. Porter made a fantastic break from a kick off running an angle from depth from a kick off that was off loaded to him. We need more of that!
A quick turn around this week with Giggleswick on Wednesday.

Sedbergh 4th XV v RGS Newcastle (H) Won 48-20
A depleted Newcastle 3rd XV was never going to be a major trophy in the cabinet, but bolstered by their 2nd XV subs and a several Guest Sedbergh players during the course of the match it became a good contest. We played significantly better than last week, had it not been for two disallowed tries early on would have sealed the game in the first half.

However by 10 minutes into to the second we found ourselves under pressure and there were only 4 points in it.  Fitness and the inevitable missed tackles started to turn take effect and the final result became inevitable.
A much improved performance gives us something to build from.

Sedbergh A1 XV v RGS Newcastle (H) Won 76-10
A1 had a comfortable win against an RGS side who struggled to live with the pace and tempo of the Sedbergh side. Sedbergh looked to move the ball wide at every opportunity and the backs found space at will, scoring 10 of the 12 tries. Alex Mullins led the way with 4 and Josh Hodge bagged a second successive hat-trick.

Sedbergh B1 XV v RGS Newcastle (A) Won 34-29
Sedbergh fell behind early on and at one point were 17-7 down before managing to retain possession more successfully and seemingly take the game away from RGS scoring four answered tries. RGS rallied however and levelled the scores with one minute to play. It took increased intensity to turnover possession from the kick off and then patience and accuracy to put Magee away to score. 
TRIES: Magee (2), H. Hill (2), Hollins, Haydon-Wood
CONS: Haydon-Wood (2)

Sedbergh B2 XV v RGS Newcastle (A) Won 50-0

Sedbergh C1 XV v RGS Newcastle (A) Won 57-10
After a scrappy first quarter in which both sides struggled to produce clean ball at the breakdown, C1 were able to stamp their authority on the game either side of half time through several well-worked tries out wide. We were more organised in defence than in our previous game, and starting to look more fluent in attack, with forwards having more of an impact in midfield. 

Sedbergh C2 XV v RGS Newcastle (A) Lost 31-34


Final regatta of the Rooster Laser Lakeland and Far Northern series at Derwent Reservoir.
Series Champion in the 4.7 rig for George Thomas (H)
Regatta youth winner for the day – Moritz Block (H)

A very scenic drive across the Northern Pennines area of outstanding beauty saw us arrive at Derwent Reservoir though the trailer had suffered on the bumpy roads!  There was a decent wind, plenty of sun and 25 Lasers had come along to make the final regatta of the series a bit special.  

A prompt start at 12.25 and two 30 minute races were followed by a longer final race.  Moritz Block (H) in his first ever Laser regatta managed to get a 5th and a 4th in his first and third race sailing a full rig which gave him 4th place overall and first youth of the day.  In the second race he got snarled up on the start line and had to take a penalty.  

Meanwhile James Thomas (H) was faced with the challenge of beating the only other 4.7 rig in order to secure his first place in the class by drawing ahead of his brother.  It was not to be and he was 2nd on the day which left him tied for first place in the series.  Unfortunately countback rules saw the somewhat fluky Bassenthwaite regatta count so he had to settle for his brother winning the series! 

The next two weekends see us taking part in CCF regattas – the Northern one at Southport followed by the national regatta at Portsmouth.


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