Bridgewater Under 10 Touch Rugby team arrived at Stockport Grammar School with a quiet confidence after some encouraging training sessions with Mr. Rooney.
The team consisted of nine players, many of whom do not play rugby outside of school. It was clear at the end of the tournament that they all should! After Mr. Rooney explained to Keane what a ‘skipper’ was he led his team out against St Mary’s Prep. Keane by name and keen by nature was certainly the theme as he ran hard and straight with the ball and encouraged his team mates. Bridgewater took an early lead and never looked back in the first game, scoring a plethora of tries.
The next game was against AKS Lytham, a rugby playing school with some impressive players. Impressive tries from Jacob and Oliver were the difference in the match with Bridgewater continuing their fine form for victory.
Our third game was the local derby against Bolton School. Jensen came to the fore in this game with some highly impressive tagging and some powerful running through the white lines of defence. Bridgewater once again won impressively with a comprehensive victory.
We were then told that the fixtures were to be repeated. After thinking we had won our group we realised that we were only half way up our rugby mountain. St Mary’s were much more impressive in the second game. They took the lead with a deserved try and Bridgewater seemed on their heels. Then the moment of the day was the catalyst for the team when Harrison scored a wonder try in only his first ever experience of competitive rugby. Bridgewater were now on played 4, won 4.
AKS were another strong challenge with tries to-ing and fro-ing from both sides who were level with a few minutes to play. It was then that Sam and Mason turned on the burners and swayed their way to the line for two impressive tries. Daylight was now between the teams in terms of scoring and victory was assured.
In the final game Henry’s patience paid off when he received the ball out wide on several occasions and scored some impressive tries and assists. Oscar was also rewarded for his hard work and intensive running and tackling with a Man of the Match award in our final victory once again against Bolton.
A perfect return to the oval shaped game for Bridgewater who yet again win a rugby tournament. Well done to all.