The Bridgewater Prep Under 11 squad have excelled themselves both with the oval and round ball this week under the AJIS umbrella. The boys have secured a rugby tournament victory at Stockport Grammar School and qualification for the knockout stages of the AJIS Under 11 football cup.
The boys played four games of contact rugby at Stockport against two teams from St Mary’s, one team from Merchant Taylor’s and an SGS team. The team played with admirable passion and skill in all the games securing three victories and a well fought out draw with St Mary’s A team, who we shared the league victory with. Although every boy scored a try in the tournament special mention must go to four boys in particular. Sam took the honour of the biggest growl when he grappled with most of the Merchants team before storming over the line in determined fashion. Oliver sold an almighty dummy to the SGS team before side stepping the whole team and scoring the try of the tournament. Most importantly Oscar and Jacob led the team with their experience and know how. Oscar once again astounded onlookers with his tackling, turnovers and all action play. He is has the potential to be a back row star of the future!
The Bridgewater Under 11 Football ‘Mean Machine’ have also scored 21 goals in four matches in the last week and have conceded only four! The team warmed up for their big tournament by beating Green bank 14-0 last week. What delighted Mr. Rooney was the way that the team kept to the plan through the game and respected the opposition at all times. Harrison was Mr. Rooney’s Man of the Match.
In Thursday’s tournament the Bridgewater team had to come in the top two to qualify for the final rounds of the North West cup. The boys did not disappoint! A 3-0 victory over St Bede’s prepared the team well for a tough game against Cheadle which included a certain Rooney who is not related to Mr. Rooney! Unfortunately the boys were distracted or star struck by the opposition, conceding three goals. A team talk from the other Rooney led to a defiant second half when Bridgewater should have scored at least two goals. This meant that Bridgewater had to beat Kings Macc to qualify. Kean and Mason led the charge creating a goal very quickly. Bridgewater were then stunned by a Beckham type goal from Kings from their own half. Henry was on hand though to lead the fightback with two goals securing a 4-1 victory and passage to the cup quarter finals in the spring.