1 February 2023

The U11A and B teams travelled to Tonbridge on a bright but blustery Wednesday morning to take on teams from across the south-east in the Tonbridge Rugby Festival.

The A team quickly got into winning ways, with a 30-0 win over Bickley Park, and continued in a similar vein for their next two games, with wins of 20-0 over Yardley Court and 25-0 against Hazelwood. Northcote Lodge caught the team napping by providing stiff opposition, and whilst we rallied to score a try, time was not on our side, and the three tries that the opposition had already run in meant a 15-5 loss. In the final pool game, Highfield held the boys to a 5-all draw, putting us into a final playoff match with Aldro. Having bounced back from the loss and draw, the boys ran out 20-10 winners to claim third place overall.

Meanwhile, the B team found it hard going in an A team tournament, especially due to suffering some injuries earlier on in the day, but, to their credit, they never once let their heads go down and their reward was a draw in their penultimate match against yet more tough opposition. Their fighting spirit was an absolute credit to them, and they should be very proud of their resilience throughout the day.

Finally, some special mentions must go to the two Players of the Tournament – Jack H-W for the A team, and Alex Mit. for the Bs. Jack was the team’s top try-scorer, the highlight being a sublime interception in the final against Aldro. In the meantime, Alex showed great courage in converting a quick-tap penalty to a try, as well as gamely subbing into the A team when injury struck. Congratulations to these two and all the boys for a fine performance throughout the day, and representing the school so admirably. A final thank you to all the parents who came to support and to Mr Tomic for being an invaluable member of the staff team on the day.

Alexander M (2 tries)Edward L-NLucas C
Alexander Mc (1 try)Harry WMaximilian H (1 try)
Brynmor T (2 tries)Henry BOliver R
Caspar D-M (1 tries)Jack H-W (12 tries)Pietro C (2 tries)
Charles WJames SThomas M (2 tries)
Conor MLouis AWilliam B