LONDON YOUTH GAMES RUGBY FINALS
VENUE: BARN ELMS SPORTS CENTRE
THURSDAY 15TH MARCH 2018
Report by Elsie and Kate…
An excited Year 7 Girls rugby team left school at 7.45am and travelled all the way to Barn Elms Sport Centre in South London to compete for Haringey in the London Youth Games. Reaching the LYG’s Finals was a huge achievement. Many of the girls had only been introduced to playing full contact rugby a few weeks earlier!
After an hour and a half journey and some vigorous warming up, they were ready for their first game. On first glance the opposition (Ricards Lodge High School – Merton) looked a lot taller and bigger than APS, though the Year 7’s gave them a close game losing by 5 tries to 1, with Orla scoring our first try of the tournament. Our opponents ended the day in 6thoverall.
Our second game versus Capital City Academy from Brent, again saw Orla breaking through their defence to score another try. Despite some fabulous rugby the team could not add to the lead and in the last second of the game just before the final whistle blew, the opposition equalised. 1-1.
After a quick drink and a team talk, the last game of the round commenced with the opposition (St.Helen’s School – Hillingdon) scoring two early tries. As the game went on the whole team put in tackle after tackle with Jayda, Orla and Elsie stopping their opponents with fabulous tackles. However, the game finished 7-0, which saw APS progressing 4th in their group, to the next round after lunch. Our opponents ended the day as competition runners up. Orla used the lunch break to get her cut knee patched up and Elsie had an ice bag for a knock on the nose. With three matches still to go, APS were now competing to finish 16th out of the 33 London boroughs. Three wins later, saw the team successfully demonstrate how much they had learnt form the morning’s games.
The second group stage saw three straight wins and tries from Renee (2), Alena and Jodie (2). After a magnificent effort from the whole team, brilliantly captained by Orla and Mia, APS finished on a high. All the girls should be very proud of their performances and with some proper preparation before next years competition we look to build on this success. As they got back on the coach the Year 7’s couldn’t wait for next year’s tournament!
TEAM: KATE; JODIE-DEANE; NANCY; RENEE; ORLA; ANGEL; ELSIE; CHLOE; CHANTELLE; MABEL; JAYDA; CHLOE; ALENA; MIA