Triple cel­e­bra­tions for Che­sham Prep’s young sides

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM Prepara­tory School have plenty to cel­e­brate af­ter three of their sides qual­i­fied for the fi­nals of the 2015-16 Na­tional Schools Rugby Tour­na­ment.

The U9s, U10s and U11s from the school in Two Dells Lane bat­tled through the North and Mid­lands Re­gional Qual­i­fiers at War­wick School to book their places at fi­nals day next March.

The U9s were par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, pro­duc­ing a clean sweep of vic­to­ries. Past win­ners QEGS from York­shire were seen off thanks to a last-gasp try, be­fore brave de­fence and su­perb of­fload­ing se­cured a sec­ond win of the day against Winch­ester House 10-5.

An­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance saw them past Ake­ley Wood 15-5, but the best was saved for last as they pow­ered past pre­vi­ously un­beaten Welling­bor­ough 25-5 – an in­spired dis­play in what was for some boys at least their first taste of com­pe­ti­tion rugby.

The U11s took the plate fi­nal at last year’s na­tional tour­na­ment when U10s and 12 months on they look well placed to be stronger chal­lengers this time around.

They swept all be­fore them in their three qual­i­fy­ing matches, first show­ing fe­roc­ity at the break­down and some great han­dling skills to over­power St Johns 30-0.

Bronte House proved more of an ob­sta­cle, hold­ing Che­sham to just 10-5 at the break.

How­ever, it was a dif­fer­ent story af­ter the in­ter­val as strong run­ning with the ball saw Che­sham run in four more tries to romp home 30-5.

Again the best was saved for the end as seven more tries despatched Winch­ester House 35-0 to seal their place at fi­nals day.

The U10s had to really bat­tle to com­plete the trio of suc­cesses – a Josh Oak­ley try help­ing them to a pos­i­tive re­sult against Welling­bor­ough – and he was the hero again when squeez­ing over in the cor­ner to snatch a 10-10 draw with hosts War­wick, which en­sured they would join their school mates at Ep­som Col­lege in March.

The three tri­umphant were as fol­lows.

Ed­ward Clifford, Wil­liam Cross­field, Ge­orge Doyle, Robin Fisher, Toby Roach, Thomas Tread­well, Luke Pike, Milo Mitchell and Zack Pike.

Oliver Blun­dell, Ge­orge Hill, Harry Bew­ley, Jack Hill, Henry Lloyd-Town­shend, Fred­die Moxom, Joshua Oak­ley, Jonty Thorn­bor­row and Sa­muel Bate­man.

Do­minic Ealand, Fred­die Bate­son, Ge­orge Birch, Adam Bo­som­pem, Jack Cal­laghan, Jack Fisher, Louis Macken­zie, Theodore Rus­sell, Thomas Page, Henry Keith, Char­lie Whitby and Oliver West.

squads

Che­sham Prepara­tory School’s U9s (left) and U11s (right)have qual­i­fied

for the fi­nals of the Na­tional Schools

Rugby Tour­na­ment

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