Triple celebrations for Chesham Prep’s young sides
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.
Chesham Preparatory School’s U9s (left) and U11s (right)have qualified
for the finals of the National Schools