King’s on top down un­der

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

SCHOOLS SPORT SIMON CARTER

THE King’s School tri­umphed in the bat­tle of the Ashes as they showed Aus­tralia some Max­o­nian might dur­ing their mini in­va­sion of Aus­tralia.

In what was the King’s School’s big­gest ever sports tour to its fur­thest des­ti­na­tion, 56 play­ers su­per­vised by seven staff with scores of ac­com­pa­ny­ing par­ents and si­b­lings, en­joyed a fair dinkum three weeks record­ing a suc­ces­sion of wins from Sin­ga­pore to Sydney.

The First XV were in dev­as­tat­ing form and went all six games undefeated, amass­ing over 250 points and con­ced­ing just 7, pro­duc­ing some scin­til­lat­ing rugby.

New cap­tain, Owen Jones at Num­ber Eight was the player of the tour and his off­load game was deadly along­side his ball car­ry­ing abil­i­ties. Se­cond Row James Crum­mack was equally as dam­ag­ing as he bull­dozed his way through the most or­gan­ised of de­fences. While in the back divi­sion, cen­tre Gus Fi­ennes’ elu­sive run­ning and Tom Black­well’s sharp fin­ish­ing were vir­tu­ally un­stop­pable. Big wins came against Sydney Gram­mar School 58 – 0, Arn­dell 61 – 0, St. Au­gustines 27 – 0, Far North New South Wales 24 – 7, Down­lands Col­lege 31 – 0 and Sin­ga­pore RU 50 – 0.

It was an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful tour, win­ning 13 out of 17 matches with King’s field­ing three teams; next year’s First and Se­cond XV Devel­op­ment teams along­side a Leavers XV which con­sisted of the re­cently de­parted Year 13 stu­dents.

The Leavers XV pro­duced some mag­nif­i­cent rugby and were per­haps the most tested ‘down un­der, with three of their re­sults with less than a 2-point mar­gin. They won four out of five and fit- tingly were vic­to­ri­ous in a phys­i­cal en­counter in their last match to­gether ver­sus Sydney-based club; East­ern Sub­urbs RFC win­ning a nail-biter 13 – 12.

The fu­ture of King’s rugby is in good hands though; the 2nd XV won three out of six but saw the most progress over the three weeks, their fi­nal vic­to­ries ver­sus Wil­liam Clarke Col­lege and Sydney GS show­ing the po­ten­tial of player such as Cap­tain Joe Moores, hooker To­mos Rands and winger An­gus Homer who will all be push­ing for first team berths in the the new sea­son.

Away from the rugby field, the boys were for­tu­nate to be able to visit the beau­ti­ful Sen­tosa Is­land in Sin­ga­pore, learn to surf in Surfers Par­adise, snorkel in the Great Bar­rier Reef and Jet Boat around Sydney har­bour tak­ing in the sights of the fa­mous Opera House and Har­bour Bridge.

The full squad with Sydney Opera House & Har­bour Bridge in back­ground. Be­low: The 1st XV af­ter vic­tory in their fi­nal game vic­tory against Sydney GS and an un­beaten tour. Right: The 2nd XV along­side Wil­liam Clarke Col­lege af­ter 14-26 win

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