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U13 North-West Rugby Tour

'Over half term, the U13’s Rugby team went on tour to the North-West England where they played three games, and had a lot of fun!

Arriving on Thursday morning, the twenty four player squads were hosted by Lymm High School, who have a long prestigious history in producing junior international and professional players. The pupils played excellently with Joe Charlesworth’s bruising runs (Second Form, Queen Anne), Ben Orton’s evasive running (Second Form, Swift), Ted Rand-Bell’s ever improving tackling (Second Form, Swift) and Max Brooke’s handling being particular highlights (Second Form, Gascoigne).

After checking into the hotel, the group enjoyed an evening meal and a further chance to bond before going to bed.

It was an early start for the group the next morning as they enjoyed some of the local sites, followed by a trip to the local paintball centre. Here they were split into Team Joiner and Team Unsworth. Mr Unsworth’s team took an early lead winning the first two challenges, but Mr Joiner’s team would show excellent resilience to take the final President challenge. Otto Dix-Masson (Second Form, Swift) and Jamie Wherle (Second Form, Queen Anne) showed their excellent marksmanship and were the top shooters of the day.

The boys then went onto their final matches at Wilmslow High School, where they played the host and Cheadle Hulme School in a triangular fixture. The squad continued to show how much they developed this season and played some superb mixture running and direct rugby. Riley Weston (Second Form, Vanbrugh), Elliot Beale (Second Form, Feilden) and Vaughn Cibulka (Second Form, Feilden) were a constant threat, whilst Jamie Wherle (Second Form, Queen Anne), Angus Morton (Second Form, Harcourt) and Charlie Whitby’s (Second Form, Feilden) defence work was outstanding.

The game versus Cheadle Hulme provided some excellent learning opportunities for our U13’s. They were by far the best team we have played, with several athletic players able to make decisions under pressure.

The last activity of the tour after Robert Hoult’s (Second Form, Gascoigne) birthday tea, followed by ten-pin bowling in Crewe. Competition was fierce with Jamie Dalton (Second Form, Harcourt) and Luke Humphreys (Second Form, Gascoigne) enjoying a good battle on lane four, whilst Charlie Slatter (Second Form, Feilden) and Kit Baxter (Second Form, Vanbrugh) were knocking pins with alarming regularity.

The squad had an absolutely fantastic time and their behaviour was exemplary. This is the first time they have been away together as a group and there is no doubt that this will benefit them both on and off the field. I would like to thank Mr Joiner and Mr Morgan for coming on the tour and offering some quality advice to the boys.'

Mr Unsworth, Mr Joiner, Mr Morgan

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