Rugby: Season Review 2016
Bede's Rugby Sevens went from strength to strength last term, with our key focus on developing core rugby sevens skills in all year groups has leading to some incredibly positive developments in this now Olympic Sport.
The Elite team competed in three tournaments throughout the Spring Term, including the Sussex Sevens (read a Tournament Report here) before the Rosslyn Park 7s towards the end of term and the Halliford London Irish Sevens to finish the season.
Due to two cancelled tournaments, the National Sevens at Rosslyn Park saw us going up against teams from across the country a little under-experienced; we nonetheless entered the competition with heads held high, with our best performance being against Bishop Wordsworth School who went on to reach the semi-finals.
The day saw is learn some heavy lessons about what happens when you do not focus for the full game, with a convincing loss against King's College, Taunton. This was followed by a superb victory against Mount St Mary's and a close match against Colston's.
The Tournament saw the whole team play well, and it was great to see some younger players such as Theo Morse, Felix Godwin, Harry Cannon and Charles Belton gelling with experience veterans including Joe Robson and Bert Cook.
Our final tournament of the term was then under floodlights at the home of London Irish RFC. It was an exciting festival atmosphere with music, PA and huge crowds.
We were without Sam Kisbee, our fly half, due to an injury, but we added Ishmael Aziz who is one of the quickest players in the school.
With superb wins against City of London Freemans School and Halliford School and our only a loss to Shiplake, we entered the Shield Final against Gordons School.
It was a tense match but our game plans and the boys’ understanding of each other, combined with some outstanding footwork and speed from our backs and the combative nature of our forwards, meant that we won in some style!
Toby Wallace, who has been our major find this season, had match-winning performances in most games and with Toby, Gary Walker and Max Olujobi all working as a unit our backs turned into a veritable strike force.
Captain and Bede's Head Boy Bertie Cook collecting the Shield.
Well done to all of those involved in the Bede’s Rugby season, especially the players who trained hard and bought some silverware back to Bede's.
We now enter into our summer conditioning programme and look forward to building on this year’s excellent foundations.