Despite the layer of ice on the Minibus at 7.45am, the sun shone throughout the tournament at Blundell’s and was a positive experience for all.
Our first game was against Plymouth College. We immediately took the lead through Eddie Mills with a great run into the corner. Great tackling from Ben Bailey, Eddie Mills, Ben Allsop, Tom Cockcroft, Ronnie Murdoch, Harry Farquharson and Christopher Wrey gave us some good possession and with good straight running from Tom Hampden-Smith the Plymouth line was under a lot of pressure. However, we were unable to increase our lead, Plymouth came back into the game and eventually came out winners.
With only two teams in our group we progressed to the Plate Semi-Final where we were to face Blundell’s on their home patch which is always a difficult prospect. However, the team played awesomely well with tackle after tackle going in and time and again we were able to recycle possession as well as turn over their ball. Completely dominating the match, with great play from Oliver Luckham-Down and Toby Hutchinson as well as the others, we ran in 6 tries to their 1 and a place in the Plate final was our reward for lots of hard work.
A real battle was to then be seen as the final took place only a minute after the end of our Semi-Final.
Tackle after tackle, ruck after ruck, run after run.
King’s Hall were our opponents and they were a agood strong team.
Not to be intimidate, the boys battled to the bitter end. Putting their bodies on the line they played through injuries, picking up the ball and running. Still making their tackles, still getting up and going again. They were a real credit to the ‘Kelly Spirit’ of doing your best to be your best. They never gave up and although the result didn’t go in our favour, they continue to improve and are a real ‘team’ working for each other and for the cause.
It is always nice to finish with a medal and runners up in the Plate final is a creditable position and the boys proudly went up to collect their medals.
Well done to all who took part, and huge thanks to our travelling supporters who provided valuable encouragement. A particular mention to Mrs Farquharson who at one point looked about to join the boys on the pitch in her enthusiasm!