The year 7 rugby team travelled with an extremely talented, full squad to Malton for a 10-a-side tournament. The lads began their matches against Scalby, and they were fully of confidence after their success in previous, smaller sided competitions, where their two teams finished 1st and 3rd. Scalby provided a stiff test initially, constantly probing our defence for weaknesses, without a great deal of success. This allowed St Augustine’s to ease into the game, spotting opportunities to counter attack. The powerful Charlie Sheader eventually found a gap in the Scalby defence, and with assistance from Oliver Price and Jayden Hoggarth, scored the opening try. Stout defending from Ben Broadbent kept the Scalby attacks at bay, and saw out the game comfortably for a 1 try victory.

The next game versus Ryedale saw a different challenge presented. Ryedale’s obvious height and strength advantage was clear from the start, so the boys had to adopt a different approach, slowing down the bigger players like swarms of locusts. Smart work from Akeel Miah, James Barnes and Ksean Francis stifled attack after attack, however despite heroic defending, our defence was unfortunately breached 3 times without reply. A brave defeat, 3 tries to zero.

Our next opponents were Malton, and a more equal match up in terms of size and strength. St Augustine’s dominated this match, and quickly took the lead through a mazey Bobby Shanks run, supported by the powerful Kieran Holmes, and the commanding George Bond. The tides had turned from the previous match, with the lads on top, however good defending from Malton prevented a second try. Nerves were beginning to set in, and a late surge from Malton allowed them to equalise. A try apiece, and an unlucky draw.

Lady Lumley’s provided the final challenge; however, the team began the game slightly disheartened by conceding the last try vs Malton, and quickly fell to 2 Lumley’s tries. Confidence began to stream back into the game however, with Zach Colbeck leading the charge with some excellent tackles. Elliot Pitchforth reclaimed the ball from a ruck, releasing Alex Millington to carry the ball 30 yards up the pitch, and a quick exchange between Tom Kelly and Charlie Sheader allowed the later to score a consolation try. Some fantastic organisational work, and strong challenges from Lucas Roach kept the Lumley’s team at bay, and the game finished in a 2 tries to 1 loss.

A fantastic effort against some big strong club players, and the lads should be exceptionally proud of their efforts and attitude throughout.