Year 9 travelled to Malton RUFC to take on the other local schools in the Scarborough and District area with a depleted side, due to some last-minute withdrawals through injury.

Their opening fixture was against a large George Pindar side in what was a closely fought game. Oli Edwards opened the scoring before Tiernan Ingham – who, unbelievably, unknowingly played the whole tournament with a separated clavicle (collar bone) following a skiing accident the week before – added a second. At this point it looked like this match would be plain sailing for Year 9 but Pindar fought back gallantly, getting more of a foothold in the contest as the match wore on, scoring a deserved try a few minutes before the end, and pushing hard for an equalising score. However, smart play from Edwards and Ingham, and some excellent running from Frank Denham, kept Pindar at bay to ensure a deserved victory for Year 9.

Year 9’s second match proved to be the deciding match of the tournament, against the always impressive Ryedale. Two early scores for Ryedale saw the St. Augustine’s boys lose some confidence and this resulted in several weak attempted-tackles allowing Ryedale to cut holes in their defence at regular intervals. Despite the best efforts of debutants Billy Garton and Jake Dawson, who were both mightily impressive with their strong running and committed defence, Ryedale bulldozed their way to a 6-0 victory, and ultimately, the tournament title.

Year 9’s third match saw them regain their composure and belief against a game, but ultimately lacking, Malton side. Frank Denham proved unstoppable in this match, scoring four tries, all from long-range. Ethan Jones controlled the game well and Ingham drew defenders to him like bees to honey, ably finding his team-mates with a couple of deft, slight-of-hand passes. Oli Edwards upped his game and became more involved, scoring in the process, with Dawson and Garton again making some excellent and powerful carries to set up several attacks. Joe Semourson crossed for a wonder-try straight from a kick-off and the Year 8 pairing of Elliot Thompson and Billy Kelly also made some strong inroads, in what was a fine all-round performance. 6-0 the final score to St. Augustine’s.

The fourth and final match of the afternoon proved to be a classic encounter, with no quarter asked or given against an impressive Lady Lumley’s side. The game was played at a frenetic pace, with barely any breaks in play, with both sides turning over the ball and taking it in turns to attack. Committed defences were on top and the game remained scoreless deep into the final minutes, before Oli Edwards gathered the ball and beat two defenders as he stretched out an arm for the try-line and the opening score of the game.

This sprung Lumley’s into action and they quickly levelled the match with a try of their own. However, with the seconds ticking away Year 9 neatly worked the ball wide to a player Lumley’s had graciously loaned us, and he scored at the corner, much to the disgruntlement of his school mates. There was barely enough time to restart the game and Year 9 almost conspired to throw the match away by not killing the ball when the final play had been called, instead, inexplicably kicking the ball to Lumley’s and handing them possession. However, solid defence saw St. Augustine’s turn the ball over, before Elliot Thompson had the sense to kick the ball dead and bring a pulsating match to its conclusion. Leaving Year 9 with an impressive record of: played 4, won 3, lost 1, and finishing runners-up in the tournament.