Year 9 took part in the annual Marlton RUFC 10-a-side rugby tournament on Tuesday 1st October, missing on winning the tournament by the narrowest of margins, on points difference.

In their opening match Year 9 got off to a sluggish start against eventual winners, Ryedale, falling behind to a couple of quick tries. However, Joseph Semourson’s size, strength and speed saw him pull an unconverted try back. This was quickly followed in a similar fashion by Frank Denham, whose try was converted this time by Year 8, Billy Kelly. A couple more quick tries towards the end of the match saw Ryedale score 12 points that would ultimately prove crucial, come the final standings. The match finishing 24-12 to Ryedale.

Match 2 saw St. Augustine’s find their stride in a tough and close encounter with Lady Lumley’s. Again, it was the pace and power of Joseph Semourson that proved decisive, as he bagged a brace of tries. Billy Kelly added the extras with two excellent conversions, which ultimately secured a 14-12 victory. In a nail-biting finish Oliver Edwards produced a magnificent tackle on the last play of the game, driving his opponent – who was through to score – 15 metres or more, to put him into touch and end the game, thus ensuring a St. Augustine’s victory.

With Ryedale and Lady Lumley’s having won two apiece, the last match of tournament saw St. Augustine’s needing to beat Malton by 30 points to secure the title on points difference. In a fantastic display of drive and determination, St. Augustine’s turned on the style, narrowly falling short of their target, winning the match 29-10. Tries came from captain, Tiernan Ingham, the impressive Ethan Jones, the obligatory try for Joseph Semourson, and two more for ‘Big’ Frank Denham, with Billy Kelly kicking two from five conversions.

Final Standings:

Pos Team Won Lost Pts +/-
1 Ryedale 2 1 4 20
2 Lady Lumley’s 2 1 4 12
3 St. Augustine’s 2 1 4 9
4 Malton 0 3 0 -41

The boys conducted themselves superbly throughout the tournament and produced some excellent rugby at times. Will Baniqued-Smith made some excellent carries, showing his strength and speed. Will Marshall directed play well from scrum-half, with the afore mention Semourson and Denham punching holes in the opposition at will. Oli Edwards and Tiernan Ingham’s work at the breakdown was excellent and the four Year 8 students who played up a year all did so seamlessly: Elliot Thompson, Billy Kelly, Simon Semourson and Marcus Roach.