Rugby World Cup 2015

On Friday afternoon the Colts rugby squads had a surprise trip to the Rugby World Cup Try Outs venue at Manor Road in Oadby. Mr Palmer had previously been to the venue when he was interviewed to hopefully be selected to be a volunteer helper in 2015.
Whilst there, he arranged a visit for the boys and it was a big success. They looked at the displays, had their photos taken on the scrum and enjoyed having a go at the ‘Passing Challenge’. It was tremendous fun and a little taste of how exciting it will be when the World Cup comes to England and to Leicester next September.
Many thanks go to Mr Jelly for all his help, to the staff at the Try Outs venue for making us so welcome and to the boys, for being such good ambassadors for the school (they were complimented on their good behaviour and enthusiasm).
Many are looking forward to watching England take on the reigning champions New Zealand at Twickenham this weekend.

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Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinic

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On Friday twenty eight boys from Years 5, 6 and 7 had a real treat when they took part in a Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinic.
First of all they received an hour and a half of rugby coaching from the Tigers academy and community coaches. This was great fun and a chance to play at Oval Park, where the Tigers train.

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Next they met a Tigers player, Terrance Hepetema, who answered their questions and signed lots of autographs.
We then moved to the Tigers Ground where we were able to soak up the atmosphere in our seats close to the pitch and the try line. After a trip to the shop and some food outlets the boys were ready to enjoy the match between Tigers and Harlequins.

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We still had more fun to come though, as we were allowed onto the pitch at halftime to have our photo taken and to wave at the crowd.

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Finally, when we returned to the stand we were met by Charlie Walker. He attended Stoneygate and he is now a professional rugby player. He has made nineteen appearances for the Harlequins first team and has also played for England at U18 and U20 Level and in the Sevens World Series.

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Charlie remembers with affection his years at Stoneygate and he paid particular tribute to Mr Stocks for all the encouragement that he gave him in his early years. We in turn remember Charlie as one of the best sportsmen ever to have passed through Stoneygate. He has been recovering from an injury for several months now, but he is hoping to make a start for Harlequins next weekend. We look forward to following the rest of his rugby career.

An enjoyable afternoon and evening was finished off in style when the final whistle signalled a win to the Tigers 22-16 (Sorry, Charlie!!).

Many thanks go to all the children that attended, to the excellent Tigers coaches and staff, to Mr Stocks, Mr Hackney and Mr Jelly for their help with the organization and to the parents for their support.
Mr Palmer

Colts B v Warwick C Rugby

Colts B IX v Warwick C IX
Wednesday 8th October 2014
Home at Glen site

Team
Alex, James, George, Sidd, Matthew, Will, Max, Jack and Daniel

After a delayed start, due to thunder and lightning and a rain storm both teams produced a very entertaining game. The Warwick team included several very strong boys and before the match began it looked like we were in for a tough afternoon.
However, this was far from a one sided match and it was actually very close throughout. Warwick had the power, but their handling was poor and they kept dropping the ball. In contrast we handled the ball well and got our fast wingers into space.
Dan gave us a surprise lead. After a long period of defensive tackling we stole the ball and set him free to run over half the length of the field to score.
Warwick then used their power to score two tries. Just when it looked like they were getting on top both Matthew and Will scored excellent tries to give us the lead back. The last play of the first half lead to a Warwick power try.
So it was 15-15 at halftime.
Matthew, Sidd and Jack were brilliant at fly half, scrum half and centre. They constantly pressurised their opponents into making mistakes and they tackled well. Will and Dan defended well and looked dangerous when running at pace. Max tackled bravely on the wing.
Our forwards were equally impressive. Despite being repeatedly beaten in the scrum Alex, George and James put in a huge shift in defence. The ‘champagne moment’ of the match was one of the many tackles George made on an opponent nearly twice his size. Alex and James made lots of strong runs when we were in possession.
There was only one try in the second half and it was some quick thinking by our boys that allowed it to be scored by us. After two penalties to us, Alex tapped the ball and drove over the line.
Warwick had numerous chances to score, but they were stopped by our brave defending and their own handling. This left the final score as a memorable 20-15 win to Stoneygate.

Many thanks go to the Warwick staff for agreeing to bring a C team, which created a brilliant fixture and to all the parents that showed their support on the touchline.

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Colts B Rugby v Maidwell Hall

Colts B XI v Maidwell Hall Wednesday 24th July 2014 AWAY TEAM James B, Alex M, George C, Tom W, Dan R, Sidd B, Matt W, Caspian E (Captain), Bertie L, Alfie W, Max W. The Colts B team produced a most pleasing first game of the season, which was full of entertaining and skilful moments. Maidwell were playing their fifth game of the season and they settled more quickly than us, taking a two try lead. However, we then rallied and scored three tries to take the lead. James took a quick tap and set Alex free for a run in, then Alex used his power to break through the Maidwell defensive line and ran 40m to score a super try. Finally, Daniel broke through the defence and ran almost the length of the field to score a wonderful solo try. The second half was equally exciting with lots of passing and open play, combined with some good tackling from both sides. Matt W, George C, Daniel R, Caspian E, Max W were particularly strong and made key tackles. Maidwell equalised and then we scored the try of the match, when Bertie took a pass at pace and ran through the defence and the length of the field, to score and to give us the lead back. Sadly, it did not last long, as this end to end match ended with three tries to Maidwell and a defeat 20-30. However, the events of the match will be remembered long after the result and Mr P was able to make positive comments about every player on the pitch. It was a great afternoon of sport. Man of the Match went to Matt W, for his strong tackling and his adventurous and positive attacking play. We were even treated to a Vulcan fly past!

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Colts Rugby Tournament at Stamford

COLTS A TEAM RUGBY
STAMFORD 9’S TOURNAMENT

WEDNESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2014

POOL MATCH SCORES
Stoneygate 10 Copthill 10
Stoneygate 15 St Hughes 15
Stoneygate 30 Wellow House 0

POOL POSITION – SECOND

PLAYOFF FOR 3rd / 4th Place
Stoneygate 0 Stamford 25

FINAL POSITION – FOURTH

Try Scorers: Ed B 3, Olly H 2, Spike M 2, Will M, George H, Kian D, Tom M.

The Colts A Squad consisting of Ed B (captain), Jack U, Hugo F, Kai W, Spike M, Olly H, Karan M, Will McE, Will M, Tom M, George H and Kian D played in the Stamford 9’s Rugby Tournament on the main rugby pitches at Stamford School, on a glorious day for sport.

Each match was 7.5 minutes each way. Once pool positions were decided, after 3 matches, teams then played across to the equivalent positioned team in the other pool – the top ones playing for first place. Stoneygate finished second in their group and thus competed for third and fourth place out of eight schools.

The first match was against a very strong and physical Copthill team. We did not touch the ball for the first three minutes but stout defence kept the opposition to one try. Stoneygate scored twice in the second half only to end up drawing the match by conceding a try with the last play of the match!

The fire was now in their bellies and up next was St Hughs School. Stoneygate lead three tries to one at half time only to let in two in the second half for a three try draw.

The final match saw us play Wellow House who, despite a spirited effort, came up against a Stoneygate team determined to win. We did this with some splendid controlled rugby and we scored six tries to their nil.

Undefeated, we awaited our fate and soon found we were in second place in the pool. Had we not have let Copthill score the try with the last play in the first match we would have played in the final – Copthill had that honour. A lesson learnt the hard way.

Bruised and battered Stoneygate faced up to a very strong home team in Stamford, for the third place. Despite a valiant effort the strength of the opposition was too much and Stoneygate lost five tries to nil and with it finished fourth out of eight schools.

What a truly great afternoon of rugby. Stoneygate played with spirit, learned very quickly from the experience and for a while were undefeated. There were some outstanding performances and not one boy let the side down. George H was given ‘Player of the Day’ award and true sport was played.

A special thanks must go to Mr Palmer, who came along and coached the side with me. Many thanks also go to the parents and supporters who encouraged the boys throughout and to the organisers of the tournament.

Mr Jelly

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STONEYGATE YEAR 4 V WELLINGBOROUGH 4 – THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2014

UNITED TEAM MATCH

Stoneygate United 0 – 4 Wellingborough A

The Year 4 United team consisting of Kian D, Tom M, Will McE, George B, Daniel R and Max W (Captain) played Wellingborough year 4 A team in a 6 a side game at home in a return fixture.

Having lost the previous fixture 2-9 the team were worried about a repeat. Pre-empted changes were made to the side with Kian D now playing in goal and Daniel R being given the attacking role. Despite this it looked like another high score would prevail and the team went in at half time trailing 0-4.

At half time they were told to put in more effort especially when getting back into defence. Lead by a ‘Man of the Match’ performance by Will McE, Stoneygate stopped many attacks and indeed could have score twice on the break. Full Time 0 – 4

Man of the match went to Will McE for his tireless running and the champagne moment went to Kian D for an outstanding save in the second half from a powerful shot.

CITY TEAM MATCH

Stoneygate City 2 – 3 Wellingborough B

Scorers: Will M – 2

The Year 4 City team consisting of Alex M, Declan M, Will M, Max H, Ed B, George C and James B (Captain) played Wellingborough B at the same time as the A team’s match. This game was an even better effort from the boys as they lost the first fixture 0-5 and this time narrowly lost 2-3

Will M scored both goals and rightly took the man of the match award. Full Time 2 – 3

To see both teams improve in this manner was very exciting and positive for the future. Thanks to those who came to support.

Mr P Jelly

UNDER 10’S RUGBY – OAKHAM SEVENS

Sunday 2nd March 2014

The Colts Under 10 squad consisting of Ed B (Captain), Henry W, Olly H, Spike M, Caspian E-G, Kian D, James B, George H and Will M competed in the annual Oakham sevens tournament which lasted the whole day on Sunday 2nd March where the weather became worse as the tournament progressed.

With a squad of 9 players, 4 of which were under 9’s, it was evident we would find the going tough against much larger schools. This proved to be the case and despite spirited resistance and plenty of attacks the team could not find the victory their endeavour deserved.

In the afternoon the team played for the spoon and won their first match 15 – 10 against Fairfield. This meant a victory against Witham Hall in their last match would have won the Spoon trophy. Despite a great performance lead by their Captain Ed B a try with the last play of the game gave Witham Hall the win 20 to 15. A draw would in all probability have been good enough for us to win the spoon. With the loss I sent the boys home thinking it was all over however the final match between Witham and Fairfield was a draw. Indeed had Fairfield grounded the ball when over the try line with their last play of the game the trophy would have been won by Stoneygate.

All in all the boys played far and above the expectations set upon them. They played with heart, progressed in their performances each match and came away having learnt a great deal and having enjoyed playing.

My player of the tournament was Ed B who must have been a close contender for player of the whole tournament. Well done to all the boys and many thanks to all supporters who turned up and cheered them on throughout.

Mr Jelly

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