Today we took two squads to the Featherstone Rugby Competition at Ealing trailfinders with a place at the London youth games at stake. The squad had been training hard every week since the summer and looked very good going into the competition. We had a team competing in the established competition and a team taking part in the establishing competition.
The Established team were up against some tough opponents Berrymede, Our lady and St. Josephs. First match was against St Josephs and it took us a while to adjust to some rule changes. We were up against it in our first match and conceded first, the match was end to end with no room for a breather. In the end we won it 5-3. So after a good start we were confident going into the second match against Berrymede, but from nowhere found ourselves 3-0 down at the half way point. An uphill task now to say the least, but one step at at time we showed great character to get ourselves back into the game and on top. We did the impossible and turned it around to end up winning 4-3. What a match and great team performance! Into the last match of the group stages and we looked tired and out of steam and didn't really get going. We ended up losing 2-0 against Our Lady. Going into lunch, we were hoping we had done enough to progress and it turned out we had! We finished group winners which set us up with a mouthwatering quarter final against Little Ealing. The match started very quickly but both teams were giving no ground away and the game was at a deadlock. Then one missed tackle from us and Little Ealing raced to the try line. It was always going to be close and in a game that flew by it was over and we lost 1-0. The team worked very hard and can hold their heads high. Their hard work was noticed by everybody and they did mange to win an award for demonstrating the value of Passion so well done everyone.
The Establishing Team also had an eventful day after being drawn in a tough group. With schools like Mount Carmel it was always going to be tough. Mount Carmel were the first opponents and we lost a close game, filled with controversy, 2-1. With no time for rest we played directly after against Tudor and got our first win on the board, 2-0. After this we had time for a well deserved break before we played Perivale who we also beat 2-0. Two wins under our belts and we were flying and took that momentum into the next game against Three bridges who we beat 1-0. Into the last match of the group stages against a very strong Petts Hill side, who ended the morning as group winners. This was a tough game which we lost 2-0. So again we went into lunch not knowing if we had made it through to the knock out stages. When the teams were read out, we waited anxiously.... great news, we had made it and had a chance to play Mount Carmel again in the semi finals. This was a very close game again and we went behind early, but we managed to pull it back and at full time it was all square. No separating the teams so we went into Golden Try, basically first team to score wins. Unfortunately luck was not on our side and Mount Carmel scored first. That meant we had a very good third place finish and a bronze medal each. We would have liked some gold medals but were happy in the knowledge that we had done ourselves and the school proud. It was so good to see all of the children's hard work paying off.
Well done everyone.
Little Ealing were back on the school field again today with 2 tag rugby teams to reignite the friendly rivalry between the two schools. The teams selected today were picked from the current crop of Year 6's who are training with London Scottish at one of our after school clubs and were excited to get the opportunity to compete again. Both games went well with both schools showing off their tag rugby skills. After two 20 minute games both schools had won a game leaving honours even. Little Ealing are off competing in a regional competition this week and so we wish them well. It could be us there next year!
Today was local derby day against Little Ealing. Little Ealing competed in the same tournament as us at the beginning of the year and did really well to come up with the gold medals. In order for them to stay fresh and ready for their Borough games after Christmas they wanted to arrange a game against some top class opposition. Step forward Fielding who finished 3rd in the same tournament. Both schools had 2 teams representing today. Fielding put out their first team and then a brand new second team to give some different faces the honour of representing the school. We were really happy to see some great rugby from both of our teams even though none have picked up a rugby ball at school for over a month now.The second team played a great game considering it was the first time they had played together and ended up losing by only a few points with the final score being 18-15. The first team were up against the gold medalists and also played a great game with both teams taking turns to score. Final score was 23-23. Brilliant stuff guys well done!
The time had come for the first inter-school competition of the year for Fielding and its Tag Rugby at Grasshoppers RFC. There are lots of keen rugby players at the school so we were lucky enough to bring 2 teams with us who both had a great chance of success in their leagues. Fielding A’s consisted of Rory H (our only Year 5 competitor), Anu O, Noah S, Mahek A, Ben T, Jessie G, Kayleigh O, Lucy H, Daniel D and Daniel J. Fielding B were equally strong with Ben H, Ed O, Luka T, Marko O, Athena F, Kornel M, Oscar K, Lolia C, Evie M and Josie B.
So first game of the day and the A’s were up against Hambrough. Nerves were running high but Fielding A were focussed and ran out comfortable winners 11-0. Every single person in the team played a perfect game. I don’t think I saw a single dropped pass or missed tackle. Next up was the B’s against Gifford B’s. The B’s followed suit and began the day with a hard fought 4-3 victory.
Second game and the A’s were lining up against Edward Betham. We were expecting a tougher game and we were right. It was end to end stuff with both teams taking turns to score tries. Eventually though, through some fantastic defensive work the A’s forced a turnover and opened up a lead. Very tough game which finished with a 10-7 win. Over to the B’s who were up against Khalsa B’s. The B’s were getting in to their stride in this game and played some fantastic attacking rugby. Another victor for Fielding. 5-2 win.
Fielding A’s were due to play the final fixture in their group against Grange but they were a no show so Fielding got the points. Fielding A’s finished the group with a 100% record and a very impressive 21 tries! The B’s next opponents unfortunately did show up, St. Raphael’s B’s inflicted a first defeat on Fielding with a 5-2 win. Fielding B were drawn in a bigger group than the A’s and so had an extra game to play before the group games concluded. With 2 wins and 1 defeat and only the top 2 teams progressing to the knockout stages it was all to play for. Step up Christ the Saviour B’s. This was another fiercely contested game with the teams neck and neck all through the game. The B’s ran their socks off for the 10 minute game but when the final whistle blew we had lost 4-3!
So with fingers crossed all 29 teams got together to await the news of whether they were progressing to the next stage. The A’s were waiting to hear who they had drawn in the quarter finals after winning every game, but for some reason Fielding wasn’t called out in the draw. Is it possible that a team who had won every game they played in the group stage didn’t make it through? Apparently not, but due to some kind of admin error it did almost happen. Luckily the mistake was fixed and we heard we had Christ the Saviour A’s in the next round. A sigh of relief all round! Next up the teams from the B league were being announced. With 2 wins and 2 losses it was still possible that the B’s might have qualified in 2nd place but it wasn’t to be. Great effort from the B’s though and like true sportsmen and women they got on with things and made their way over to the quarter final pitch to support the A’s.
Quarter final. Fielding A’s versus Christ the Saviour A’s. A chance for the A’s to beat the school that quite possibly stopped the B’s from progressing. Whistle blew and we were off. Fielding started with the ball and started making ground straight away. After some great runs and even better passing we were 1 up. Christ the Saviour had the ball and although the A’s defended valiantly it was soon 1-1. This back forth continued until we got to half time. After a truly inspirational team talk from Mr Thomas, Fielding A’s took to the field again with a look of determination in their eyes. The B’s were on the side-lines giving some amazing support which spurred the A’s on even more. We had to force a turnover and after some great pressure we did. Confidence grew in the team and the score finished 6-4 Fielding.
Semi final and the A’s had drawn Gifford A’s. Word around the rugby field was they were a very tough team to beat. It didn’t matter to us, we wanted to get to the final and win and to get there you have to beat the best. The whistle blew and within minutes Gifford were 1 up. The A’s were very confident with the ball though and knew they could score if they had the ball. However, very uncharacteristically mistakes started to creep into our game. Dropped balls, forward passes and running into touch. Gifford went 2 up and some heads started to drop. We got to half time 3-0 down but we just about had the belief that we might turn this around. The second half started and we managed to get a try back but in the end Gifford were too strong and beat us 5-1.
So that was the end of our first tournament of the year and it shows a very promising start. One team with some great rugby who were unlucky not to make the knockout stages and another who went home with 3rd place medals. The whole school are very proud of the rugby guys and girls and they all should be very proud of themselves! Onto the next one now. Come on Fielding!!