This Monday the Wildcats Heart Research UK rugby coaching programme held its final stage at Eastmoor Dragons.
Development officer Richard Cattley has been in the schools in the Eastmoor area coaching the basics of rugby league to the boys and girls of year 5 and 6 at the schools. All of this came together on Valentines Day when the schools put their coaching into practice with a full contact rugby tournament. The boys and girls from St Mary’s; Pinders; Heath View; St Austin’s and Greenhill were both competing separately so each school had 2 chances for victory.
The schools were split into 2 groups of three where they played their opponents once each to determine their final position – 1st, 2nd or 3rd. They then played the teams from the other pool that finished in the same position as them with the 1st vs. 1st tie deciding the champions of the tournament. The girl’s pools were a contrast in competitiveness. Pool 1 was topped by a very good Heath View ‘A’ outfit that didn’t lose a match and only conceded 2 try’s. The second pool was much closer with first place in the pool being decided by points difference with St Mary’s edging Heath View ‘B’ to the top spot. That meant the final was Heath View ‘A’ Vs St Mary’s. After a close encounter Heath View took the spoils as champions. Final Standings: Pool 1: 1st Heath View ‘A’ (Champions); 2nd St Austin’s; 3rd Pinders. Pool 2: 1st St Mary’s (Runners up); 2nd Heath View ‘B’; 3rd Greenhill.
In the boys groups both pools were dominated by Heath View, with the Heath View ‘B’ team having only 6 players for the most part. The final group game of pool 1 proved to be the closest with St Austin’s pushing Heath View all the way only to lose out by a single try in a match worthy of the final. St Mary’s and Pinders both battled along with smiles on their faces despite not managing to pick up a win in any of their pools games. In the final there was only ever going to be one winner when Heath View ‘A’ faced off against Heath View ‘B’!! The result didn’t really matter as the victory was always going to Heath View but the team that officially won were Heath View ‘B’ in a very entertaining match. Final Standings: Pool 1: 1st Heath View ‘A’ (Runners up); 2nd St Austin’s; 3rd Pinders. Pool 2: 1st Heath View ‘B’ (Champions); 2nd Greenhill; 3rd St Mary’s.
“All the boy’s and girl’s played with a smile on their faces and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. It was a great day for all involved and hopefully we’ve given the rugby league bug to some young stars of the future. We would like to thank a few people, without whom the festivals wouldn’t be able to go ahead. Firstly Heart Research UK who fund our project making this possible; also Eastmoor Dragons who kindly allowed us to use their facilities for the afternoon; the students of Joseph Priestly College who aided in the smooth running of the event; and finally the schools, teachers, pupils and parents of all involved!!” – Richard Cattley, Community Development Officer.
Finally the community team would like to congratulate all the boys and girls involved in the event!
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