In a thrilling final contest, host school Terrington Hall this year narrowly missed out on victory in the Cup Competition of its 17th annual U13 rugby sevens tournament, reaching the final for the first time in 12 years.
Locally, the afternoon also saw fine performances from Malton, Pocklington and Ryedale schools who qualified for the Plate Competition having come second in their group stage matches, whilst St Martin’s Ampleforth and Scarborough College went through to the Bowl Competition having come third.
The largest event of its kind in the North of England, this year’s event was attended by 27 schools from across the region, with matches kicking off at noon and finishing at 5pm.
The Cup Competition was played out between Barnard Castle, Cundall Manor, Merchiston Castle, Durham School, St Anselm’s, St Olave’s, Sedbergh and Terrington Hall.
Sedbergh went through to the final having beaten a slick St Olave’s side 24-12 and Cundall Manor 19-0, whilst Terrington had seen off Durham School 24-19 and Barnard Castle 45-5.
However, in the final Cup contest, Sedbergh powered through to a 35-10 victory, the sheer size and physical strength of individual members of its team proving too much for Terrington Hall.
The Plate competition was dominated by local schools with strong performances from Malton and Ryedale schools. Malton, however, bowed out to RGS Newcastle 25-14 and Aysgarth 29-5, whilst Ryedale succumbed to Pocklington 22-5 and St Anselm’s 22-15.
Pocklington School, having also beaten St Anselm’s 17-14, faced RGS Newcastle in the Plate final, but lost 14-5.
The Bowl competition was won by Birkdale School after their 24-0 victory over Red House, and Merchiston Castle carried off the Shield having beaten Terra Nova 43-5.
Terrington Hall headmaster Stephen Mulryne said: ‘I should like to commend the schools and players for a magnificent afternoon of rugby fiercely played out in high competitive spirit and much admired by coaches and spectators alike. My congratulations to the winners and my thanks to the boys for a superb display of rugby sevens skills.’