St Olave’s scooped the Cup in Terrington Hall’s 16th annual U13 rugby sevens tournament in which 24 schools fielded 260 boys in the largest event of its kind in the north of England.
Strong performances were put in by other North Yorkshirel schools, with St Martin’s Ampleforth winning a place in the Cup semi-finals, hosts Terrington Hall, Easingwold School and Cundall Manor in the Plate semi-finals, Lady Lumley’s and Pocklington in the Bowl semi-finals, and Ryedale and Malton schools through to the Shield semi-finals.
The Cup final was fought out between St Olave’s and Merchiston Castle, St Martin’s Ampleforth having bowed out 17-21 in the Cup semi-finals to St Olave’s, and St Anselm’s 12-31 to Merchiston Castle.
In the Cup final, an early break-away try by Merchiston Castle’s Rory Stewart-Cox was quickly equalised by St Olave’s Sam Beighton. A further try from Beighton, two from Nana Danso-Appiah and one from Marcus Taylor with four conversions by Tom Hatfield landed St Olave’s a convincing 29-5 victory.
Meanwhile, Easingwold School earned a place in the Plate final against Sedbergh having beaten Cundall Manor 17-5. Despite a thrilling performance, Easingwold lost 12-5.
The trophy presentations were made by Terrington Hall headmaster Jon Glen who said:
My congratulations to all the competitors for an afternoon of outstanding rugby, and to St Olave’s in particular for their well-deserved victory. As always there have been some golden moments, such as Yarm’s sudden death drop goal in their Bowl against Lady Lumley’s, and I must commend Malton for being the only team to beat Cup-winners St Olave’s throughout the afternoon. I should also like to make special mention of Easingwold School whose performance this afternoon has impressed all who have watched them.
During the presentations, a trophy was awarded by the assembled coaches and referees to the Player of the Tournament, Jamie Dobie from Merchiston Castle.
Earlier in the afternoon, a presentation was made by John Slingsby of Ampleforth College to Jon Glen thanking him on behalf of the participating schools, coaches and referees for organising Terrington Hall’s U13 rugby sevens tournament, an event which has grown to become second in size only to Rosslyn Park’s national schools sevens which takes place later this month.
Mr Glen retires at Christmas after 17 years as headmaster at Terrington Hall School.