Local schools were to the fore at Terrington Hall’s annual U11 sevens rugby union tournament in which Cundall Manor claimed the Bowl, Pocklington the Plate and the Cup was jointly awarded to Mowden Hall and hosts Terrington Hall.
In the Bowl competition, Cundall Manor comfortably despatched Durham Choristers 21-0 and Sedbergh 35-7, whilst Pocklington eased to victory in the Plate competition beating Aysgarth 31-7 and Bow Durham 40-0.
The Cup competition proved the tightest contest of the afternoon, for which, after the group-stage matches, Birkdale, Mowden Hall and Terrington Hall emerged as contenders.
Birkdale had qualified having beaten Aysgarth 24-7, St Martin’s Ampleforth 38-0 and having drawn with Durham Choristers 14-14; Mowden Hall went through after group-stage victories over Pocklington (20-7), Moorlands (28-7) and Cundall Manor (21-0); and hosts Terrington Hall secured their place having beaten St Olave’s 40-0, Sedbergh Junior 38-7 and Bow Durham 24-0.
In the first play-off, Birkdale fell to Mowden Hall’s superior strength suffering a 0-28 defeat. The second match saw a tight stand-off between Terrington Hall and Mowden Hall resulting in a 14-14 draw. With everything to play for in the final match against Birkdale, hosts Terrington Hall put on a thrilling display but were held to a 28-0 victory.
Terrington Hall’s U11 rugby coach Nick Witteveen said:
At 28-0, the last move of the game saw Terrington’s Adam Reid race for the line from a long way out, but he was hauled down just short of the line. Utter agony!
I was, however, incredibly proud of the boys’ performance which left them unbeaten by the end of the afternoon.
Terrington Hall headmaster Stephen Mulryne said:
Both Mowden Hall and Terrington Hall threw every last bit of reserve, grit and determination into their final games. They played exhilarating and yet well-disciplined sevens rugby – no mean feat at this age – and were a credit to themselves and to their schools. It is entirely fitting that the Cup was jointly awarded to them both.