The 24th Harrison Cup was held at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (Q.E.G.S), Wakefield.
The Harrison Cup is a ten-aside Rugby competition for under 11s, involving fourteen schools from the north of England, including large Grammar Schools, such as Manchester, RGS Newcastle, Kirkham and Bradford. It is played in four groups.
St Olave’s, of Clifton, won their three group games, beating The Grammar School at Leeds, Ashville and Birkdale School, to put them in the quarter finals against Cundall Manor Prep School. They won this 28 -7 to set up a semi-final against Merchant Taylors, Crosby in Liverpool, whom they beat 26 – 0 to set up a final against the hosts Q.E.G.S.
This was a fiercely contested and very skilfully played encounter, where St Olave’s ran out eventual winners by 14 – 7. Throughout the day the boys displayed a great deal of skill and determination, playing a brand of fast paced attacking rugby, where force at the breakdown was matched by some very deft handling touches.
Simon Humphries, teacher of maths at St Olave’s, said: “The boys have tried a very fast paced game plan, where the opposition are never allowed to settle on the ball.
“To go down 7 points in the final so early, and yet still have the composure to stick to a game plan and execute it against such stiff opposition speaks volumes for the boys’ ability and determination to play such an exciting style of rugby. I am immensely proud of their achievements.”
The Harrison Cup was inaugurated to commemorate Michael Harrison, who captained England in the first Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987, and is an ‘Old Boy’ of Q.E.G.S.