Today, children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a Southport Schools' Tag Rugby Competition at Southport Rugby Club.
We were placed in a tough group which included Norwood, Farnborough, Holy Trinity, Kew Woods and Ainsdale St Johns.
The first game against Norwood started with great promise as we took an early lead, we were pegged back but the children continued to play as a team superbly and won the game.
The second game was against Farnborough Rd, one of Southport's largest schools, and we knew we would have to play our best to get a result. It was an extrememely close game - end to end - but we eventually won the game 5-4!
The children were full of confidence now after beating one of the pre-tournament favourites and played superbly to win the third game 7-2.
The fourth game, against local rivals Ainsdale's B team, was again a close affair. A couple of errors allowed Ainsdale in and unfortunately we lost the game 4-2.
The children remained full of high spirits after their 3 previous victories and we knew a point would be enough to qualify for the semi-finals. Kew Woods took an early lead in the game, but as usual our children remained confident and fought back superbly. Kew Woods pegged us back to 3-3 but the referee blew his whistle and we had made the semi-finals!
As we finished runners-up in our group, we knew we would be playing the winners of Group A - Our Lady of Lourdes - who were unbeaten in their group. We knew nothing but 100% effort and teamwork would be enough, but the children played out of their skins. Very few errors, superb tagging, amazing passing and brilliant running meant we won the game 5-3!
Into the final! We found out we would be playing local rivals, Ainsdale St Johns again, but this time against their A team.
We took an early lead in the game but were soon level 1-1. The game was end to end. We took the lead again but again Ainsdale drew level. The game was level at 3-3 with only a minute to go when we scored a 4th try. Mr Currie was frantically checking the time, thinking time was surely up, when Ainsdale were putting pressure on to equalise once again. As Ainsdale were about to score a try, we managed to take the tag of the Ainsdale player and the referee blew the final whistle. 4-3. Cue huge celebrations!
Everyone at Kings Meadow could not be prouder of the children. Every child contributed to the victory, the teamwork and effort was faultless. Well done to Harry, Alex, James, Thomas, Luke, Lewis, Jack, Keeley, Naomi, Paige, Dan and Harvey!
Also a big thanks to Mr Pilkington for helping out this afternoon by helping to go through tactics and rules with the children.