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Monday, 16 May 2011
The Bolton School Under 13 Rugby team recently attended a
prestigious Independent Schools Rugby League competition in
Ellesmere College. The 9 a side game involves a considerable amount
of contact which was evident throughout the day. Adapting to the
demands of Rugby League was helped with the inclusion of Mr John
Duffy, Leigh Centurions and the Bolton Development Officer, to the
experienced coaching team of Mr Fernside and Mr Hughes.
In the group stages Bolton played 4 games, winning 3 and drawing
against a school from Glyncoed in Wales. Victories against Church
Stretton, Dixie Grammar and the hosts, Ellesmere College, clearly
showed that the Boys could adapt to Rugby League. The 0-0 draw
against Glyncoed was a ferocious affair with Mr Duffy claiming that
the intensity of the tackling something surprised him. The final
was played in front of all the competing teams and numerous
officials from the host school and the administrators of The Rugby
Football League. With the Bolton Boys taking the lead with a well
earned try, Glyncoed replied immediately and scored a winning try
with 2 minutes remaining.
The contribution from the whole squad was mentioned in the
presentation with Chris Brownlow being awarded the Player of the
Tournament by the match officials. The Tournament organiser has
welcomed Bolton School back next year and hopes to involve more age
groups. Special thanks must go to the Boys for their considerable
effort on the day and to Mr Duffy's commitment and thorough
preparation before each game.
The successful squad was Chris Brownlow, Robert Jones, Matthew
Woodward, Joe Speakman, Jake Melling, Josh Holmes, Scott Hewitt,
Patrick Tyrer, Edward Sandford and Chris Batterbee.
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