Boys Adapt Outstandingly to Rugby League
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.