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Rugby Tournament - Ashford Schools Winners!

Challock A team win Ashford Schools' Tag Rugby tournament; B team finish an excellent 11th!


On 25th May, Challock entered two teams into the Ashford Schools’ Tag Rugby tournament, held at the Towers School.

Our A team started off on pitch 5 with a 9-3 win over Kennington B, a tighter win over a strong St. Theresa’s 6-4, and finally overcame Kingsnorth B to win the group.

Our B team had a tough group – they started very strongly however, taking a 5-2 lead over Hamstreet. Unfortunately, Hamstreet came back to take the lead before a late try earned Challock a 7-7 draw. This was followed up with a super 5-3 win over Kennington A, and a narrow 4-3 loss to Lady J’s A. This meant the B team came third in the group and went through to play all same-placed teams in the next round.

The B team were placed into a group with Beaver Green, Furley Park B and Kingsnorth B. After a 3-3 draw with Kingsnorth, they produced a great 3-1 win over Beaver Green, before a tight 4-4 draw with Furley Park. This meant that they won the group and ended up the day in 11th position overall from 20 teams. Final results – won 2, drew 3, lost (only) 1.

Our A team had 4 games to play in the first-placed-teams’ group. This started with a narrow loss to Lady J’s A team 5-4 (who had earlier narrowly beaten our B team). This loss meant only wins would do for the A team to have a chance of winning overall, and they did this by beating Lady J’s B, Kingsnorth A and, crucially, Tenterden A, who had beaten us a week earlier in a friendly match. Fortunately, Tenterden A beat Lady J’s A team, meaning both Lady J’s and Challock finished with 3 wins and 1 loss each, level on points! The final result came down to try difference, and Challock came out on top, winning the tournament! Final results – won 6, drew 0, lost 1.

The results today were a testament to both the skill level of all the pupils and the depth of sporting ability in Challock; this was shown through the A team, who have won the tournament twice in a row now, and through the excellent performances of the B team, who could have gone through as runners up in the first group.

A hugely enjoyable day, run smoothly at the Towers School, and ending in a water fight.

Thanks to:

Challock A team: Puck (capt.), Harry A, Joshua, Fred, Oliver, Zach, Callie, Drew, Ella and Nancy

Challock B team: Leo (capt.), Tom, Daniel, Ben, Patrick, Rowan, Libby, Olivia, Alicia and Abbie

The parents who came to support and Roger Spicer!