RUGBY REPORT 1972/73

[KESMag 73]

UPPER SCHOOL:

 

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agn.

1st XV

24

22

1

1

624

85

'A' XV

5

3

1

1

86

60

2nd XV

4

0

0

4

16

232

U15 XV

No side this season.

1st XV

KES Rugby 1st XV 1972/73

Castle Dyke, with snow

Julian Harrison, Ian Wallis, Brennan, Ian Turner, John Phillips, S Lake, Charles Tallent, R Hawkswell.
Paul Warren, Andy Simnett, Martin Ford, Andrew Hall (Capt), Derek Perks, A W Reid, Chris Litherland.

Photo + names courtesy of John Phillips

This has been a remarkable season for the 1st XV especially when one considers that only about thirty boys in the Upper School play rugby. On a wave of self-congratulation the side has pushed itself to a record minimum of defeats.

The campaign began with a victory over the Old Edwardians when we were surprised by the size and strength of the eight or nine new players. At first, skill and co-ordination were lacking but a determined squad soon developed these qualities. After thrashing Worksop College 2nd XV the team went on to defeat Temple Moor in Leeds and to achieve a notable draw against Crossley and Porter, Halifax, in a game in which we felt very much on top.

Many opposing teams were beaten by the ferocity of the front row, where hooker, Andy Simnett with socks rolled down braved the sharpened studs of the opposition. The second row, though always conserving their energy for the unexpected late rush of scoring, rose on numerous occasions to outjump and outpush more experienced forwards. The fitness and speed of the back row could be accredited to "Henry" Ford's thorough training sessions. Ian Turner, successfully controlled the pack from the No. 8 position. Our half­backs provided respectable service to the threequarters. Scrumhalf, Chris Litherland played two games with a broken hand, while his more punctual understudy, Peter Jones, had a fine game in a tough victory over the College of Education 2nd XV. The three­quarters supplied spectators with several thrilling bouts of handling. Julian Harrison and Charlie Tallent, ex-forwards, adapted themselves remarkably well to their new positions. The side had well-founded confidence in full-back, Ford, and only 85 points were scored past him all season, even though - it is rumoured - he often came to the game straight from his previous night out.

The season ended with an impressive victory over a Wath G.S. side which contained several South Yorkshire U19 players.

Many thanks to Mr. Knowles, especially for his work as Secretary, and to Mr. Booth for his considerable encouragement Also, thanks to our trainer, record-keeper, supporters, and to the reserves who spent so many games running the touch-line.

A. M. Hall
Captain of Rugby.

We entered five boys for the South Yorkshire trials this season: M. J. Ford, J. R. Phillips, A. M. Hall, I. D. Turner and A. W. Reid. Andrew Hall, who has contributed much to the success of the 1st XV in the past three years, and Martin Ford were both selected to play in the South Yorkshire U 19 Schoolboys XV. Ian Turner was chosen as a travelling reserve. We are very proud of the fact that Hall was later given a Yorkshire trial and played for his County in the Yorkshire v Northumberland U 19 Schoolboys match at Gosforth.  

C.P.K.

U12 RUGBY

The U 12 Rugby team started late on in the season and played three matches. Unfortunately we lost them all. First of all we played Myers Grove, then Aston Woodhouse and lastly Ashleigh. We also entered into the 9-a-side competition and won our first two matches and lost the 3rd. Not a particularly good season but it could improve.