KES Rugby 1973/74

[KESmag 1974]

1st XV

Our fixture list was the toughest in the 1st XV's history, and after another very successful season the school has finally established itself as having one of the best rugby teams in this part of the country. This was borne out in our hardest fixture, which was against Hemsworth H.S., without doubt the best school team in South Yorkshire. In conditions favouring the fast, open rugby of Hemsworth we went into an early lead from a penalty kick, and held it until about ten minutes from the final whistle when they broke through our defence to score a try which was converted. When they scored the Hemsworth players and supporters were jubilant and obviously very relieved - it was clear that they had felt close to defeat, their first defeat. We could not pull back from 6-3 down.

KES Rugby 1st XV 1973/74

Malcolm Napier, R Hawkswell, J Reid;
John Phillips, S Reynolds, Derek Hornby, Robert Payton-Greene, Brennan, John Parr;
Mark Eckersley, Trevor Rhodes, Chris Litherland, Ian Turner (Capt), S Blackburn, Andy Simnett, I Wallis, Mr M O'Connor;
Paul Warren, Charles Tallent

Photo + names courtesy of John Phillips

Hemsworth were the only team to beat us all season. One game at home against Minsthorpe was drawn, but that Saturday was one of our off-days, for we easily beat them 20 - 7 in the return match at Minsthorpe. The most notable of our victories were those against Templemoor, Shirecliffe College, Manor (Mansfield), Lady Manners, and Wath. The last of these was a really hard-fought match, fought being the operative word; but as was the case all season, we won the match by playing rugby and not by mixing it.

Staff v School 1st XV. Result: Staff nil. 1st XV 30!
(Looks like Manchester Rd pitch with Cairns Rd in background)
As expected our greatest strength was in the forwards who were fitter than ever before as a result of Mr. O'Connor's "light" training sessions in the gym. Our backs turned out to be amongst the best defensively but in attack they sometimes lacked the strength to power through the opposition. An analysis of the scorers for the season confirms this. 62% of the 95 tries scored by the team came from:
Phillips at prop-forward.
Litherland and Warren, a sound pair of half­backs.
Wallis and Turner, of the back row.

Turner at No. 8 scored 20 tries and Phillips, who took the majority of the conversions, scored a total of 139 points; he also receives our congratulations for gaining a place in the South Yorkshire U.19 team at prop.

Our thanks go to Mr. O'Connor and Mr. Knowles for their efforts this year and for their contribution to the excellent team spirit which ran through the whole of the 1st XV squad.

Next year also promises to be successful as many members of the squad are staying on.


Played: 25 Won: 23 Drawn: 1   Lost: 1
Points For: 542 Points Against: 134

Ian Turner

U.15 XV

During the 73/74 season the under 15's have shown a great improvement on the previous season both in standard of play and results.

Although the team started off badly with an away defeat to Maltby they picked up confidence and won three out of the next four matches before half term. Of the next six matches they won four including their largest victory against City School where the score was 56 - 0.

During this first term four players gained South Yorkshire trials but unfortunately all failed to get in the team which subsequently lost its first match about 60-0.

As a result of the hard training most of the team put in at the YMCA on Monday nights the spring term proved to be a good one with six out of eight matches won and two still to be played. Towards the end of the season the team entered one team in the Minsthorpe (Yorkshire) sevens, two teams in the Sheffield Tigers Under 15 Nine-a-side and a team in the Wath Sevens. At Minsthorpe the team reached the semi-finals of the second competition for those failing to get through the preliminary and first rounds of the first competition.


Staff Rugby Team 73/4

Alan Sutton (Latin), Arnold Lawson (Science), Pete Wood (English), David Anderson (Econ), Peter Corkhill (Geology), Chris Willan (French), Chris Knowles (Chem), John Parr (pupil);
Steve Reynolds (pupil), Mike O'Connor (History), ?, Wyn Davies (PE), Jimmy Dart (Chem), Alan Powell (PE), John Sallabank (Geog).