The School Games is a programme designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. We are proud to be part of the programme and pleased to be able to offer our facilities and host this, and other events.
Our pitches were under water in November but today they were pitch perfect! 11 teams entered the tournament.
The object of the game is to score a try by placing the ball with a downward pressure on or behind the opponents’ goal-line. The ball can only be passed sideways or backwards through the air, not handed to another player. In order to keep the game flowing, referees play advantage wherever possible. When a try is scored, the game is restarted by a free pass from the center of the pitch by the non-scoring team. The only contact allowed between the two teams is the removal of a tag from the belt of the ball carrier. Any other type of contact on the ball carrier, such as shirt pulling, running in front of or barging the ball carrier, forcing the ball carrier into touch, is penalised with a free pass and the players concerned reminded of the rules!
Ten primary schools from around Shrewsbury came to enjoy a cool but sunny morning of great rugby. In the pool stages we had convincing wins against Greenfields, Harlescott, Coleham and Oakmeadow. This catapulted the team into a play-off final against the other pool winners, Trinity A.
In the finals in an incredibly close affair, the final saw try for try traded until the final minutes when Prestfelde managed to pounce upon a Trinity mistake and manufactured another quality try. This led to Prestfelde lifting the Trophy with an 8-6 win.
Thank you to Shrewsbury College Sports Department who sent twelve of their students undertaking their refereeing qualifications.