It’s a Team Game

We are breaking with tradition this week.  Instead of posting a student’s perspective of life and thoughts at AKS, we have opted for this inspirational set of post match notes found on the sports noticeboard this week for the U14 rugby team.

Under 14s XV vs St Mary’s College, Crosby

Venue: Crosby

Result: Lost 59 – 29

Date: Saturday 17th November

Weather: Windy, Sunny

Ground: Firm, Grassy 

Perfect rugby weather apart from a stiff offshore breeze saw us visit St Mary’s Crosby with a good squad bolstered by the presence of a couple of the U13’s top players. The opposition boasted a formidable squad including a couple of players that would not have looked out of place in their 1st XV such were their dimensions. The match was an uneven contest during the first half, with the away side shipping a few tries due to its inability to tackle runaway trains yet managing still to bag a couple of tries themselves. However, witnesses saw AKS walk away with the moral victory with a second half performance that will linger long in the memories of those who observed it and, I hope longer, in the memories of those who played in it. AKS scored 3 tries (could have been 6) and dominated play in many areas despite the size disparity. Extremely proud of a true team performance, and how you gelled to overcome the challenges before you.

Will E: Seems to adopt a superhero mentality when the glasses come off…mmm? Put in a great performance rucking, tackling, scrumming and generally caused mayhem.

Ben C: Another stoic performance nursing a rib injury in the last minutes of the game. Gave everything and ne’er a cross word escaped his lips.

Tommy F: The fair-haired forager, the open side oppressor, played a humongous game in the back row. This young man gets better and better and his hit rate must have been insane. Awesome.

Joe W: Mr Talkative (joke) has grown into the role of prop in a mature and responsible manner and has been our rock in the scrum leading by example. He was responsible for some fantastic scrumming and was a beast in the rucks and particularly the mauls. Impressive.

Ellis G: Surprised the team and himself by filling in at number 8 but incredibly played the first 15 minutes at “extra center.” Outdid himself by scoring a try from an unlikely attacking position – kudos. Now knows what it is likely to empty the fuel tank…

Dan S: Dan played at fly-half and at scrum-half in this game but his performance at stand-awf was where he excelled, second half kicking was a delight to watch and a couple of conversions were a wonder to behold (particularly against the wind). Also scored a try.

George M: Grinning George returned to the back row this week and seems to be getting a liking for the position of flanker. Contributed in buckets tackling well and always in good spirits, he is the emotional defibrillator of the team.

Christian S: Found himself at full back to start but soon had to be replaced by Luka due to injury. Had a tough time as the last line of defence when the behemoth of St Mary’s kept breaking through unimpeded!

Mark H: The Silent Soldier was not his usual calm and collected self this match. Quite possibly the result of spending the first half being steam-rollered by a St Mary’s back line which had more in common with the U16s than the U14s (understandable). Almost scored a wonderful breakthrough try in the second half which reflected his fine performance all over the pitch. Beasted it!

Mitch N: Showed us why this terrifying trickster is so important to our team ambitions. Had an absolute stormer scoring 2 tries and harrying the opposition at every opportunity. Quite simply, Man of the Match.

Ben T: Our curly-haired cavalier also found himself playing in two positions this day, and his fine performance in the second half at scrum-half may see him keep the spot permanently. Keep it up!

Rhys S: Still not firing on all cylinders, but our Sorcerer of Speed still had enough in the tank to put in a full shift, some strong tackling and an impressive second-half try to boot! Remember the stretching!

Theo I: Our reliable titanium-haired toughie put in a great performance at 2nd row which he played without complaint, and he found himself on a couple of occasions in good attacking positions. Nice one!

Duke J: Our hockeying hero once again braved the scrum to play hooker against all his better instincts, which I applaud loudly. Kept going to the end despite carrying an injury. Brave.

Zack L: Delighted to have Zack back with us. He went on in the second half to play left wing and played out the match without being overly troubled. I’m sure he was as relieved as I was to see him come through what was a bruising match for some unscathed. Phew!

Luka S: Came on in the first half for Christian at full back and smashed it. Defending, attacking, last ditch tackling and generally keeping up the spirit of the team. He is an impressive young man, stepping up a level as he did and delivering a performance we will remember him for. Good luck, Luka. You will be missed.

Reece G: This young man, also stepping up a level, shook off one of the biggest hits I have seen at this level this season, and turned in a performance to match his team mate’s, Luka. Excellent at gaining ground and distributing the ball he has a bright future. Thank you for your help!

Men of the Match: Tommy F/ Mitch N/ Dan S

Honourable mentions: The REST OF THE TEAM!!

To work on: TACKLING! Respect. Receiving a pass. Communication (always communication).

See you Wednesday lunchtime!

Coach Parker (aka. Mr Parker)