Year 7 Rugby

Dynamite Dion

Southam 40 Harris 0

An explosive performance from centre Dion Tulloch epitomised the excellent progress Year 7 are making. Dion’s superb tackling and driving at the ruck helped to secure an eight try victory against a valiant Harris School, who to their credit, kept tackling to the end.

Powerhouse Nick Houldey opened the scoring, with fellow forward Tom Parkin-Neal also powering over. Full Back Spencer Wadsworth has superb footwork, demonstrating excellent agility and pace to avoid tacklers as he jinked his way to a brace of fine tries. Captain Archie Coats continued to impress with two more tries. Rhys Bennett showed excellent pace in several breaks, one of which produced an excellent solo try. There was also a try in the corner for Jacob Sly, who got his reward for supporting an excellent break from Hooker Harry Latus.


Herculean Houldey

Southam 15 Bilton 0

A superb man of the match performance from second row Nick Houldey proved crucial against able opponents. Nick’s strength and pace make him so hard to stop once up and running and he scored two excellent second half tries. But Nick’s tackling and strength in the ruck and maul are also invaluable.

Try of the match was finished off by the talented Full Back Spencer Wadsworth. Excellent rucking over the ball from forwards including Dylan Willis, Will Scott and James Taylor gave Scrum Half Taylor Stevens, clean ball to release the backs. Excellent quick passing from Coats, Tulloch and Finley Simms released Spencer into space to finish the fine team move. Wingers Ethan Coulter, Charlie Morrison and Jack Barley-Morey all made good breaks and need more ball passed to them as they have the space on the pitch to finish attacks.

Two great victories lads! Keep up the commitment at training on Wednesday nights to make the most of your undoubted potential!


Godiva Gallop to Glory!

Champions Godiva showed the class with a dominant performance in Monday’s House Cross Country. Miss Warman’s team won five of the six team events. The first eight runners in each house scored for the team competition. There was also bonus HAPs for finishing in the top three. First place scored a bonus 1000 points for the house plus the extra 50 individual HAPs. Second scored 750 for the house plus 40 individual and third secured 500 House HAPs plus 30 for the individual. However, everyone who participated gained 20 HAPs for doing their best regardless of their running ability.

Performance of the day came from Elspeth Unitt (GV) in the Y7 Girls’ race. Her incredible time of 6.19 secured victory by almost a minute. Harry Westland (WE) won the Y9 Boys’ race with the fastest time of the day in 6.04. Race of the day came in the Y8 Girls’ race when a sprint finish saw Izzy Fairhurst (WE) pip Emily Lovett (GV) by one second. Victories also came to Alex Gidney (WH), Charlie Knight (SE) and Alice Parsons (WE), who was the only person to retain her title from last year.

A massive thank you to Miss Warman for helping me organise the first major House event of the year. Also a special thanks to the excellent Sixth Formers who helped to marshal and record the finishers.

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Year 7 Rugby

Coats On!

Ashlawn 30 Southam 25

The Saturday morning dew marked the onset of autumn and those colder days, but is was captain and man of the match Archie Coats who warmed our spirits. Two sensational tries gave the team confidence to recover from a slow start.

This was Southam’s first game and for some players their first ever game of rugby! So it was no surprise that it took ten minutes to acclimatise to the pace and competitive nature of our sport. By this time the power of Ashlawn’s centre and the speed of their winger had created four fine tries and a 20-0 score line. Nick Houldey scored our first try, his strength with the ball and in the tackle made him a crucial presence. Archie then added his two tries and suddenly the game was very much back on.

Southam were playing the better team rugby, with Tom Parkin-Neal, Harry Latus, Will Scott and James Taylor dominant at the ruck. Powerful runs from Dylan Willis and Oscar Headland were helping drive Southam forward. Talented Scrum-Half Taylor Stevens produced an amazing solo try, jinking past several players to cancel out another Ashlawn try.

Southam were pushing hard for the equalizer in the last quarter, but an excellent Ashlawn try stretched their lead. The team showed such character and came back again, with Full Back Spencer Wadsworth exploding through a tiny gap on the blind side to score an impressive try to ensure a nail-biting finish.

Unfortunately, time ran out before we could secure parity and a terrific game that highlighted all that is good about the game came to a conclusion. We would like to thank Ashlawn for a wonderful game played in true rugby spirit and their teacher for refereeing the game so superbly. Rhys Bennett, Jack Barley-Morey, Ethan Coulter, Finley Simms, Dion Tulloch, Jacob Sly, Gethan Butler and Charlie Morrison deserve a special mention for excellent first performances for the schools. I enjoyed your company boys, you have a very bright future!

European Bake Off

The Modern Foreign Languages Department and Heads of Houses would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has entered European Bake Off. We are overwhelmed with the amount of fantastic entries. Every baker should be very proud of their efforts and you will be receiving HAPS very soon.

Judging will take place at lunchtime and winners will be announced later today.

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