An exciting moment as the largely untried Broadclyst Colts stepped off the bus to play as one of 5 teams in the Lady Seawards World Cup Tournament. First up was Blackpool school and an early two tries from Broadclyst meant victory looked certain. Blackpool fought back with two tries of their own despite a valiant defence before a final Broadclyst try cemented our victory. Final score 3:2 to Broadclyst. No time for rest! Broadclyst Defence getting more and more confident and some spectacular passing leading to a triumph over Lady Seaward B team 4 : 1.
Immediately afterwards Broadclyst played Lady Seaward A team, winning 5 tries to nothing before facing Chudleigh Knighton in a nail-biting final game. Broadclyst defended hard and attacked harder finally winning by 1 point right on the whistle. Final score 2:1.The Broadclyst Colts were: Joseph (Capt), Charlie, Joaquim, Emily, Harriet, Maddie, Ben, Daniel and Daniel.
For the first time, Broadclyst has been able to field 3 senior teams in a tournament. The matches started after lunch with two pools, which inevitably meant that at some point Broadclyst would be playing itself!
In Pool A – Broadclyst A and Broadclyst C. In Pool B – Broadclyst B.
Broadclyst C played extremely well for a team that haven’t played together before and continued to gel throughout the afternoon. Their first match against Silverton was a draw at 4:4, their second game against Lady Seaward B was a draw at 2:2 their third game against Broadclyst A was a loss of 1: 6. The level of respect and general sportsmanship if worthy of comment, with both teams trying to the final whistle and taking the game seriously. Unfortunately this meant that Broadclyst C were knocked out of the Tournament.
Broadclyst B lost their first match to Lady Seaward A at 4:2, before drawing with Whimple 7:7 in a fast paced game with some brilliant passing and tagging. By their final game against Blackpool A, the team were reading the pitch and themselves much better and were just pipped before the final whistle at 3:2.
Broadclyst A, having had the benefit of playing together for the past 2 years played some truly spectacular rugby throughout the Tournament. Their first match against Lady Seawards B was won 7:3. Their second match against Silverton was won 6:3. Against Broadclyst C they won 6:1 which put them through to the final.
The final Tournament match comprised the winners from each pool. Broadclyst A and Blackpool A. Blackpool A were formidable opponents matching Broadclyst point for point through the whole match before Broadclyst put a final try over the line right on the whistle. Final score 8: 7 to Broadclyst and we went home with another very well earned cup! Afterwards a number of the teachers from the other schools commented on the very high standard of Tag Rugby that they had seen and how much Broadclyst had caused them to raise their game.
The Teams were:
Broadclyst C: Talia [Capt], Sam, Joe, Liam, Harry, Izzy, Maggie, Erin.
Broadclyst B: Thomas[Capt], Polly, Alfie, Chloe, Lewis, Keira, Josh, Sam.
Broadclyst A: Jack[Capt}, Dom, Sam, Harry, Breanna, Charlotte, Josef, Jess, Finlay.