On a cold crisp morning 100 intrepid children took to the field at Bancroft’s RFC to take part in the inaugural Avon House School Tag Rugby Festival on Friday, 27th February. Children from seven schools played valiantly throughout the day, competing positively and incorporating the ideals promoted within the game of rugby.
Standout performances from Normanhurst School and Avon House 2, saw them compete in the Shield final. In a closely contested match Normanhurst narrowly edged victory winning 7 tries to 6.
The final of the Cup, saw St Anthony’s (Woodford Green) play Avon House 1. Both teams had played excellent rugby during the day and the final promised to be a tantalising affair. Not to disappoint, both teams showed their determination to win and the match was truly end to end; seeing it finish in a tie at 6 tries each. This brought the prospect of extra time and with it a renewed sense of urgency and desire for success. Unable to be separated, extra time became sudden death; in this tense environment the first team to scores wins the match… Avon House 1 held their nerve and scored the match winning try within twenty seconds of the restart. With many smiles rugby captain Connor gleefully accepted the trophy from Mrs Campbell (Head Teacher Avon House School).
Many thanks to all of the schools that competed in the event, the children that attended were a credit to the staff and schools. A special thank you to the referees of the day and to Bancroft’s RFC for supplying them along with the use of their facilities.