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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Prestigious Caldicott Tournament

At Claires Court Junior Boys the Lent Term usually has a focus of Football. However for ten boys in Year 6 it was time for Rugby, with the boys giving up their lunch times to try their hand at sevens rugby and prepare for the fast approaching Caldicott Colts Rugby 7s Tournament. On Saturday 18 March, 24 teams arrived at Caldicott School ready to participate in what would be the 41st Annual Caldicott 7s Tournament, a very prestigious event.

The day started with the boys beginning their warm up, knowing they were competing in amongst a group which included some very strong opposition. Their first game was against Belmont Mill Hill, with the boys applying the pressure straight from kick off and scoring two tries, they continued for the rest of the game with fantastic rugby and managed to win the first game 20-5.

Up next were the tournament hosts, and with the adrenaline pumping they managed to sneak a win against a very good Caldicott side (15-5). Then with back to back games, straight after this they were up against Moulsford who comfortably beat them during the 9-a-side season. With that in mind the boys produced very strong performance managing to draw 10-10 at full time, with both sets of coaches agreeing at what a massive improvement the Claires Court Team had made.

However, with the new U11 rugby continuum and the boys having to participate in a ‘round robin’ tournament structure, they had an hour break before our next game. As a result of this their momentum was somewhat halted, this meant the boys had a very hard task getting back to the high standard of rugby they produced at the start of the tournament. After the long break the boys were up against St Johns Northwood, and were put under a lot of pressure with St Johns Northwood displaying lovely flowing rugby, this resulted in a 5-15 loss. Again with another hour break, our last game was against St Johns Beaumont who were looking very strong throughout the tournament. However the Claires Court boys managed to put in a huge final performance against the strongest opposition yet, unfortunately not getting the result they were looking for finishing with a very narrow loss of 5-10.

George Grose, PE Teacher congratulated the boys on their efforts;

“Well done boys, some great performances from all of you, demonstrating the skills you had been taught. What a great way to end your Claires Court Junior Boys rugby careers. Good luck for the future.”

Squad: Daniel Greenwood, Tom Welch, Robbie Jones, Matthew Dempster, Luca Thomas, Louis Stewart, Harrison Sands, Saul Lopez-Guisado, Gauis Chapman, Samuel Jackson

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