Mr Barry’s Sports Round-Up: Year 8 Rugby

Year 8 Girls’ Rugby

On Tuesday the Year 8 girls made their competitive start to the season. They were drawn in a pool with Corbridge, St Thomas More and St Mary’s. 

Game 1 was against St Thomas More. The girls played brilliantly well and showed a desire to succeed, picking up where they left off last season. The girls ran out 60-10 winners after superb work in both attack and defence.

Try scorers: Erikka x3, Katie S x2, Amy S, Isabel G, Katie R, Olivia W x2, Elodie x2

Player of the match – Erikka R

Game 2 came shortly after and St Mary’s were the opposition. In a back and forth game Hexham scored quick tries and showed great determination in defence. On one occasion HMS defended 18 tackles in a row superbly. Final score HMS 60- 30 winners.

Try scorers: Erikka x3, Katie R x2, Olivia W x3, Isabel, Imogen

Player of the match – Olivia W

The final test was Corbridge and the girls really turned the style on. Fast flowing hands and tough defence made sure HMS finished strongly! The final score 55-10 to HMS meaning an unbeaten day and more tries for the HMS girls. 

Try scorers: Isabel x3, Sarah, Katie R x2, Erikka x2, Imogen x2, Olivia

Player of the match – Isabel G

A great day all round and very exciting times ahead for rugby at HMS.

Year 8 Boys’ Rugby

The Year 8 boys were in Rugby League action on Wednesday at Kingston Park in the first round of the Sky Try National Cup. The boys were seeded highly for the competition off the back of their success last year and this provided a tough pool against tough opponents. The fixtures would be against Churchill, Whytrig, Bellmont and Newmister. Up first Churchill. 

In game 1 the boys showed great tenacity in defense and when they picked the ball up in attack they were clinical. The game got off to a good start when Jack S dived over from close range. Churchill responded with 2 quick tries before good hands by Sam E and Alex N set up James C who powered over to level. After Churchill scored a counter attack try for a third try of the day it came down to one final set.  Josh W picked up the ball 20m out and won the foot race to score a brilliant try to level with the last play of the game. Final score 3-3.

Next game the opponents were Whytrig. Both teams started well but after great play by Will and Ben gaining good yards the ball fell to Tom D who dashed over from 10m out: 1-0. The tries started to come in quick succession with Jack S grabbing another and Sam D scoring a contender for try of the day running the length of the pitch to score in the corner. James C added a fourth late on to leave the final score 4-0 to Hexham.

Third up were Newminster. In a very tough tackling game Ben, Robert and Will made good tackles in defence throughout. Cam H made two vital turnover balls in quick succession to get HMS on the front foot. Jack S again opened the scoring with a low diving effort from close range. After more powerful running Sam E scored a brilliant solo try showing strength and speed. 2-0 HMS final score.

The final game was against a very strong Belmont side. After a bright start HMS Jack S again opened the scoring with a trademark pick up and go. Belmont scored shortly after to level. HMS again took the lead through a sensational Josh W effort but again Belmont came back. When James C crossed to make it 3-2 HMS had to defend for the remainder of the game and held out until the final play of the game where Belmont scored in the corner to equalise. 3-3 final score.

The boys currently sit second place in the rankings with two rounds to go. The top 4 teams will go to finals day where the winners will represent the North East.