DSC01982The rain came down but spirits stayed high at the Year 9 and 10 Mountbatten Partnership Rugby 7s on Thursday 12th November. Held at Andover Rugby Club, Rugby 7s is a fast, free-flowing game which is exciting to watch. With its introduction to the Olympic Games in 2016, it is a sport to look out for.

Harrow Way’s Year 9 team, pictured wearing Testway Housing’s Community Rugby Shirts (thank you to Dave Kane for the loan of these!) battled hard against tough opposition, even scoring a try against John Hanson. They are to be congratulated on how enthusiastically they played, how positive they were and how well they represented the school.

DSC01985Year 10, led by Jon Akehurst, were always facing a tough challenge with only seven fit players. They faced an even tougher challenge when Ryan was injured in the first half of the first game (he is also missing from the photograph)! Harrow Way did get a win against Winton School, with four tries and maximum points scored. Then, on the back of this win, a great try was scored against Test Valley School, who had previously won all their matches. This match was drawn, cheers were heard all across the rugby club and Harrow Way finished in a creditable 4th place. Thanks must go to Mountbatten School and a player from Winton, who helped ensure we had seven players for each match. Well done to an exceptionally enthusiastic and sporting Year 10 team who, like the Year 9, were a credit to themselves and Harrow Way School.

Thanks go to all the volunteers from Andover Rugby Club, who refereed the matches. If any players are not a member of a rugby club and would like to be one, please check out the Andover Rugby Club website: www.arfcya.co.uk Training also happens on Thursdays after school, here at Harrow Way, with Mr Peters and Charles Gray, Under 15 Coach at Andover Rugby Club. Just bring your kit and your gum shield!

Year 9 team: Matthew Pugh, Ryan Sillence, Adam North, Evan Roll, Billy Crockford, Hallam Doney, Tom Stacey, Aaron Bowman, Tom Longshaw, Matt Piggot, Luke Bourner

Year 10 team: Matthew Hewlett, Ryan Ginanotti, Ryan Heathershaw, Aaren Sturgess, Liam Hughes, Jason Rushbridge, Gavin Brewer