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Andover and District Schools Rugby Sevens Festival

February 27th, 2012

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Congratulations to the Harrow Way year 7 boys’ rugby team for winning the Andover and District Schools Rugby Sevens Festival for 2012! Their incredible success, which saw victories over John Hanson, Test Valley, Testbourne and Test Valley Schools, was made all the more sweeter by the manner in which the players conducted themselves both on and off the pitch. Their determination and self-belief was clearly evident throughout the afternoon. Jubilant captain, Joseph Joy, says: “The boys and I are overjoyed to have won this prestigious tournament. Every player put in 100% effort, and it showed. This is the result of months of training and it all came together this afternoon”.

IMG_0947The year 8 team did not quite match the exploits of their year 7 counterparts, but with excellent wins over Rookwood School (25-0) and Winton (15-10), their final standing of 4th was a very credible conclusion to their afternoon’s efforts. A very close game against John Hanson School, which resulted in a winning John Hanson try in the dying seconds of the game, could have changed things, but the boys were very pleased with their overall performance. Year 8 captain, Stanley North, says, “Obviously the boys are a bit disappointed to have come so close and not finished in the top 3, but we are very happy to have done as well as we did.”

IMG_0948Mr Peters would like to say a huge thank you to Miss Sturgess for organising the event and Charles Gray from Andover RFC for his continued coaching input with the lower school squad; also to the parents who came and gave their support to all the players.

The year 7/8 rugby team are preparing to go on a rugby tour to Derbyshire in May of this year. We hope this will prove to be the ‘icing on the cake’ for those players who have committed themselves to representing the school this year and helping to really put rugby well and truly on the map here at Harrow Way School.

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