The clocks jumped forward in the early hours, yet a spritely 19 player squad accompanied by family were still up sharply, ready for the St. Bede’s RC rugby trip to Kingston Park. After a smooth 40 minute journey from South Shields to Newcastle we arrived at the home of the Newcastle Falcons. We were met by a wall of fog on a dreary morning, but we still cheerfully strode our way to the West Pitch.

The action soon got under way with the Year 5/6 A team up against Kingston Park Primary school. In an enthralling game we achieved a fantastic 8-7 victory. Thrilling tries from Matthew Thompson, Joseph Melvin, Ben Scott and Lauren Tooley were complemented with top tagging from Captain Niamh Ullah, Matthew Cain and Flynn Gillies. The speed and agility of our players’ evasive running as they manoeuvred their way to the try line was outstanding. In our following games Katie Heslop and Joseph Melling-Butler led many attacks as we continued to take the game to the opposition. Sadly, a valiant 9-7 defeat to King’s signalled the end of our final hopes, but it had been an exciting journey. This has been a superb Year 5/6 Tag Rugby A squad who have trained with dedication and played with flare this season. They have won many games and provided some fantastic entertainment.

Meanwhile the young Year 3/4 team got off to a flying start with an 11-3 win in their first match. Tries came from all angles as William, Alastair (Captain), Jack, Joshua, Jake, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Shreya all touched down to score. Vice Captain Sophie and Lucy defended well as the team registered a comfortable opening win. A draw and narrow defeat followed but we still had accumulated enough points to qualify for the final. The delighted reaction of the players to the news was great!

Before the Falcons match the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 families came together for a brilliant St. Bede’s picture with a fitting back drop of a misty Kingston Park. After that, it was lovely how we all stood together as a school in the North Stand, while the children laughed and sucked bright blue lollies!

As the clock counted down towards half time lollies were polished off and boots re-fastened. The children ran out on to the Kingston Park pitch with energy and confidence. They had a brilliant attitude to the final as they went out to fully enjoy the experience. The team played superb rugby with Jake, Elizabeth and William scoring, while Joshua Camm stepped up with a timely treble of tries to help secure victory! Winners medals were soon presented in front of a cheering South Stand to the smiling young fledglings; who flew to victory in their first visit to Kingston Park.

We happily returned to the North Stand to watch the second half before returning to South Shields after the game. This was a wonderful school community rugby trip. Thank you to the parents for supporting the trip and the talented children for their skilful performances. I just hope the Mam’s who came got their tea’s made for them when they returned home, as it was Mothering Sunday after all.

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