Our rugby 1st XV’s brilliant NatWest Schools Vase run finally came to an end at the semi-final stage following defeat at Allianz Park.
The boys led the game against Seevic College 16-6 at half-time before eventually succumbing to a second-half comeback which saw which saw the Essex side win 43-25 to reach the final.
“A great experience”
Despite the defeat, head of rugby Mr Hugo Corbett said the squad could take positives from the experience:
It was a great experience for the boys to play in such an important game at a superb venue, and it’s one that they’ll all learn from and take positives from.
We’re obviously very disappointed not to have won, but it was a fantastic achievement to reach the semi-finals and losing has only made the younger players hungrier to do well again next year.
The boys have worked so hard this year that they deserved the opportunity to cap off what has been one of the most successful seasons for a 1st XV at Stockport Grammar. The team has scored more points and tries than any other Stockport Grammar team on record.
“A joy to coach”
Mr Corbett added:
The whole occasion was a culmination of the many hours that the boys have put in over the years and also the contribution of the many coaches at the school who have all played a role in the development of the team.
They have been a joy to coach and considering all their academic aspirations it really has been a tremendous achievement and I would like to thank all the supporters and parents who made their way down to Allianz Park and contributed to what was such a great atmosphere.
Congratulations to Seevic on the win and we wish them the best of luck in the final.
Tom O’Mahony named in team of the day
Tom O’Mahony received individual recognition for his performance in the match from schools rugby website In at the Side, who named him in their team of the day.
Tom has also been playing for the Independent Schools RFC national squad this year after progressing through the Cheshire and North U18s sides.
Route to the semi-finals
The boys reached the semi-final after beating Sale Grammar, St Ambrose College, Ilkley Grammar and Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College in the competition’s previous rounds.
Our U15s squad also had an impressive run in the tournament, bowing out in the quarter-finals despite a hard-fought performance in a thrilling 25-17 defeat at Bishop Wordsworth’s.
Phenomenal fortnight of sport
The semi-final at Allianz Park rounded off a phenomenal fortnight of sport at Stockport Grammar, which also saw our:
- hockey 1st XI win the schools championships for girls
- U13s qualify for the Smile independent schools netball cup final
- U11 footballers reach the national finals of the Independent Schools Football Association seven-a-side tournament