Junior Alleynian 2023

ROSSLYN PARK RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT n Rosslyn Park is the largest rugby sevens tournament in the world and it is a fantastic opportunity for our Year 6s to be a part of it and play on pitches alongside the U13 and U18 finalists on the last day of the tournament. The highlight was a really tight battle against a tough Welsh school and hopefully the experience has inspired the boys to want to come back and play in Years 8, 9, 11 and at senior level. 2023 was another successful rugby season at in the Junior School with maximum participation and lots of healthy competition. In a year where, Junior School alumnus Zach C (OA) has been selected to play at the U20 Rugby World Cup, maybe there is a current Junior School boy aspiring and destined to follow in his footsteps in the future.

RUGBY n The Junior School boys enjoyed a brilliant rugby season with many midweek fixtures against familiar opposition as well as marquee tournaments such as The Surrey Festival and Rosslyn Park Sevens. It is always a testament to The Junior School staff, PE and Games department and the boys themselves that we can field so many teams and get practically every boy out representing The College in fixtures. Well done to every boy who donned the black and blue and either tackled (or grabbed a tag belt) as enthusiastically as they could.

SURREY FESTIVAL n The Year 3s and 4s attended the Surrey Festival in what was for some their first experience of a competitive tournament. The Year 5s had a stand out performance against KCS JS where Macsen P, Felix M, Samuel OL and Thomas M tackled like machines. DJ I turned defence into attack with some elusive running and scored two superb long range tries to win 3-0. The Year 6s made enormous progress throughout the day particularly with their braver, more consistent tackling and moving the ball to space with

crisp handling. Tyler B and Sam C were lethal attacking threats with ball in hand scoring several tries each and Harry M carried the ball like a bulldozer. Spencer B, Charlie F and Raphael S were the best tacklers showing great technique and a willingness to harass the opposition. A special mention must go to Elliot J who in the final match against Hampton Prep got through a staggering amount of work! He was involved in the game non-stop whether it be tackling, rucking or covering ground to support his teammates.


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