Yr 7 Rugby League County Semi Final – UVHS 16 beat West Lakes Academy 14
UVHS Yr 7 Rugby League team has progressed through to play in the County final with a very hard fought win against West Lakes Academy on Tuesday 25th March. The score finished UVHS 16 beat West lakes Academy 14 in a game that went from one end to the other, as both sides struggled with the wet and slippery conditions.
West Lakes went ahead early with an unconverted try to lead 4-0, but then Isaac F used his blistering pace to run 60 meters around their defence to level scores at 4 all. Both teams were even in defence and attack and at half time the score was 4 points all. The second half started brightly with some good runs being made by Jack S, Harry R, James T, Alfie D & Jamie B. The inexperienced UVHS boys made good ground and scored next from a kick into the opposition in-goal area. Both Luke Q and Loui A chased through brilliantly and tackled the West Lakes player making him drop the ball which was dived on by Jack S. Stevo then converted his own try to make it 10-4. The rain continued to fall, but a decent crowd had gathered on the hill made up of parents, staff and pupils who had finished lessons for the day. The UVHS boys continued to work hard, but a dropped ball within their own half gave the West Lakes lads some field position and although the Ulverston lads worked hard, could not keep the opposition from scoring to tie up the scores at 10 points all. The rain by now had made the ball like a piece of soap and Ulverston through some solid defence gained possession through a West Lakes mistake. UVHS then moved the ball towards the try line and with some strong runs again from Chris D and Rhys B, this time a 70% fit Alfie barged over to score with Jack S again converting to make the score 16-10. A dropped ball by UVHS shortly after the kick off gave West Lakes possession again. The boys tackled and tackled, but half-back Jamie B could not stop the next try, despite putting his whole body on the line. The boys held their breath before watching the conversion sail wide giving UVHS a slim 2 point advantage with a few minutes remaining. The West Lakes boys then threw everything at the UVHS boys from the kick off, moving the ball downfield towards the try line, but some brilliant defence by Harry R and Jack I bundled their player into touch to stop a certain try. A scrum win allowed UVHS to work the ball out and with the huge support from the side line urging UVHS on, the referee blew his whistle and a UVHS a thoroughly deserved win 16 to 14. All 16 boys who made up the team today were fantastic and should be really proud of their efforts. Well done boys, you now have a final to look forward too.
Can Mr. Pearson and myself thank Brad W for refereeing the game really well and Jake C and Will C for running lines. Also a big thanks to Eric H for assisting at coaching sessions.