Cumbria Rugby Union organised a Barrow Schools Yr 8 Rugby Union festival on Tuesday March 14 at Hawcoat Park Rugby Union Club. Cumbria Rugby Union are spending a lot of time and effort in schools promoting Rugby Union and giving boys and girls the opportunity to develop their skills through practice sessions and development festivals. The UVHS Yr 8 boys had already attended a festival at Ambleside this school year, so this Barrow festival was second chance for them to develop further their skills for Rugby. Along with UVHS, Chetwynde School and Dowdales School also sent teams and we just played a round robin style tournament. Our first 20 minute game was against Chetwynde. We ran and passed the ball well and controlled the ball around the rucks which was good to see. UVHS ran out winners 25 – 10. Dowdales then played Chetwynde in a very one sided game, although most of the Chetwynde boys were playing their first games of Rugby, so all credit to them for getting out and giving it a go. Our last game was against a very strong Dowdales School. Dowdales are the premier Rugby League School in the Barrow area, so the boys knew they had to play well to get anything from this game, but being a different code we thought we stood a chance. Unfortunately for anUVHS team that tried hard, we were just no match physically for Dowdales who ran out winners 40-0. The boys enjoyed their second chance to play competitive games of Rugby Union and were asking when they could do it again, which was good to hear. Thanks to Garry Holmes (Cumbria Rugby Development Officer) for arranging the festival.
Well it was a case of so near yet so far for our U13 Boys team in this competition. Having won the last 3 indoor county U13 championships. We were attempting to win our 4th area U13 comp in a row. Stood in our way this year were our usual two opponents in Furness Academy and Chetwynde school. Having played our round games, we had won 2 from 2 with a mix of Yr 8 and 7 boys making up our team. Playing Furness Academy in our first game UVHS bowled first and kept Furness Academy to 30 runs for 3 wickets from their 7 overs. Cameron, Sammy and Max taking the wickets. UVHS took little time knocking off their total, scoring 37 for no wicket in 4 overs. Samson and Max batting superbly. Our second game saw us play Chetwynde School who batted first and scored 48 runs for 6 wickets. Sammy, Brad and Cameron taking the wickets this game. The batting order was changed around for this game to try and give others a bat. UVHS passed Chetwynde’s score in the 6th over at 54 for 1 wicket. Joe, Cameron, Brad and Sammy all batting well on this occasion to give UVHS a much closer win than the scores indicate. Furness Academy and Chetwynde then played off to play UVHS again in the final and it was Chetwynde who would be our opponents and unfortunately as the first sentence of this report states stop our winning run. Chetwynde batted well to score a good 63 runs for none off their allotted 7 overs. UVHS referred back to our strongest batting line up but did not bat as well as we could have in the final and with 3 run-outs, always left us struggling to gain any momentum. Needing 4 to tie and 5 runs to win off the last ball, it was not to be this time around leaving our score on 59 runs for 5 from our overs. Max and Joe batted well in the final and Oscar wicket kept beautifully. Well done boys, we’ll get them next year.