The Sirius Academy Year 10 Rugby team produced two brave displays in heavy rain and wind in their 1st Qualifying Rally in the Hull Schools League. With several players been unavailable for a variety of reasons, the team was made up from five Year 9 students, and seven Year 10 students, with three of the players representing the Academy for the 1st time. Despite the results the team will return to face Longcroft in two weeks to determine if they qualify for the Yorkshire Cup stages.
The first match saw Sirius up against hosts Longcroft, who with a full squad of seventeen were confident of an easy victory over the twelve from Sirius. However the Sirius team had other ideas, with Year 9 players, Chris Brown, Kenan Stephenson, Ray Brown, Lochlan Fitzgerald and Alan Britton, showing themselves to be more than capable of handling the bigger Longcroft forwards. With captain Liam Moss leading the way, supported by the hard-working Josh Illes, Sirius were 1st over when Britton side-stepped through from 30metres out with Stephenson adding the kick for a 6-0 lead. Longcroft battled back and the lack of numbers told on Sirius with two tries to put the boys 8-6 down. Excellent work from Thomas Moss and Jack Allott, created the chance for Fitzgerald to send Chris Brown over with a Stephenson goal to put Sirius 12-8 up with three minutes left. Cruelly the boys were denied with one minute on the clock Longcroft crashed over and the goal left Sirius with a 14-12 defeat.
Next up for the team was the unenviable task of Hessle High, a team made up of some of the best players in the City and County at this age-group. Credit to the team who refused to back down, despite their opponents obvious superiority in size and knowledge. Shane Baron in his 1st ever competitive Rugby match made several brave tackles, with Josh Tyler defending bravely too. In attack and defence Jordan Lambert continually took the ball forward and Sirius were unlucky not to score 1st. However the skill level of the opponents told, with six unanswered tries, to leave the team with a 34-0 defeat, but they had earnt the respect of all involved.
Special thanks to Janice Hall for driving the mini-bus and supporting the team, and to Rachel Gay for her assistance in coaching and preparing the team.
Please congratulate the following boys on their attitude, endeavour and behaviour:
Josh Illes, Shane Baron, Tom Moss, Ray Brown (Year 9), Jordan Lambert, Liam Moss (captain), Lochlan Fitzgerald (Year 9), Jack Allott, Kenan Stephenson (Year 9), Alan Britton (Year 9), Chris Brown (Year 9), Josh Tyler.