Six schools contested the NLD U14 twelve a side tournament at Newark on November 29th. Aimed specifically at established rugby playing state schools it enabled teams who do not normally play against each other to compete in a hard fought afternoon of rugby played in bitingly cold conditions.
Brunt’s School Mansfield proved to be stern opposition for all the other schools and ran King’s closest of all the teams. Having conceded an early try they then pressurised the King’s line only to concede a second try at the very end. Their clash with local rivals Ashfield was the last game of the day which Ashfield won with a very strong display.
Carre’s Grammar School who came second in the tournament losing only to King’s played some very good rugby but did not always convert pressure into points. There was also a strong showing by Spalding Grammar School and QEGS Ashbourne who both competed strongly with Spalding enjoying wins at the expense of QEGS and Ashfield.
In the end however King’s came out on top winning all of their games. Their defence was especially dominant with three of their opponents failing to register a score against them.
The tournament also provide an opportunity for three young referees to go through their paces and they kept going well for 15 matches with the added complication of needing to observe law variations occasioned by the 12 a side format.
Newark were excellent hosts. The boys were able to use the new changing rooms and were well fed after the tournament ended.
In the end King’s were worthy winners and it was they who took home the trophy.
Roger Wilkes November 2017