Rosslyn Park Sevens - Festival Tournament 2006




Rosslyn Park Sevens Festival Tournament 2006-03-29

Group Matches:


Ellesmere          31                    Wellington School          0

Ellesmere          29                    Haberdashers Askes     7

Ellesmere          27                    Davenant Foundation    0

Ellesmere          26                    Cranbrook                  17


Last 16


Ellesmere          17                    Sutton Valence 21


Ellesmere arrived at the Rosslyn Park Tournament to compete against 129 other schools.  Due to injuries the squad was denied four players that would have been challenging for places in the 1st VII.  As it was the squad that participated had begun to show some form with an encouraging performance at the Kings Worcester Sevens the previous week.  The highlight of this tournament has been leading the eventual winners, Warwick by two scores only to lose 24-21 in the dying moments.


We started confidently, showing plenty of pace and cruised through the opening match.  The next two matches were similar and we stated to look after possession and move the ball until we scored.  We confidently set about the final qualifying match only to find a very physical and intimidating side called Cranbrook who went two scores ahead.  It was pleasing to overhaul an over-confident opposition, showing a coolness to play good sevens and deliver under pressure.


The following day we played Sutton Valence at Rosslyn Park ground with the other sixteen qualifiers in the knockout part of the tournament.  Although tired we again settled into a good rhythm and held the ball well.  After going a score down we fought back well to go 3 tries up 2 up 17-14.  Unfortunately it was not quite enough, and when we let a golden scoring opportunity go, the opposition capitalised to run in their third try and take the quarter final spot.  Sutton Valence then fought through to the main final eventually losing out to Colstons


Team:  A Ellis R Valentine, S Bannister, D Matthews, J Farrell, D Bowden, D Thomas.

Reserves: N James, T Bohn, M Hinks.


Many thanks to all colleagues for releasing pupils to play in the various tournaments since half term.

29th March 2006  Back to News