End of Season Rugby Report
The Under 12 B Team improved so much this term and won 1 of their matches. They have gone through many ups and downs throughout the season. We would like to say thanks to all the members for playing so hard. Alec the runner, James C the negotiator, Jack C (Shinpads) the passer, JJ the sprinter, Daren the one who keeps us in order, James B the fancy feet and Mr. Wilson the coach. There were many more, but these are the ones who stood out.
Written by Daren and James B
It’s been a phenomenal season for the U12A team, although we have lost some games this is great experience for the team to realise what we will be up against in the future. With plenty of long journeys away for games the boys have really showed what they can do on a rugby pitch. The level of respect for the other teams is completely unreal. Everyone has something to show from this season: from huge tackles to excellent runs, the team have really performed well and I’m sure this standard of rugby will be carried on throughout the future seasons.
Written by Oscar Conway
The Year 8’s first match of the season was against Cranbrook Rugby Club. With the addition of a few Year 9’s to fill the team, we had an exciting match with a great final result for Cranbrook School 40-10. As a small year group we have struggled to find a full team and have had to rely upon a couple of members of the opposing team to join us. However, we have kept our spirits high and there has been really good participation by all team members, resulting in exciting matches, a couple of which were closely fought. We look forward to the 2019 rugby season when we will be able to develop our rugby skills further and have a lot more boys so that we can play with a full team.
Written by Cody Walsh
The U14B team got better and better throughout season and were well led by Tobi Adeosun, Alexander Howells and Jack Ross. Highlights were beating Eltham College and Duke of York and by the end of the season were playing excellent rugby only losing narrowly 19-17 to Ashford School A team. Alexander Howells received the MVP award, Jack Ross the players player and Isaac Baker most improved.
The U14A’s had a great season beating Maidstone Grammar, Duke of York, Eltham College and Simon Langton and all the other games they gave the opposition a good run for their money. As a team they have pace out wide and power up front and have excellent potential. They will be a tough team to beat in seasons to come. Harry Morrell was top try scorer, ‘players player of the season’ went to Felix O’Neill, ‘most improved’ to Demi Atere and ‘MVP’ to Dayo Oyerinde.
The under 15Bs have had a difficult season. But with the help of Mr Brown, Mr Hillier and Hika Reid have been able to play some fantastic rugby to beat teams such as Maidstone Grammar and St Olave’s Grammar. Even though it has been tough, the team has shown great resilience and fight. They may not have won all their matches but have proved a mighty opposition for any team trying to beat them. Hopefully they will be able to take this through to next season and continue to improve their rugby further to have even greater success.
Written by Robert Finn
It was a tough start for the boys, losing their captain and star player Josh Keene after one match, but the team looked stronger than ever. We began playing technical, attacking rugby under the excellent coaching techniques of Tom Hillier. The defensive line was rarely broken and the backs began playing fast, expansive rugby, leading to many tries with the help of Ewan Barber and Josh Ogunleye. Although the end results rarely favoured us the heads never dropped and the determination remained throughout the season. MVP is awarded to Max Wookey.
Written by Tom Morgan
The U16B’s had an impressive season with 4 wins out of 6 games. However 5 matches were cancelled which enabled some layers such as Finlay Nadin, Justin Parker, Dami Atere, Sam Smith and Connor Grant to progress up and have the opportunity to play in the A team. The most notable win was the game against Ashford school which ended 38-12. Furthermore the most exciting watch was against Eltham collage which ended in Cranbrooks favour with a score of 26-24, Special mention to Dami Atere with most improved, Jusin Parker with coaches player and Joe Pullman who won Players Player.
The U16 A’s had an equally impressive season especially in some harsh playing conditions, winning 8 out of 9 of their games against tough opposition. They started off the season with a first win against Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, 14-3. It was a great way to start the season. The most impressive game was the victory against Woodlands school 29-26 with a strong performance from Joey Lecky and Max Fleming in second row. The season ended on a momentous high against local grammar school Judd. Everyone in the team had a great season but a special mention to Sam Smithy who won most improved, Jack Borowski who won coaches player and Paddy Hagger who won Players Player.
Written by Jack Borowski
The 2nd’s certainly had a tough run this year, gaining 2 wins to 8 losses. Nonetheless, to say this is an accurate reflection on the team’s general performance throughout the year would not be fair.
Our season began with a match against Sir Joseph William’s Mathematical school, which, with the team only losing 13-0, showed promise for the matches to come. However, in the following match versus Maidstone grammar, the 2nds were taken for a ride by a far larger and more disciplined side but were pleased to claim our first 7 points of the season.
In our next two matches the team really began to get into their stride, winning both with conviction. The first against Duke of York was not only the 2nds first win of the season, but a convincing victory of 44-17. Our next match was St Lawrence, and having brought our momentum from the last match, we were able to clinch the win in a close game ending 25-17.
Unfortunately, this is where the luck ran out for the seconds. We proceeded to lose the remainder of our games, due to both the strength of our opposition and a depleted squad. Special mentions must go out to Olly Addis for his pivotal playmaking, Miles Wallace for never missing a tackle and Yarrow Ansell for his overall improvements since the beginning of the season.
Written by Joe Alderson
The lads were fortunate enough to start the year off doing pre-season in Portugal for a few days, which we all enjoyed hugely and gave us the time to move into the season prepared for the challenges to come. After comfortably winning our pre-season match, we came home to face much stronger competition. Maidstone set the tone for the rest of the season, as missed opportunities and simple mistakes became costly leaving us just shy of victory on a number of occasions. Our match versus Skinners handed us our first home victory and I was grateful to see that it was well attended. As mentioned earlier in the year, the boys won the qualifiers for the grammar/boarding school cup, winning all their matches. The final, held later on in the season was a great experience, taking place in Worcester Warriors Premier League Rugby Stadium and although not coming back with any silverware the team appreciated the setting and the skill of the rugby they faced that day. The highlight for Cranbrook 1’s team this year came against Chislehurst and Sidcup- a team we had been pounded by since the beginning of our Cranbrook careers- they arrived, boasting a 50-0 score line but, much to their surprise and that of those watching they went away, heads down after we put 25 past them. The latter part of the season was full of frustrations as wins slipped through our fingers for one reason or another. Our last match versus Judd summed it all up as the lads, on a cold Wednesday afternoon, earned themselves the lead going into half time, playing some great rugby and arguably should have been ahead by more. Sadly, the second half was a different affair, with lapses of concentration costing us tries and the match. As seen on the faces of some, the lads were gutted but, I think it is safe to say that this year has firmly put Cranbrook back on the map. I would like to say a last thank you to the lads who I’ve had the pleasure of playing with and the coaches Mr McConnochie and Hika Reid, whose time and effort made our last year so memorable.
I wish everyone else the best in their Cranbrook sporting careers as, for the likes of me and others, we won’t have a chance to put on a Cranbrook rugby jersey and represent the school ever again. It won’t be long before some of you will be playing your last match and so I urge you to make the most of any opportunity you get.
Sports colours to the following Year 13 for their commitment to rugby throughout the school are awarded to:
Full colours for exceptional performance and commitment to rugby playing in the 1st team for two seasons are awarded to:
Captain: Finn Piper
Vice-Captain: Matt Dale