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St Michael's Woolmer GreenVA C of E School

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World Cup Tag Rugby Reports

13 schools sent teams to the Year 4 Tag Rugby event at WGC Rugby Club on Monday (130 children).

St Michael’s (South Africa) were in a strong group, playing Scotland and Argentina in a bid to enter the play off stages. After finishing first in their pool, St Michael’s advanced to the semi-finals and were convincing winners against Ireland.

The final was extremely close with South Africa and then Wales scoring alternate tries. Our team kept their cool and tagged brilliantly to keep the pressure on the others and to prevent them scoring – a real team effort!

A well supported St Michael’s team were jubilant winners and all thoroughly deserved their gold medals. Congratulations also go to Zach (Star Performer) and Felix (second highest scorer in the whole event!)

Thank you to the families who were able to help with transport and to the very well organised Leaders from Monk’s Walk who refereed the games.

On Wednesday some of our Year 5 rugby players attended their World Cup event and, once again, represented South Africa.
Unfortunately one school had dropped out at the last minute and so each school was asked whether any pupils would volunteer to create a new ‘Barbarians’ team. Sophie and Matilda both offered and a game of rock, paper, scissors decided that   Sophie would leave us! It was so lovely to see them both willing to help others; thank you girls.
Our team went on to have a great tournament and managed to win every game, beating  Australia in the final. Once again it was a great afternoon and the team really used all of their training and  friendship to overcome very strong opposition.
Caitlin was awarded Star Performer (2 tries), Josh was one of the tournament’s top scorers and everyone was proud of their gold medals!
Thank you to our supporters and to the Monks Walk Sports Leaders.
In our final ‘World Cup’ game representing South Africa, the Year 5/6 team battled through some challenging weather to the semifinal stages. In our game against New Zealand it was a last minute try which meant we just missed out on the final. Keen as always to play to the last whistle (and in even more trying conditions!) they entered the playoffs for 3rd place and won convincingly. Congratulations to all. Millie also won second highest scorer in the competition in her last match for St. Michael’s, Josh won our Manager’s Player rugby ball and Jack was also awarded a ball and T-shirt for is part in the combined team representing Tonga.