The seventh grade rugby team had an amazing season, but not an undefeated season. Chase Moran, a member of the seventh grade rugby team, described the season as, “A wonderful learning experience for the entire team, both in team bonding and the sport of rugby.”
The team only had one member who had any previous experience in playing the sport of rugby, but by the end of the season, every player developed in their own individual skills and became closer as a team. The team did keep score during games they played during the season, or even wins or losses. The coach of the seventh grade team said, “I did not count wins and losses as I take each game as a development from the last,” said Mr. Stephen Fordham, the coach of the team, “though I think we won more than we lost.”
The LSSA festival, which takes place at the end of the competition season. Was great fun for the team and memorable as it would be the last time the team played together. During the LSSAs, the team beat ACS Hillingdon, their toughest competitors, in a close match with only a difference of one try.
They then lost to ACS Cobham. Dakota Kellner, another member of the seventh grade team said, “We played to our best ability, but we were not able to win both of our games.”
Kellner described the overall season as lots of fun and a great learning and bonding experience. This team was very special as well as the eighth grade team, because both teams had girls playing on each team. The opposing teams were not used to or expecting the girls, but quickly got over it and continued to play as usual.
Mr Fordham enjoyed coaching the team, as he loved seeing a new group of athletes enjoy rugby. The season was full with several obstacles and challenges, but the team faced them together and got over the last hurdle together, even with a few cuts, injuries and bruises along the way.