Congratulations to the Under 11 Tag Rugby squad who made the long trip down to The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells to participate in the ISA London South Tag Rugby Tournament. First up Rosemead faced The Mead’s ‘B’ team where after a slow start we gained confidence and ended up comfortable winners. There 2nd match was up against last year’s winners Sacred Heart School. In a tight game, they were able to edge out a win by one clear try. Having won the first two games Rosemead had already qualified for the semis but focus and concentration did not let up as they defeated Westward School by 14-7, the biggest win of the day from any school.
The semifinals saw Rosemead against Steephill School who had looked strong all day. With terrific form and some of their best rugby of the day, the speed of play was too much for the opposition to handle and Rosemead was always a few tries up until the final whistle.
Rosemead knew they’d face the Mead School’s ‘A Team’ in the final, like us, a team who had won every game so far. The final started with both teams trading tries as Rosemead narrowly led 5–4 at half time. The second half couldn’t have started better for them as they scored 2 early tries and some great defensive tagging ensured two try lead for the majority of the half. However, with the minutes and seconds ticking down the Mead applied lots of pressure and managed to equalise with just 30 seconds remaining. Rosemead knew however that they just needed to score from last play of possession to take the trophy back to Dulwich, with just seconds remaining a terrific break from Tommy led to the ball being thrown out wide and high where a leaping Will gathered the ball between his fingers and scored over the line to jubilant scenes from the players, Mr Harrison and Mr Rowlands.
Rosemead had beaten the Mead 10-9 in the final to claim the title of ISA London South Tag Rugby Winners (3rd win in the last 7 years!) and Captain Daniel triumphantly lifted the trophy during the presentation. Every single player was phenomenal in their play and attitude with all players scoring tries and contributing in defence. A special mention to Captain Daniel who was Mr Harrison’s and Mr Rowlands’ player of the tournament for not just being a star on the field with his slaloming footwork but also for being a great leader. Another mention goes to Will who was voted the player’s player of the tournament by the rest of the team and who was a constant try-scoring threat on the wing.
A special day to remember for all those involved and certainly one of the highlights of this Rosemead Sporting year. All credit to the nine boys below who were a credit to Rosemead and who were thoroughly deserved winners.