Rugby - U11 A Tournament at New Hall (A), Sunday 10 October 2010

The Holmwood House Colts can feel very proud of themselves following a fine display of rugby this weekend. They won their group, securing two bonus points along the way and not conceding a single point.  They played The Abbey in the Cup semi-final, and lost to a strong Colet Court team in the final.

In the opening game against Widford Lodge, Holmwood impressed. Patrick Irvine scored two tries, the second a blistering gallop up the left wing after Ollie Hills, Tim Shaikly and the other forwards marched the ball straight up the middle of the field.  Ollie Burns fed Philipp Carlstroem, who passed to Robert Parry, who released Patrick. Holmwood won 43-0.
OBH tested the boys, as we knew they would.  Neither side could move the ball away from the breakdown and the scores were tied at nil all until five minutes from the end.  Mr Hall awarded Holmwood a penalty five metres from the try line and Philipp dummied right, then powered over with help from Ollie Hills.  Holmwood won 7-0.
Holmwood played Bancroft's with Charlie Smith, Thomas Blanc and Ollie Burns giving Philipp, Ben and Jasper a rest. They played so well to give Holmwood a four try victory and another bonus point.  With Ben off, Edward Gibson kicked all four conversions, having scored one try himself.  Ollie Burns, Patrick Irvine and Daniel Hughes scored the others. Holmwood won 28-0.
The Abbey had played well to win their group and faced Holmwood in the semi-final.  Ben Allison scored both tries and left Edward Gibson, who was continuing to make some spectacular tackles, to successfully kick the conversions.  Holmwood won 14-0.
In the final, Colet Court proved to be too good and Holmwood scored one try to the victor's four.  The boys were tired and emotional, but played with great spirit and resolve.  Patrick Irvine scored a fabulous try in the first half and Edward converted to draw level, but after the break, the superiority of the Colet forwards deprived Holmwood of the ball and ultimately, the cup.  The boys were delighted to receive their runners-up medals from ex-England scrum-half Andy Gommersall. 

Holmwood played some fabulous rugby and always with a terrific spirit.  New Hall hosted a wonderful tournament and parents, players and staff had a wonderful day.  Well done and thank you to all the boys and their parents.