The annual year 7 Rugby and Netball festivals continue to attract large numbers of schools and are enjoyed by students, parents and teachers alike. Despite a movement away from schools running Saturday morning sport in recent years, the Devizes event continues to remain an important part of the Mid Wilts sporting calendar and it was gratifying to see an increased number of West Wilts schools participating.
The Rugby festival saw 13 sides from 9 different schools playing some excellent Rugby despite the damp conditions. In the B team event, the format saw a series of coached games between 4 teams (including a ‘Barbarian’ mixed schools team). Sheldon were the eventual winners. Coaches were pleased with the levels of skill, competitiveness and fitness that players displayed. The Devizes team came 3rd overall which was a pleasing outcome considering most players were new to contact Rugby this year.
The A team event saw 9 sides split into 3 groups to play 2 group matches. Teams were then split into 3 further groups depending on their first round results.
Group winners went into the Shield competition
Group 2nd place teams went into the Cup competition
Group 3rd place teams went into the Plate competition
The Devizes A team had enjoyed a good season in the inter school fixtures and were eagerly anticipating the festival. They came through a tough group defeating Lavington 2-1 and St Laurence 3-1. This placed them in the Shield competition and a chance of coming out on top.
A titanic first game against Sheldon saw some exciting and hard fought Rugby which could have gone either way but Sheldon eventually scored a late try and held on to win by a solitary try. The 2nd game against Kingdown saw Devizes play their best Rugby of the morning and were convincing 4-1 winners.
This meant that Devizes were 2nd in the Shield competition and along with Sheldon will represent Mid Wilts in the county Rugby event at Dauntseys in March.
Thanks to Devizes coaches, Mr Traylor and Mr Burgan.
Mr P Wickens
School Games Organiser