Tag Rugby – Dorset School Games Finals!

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On Wednesday 5th April, Priory School competed in the Dorset Winter School Games Finals in Tag Rugby at Leaf Academy, Bournemouth. Our school qualified for the tournament after winning the Christchurch tournament in February and joined over 900 pupils who were participating in the finals of rugby, volleyball and handball.

 

It was a fantastic day, with Priory pupils from Classes 4 & 5 representing our school tremendously well, displaying great enthusiasm, sportsmanship and behaviour. In the morning, Priory won one match and narrowly lost two others (both by just a single try), then in their afternoon group they lost their opening match, before winning their final two games, scoring seven tries in the last one!

 

The pupils enjoyed visiting the ‘cultural village’ during their lunch break and using the inflatable football pitch and various other activities.

 

The tournament marks the end of another very successful tag rugby season for Priory School, having won the Bournemouth Collegiate tournament in November and qualifying for the county finals for the second year running. We must thank Mr Pearson for his brilliant coaching and all of the pupils who have contributed, including our Year 6 players who were disappointed to miss the finals due to their Isle of Wight residential. We are looking forward to Tag Rugby returning in September and hope that many new players will take up the sport.

 

Tag Rugby Friendly

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On 2nd March, St Martin’s school visited to participate in a Tag Rugby friendly fixture against our Year 5 team. We are preparing our Year 5s to compete at the Dorset School Games finals in April and so it was great to have a competitive match against a very good side. St Martin’s won the fixture 11-7 with some excellent rugby played by both schools. Thank you to Mr Pearson for arranging and refereeing the game.

Tag Rugby Tournament – Bournemouth Rugby Club

Two teams from the Priory School entered the Year 5/6 Christchurch Schools Tag Rugby tournament at Bournemouth Rugby Club on Wednesday 8th February. Each of our teams played other local schools in a round-robin event and we saw some absolutely amazing rugby played!

 

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Priory 2, made up of some very inexperienced players, won their opening three matches before narrowly losing to a strong Christchurch Juniors team. They then won their next two and played the Priory 1 team in their final game, which was a thrilling 4-4 draw! The Priory 2 team ended up finishing the tournament in 3rd place, which was a tremendous achievement.

 

 

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Priory 1 performed magnificently, defeating every single team they faced – until they drew with their schoolmates in the final game! As a result, the Priory School won the competition and qualified for the Dorset Finals in April, for the second year running.

 

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All of our players demonstrated fantastic sporting values and excellent behaviour. We celebrated their success in Achievement Assembly before half-term. We must give thanks again to Mr Pearson, who gives up his time to coach the pupils. Thank you also to all of the parents who helped transport our pupils to and from the event, especially Mr Hopkins and Mr Hughes who assisted with managing the Priory A team.