Each term, Long Eaton Rugby Club kindly host a rugby competition that is open to all of the schools in the Erewash area. Each week a different year group from most of the schools travel to this newly developed club to play against one another in a friendly tournament. To start this year’s tournaments off, the Friesland year 11/6th form team played against Kirk Hallam in a closely fought battle where at times, the result could have gone either way but ultimately, it was Kirk Hallam that came out on top due to some strong running from their backs. Our second game was against Tupton Hall School and even though they looked like the stronger and more physical side, Friesland focused on recycling and moving the ball quickly to outpace the Tupton defence. Strong running, great support play and quick offloads in the tackle allowed Friesland to come out on top. Friesland’s Year 11/6th form final game was against Long Eaton in what is always one of the most physical games of the tournament. Both teams played some excellent rugby with neither side managing to break one another’s defence for a long period of time and it was Friesland that finished with a marginal win.
Year 10 Report by Friesland student and player, Joseph Futter – Thursday 2nd October
Last Thursday the year 10 Friesland Rugby team travelled to West Park for a tournament against some of the other local schools. Because Friesland only had 11 players and other teams were also short of players, it was decided to make 2 teams out of a mixture of Friesland, Long Eaton School and Wilsthorpe players.
The first match pitched these two teams together. It was a hard fought match with neither teams giving an inch until right at the death when a loose pass went to ground, allowing Joseph Futter to kick the ball over the opposing team and to dot down for a try to make the final score 7-0. After this game, the matches were organised with one of the Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe teams playing the first half, with the other playing the second.
Game number two saw Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe play Kirk Hallam. Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe got off to a good start with tries from Sam Gray and someone else. This left the score 12-0 at half time. Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe thought that they had scored another soon after the break when Dom Leaf made a good run and released Liam Dakin who ran all the way to the line before being pulled back for a line out after putting a foot in touch. Strong play from Kirk Hallam resulted in them scoring a try but resilient Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe defence made sure that the score line finished 12-7 to Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe.
The final game was against Tupton Hall School. Tupton quickly took the lead through some strong running but Friesland then got one back through quick passing and hard running from the backs, in to the corner. However Tupton scored again to make it 5-14 to Tupton at half time. The second half started with threatening play by Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe but there were only three minutes left when the Tupton defence was finally broken with a try from Charlie Gough, smashing through the middle of the defence. The conversion went wide so another try was needed from Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe. This came almost straight from the kick off when Christopher Goodall got his hands on the ball and started snaking through the Tupton defence. He kept going all the way up to Tupton 22m line before offloading to Joseph Futter who scored the try. The final score, a nail biting 15-14 win for Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe.
All in all, it was a good performance from Friesland/Long Eaton/Wilsthorpe and there have been some great performances from people that had never played rugby before.
By Joseph Futter
A special thanks to Chris Brookes (Chairman of LERFC) and Long Eaton Rugby Club for continuing to organise, host and run these tournaments, giving boys/girls in this area an opportunity to experience rugby and develop in a fantastic club.