The Year 8 Boys’ Rugby Union team here at St Benedict’s School have topped off a fantastic term by winning an annual Rugby Union tournament in Penrith.
The annual event, saw eleven schools from across Allerdale and Copeland compete in the league-structured tournament.
St Benedict’s first game was against Queen Elizabeth School from Kirkby Lonsdale. The boys were off to a flying start with a four tries to one win. Tries were from Spike Canavan (2), Keelan McKeown and Miller Dalton.
Their second game was against a very big and physical Trinity School from Carlisle, which resulted in a 2-1 win. St Benedict’s strong defence was key to the victory, with Spike Canavan scoring a brace again.
The third game produced another win for the boys, beating Cockermouth School 3-1. Try scorers this time were Romeo Park, Harvey Law & Miller Dalton.
The fourth game was against Queen Elizabeth Grammar School from Penrith, who were also undefeated at this time. St Benedict’s again put on a very strong defensive performance to secure a 2-1 win. Scorers were Romeo Park and Tom McKinney.
The penultimate game was again Nelson Thomlinson School from Wigton. Producing their best attacking performance, the team won 6-2. Try scorers were Romeo Park (2), Spike Canavan, Fletcher Holgate, Miller Dalton and finally Ben McPherson.
For their last game against Keswick School, the team required a win or a draw to win the overall tournament. In a hard fought, tense encounter the game ended one try a piece. St Benedict’s try scorer was Miller Dalton.
Afterwards, the boys were commended on their playing ability and their behaviour by the organisers and match officials of the tournament.