A clean sweep for school rugby teams

Clean Sweep: The six Lady Manners School rugby teams, pictured with their trophies after a clean sweep of victories in the finals of the Derbyshire County Championships.
Clean Sweep: The six Lady Manners School rugby teams, pictured with their trophies after a clean sweep of victories in the finals of the Derbyshire County Championships.

History has been made at Lady Manners School in Bakewell with all six rugby teams – under 12s, under 13s, under 14s, under 15s, under 16s and 1st XV – winning their respective Derbyshire County Championship titles.

In a fitting finale to the season, which has seen students’ dedication to training and a commitment to their school, the under 12s County finals saw Lady Manners School beat Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School 35-5, demonstrating the fantastic improvement the team had made over the season. There were, in particular, outstanding performances from Richard Norfolk and Ben Patrick.

The under 13s won 10-5 in a very close battle against Chellaston School from Derby. Again there were outstanding performances from Jack Hutchinson and Sam Brossler.

The under 14s and under 15s teams brought home convincing wins with scores of 32-7 and 59-5 respectively in their finals. Under 15s players Seb Cooke, Oliver Cunningham and Matt Lamin controlled the game while the stars of the under 14s were Michael Davies, Sam Ellis and Alistair Hickman.

The inspired leadership of Liam Brown helped Lady Manners under 16s to victory with a 22-14 win, helped by two fantastic individual tries from Connor Longson.

The 1st XV was victorious in an epic game against Ecclesbourne School. A final score of 30-28 demonstrates the close battle with Ecclesbourne pushing hard right to the end.

Two tries from George Clugston and fantastic support play from Jack Maynard and William Gratton resulted in the historic victory. A fitting end to the final was when 1st XV captain, Tom Farenden, ran clear to score the decisive try.

Rob Allen, who leads rugby at Lady Manners School, said: “The six victories were well deserved and all the players should be very proud of their success. Special mention also has to go to the staff at Lady Manners and I’d like to thank Alan Johnson, Roger Wood and Neil Wallace for the dedication and commitment during the season.”