Merseyside 7s Rugby Tournament
Our sixth formers took part in the inaugural Merseyside 7s tournament at Southport Rugby club on Wednesday 19 March.
Coach Mr McShane said: "My expectations for the tournament mirrored that of my squad, they were pretty low. We had struggled to make games all season and the general feeling was that this would be a fun experience and that playing games was all that mattered. Winning did not even enter into the equation."
The squad arrived in Southport late and a couple of players down but they nevertheless set out to enjoy the day and have some fun. After a brief warm up the boys took to the pitch for their first game against a team made up students from Southport and Hugh Baird Colleges. They were well-drilled but we managed to draw this first match.
The second pool game of the day was against Range High, again Cardinal Heenan dominated this game running in 31 points. A good win against South Sefton College in the third game meant that Heenan led the group and were through to the knock-out phase of the competition!
The boys faced a strong team from King George Fifth Sixth Form in the semi-final and won once again meaning they would face Cowley, a school with a prominent rugby heritage and home of St Helens rugby league's academy.
Cowley scored early in the game but Heenan equalised quickly. Cowley ran in another well worked try under the posts and they went to take the conversion and hit the cross bar, (which is a very unusual occurrence in rugby). All we had to do was score and convert and the game would be ours.
Mr McShane continued: "My wife rang just as we made the vital break, all she could hear was me screaming for the try to be scored under the posts, it wasn't so we had a difficult kick to go ahead, but it went through, we were two points to the good. The next two and a half minutes will rate as the longest of my entire life. We just had to hold our advantage to win. Desperate defence, injuries and passion from the squad guided us to victory against all odds. We were Merseyside champions! I would personally like to thank the boys for one of the best afternoons I have had in 13 years of teaching, it was absolutely thrilling."
Congratulations to the whole team for your tremendous conduct and winning this tournament:
Sean Cullen, Luke Griffiths, Mark Doughty, Ryan Lawton, Nathan Wilkinson, Connor Macintyre, Vincent Shields and Sean Williamson.
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