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Rugby Report (31 May 2009)

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Over 200 Sydney Boys’ High students travelled up the highway to Armidale last weekend for the annual sporting visit to The Armidale School (TAS). Sydney High fielded 11 Rugby teams, two Football teams, two Basketball teams, Tennis and Rifle Shooting teams.

For the first time in four years, the High 1st XV defeated TAS 1st XV in a thrilling and close encounter.

High 14As defeated TAS 14As 35 – 0.
High 14Bs defeated TAS 14Bs 22 – 17.
High 13As defeated TAS 13As 29 – 27.

In addition, High’s Football 1st XI defeated TAS 3 – 1 and our Basketball 1sts were victors 54 – 25.

The Rugby results attest to the new regime of skills and resistance training that is proving to be a valuable foundation for all our rugby players. The commitment of the 1st and 2nd XV squads to seven sessions per week of training, including weights and speed/endurance sessions, is setting a strong example for the rest of the School.

The 13s and 14s results also point to some success from our planned program to build, from the junior school up, the participation rates, skills and strength of Rugby at High.

The coordinated, three-sessions-a-week coaching program for all 13s to 16s teams is well under way for this season and we now have 15 old boys regularly coaching our junior rugby teams.

The High 1st XV v TAS 1st XV GPS trial match has traditionally been a close, hard fought encounter.

This year was no exception with the teams going try for try. High scored first with a thrilling intercept try. TAS soon responded. Scores were locked at 12-all and then 17-all. With ten minutes to go, TAS scored to take the match to 22 – 17.

Urged on by the palpable High Spirit and a relentless drive to not give up, our boys responded with a converted try to take and keep the victory 24 – 22.

The High forwards were relentless in the rucks and in defence. Our back line penetrated well for the whole match, demonstrating enhanced skill levels and fitness. At the final siren, the 1st XV was stormed from the sidelines by the 200 strong High contingent, celebrating a hard earned win for what seemed like all High Rugby players.

The School is looking forward to the High v Grammar rugby matches on Saturday 20 June at McKay Oval. All our teams will play, with the 1st XV taking the field at 3pm, in the last trial before the GPS competition starts on 27 June. As our Rugby fixtures are combined with Grammar (for this year only), this will be the only opportunity to see all our teams at McKay this year.

Our teams will also play Grammar in the last round of the GPS competition on 5 September at Grammar’s Weigal Ground at Rushcutters Bay. We hope that Old Boys and other members of the High Community will put these dates in their diaries to come along and support the 1st XV in their annual quest v Grammar.

The OBU and the High Club are among those who have offered support for the School’s rugby revival. If you would like to help in any way, please contact the MIC Rugby, Geoff Stein (1973) via the School, or the President of the Rugby Committee, Geoff Andrews. Progress with the rugby program will continue to be communicated to the High community throughout the year.

Sydney Boys High Rugby Committee
31 May 2009

Parents or members of our Alumni community can also contact Geoff Andrews, President High Rugby Committee, if they would like to discuss any aspect of the High rugby program.
Geoff Andrews
9386 9957

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