With great optimism and anticipation, our Satellite Club team from Chosen Hill School travelled to the Prince Henry’s 7s in Evesham last Wednesday.
The team has won the title in previous two years and were eager to make it three out of three this time. Bamboos captain Lewis Pratten came along to share his wisdom and to prepare the boys four the six-team competition.
In glorious sunshine and perfect playing conditions, Chosen Hill started off well with a 17:12 win over The Chase School from Malvern. With a busy tournament schedule ahead, there wasn’t much time to prepare for the next match but the team managed to continue their winning run in the second game against Worcester-based College Christopher Whitehead. Similar to the first game it was a tough challenge, but a calm and collected performance ended in a 19-12 victory.
With two wins under the belt, Chosen Hill gained plenty of confidence for the next match against hosts Prince Henry’s School. Two tries in the first half and three in the second half plus a strong defence display resulted in a 33:0 win.
After three rounds of matches played and with two to go it turned out that the title would be decided between Alcester Grammar School and Chosen Hill this year.
With so much at stake, the fourth match was the crucial one for our Satellite Club from Churchdown. Alcester, a school based in Birmingham, had a lot of talented 7s players in their squad and started strongly. They scored two early tries, however Chosen Hill responded shortly after with two tries. In an entertaining first half, Alcester just managed to score another converted try just before the end of the first half. But in the sixth minute, a dangerous tackle led to a yellow card for Alcester and Chosen Hill made the most out of the advantage by scoring their third try in this nail-biting encounter.
With a scoreline of 15:17 at the half-time break, the match was nowhere near decided and Chosen Hill had some great chances to win yet another title in the second half. However, back with a full team, it was Alcester who scored the deciding try which ended in a 24:15 victory.
Despite the defeat in the deciding match, Chosen Hill kept their head high and finished the day with another convincing 22-0 win against Tewkesbury School.
Prince Henry’s 7s | Results
Match 1 | Chosen Hill School 17 : 12 The Chase School
Match 2 | Chosen Hill School 19 : 12 Christopher Whitehead High School
Match 3 | Chosen Hill School 33 : 0 Prince Henry’s High School
Match 4 | Chosen Hill School 15 : 24 Alcester Grammar School
Match 5 | Chosen Hill School 22 : 0 Tewkesbury School
The Satellite Club training continues after Easter with four more sessions. For more information about our school programme click here.