The last game before the boys settle down to revising for their GCSEs was a real demonstration of the hard work they and their coaches have put in this season. They have some great stats for 2018/19; 12 games, 393 points scored, 78 points kicked, 63 tries, 17 players scored.
They were off to a great start, on the front foot from the outset and playing at real pace. They pounded Leamington’s line with wave after wave of attack, all fifteen players contributing and eventually making the way clear for Alistair to fly in and score. 5-0
Play was soon underway again and the boys were on the attack again. This time Max and Henry made good ground and passed the ball down the line, every player making it count and finally finding Alistair who scored his second of the afternoon. Shipston’s tackling was so strong and they really had the bit between their teeth, Leamington were finding it hard to play. The next amazing moment was seeing Sam make about 40m weaving his way through the Leamington players, he and Alistair were both having an superb afternoon. Then our own weapon of mass destruction broke through in a marauding run to score his first try of the afternoon, nice work Joe. Converted by Henry. 17-0
The boys were running hard and really had the momentum. Joe picked a pass up that was at his toes to make good ground, the forwards taking play up the field. Then from a breakdown on the 5yd line Jonno picked up and dived over the line to make the score 22-0. Leamington were playing well, but the boys kept winning the ball and making ground. Archie was fast to tackle and win the ball, then the boys were awarded a penalty inside the 22. Henry took it quickly and it passed out to Charlie D who straightened up and flew over the line.
The boys paused for half time after a dominant and intense first half. Score 27-0
The second half started well with tackling strong and the boys camping in Leamington’s 22. However, maybe focus dropped a little, Leamington started to get some possession. They scored with a good breakaway run, which was converted. 27-7
Play then started to be more even handed. Leamington started to find their rhythm and the game was really competitive. The play went up and down the pitch and the ref was beginning to puff a bit! Leamington then scored again. 27-12. Shipston woke up and regained their focus. Archie made good ground and passed out to Harro, who in turn got the ball to Joe who was not going to be stopped. 32-12. Then Mr Dews took up the play, passing out to Harro who scored a great try, his first and Shipston’s last of the season. Ably converted by Henry to make the final score 39-12.
End of season saw recognition for some fantastic performances this season: Leadership Award, George Hendy; Try of the year, Jack Deans; Most improved player, Alistair McCallum; Rugby Lion, Zak Cooper; Coaches player of the Year, Alex Bradley; Players player, Harrison Costar
With huge thanks to all the coaches, administrations and parents for a fabulous season and some great friendships.