CHURCHDOWN Under-14 rugby side have enjoyed a very successful season - and have a shelf full of silverware to show for it, writes Laura Fell.
The school boys won the EDF Energy trophy at Kingsholm, triumphing over Sir Thomas Rich’s School 15-12.
This result meant the side had earned the chance to play in a festival against schools in the south-west, or area six, including Bath, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon.
The Gloucester School were up against it, facing specialist rugby schools renowned for their prowess in the sport, but that did not faze the Year 9s.
They defeated the likes of IvyBridge College and Beechen Cliff School to come out on top in the regional festival in North Petherton.
A final against area seven beckoned and Churchdown were up against Burford, playing at Bristol University. Once again the school emerged winners, defeating the Oxfordshire outfit 36-12 to be crowned South West Champions.
To top it off, the Year 9s also won the James Burge testimonial match against Newport school St Joseph's.
Head of PE Craig Jones (inset) said: “I didn’t know there would be as many trophies to win this year!
“I have six stacked up on my desk, ready to be displayed.
“This side is very good. We aren’t blessed with a lot of contact time here and the boys have worked extremely hard. We only have 45 minutes after school and 40 minutes at lunchtimes for training.
“The guys were so surprised to win the South West festival against specialist rugby schools. They said to me, ‘we thought you were lying when you said we were good!
“We have trained at every possible opportunity. The boys are South West champions, they are confident and they are enjoying their rugby.”