Last Friday Clockhouse took two teams to St Peters Prep School in Brentwood for our first tag rugby matches of the school year.
The Royal Blues looked dangerous with the ball in hand trying to find opportunities to step through gaps whilst defensively securing many tag turnovers. In the 2nd half Clockhouse looked to use an offload style of play and spread the ball which seemed to bamboozle the St Peters defenders.
FINAL SCORE: St Peters 7 vs 15 Clockhouse Royals
SQUAD: Finlay O (c), Jake L, Hayden M, William S, Frankie L, Brooke A, Lily S-E andRuby N.
SCORERS: Frankie L, Jake L, Lily S-E, William S and Finley O
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Hayden M
Our second match saw Clockhouse Navy's also playing St Peters. Both teams defended well and it took some time before Clockhouse managed to break the deadlock. Some nice passing and good decision making allowed Clocks to lead at half time. In the second half Clockhouse tried to stay positionally strong and organise a defensive line to effect further tag turnovers.
FINAL SCORE: St Peters 8 vs 16 Clockhouse Navy
SQUAD: Ella P (c), Kayleigh S, Frankie R, Max N, Kenneth A, Callum G, Rhys M-H and Shay M
SCORERS: Max N, Kayleigh S and Callum G
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Kayleigh S
Mr Yarrow reviewed the game saying 'It is always great to play Brentwood St Peters! Regardless of the sport the games are always competitive and they are fantastic hosts. Clockhouse looked good in attack and when we grew in confidence as the game went on we looked dangerous. But personally I want to highlight the defensive effort so many tag turnovers and a massive effort to realign and not concede silly penalties for offside.
Thank you to Sarah for her positive attitude and hard work at club alongside her farther and partner for their continued contributions. Our helpful parents help make sport at Clockhouse a huge success.
Well done to all the children in both Clockhouse teams!'
First Tag Rugby Performance for Top Clockhouse Taggers!
Clockhouse took two sides to partner club May and Baker RUFC. The Royals competing in the School Games Competition & the Navys competing in the Borough Festival.
Both sides made very promising starts winning their groups undefeated.
Royals group results were 2-1 vs Crownfield, 3-2 vs Hacton, 2-1 vs James Oglethorpe, 2-1 vs Rise Park, & 4-3 vs St Joseph's.
Navy group results were 3-1 vs Harold Wood, 2-0 vs Benhurst, & 3-0 vs Elm Park.
After a long lunch break Clockhouse Royals advanced to meet Nelmes in the semi-final. A good game ended with Nelmes beating Clockhouse for pace and winning 3-1. But let's not take anything away from the Clockhouse performance, battling hard until the last whistle making some great tags and being unfortunate not to score more. Nelmes went onto to win the competition.
After the lunch break the Clockhouse Navy side met Engayne in the quarter-final of their competition. Again a fantastic game with many break away solo scores, but sadly the result went Engaynes way loosing a great contest 5-3.
After the competition Mr Yarrow said 'Considering this was the teams first games together this is a great result for the school and really shows the hard work the kids have been putting in with coaches Sarah and Mike. Thank you to them both for giving up their time voluntarily to help tag rugby at Clockhouse.
The morning was a huge success and I saw some individual moments of brilliance, too many to individually name. I think the long lunch break stopped our momentum that was building nicely but that cannot be helped and credit should go to winners Nelmes and Engayne. I look forward to our next tag rugby outing! Thank you to our partner club May and Baker for hosting the event so well.'
Coach Sarah said 'For the Royals to go the whole group stage undefeated only loosing to eventual winners Nelmes in the semi-final is a good result. I hope the children are proud of what they have achieved! All children got plenty of time to play together on the field. Well done everyone!'
Mr Koten added 'Team Navy were wonderful! They played every game with heart, passion, & belief! Well done to all the children that played. I hope next year we can keep up this good work and go even further in the competition!'
CLOCKHOUSE ROYALS SQUAD: Henry P, Jake L, Hayden M, William S, Frankie L, John O, Finlay O, Brooke A, Ruby N, & Lily S-E.
ROYALS PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: John O
CLOCKHOUSE NAVYS SQUAD: Kenneth A, Max N, Billy R (c), Callum G, Rhys M-H, Shay M, Ella P, Frankie R, & Kayleigh S.
NAVYS PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Max N
Clockhouse hosted local friends Crowlands for a tag rugby fixture. The game was a close game with both teams feeling each other in the opening encounters. As the half wore on both teams exchanged scores with Clockhouse holding a narrow lead at half time.
Clockhouse took two sides to the Havering Tag Rugby Tournament. Both sides did the school proud. The navy blues reached the quarter finals while the royal blues made the semi-final.
On route to the quarter final the navy blues results were:
2 - 2 draw with Engayne
3 - 0 win against St Marys
1 - 1 draw with James Oglethorpe
0 - 0 draw with Parsonage Farm
3 - 0 win against Scotts
In the quarter final Clockhouse lost narrowly to Towers Juniors.
Scorers for the navy blues were:
Bobby L x 6, Alfie P, Billy R, & Hayden M x 2
Squad: Jack J-M (c), Bobby L, Alfie P, William S, Beth C, Billy R, Hayden M, Ella P, Brooke A, Ruby N, & Frankie B
Player of the Day: Bobby L
On route to the semi finals the royal blue results were:
3 - 0 win against Drapers Pyrgo
3 - 3 draw with Mead
3 - 1 win against RJ Mitchell
3 - 0 win against St Peters
4 - 3 win against Towers
1 - 0 win against St Marys
3 - 0 win against Newtons
The Clockhouse Royals met Engayne in the quarter final winning a physical game 2 - 0.
In the semi final the royals met James Oglethorpe who had a very similar game plan and deserved their 3 - 0 victory.
Scorers for the royal blues were:
Sophie L, Bobby I x 7, James O x 7, Charlie G x 6, Lily S-E, & Max N
Squad: Charlie B (c), Jake L, Finley O, Max N, Charlie G, Bobby I, James O, Kayleigh M, Sophie L, & Lily S-E
Player of the Day: Charlie G
Mr Yarrow said 'It was great for the school to get two very strong squads out. To have both teams reach the knock out stages was fantastic.'
On Friday night Clockhouse welcomed St Peter's of Brentwood for two tag rugby fixtures. Both games were played at a healthy pace and highlighted areas of strength and for improvement.