Rydal Penrhos’ U11 Rugby Sevens side continued their excellent progress at a high-profile competition this week.
The group travelled to Rossall School to compete at a special tournament featuring 19 other squads from across Cheshire and the North West.
Despite being relatively new to the Sevens discipline, the team has been working extremely hard under the guidance of Head of Boys’ Games Jamie McLeod on their transition, and their commitment was rewarded with a series of encouraging performances that will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season.
They began with a narrow 4-2 defeat to St Ambrose Prep after failing to recover from a slow start, but their first half effort against Kirkham Prep School saw them go into the break all square at two apiece.
This eventually resulted in another 4-2 reverse, but the team managed to pick up a share of the spoils in their third outing after securing a 3-3 draw with Altrincham Prep School.
Their final contests against Cheadle Hulme School saw Rydal Penrhos’ aspiring stars turn in their finest performance of the tournament, and a stunning display of attacking rugby saw them emerge as comfortable 6-3 winners against more experienced opposition.
The likes of Harley Doyle, Max Cowen-Wright, Ethan Akroyd and Liam Farrell all stood out throughout the event, while special mention also goes to Year 5 pupil Cieran Milligan for a standout effort despite being one of the youngest players in the competition.
Rugby 7s squad: Max Cowen-Wright, Ethan Akroyd, Telor Jones, Harley Doyle, Liam Farrell, Cieran Milligan, James Gilman, Jonah Craddock, Harry Fardoe.