Sports Report: Michaelmas Term Boys Rugby

The U15's have won all 3 of their recent matches with huge scores posted against Sutton Valence, Chatham House and Manwood's. Technically this group of boys have improved superbly and they must understand the need to continue their rugby into their senior years to help keep alive the strong tradition of rugby that the school is building. They have a season defining game away at Maidstone Grammar tomorrow which is doubling as Kent Cup and National Cup. We wish them all the best.

The U14's are beginning to follow in the footsteps of the current upper sixth and year 10's as a formidable age group team. They have won all 5 of their matches so far, with Saturday's win against a strong Cranbrook side the most notable. Other more straight forward victories have been gained against Sutton Valence, Manwood's, Chatham House and Norton Knatchbull. They also have a season defining match against King's Canterbury in the Kent Cup at home on Wednesday at 4.30pm and I would urge anyone that can watch to do so in what is a huge game for these boys.

Both the year 9 and 10 B teams continue to develop and although we will always find it hardest against the huge schools we play because of our lack of numbers the boys have scored some great tries in all 4 of their games. Outstanding victories for both teams were achieved in what are normally our toughest B team matches against Sutton Valence.

The 2ndXV have made great strides this season and they are currently looking like they could produce the best results for many, many years. They have currently won 3 of their 4 matches with quite a few now regularly pushing for a place in the 1stXV squad. Their most notable victory was probably a 53-0 win against Kent College 1stXV

In Kirby we have 3 teams performing for the school which is great testament to the hard work of all of the coaching staff. Both the U13 and U12 boys had great games to start their season against Sutton Valence although both ended up losing by the tightest of margins. Chatham House have a couple of good sides at the lower end of their school, particularly their U13's who are basically Thanet Wanderers but it is with credit that our boys pushed them all the way in a tight game. Last week both the U13's and U12's had outstanding wins against Manwood's to ensure victories were gained in every year group. The year 8 boys had an outstanding 45-10 win and the U12's came from behind to record a brilliant 20-15 win. There is no doubt that the talent being produced in Kirby will serve us well over the coming years.

The 1stXV have made a promising start to the season winning 2 and losing 2 of their matches. We were undone by an outstanding Sutton Valence 1stXV on the first weekend but since then have worked so hard in training to show some rapid improvements. This was demonstrated in our annual match against local rivals Chatham House where an outstanding 24-5 victory was gained. Unfortunately a drop goal from 40 metres out with the last tougch of the game saw us agonisingly lose 20-19 to Tonbridge last week but on Saturday we gained our 3rd win in a row against a tough Cranbrook side winning 21-15. We finish this half term by travelling over to Manwood's this Thursday.

Our badminton teams continue to impress, particularly playing on the tough circuit they do. With a more inexperienced team this year it was with great credit the 1st team only narrowly lost to

powerhouse Sevenoaks by 5 games to 4 although our 2nd team won by the same score. Earlier in the term it was pleasing to see both teams beat Sutton Valence by a big margin.

I urge all of the boys sports teams to come back after half term with even more ambition demonstrating the necessary attitude in training to continue to build the type of positive culture that is being created at the moment. It is a real privilege for me to captain the 1stXV rugby team, especially seeing the incredible talent that will follow in my footsteps.

Henry, Rugby Captain

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