The Latymer Link - page 12

ear 9 has been full of ups and downs but the highlight of the season had to be the fact that we won the
Middlesex Knockout Final. This was an amazing achievement looking at the very shaky start we had at the
beginning, losing to Robert Clack, normally one of our easier matches. We then faced Nicholas Breakspeare
School where we won 70:30. We had a difficult first half but then we started to show what we could do which
secured the win. It looked like we were regaining form with a win against Cardinal Wiseman 34:5 in the second
round of the cup. However, in our next match, a poor performance against Broxbourne saw us lose 43:31.
We then made a number of positional changes and together with greater intensity in training, we approached
our next match more positively. This showed when we thumped St Ignatius 65:5. Our next match against
Davenant introduced new players in new positions. Ali Gunes came in at outside centre and Jeremy Gbenartey
at fly-half. Our winning run continued beating Davenant 28:7. The next test for the team was Twyford School
in the semi-finals of the Cup. Our first half was ok and we took a scrappy lead. However, in the second half
we completely blew them away and ran out winners by 40 points to 21 to progress through to the final. In
preparation for our final we played St Martins who we beat emphatically 76:0.
It was a cold Tuesday afternoon in Barnet. At Allianz Park, the home of the mighty Saracens, the Year 9 team
were playing St James Boys’ School from Hampstead, in the final of the Middlesex Cup. Coming off of a four
game winning streak, we were in excellent form. The artificial surface allowed for a high tempo match rather
than one where the ball gets slowed down in the mud. We started off well scoring three tries but they came
back to score one. We scored again through Anjolaoluwa Ademuwagun but they retaliated scoring another
two tries, giving a half time score of 20 points to 15. With 15 minutes to go, Nicholaus Harrington had to come
off injured. We seemed to lose our focus and they began to put lots of pressure on us. Thankfully, there to
save the day was William Picken who scored an amazing try from the base of a well won ruck. That put us
further ahead, giving us something to defend properly. We started gaining our rhythm and making tackles
which helped us further. It was tense till the end but a final try from Anjolaoluwa Ademuwagun secured our
victory by 34 points to 24
Our team: Charles Talabi, Guner Aygin, Brnthan Pratheepan, Thomas Arkell, Christopher Farr-Perry, Derek Tsui,
Nicholaus Harrington, William Picken, Jeremy Gbenartey, Tolulope Sangowawa, David Batchelor, Kenenna
Chukwuma, Ali Gunes, Harry McCadden, Samuel Paterson, Malachi Akinola, Rohan Dongha, Audred Visaya,
Harvey Walsh, Samuel Levey, Meraaj Sadath, Alex Croft, Anjolaoluwa Ademuwagun Captain
Anjolaoluwa Ademuwagun Captain
Year 9 Rugby
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