By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A feisty Seventh Day Adventist claimed their first Primary Schools Tag Rugby title last Friday afternoon at the Old Recreation Grounds, after holding all of their opponents scoreless during the preliminary round, then shut down Enis Adams in the final for a 4-0 victory.
Defending champions Cedar A finished third after their 3-1 triumph against Ebenezer Thomas.
Seventh Day overpowered Cedar B, 1-0, before stopping Francis Lettsome, by 1-0 as well. They also bested Ebenezer Thomas 3-0 to win Group B with 9 points.
In their semis they used a 4-1 victory over Cedar A to advance to the final.
Enis Adams topped Group A with 7 points, beating Cedar A, 2-0 then got past Lenora Delville, 3-2. They played Ivan Dawson to a 3-3 draw and trimmed Ebenezer Thomas 5-4 in the semis.
“The sport is getting popular in other schools and Seventh Day played a great tournament, so I wasn’t surprised that they won,” noted Sherlock Solomon who coaches and runs the league. “I was a bit disappointed in Cedar—they have a good team—but Seventh Day was much quicker and played unbeaten right through. However, most of the games were very close and the competition is getting very competitive between the schools.”
Solomon noted that some of the players are big and it’s their second year playing Rugby. He further pointed out that at this level he has been teaching them the fundamentals of the game—good passing, good catching, good looking and good pitching—and they are getting good at it.
“When we move forward to the next level, touch and then tackle, they’ll have a lot of background and a lot of experience in the basics of Rugby already,” he explained. “Among players, Enis Adams’ captain—a big guy—was very outstanding. In the Seventh Day’s lot, they had about four or five players that were hustling and it was great teamwork. It’s hard to pick out one player on their team but they have been working hard.”
The High Schools tournament is set for Feb 13, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Old Recreation Grounds. St. Georges will be trying to defend both the U15 and U17 Division titles. Besides St. Georges, Elmore Stoutt, Cedar and Seventh Day Adventist will field U15 as well as U17 teams.