Bishop play host
Bishop Ullathorne School of Coventry will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the Carnegie Champion Schools competition when they play host to his Wednesday to St Benidicts of Barrow.
The Year 7 boys have yet to lose a game in any of the rounds and are going into the game confident that they will get to the semi-final on the back of a 36-28 victory over St Peters Manchester in the last 16.
Bishop have been training hard and will be confident of victory, but with a five hour trip from Cumbria, the visitors will be keen to leave with a result.
“We have a strong team that has gelled very well,” explains Coventry’s Community Rugby League Coach, Debbie Drake.
“They are starting to play some exciting Rugby League and with every game they get that little bit stronger.”
Drake and Bishop Ullathorne have already tasted success in the national rounds in previous years, overcoming St Edmund Arrowsmith of Wigan in the 2009/10 season with this year’s Year 9s.
“The Year 9 boys team are good, but the Year 7s are certainly something different and we are hoping that they do well.”
“We have worked really well hard with the PE Department at Bishop Ullathorne and it is certainly paying dividends.” Drake continued.
The team’s success demonstrates just a small part of the quality of Schools Rugby League that has been delivered recently in the Midlands region, with teams narrowing the gap with their counterparts around the country at national level and victories coming as less and less of a shock.
“It's great to see the enthusiasm of the lads and to see how much they have developed since the start of the year,” said Ben Wise, Bishop Ullathorne’s PE Teacher.
“We are all hoping the our top points scorer Jacob Wint will be fit and able to play. But we don't just revolve around the one player, Tommy Smith directs the team from acting half superbly and everyone of the forwards all hit the ball in hard.”
“The squad of 25 has been training very hard and they are all pushing each other for a place in the 17 on the day. I’m sure it will be a fantastic occasion!”
The game kicks off Wednesday 4 May, 2.00pm at Bishop Ullathorne School.