Since 2001, the start of rugby season has been marked by The Armidale School (TAS) Under 12 Rugby Tournament. A highlight on the Tudor House Year Six calendar, 17 students made the journey to Armidale this year to compete accompanied by Mr Sam Goodfellow (Sportsmaster) and Mrs Anni Sandwell (Head of School) to play in a group with St Patrick’s College, Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School (TACAPS), Cranbrook and Sydney Grammar School.
After settling into their base at the Boarding House, the first game played on Saturday against St Patrick’s started strongly, with Will Johnson running the length of the field to score a try, followed by three more tries. Jack O’Brien also scored. Jack Binnie kicked two conversations from the sideline. The forwards worked very hard all game, creating plenty of useful space on the wings. The final score was 29-0. A fantastic start!
Next we met TACAPS, a much bigger team. Tudor fought hard. The final score was 12-0 to TACAPS. Sydney Grammar won the next game 19-0. We were unlucky not to score. Our final game of the day was against Cranbrook, a very close game! James Parry-Okeden scored first, however Sydney Grammar struck back, eventually winning 12-7.
We spent the rest of the day watching impressive games and supporting our friends in other teams, from the sidelines. Four Tudor House students, Jack O’Brien, James Parry-Okeden, Phoenix Sparke and Will Johnson ran a very ‘spirited’, Spirit of Rugby relay at the end of the day, putting in a magnificent effort after four games of rugby earlier in the day! The boys spent the evening relaxing in front of sport on the TV with new-found friends from Sydney Grammar, Scone, W Australia and Cranbrook. Our game on Sunday against Scots was sensational! The boys ran onto the field through a tunnel made by King’s and Cranbrook. Scots started with two unconverted tries in the first few minutes. In true Tudor style we scored three tries (Will Johnson 2, James Parry-Okeden 1). Jack Binnie kicked a conversion right down the middle! Scots scored again but didn’t convert the try, resulting in a well-earned win to Tudor House 17-15. The tournament finished with a meet and greet/Q and A session with Wallaby Coach, Michael Cheika. The boys were ably assisted, consistently throughout the weekend by Tommy Lawson (Yr 1), Water Boy. The parents and family support party was much appreciated!