Year 9 Rugby Trip

The year 9 rugby team returned from a successful tour to Wales having experienced the historical, cultural and sporting side of the country.  The tour kick started with a game against Glantaf, a school renowned for its success in the Welsh Cup and at producing international players.  The game began well with both teams showing a real desire to keep the ball in hand and attack, although it was Glantaf who dominated throughout the first half, putting them in a comfortable lead at half time.  However, Chew Valley soon began to string some phases together which subsequently saw Nick Manville and Alex Monk score two fantastic tries, making the final score 48-10.  Man of the match was awarded to Wes Lewis and Alex Monk, while James Phillips and Luke Wiliams played well in their first appearances for school.  Later that afternoon, pupils went on a tour of the Millenium Stadium before watching the Cardiff Blues beat Leinster in the newly built Cardiff City Stadium.

On Sunday morning Chew Valley narrowly lost 7-5 against Llandaff RFC, with the boys creating a number of try scoring opportunities only for the final pass to go amiss.  Man of the match was awarded to Ryan Harding and Joe Clarke although all the players played extremely well against a well organised and physical team.  The rest of the day saw the boys have a guided tour of Cardiff Castle before a bit of shopping and bowling – which Mr Jones won by a considerable margin!

The following three days were spent participating in a range of outdoor adventure activities at Storey Arms, Brecon.  Activities included caving, night walking, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and gorge jumping, all of which challenged the pupils to face their fears and work as a team.

I would like to thank Glantaf, Llandaff, URDD Centre and the Storey Arms team for their fantastic hospitality, while also paying a special thanks to Miss Bainbridge, Mr Hawkins and Mr Brown for their help and enthusiasm throughout the trip.  A memorable tour in which the boys represented the school well throughout.   Mr Jones