Meldreth earn maiden tag rugby victory

PUBLISHED: 04:00 30 December 2016

Meldreth Primary School, winners of the South Cambs School Sports Partnership tag rugby.

Meldreth Primary School, winners of the South Cambs School Sports Partnership tag rugby.

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Triumph at South Cambs School Sports Partnership event

Harston & Newton, runners-up at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership.Harston & Newton, runners-up at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership.

Meldreth Primary School had an unbeaten record as they clinched success in the South Cambs School Sports Partnership Small Schools’ tag rugby competition.

The mixed team of Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils scored 26 tries as they won six matches and drew one on their way to victory in the event for the first time.

A record 15 schools and more than 180 youngsters took part in the round-robin competition at Melbourn Village College, with two groups.

Hartson & Newton won Pool 1, with five victories from six matches, their only defeat being a 5-2 loss to last year’s runners-up Haslingfield, who were second in the group after dropping points to Elsworth and Great Abington.

Elsworth Primary School, winners of the Spirit of the Games award at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership.Elsworth Primary School, winners of the Spirit of the Games award at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership.

In Pool 2, last year’s champions Hatton Park were second after defeats to newcomers Barrington and overall winners Meldreth.

And Meldreth earned the overall title thanks to an unbeaten display and a better points tally than runners-up Harston & Newton.

Both schools go forward to represent South Cambridgeshire at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sainsbury’s School Games Spring Finals on March 23.

Elsworth Primary School won the Spirit of the Games award.

The sports leaders judged them as the winners for their determination and passion throughout the afternoon, with the award aimed at recognising good sportsmanship and sporting values.

Claire McDonnell, the South Cambs SSP partnership manager, said: “Despite the damp conditions it was a fantastic afternoon of rugby with some really good performances and not much separating the top teams.

“Congratulations to our winners and well done to all of the players and schools that took part.

“Finally, a big thank you to the leaders from Melbourn and Comberton Village Colleges who did a great job in officiating the matches and ensuring the event ran smoothly.”

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