Bay House School celebrate winning Hampshire cup in team’s debut season

Bay House rugby team after winning the Hampshire BowlBay House rugby team after winning the Hampshire Bowl
Bay House rugby team after winning the Hampshire Bowl
Bay House rugby team are celebrating after winning the Hampshire Bowl - in their first ever season.

The boys team at the Gosport-based school won three matches against schools from across Hampshire on their way to the final.

There, they took on New Forest school Priestlands School and won 12-0.

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The victory was made all the more impressive considering it was the first season the team had played together.

Captain William May, 14, from Gosport, said: ‘We are very pleased to be able to put Bay House School rugby team on the map.

‘We have a lot of talented players here so was great to come away with the trophy.

Winger Peter Headley, 15, from Alverstoke, added: ‘It feels amazing but a bit surreal because we were all a bit nervous coming into the game.

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‘We had come so far in our first ever season so the pressure was on not to throw it away.

‘We put in a really solid performance and given we had never played together it was great to win the whole thing.’

Bay House PE teacher and coach Matthew Dacombe said: ‘I recognised quite early on that we had very talented players at the school, lots play for Gosport and Fareham.

‘I had a word with the students and asked if they would be interested.

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‘To be honest, I never thought they would get this far, given they haven’t played together.

‘They have been amazing, I am so proud.’

Squad: Harrison Bennett, Aiden Bones, William Breeze, Edward Cavendish, Morgan Clayton, Charlie Fisher, Peter Headley, Alexander Horsley-Menendez, Szymon Lewandowski, William May, Niall Moss, Benjamin Pearson, Marley Scott, Henry Shaw, Oliver Smith, Brieuc Soulayrac, Thomas Warwick, Isaac Windsor.