There’s plenty more to come from St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary after they celebrated success in the Portsmouth & Havant Schools’ tag rugby tournament.
The Havant school’s year-six squad booked their place in the Hampshire round with a storming display at Clarence Parade playing fields in Southsea.
They won all four of their group games to reach the semi-finals.
And that saw them paired against St Swithun’s in the last four where they proved up to the challenge as their fine run continued.
Mayville provided the opposition in the final but there was no stopping the St Thomas More’s Primary outfit.
A 5-2 victory proved their quality as the team exhibited the skills and togetherness within the group.
The victorious squad was made up of Zak Barber, Daniel Bessey, Jamie Flanagan, James Peckham, Aden King, Joe Dove, Kameron Duxbury, Elise Sissons and Emilia King.
St Thomas More teacher Shane Crozier, who coaches the team, praised their success and hard work.
He said: ‘We are very proud of all the players.
‘There is a great buzz around the school and they are all extremely happy with their win.
‘After their success we had a celebration within the school.
‘All the players gave the 100-per-cent effort they needed to win this event.
‘They have been training really hard since January. It’s been a real team effort. We also had a second team at the competition, and although they didn’t get through the group stages, they were cheering all the way.’
Next for the school side will be the county round at Aldershot in June, when St Thomas More will represent the Portsmouth & Havant region.
It will be a fantastic experience for the squad, who are the first team from the school to compete in the tag rugby competition.
Crozier added: ‘They will give it their best shot at the county finals. I hope they will do well.
‘What they have done already is a big achievement for the school.
‘It is the first time they have had a tag rugby team and they have certainly set the bar very high.
‘They all absolutely love their rugby and it shows.’
The hard work continues ahead of the county finals but the school have at least earned themselves some time off from training.
They will be enjoying a break during Easter before getting back out on to the field and honing their skills further, ahead of the next step on their journey.
‘The team will have a few weeks off for Easter then get back into training,’ said Crozier.
Tag rugby is a non-contact team game in which each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it, or shorts with velcro patches.
Defenders try to stop players from scoring by ‘tagging’ – pulling a velcro-attached tag from the ball carrier, rather than a full-contact tackle.