The year 10 Rugby team travelled to the Huddersfield YMCA Rugby ground on Wednesday night to contest the Kirklees Cup against Salendine Nook High School. Having lost narrowly to Salendine Nook at the beginning of year 9 in torrential rain the boys were in no mood to be on the losing side again and were clearly ‘up for it’. Just on the doorstep of Salendine Nook the boys were not only up against a team that had earned their place in the final but a partisan crowd as well.
The first points in the game went to Fishers with a well worked try that saw the team moving the ball around fluidly from right to left to work an opening. The game continued in much the same vein for the Fishers attack which was coupled by a formidable defence that saw the team successfully defend their line on a number of occasions. This approach earned the boys a 22-0 lead at half time.
The second half kicked off and Salendine Nook attacked the Fishers line with renewed belief following the interval working an opening for their loose forward to punch a hole in the Fisher defence and put points on the board. Having found joy through this approach the opposition continued to set up the big loose forward and further points went to Salendine Nook. Fishers added points to their lead through some good individual determination and excellent team handling to maintain the gap. Salendine Nook’s answer to this was to go on the offensive and a try line scramble put the score at 32-16. Standing behind the try line waiting for the conversion you got the sense that the huddle of Fishers players had made up their mind that under no circumstances were they going to let anyone through their defensive line. The next try was crucial. Salendine Nook piled on the pressure and Fishers continued to defend heroically. Salendine Nook forced a drop kick from under our posts. The Fishers support of parents, Miss Thompstone and Ms Parsan were feeling the pressure on the touch line; we needn’t have worried. A clever short kick, acrobatic handling and a burst of pace to rival Usain Bolt saw our right wing beat his opposite number to the ball, he quickly stepped past two more players and delivered a perfect pass just before receiving a crunching tackle to the ribs. The next receiver beat two more and again passed the ball with perfect timing. Fishers were driving forward with support on either side of the ball carrier. Twisting and turning past numerous Salendine Nook players our centre again gave the ball at just the right time. A final push with pace and agility saw Fishers full back score a truly remarkable team try that any Super League club would be proud of.
With the bit between their teeth nothing was going to stop year 10. Great handling, tenacious running and commitment to the cause proved too much for the spirited opposition to handle and the game finished 52-16. A fantastic hard earned victory.
The team showed great commitment, endeavour hard work and fair play. Values which we hold dear at Fishers. Well done (now let’s go do it again)!