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Russell Scott retain Tag Rugby Title
Saturday 25th October 2014 @ 10:16 by Mark Phillip

Russell Scott primary School have proudly held their ‘Reach High Go Far’ motto for well over a decade and continued to justify its usage last Thursday.

And it’s all because the team of rugby players, led by Darren Gormon and Rachel Burke, retained their title as the Tag-Rugby champions at Dukinfield Rugby Club.

The Denton based outfit, along with eight other local primary schools, took part in the prestigious competition on a cold and blustery evening, but the fiery nature of the competition soon warmed things up.

Tag Rugby Champions, Russell Scott primary School

Tag Rugby Champions, Russell Scott primary School

The previous week saw teams assemble at different venues across the borough to take part in the preliminary rounds, with St Georges Primary school of securing their place in the final with style.

And the Mossley based school made an impression once again, wreaking havoc from the very first game.

Sean Crawford, who proved to be a major influence in the side’s previous outing, was aided in his quest by Ally Gardner and Jade Sigley, who both showcased some exceptional handling.

Mazey runs from Olivia Whittiker, coupled with the pace of Amber Wadsworth provided Dan Broadbent with a well-made try.

Their efforts were usurped on the evening though by the formidable Russell Scott outfit. The entourage of warriors, brimming with confidence, ended up beating St. Georges 3-2.

A solitary effort from Emma Needham was aided by a brace from the tricky Rhys Bennett, who was honoured with the Believe and Achieve Award on the tournaments completion. The accolade is a poignant reminder of the contributions Alex Williams made to raising awareness around Meningitis.

Manchester Road carried the momentum from their previous campaign into the final stages of the tournament, with the side running out 3-2 winners against a brightly clad Greswell.

The team adorned in orange were back in action soon after though in what turned out to be a tightly contested game. Greswell, exerting relentless pressure on the St Raphael defence, found themselves rewarded in the early stages. Ellie Summer opened the scoring for her side which was followed by a solitary effort from Jordan Martin.

Daniel Reynolds burst across the line to reduce the deficit but his efforts proved to be in vain, as Lukas Walker shored things up with a well taken try. Ciara Wrigley managed to grab a consolatory effort in the dying seconds in a match that encapsulated the spirit of the tournament.

Holden Clough failed to make it through to the final, but they can take solace in some exceptional performances. Their heroic team effort was captured by the scintillating runs of Aaron Bardsley.
Distinguished performances from Lydia Blake and Billy Thompson were emulated by the Gee Cross family duo of Joseph Haddow and Katy Haddow.

The finale always promised to be an exhilarating encounter between two outstanding sides. Russell Scott started off the better though, courtesy of a solo effort from Rhys Bennett, but a resilient Manchester Road replied and drew matters level through Nathan Bell. But as the sun descended, so did their hope. Emma Needham scoring the title reclaiming try.

Following the tournaments conclusion, Darren Gormon spoke to Reporter Sport and detailed the pride in his sides display. He said “I’m absolutely ecstatic. It’s been two years running that we’ve won the competition and I’ve had these children five years and they make up the nucleus of all my teams.

“To win the title once is great, but to retain it is phenomenal and credit must be attributed to our PE Co-Ordinator Miss Burke who stands shoulder to shoulder with me whether we win, lose or draw.”

Russell Scott will represent Tameside, along with Manchester Road, at the Greater Manchester games next year and is relished by everyone associated with the school. Darren added “I’m thrilled to bits that we’ve made it through and can’t wait for next March!”