It’s double delight for Russell Scott youngsters
Friday 13th February 2015 @ 10:22 by Mark Phillip
Denton & Audenshaw Sports

Parents and teachers who assembled at Fairfield High School last Wednesday were treated to a feast of exceptional athletic talent.

The Russell Scott team, led by Darran Gorman and Rachel Burke.

The Russell Scott team, led by Darran Gorman and Rachel Burke.

The prestigious competition holds fond memories for associates of Russell Scott Primary School who were crowned champions of the tournament at last year’s event.

Having already cemented their place in the Greater Manchester School Games Tag Rugby Finals, the pupils, led by teachers Darran Gorman and Rachel Burke, were more than hungry for more.

The importance of retaining the shield was painted across Darran’s face.

His eyes, transfixed on the court of play, were equally matched by the infectious enthusiasm of Rachel.

Overseeing proceedings was School Headmaster, Steve Marsland, who is no stranger to sporting success himself.

His lengthy tenure at the Denton based School has created some fantastic memories for current and former pupils, with trips to cricketing fortresses, such as Trent Bridge, becoming a regular fixture in the annual calendar.

Without doubt, the school has fostered a winning ethos into its pupils, but they came across some stiff competition last Wednesday against a group of sportingly gifted individuals.

Those embroiled in the track and field events were St Marys based in Denton, Pinfold Primary School, Greswell Primary School, St Marys Droylsden and Arlies Primary School based in Stalybridge, with the latter securing a second place finish and cementing a date at the Greater Manchester Games in March.

Such was the popularity of the annual competition that an expectant crowd of parents packed into the sports hall to gee their school on.

The attitude of the participants was exemplary, but that characteristic has become expected of the Tameside School Sport events.

The field events gave rise to some formidable athletic ability, but the eagerly awaited track events, in all their might and glory, provided the perfect climax to a nail biting spectacle.

Having been matched all the way by an impressive Arlies squad, Russell Scott needed to pull something out of the bag to edge clear of their competitive rivals, and to their credit they did just that.

Rhys Bennett, as he has done on so many occasions, used his pace and agility to boost his school up the leaders table.

The youngsters efforts encapsulated the winning ethos of each individual that took part, but unfortunately for four schools, only two would have the honour of representing the Borough in March.

Following a period of deadly silence, Emma Toone, Partnership Development Manager for Tameside SSP, announced the results to the nervous throng.

Placing second in the event were Arlies, who concluded the evening with a 69 points, but coming in pole position and retaining their title for the second consecutive year were Russell Scott, who could boast an impressive points tally of just 33 points.

Speaking to Reporter Sport following their success, Darran hailed the team spirit of his side throughout the event. He said “It’s just unbelievable, I can’t believe it.

“That’s two years in a row that we’ve won the competition now, and to do it with a point’s total of 33, which nearly bettered last year’s result, was even better to see.”

Although Darran has led the school to a number of previous successes, he highlighted the work rate and support of his colleagues. He added “It’s been great to have shared the opportunity with Steve, Rachel, Miss Ashton and Miss Cotton, who have been so supportive through all the sport events.”

The dedication of the pupils to continue their form also received praise from Darran, who shed light on their endeavours during the week. “They’re absolutely phenomenal these kids, because they train every dinner time and it’s great to see their efforts being rewarded with a place at the finals in March.”