Unity College competed in the Year 7 Lancashire Emerging Schools Finals on Friday 6th December at Blackburn Rugby Club.
The team, who finished in the top group of the local emerging schools competition, stepped up a level and came away with an even record of 2 losses, 2 wins and a draw.
The Year 7′s were grouped with some very good teams for the first stage and played well in the first match resulting in a 0-0 draw. The second match saw our team playing the eventual winners, losing the match 19 points to nil against a well drilled side. In our third match we were stunned by the sheer blistering pace of the backs but ended the group stage by beating Our Ladies of Preston 7-0 through a team effort to force Lewis Taylor over the line for his first try of the season. Our final game, against the corresponding 4th place team from the second group also ended in a tight match, played mostly in midfield thanks to some dogged tackling, with Unity battering out a 7-0 victory thanks to a Macken Slater try with some powerful running.
In other rugby news, Unity College have enjoyed their most successful season of rugby. After winning the Burnley 10 a side event, the Year 8′s have lost against St. Augustines, the Emerging schools champions. A few injuries to Unity College not helping the scoreline of 0 – 34 to St. Augustines. However, with many players now training regularly and an impact being made by Will Berry, Daniel Littlefair, George Morgan, Jon Mattocks and Daniel Marshall in the Burnley Town team, Mr. Williams is expecting them to grow as a squad and continue to develop, especially after the tough list of fixtures this term.
In the new year games will be replaced by fitness and skills training sessions whilst we endure the Burnley weather and will remain on Tuesdays from 3.10 until 4.30pm. Girls rugby training will take place on Thursdays from 3.10 – 4.30pm with a view to having an excellent attendance at the January pitch and play event at Burnley rugby club followed by the U13 and U15 Emerging schools competitions at Blackburn Rugby club in February.
All students are welcome to attend training and a coaching qualification will be available to take in the next couple of terms, so any players wishing to extend their knowledge, lead parts of training sessions and officiate at games will need to give their names to Mr. Williams.
Burnley Rugby Club also trains at Unity College from 6.30 – 8pm (on the astroturf) on Wednesdays and at Burnley Rugby Club, Holden Road, on Sundays at 10 – 12pm. See Mr. Williams for more information.