Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Barnard Castle School: U12 Rugby Tournament

Barnard Castle School: Tait 10s U12 Rugby Tournament

Belhaven Hill's U12 Rugby Players produce sound performances to gain 4th place in large 10-a-side Tournament


After the 3-hour drive down from East Lothian to County Durham, the Belhaven boys and girls made the most of an entertaining evening - the delicious food and inflatables were mentioned by many as highlights of the trip. They then settled into the Stainton Grove barracks with the Barnard Castle and Caldicott teams to watch Ireland v SA RWC match before lights out.

After a hearty breakfast and a tour around Mr White’s old stomping ground, the tournament began.

Match 1: Belhaven vs. Bradford Grammar School (3 - 1)
The day kicked off with a thrilling encounter between Belhaven and Bradford Grammar School. The young Belhaven team displayed their prowess on the field, securing a convincing 3-1 victory in their opening match, coming back from 1-0 down. Tries from Rollo, Hector and Geordie set the tone for an exciting day ahead.

Match 2: Belhaven vs. Barnard Castle School (4 - 4)
In their second group stage match, Belhaven faced a formidable opponent in the form of Barnard Castle School. The match ended in an exhilarating 4-4 draw, with both teams demonstrating their skills and determination. Harry was too hot to handle for the Barnard Castle defense, scoring a hattrick of tries. The match could have gone either way, but a draw was probably a fair result.

Match 3: Belhaven vs. Wharfedale RC (3 - 1)
Belhaven continued their stellar performance in the group stage by defeating Wharfedale RC with a final score of 3-1. Ollie T joined Hector and Rollo on the scoresheet to secure an exceptional team display. The result secured their position at the top of their group (beating Barnard Castle on tries scored).

Buoyed by their impressive group stage performance, Belhaven progressed to a second round of fixtures, in which they faced the first-placed teams from the other three groups.

Match 4: Belhaven vs. Caldicott (0 - 5)
In a hard-fought match, Belhaven faced Caldicott – a school with approximately 4 or 5 times the number of boys to choose from in each year group. Although Belhaven gave it their all, they ultimately succumbed to defeat, bringing an end to their streak. Nonetheless, they left the field with their heads held high, having shown immense resilience.

Match 5: Belhaven vs. RGS Newcastle (2 - 2)
Whilst the boys were becoming exhausted and the rain began to fall, it did not dampen their spirits or determination. Belhaven squared off against RGS Newcastle and the match ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Match 6: Belhaven vs. Rodillian (0 - 6)
In their final match of the tournament, Belhaven faced another tough challenge in the form of Rodillian. Despite a valiant effort, the boys were exhausted and were never really in the game. Had the match come sooner in the day I have no doubt that the contest would have been tighter.

The Belhaven team secured a commendable 4th place out of 16 participating teams. Their remarkable journey throughout the tournament was a testament to their dedication, skills, and sportsmanship. They should be immensely proud of what they achieved in a tournament against some very big schools and rugby clubs.

Several players stood out during the tournament; Hector, Rollo, Charlie and Harry should be given special mention as they consistently showcased their rugby prowess and played pivotal roles in the team's success. That said, all the boys should be extremely proud of their performances. They left with their heads held high, having not only achieved an impressive result but also exemplified the values of rugby – teamwork and camaraderie were clear to see.

Congratulations to the entire team on a fantastic display of rugby and team spirit.

TriesGeordie, Ollie T, Rollo (3), Hector (3), Harry (4)