Belhaven Hill School

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

Barnard Castle Rugby and Hockey Tournament

Boys' rugby: Barnard Castle Tournament U12s


Boys' U12 Rugby

The under 12’s team (comprising boys from forms two and three) travelled down to a warm welcome at Barnard Castle on Saturday. Sunday saw the arrival of fifteen other teams all ready to compete and achieve their best. Belhaven were drawn in a pool with the hosts Barnard Castle, Caldicott, and Austin Friars.

In the first match Belhaven were slow to start and Caldicott took advantage with some powerful runners and a dominant display, running out winners by 25-0. (five tries – zero).

The second match came in quick succession and while Belhaven began to show their best in the second half, Barnard Castle had been too strong in the first, winning the game by 25-5.

This jump in performance began to pay dividends, however, as Belhaven matched their good defence with some good attack against Austin Friars winning the game 25-5. This led to Belhaven coming third in their pool and they would now face three afternoon games against the other three teams finishing third in their respective pools.

Belhaven made a fantastic start to these pool matches with a comfortable and deserved win against Durham CFS 15-5.

In the second match, Belhaven fell back into their slow starting habit and were 10-0 down at half time to Yarm. After a refocus of minds, Belhaven dominated the second half attacking throughout and unluckily ending up with a draw, 10-10.

The last game saw a game against the toughest opposition of the afternoon. Dame Allan’s. Belhaven just could not find their best form and although they fought to the very end of the match, some stout defending saw the game end in a 15-0 loss.

Coaches' summary:

Overall, this was a great tournament to be involved in again and the boys went through a journey on the day as their performance peaked and troughed throughout. The resilience shown, after having been beaten heavily twice in the first two games, to come out and score two wins in succession was very impressive. Despite the loss in the final game, this was the best performance of the day in many ways and was a positive note to end on. I am pleased the players involved will take this experience into the rest of the season and continue to develop.

Final placing: 2nd in group C (10th overall)

Girls U12 Hockey

The trip to Barnard Castle started with a long bus journey broken up by a race between the two buses, surprisingly interesting considering the limiters! The Newcastle traffic seemingly gave Mr White's bus an advantage until we saw Mr Dryburgh's bus come from the opposite direction at the gate of Barnard Castle moments before we turned in. After a lovely tea in the hall the children were released onto the inflatable obstacle course for an hour or so. The sweat was then washed off before getting into pyjamas and plonking themselves down on the sofa for a little Netflix and Chill, accompanied by toast or a bowl of cereal (or both!). 
After a good night’s sleep (by most), a lovely, cooked breakfast was followed by a relaxing swim in the country's oldest school pool. As they left the pool, under Mr Dryburgh's instruction, the teams became match ready. The girls were aware that the competition was to be difficult and knew to use the experience to develop their game. The team and individuals were set targets for each match. As the day went on the girls improved and worked hard to achieve their individual and team targets. Miss Illingworth and I kept track of these and as the day went on, players notched up quite a few.

Despite the score lines, the girls kept their heads up and focused on their own game. Sienna was awarded runner up player of the tournament by Barnard Castle, an award voted on by all the coaches. For our own awards, most improved player went to Maya and our player of the tournament was Wendy