The Sirius Academy North Year 9 Boys played their first game of the season in the Hull Schools Championship League against Winifred Holtby and came away with a very impressive 26 – 10 victory.
The Sirius boys played to their strengths, which was running the ball in with their strong forwards, which Winifred Holtby could not match, with players like Max, Jake, Dyako, Finlay, Ashdon and Jenson, they had to be utilised to cause problems down the middle. The first try of the match came on the back of Jake running over 70 meters from the scrum, a quick play the ball saw hooker Dominic go the right way as Ashdon ran onto the ball like a steam train to crash over for 4 – 0. The lead was doubled shortly after as Max and Josh got Sirius into good field position, and on the last tackle Jake looked like he was going to kick to the corner, but as the Winifred defence held back, he spotted a gap and went over himself to make it 8 – 0, showing great vision. Sirius were looking strong in attack and limited their mistakes, which was a credit to them in the wet and boggy conditions. Once again, some good runs forward down the middle from Jenson and Ashdon got Sirius close to the Winifred try line, and quick thinking from the impressive Josh saw him scoot over, Jake converted for 14 – 0. From the kick off the Sirius player knocked on and Winifred were first to react as they picked up the ball and went over for an easy try – a lesson learnt for the Sirius side, this made the halftime score 14 – 4.
Sirius responded immediately to stop any sign of a comeback from Winifred Holtby, their defence was superb to keep Winifred Holtby in their own 20meters, and the kick down field only reached the half way line as Jake took the ball on the full and raced the 50 meters to score his second of the match with a fine individual try. 18 – 4. Once again a mistake from the kick off put Winifred on the Sirius try line and they scooted over to make the score 18 – 10. Sirius did not panic, and showed great attitude and teamwork. Dyako raced over 60 meters, showing real determination, and from his quick play the ball Dominic ran at the Winifred defence and performed a superbly timed ball to Jake, who ran a great line to hit the gap and dive over for 22 – 10. Sirius were not finished there and once again; player of the match Jake was unstoppable as he bumped off no fewer than 5 players to go over for his 4th try of the game to make the final score 26 – 10 in favour of Sirius Academy North.
These set of boys have come a long way since Year 7, and are looking like a very strong team, with a formidable pack, and with Josh organising the boys around the park, they can certainly go on to win more games for the Academy and make more finals.
Special mention to the Year 8 boys that stepped up to the Year 9 team and did a great job – Charlie, Mason, Josh, Ashdon and Dominic.
A big thank you to all the students, parents and carers that came to support the team, it was much appreciated.