Sirius Academy North 34 St Marys College 14
The Sirius Academy North Year 8 Boys played in their first match of the year in the Hull Schools Championship League against St Marys College and came away with a well-deserved victory, running in 7 tries. The new look Sirus Academy North team welcomed into the squad four Year 7s – Nolan, Finley, Blane and Kasper and also two Year 8s on their debut – Cody and Tyler.
The game started well for Sirius as they forced St Marys to knock on early in the tackle count, giving Sirius some good field, and from the resulting scrum, Josh showed his strength and agility to get within inches of the tryline, quick thinking from acting half back Dominic saw him dive over from close range. He converted his own try for 6 – 0. Sirius received the ball from the kick off and worked their way downfield, with some strong runs from Mason and Charlie. A smart kick from Josh on the last tackle got the Sirius side a repeat set, and it wasn’t long before the lead was doubled, once again Josh showed his skill as he brought Ashdon on a drop off, and there was no stopping the prop forward as he crashed over, Dominic converted for 12 – 0. As the half progresses Sirius started to make some mistakes with ball in hand, which St Marys capitalised on to score two tries of their own to make the halftime score 12 – 10 in favour of Sirius North.
The message for the second half was to complete their sets in attack and more tries would come. They boys listened well and ensured they completed their first set, Charlie, Kasper and Cody were coming more into the game, and looking dangerous in attack, getting Sirius within twenty meters of the St Marys tryline. And when a smart chip from Josh wasn’t dealt with by the St Marys player, there was Josh to pick up the ball and go over for a well deserved try of his own to extend the lead to 16 – 10. From the kick off, the ball was fielded well by Riley, who got the team on the front foot, some good scoots from Dominic, Finlay and Nolan got Sirius downfield, and then up stepped the impressive Josh as he took the ball to the line and then sent away Ashdon through a gap for his second of the game 20 – 0. Sirius was unstoppable now, and every player was wanting to get their hands on the ball. Some great thinking from Josh saw him perform a dummy and go from acting half back as he went over for his second, 24 – 10. Credit to St Marys, they never gave up and got their rewards from a short kick off to make it 24 – 14, but Sirius was not going to let this game get away from them, and it was debutant Cody who made sure of that as he ran onto the ball at pace and there was no stopping him as he raced over 30 meters to dive over in the corner, 28 – 14. Sirius managed to get in another try before the fulltime whistle, as Ashton rounded off his hat-trick with another fine solo try, final score 32 – 14.
This was a superb team performance, and the boys should be extremely proud of themselves. It just shows how much they have improved over the last year, as St Marys beat them in Year 7 by 32 – 10.
Player of the match went to captain Josh who covered every blade of grass in attack and defence, showing great skill, toughness and determination.