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Leading the Way

Thursday 7 March was an exciting and proud day for St John’s rugby, with the inaugural Surrey Under 13 Girls’ Sevens tournament taking place on our senior fields. We were delighted to enter two teams of our Lower and Upper Third pupils to the tournament.

Since the start of the academic year, the U13 girls had been preparing and training each week; the excitement of playing their first ever full contact rugby matches was evident.

The U13 St John’s girls were split into two teams, Green and White and played in a four team quadrangular vs Esher High School and St Bede's Redhill. Despite the brisk cold weather, the atmosphere was fun and full of energy, with great support from Surrey Rugby, participating schools and supporting families on the side-lines!

The games were all played at high speed and both St John's teams enjoyed the challenges of a completely new sport. In the first game, Farah showed exceptional power and pace to score St John's U13 girls’ first ever try! Admirably, every single girl made tackles, ran with the ball and played with true courage and spirit right until the final whistle of the third game. 

Mr Newby, Director of Rugby, said: "What an absolute joy to watch 24 St John's girls play with courage, freedom and enjoyment where winning was never talked about but the competitiveness and intensity was clear. Every individual played a huge part in making the day a memorable one. Highlights included all girls getting plenty of game time and the multiple tackles and tries our girls made. My personal favourite moment was seeing the smile on one of our supporter’s faces as his granddaughter, Lauren, crossed for a well-earned try in the last game."

The girls all demonstrated progress over the three games and made our school and themselves proud by leading the way for future generations. Thanks to all players, supporters and staff for making it such a wonderful day.