28 September 2021
Kirkham Grammar Junior, Infant and Pre-School
On Wednesday 22 September, Kirkham U9s travelled to Scarisbrick Hall for their first ever competitive game of rugby. All players were nervous but very excited. The game was played in a fantastic spirit and Kirkham scored some excellent tries. Many thanks to Scarisbrick Hall for hosting the fixture.
On Saturday 25 September, Kirkham Grammar Junior School hosted Fylde, Tarleton and Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Clubs for a 4 team ‘Rugby Festival’.
For most players it was their first competitive games since the first lockdown in March 2020!
Considering what players and coaches have missed, the standard of play was excellent and everyone enjoyed the experience. It was also wonderful to see parents on the touchline again.
This Saturday sees Kirkham host another festival but this time for the u10s.
Kirkham Grammar Senior School & Sixth Form
Saturday 25 September 2021
1st XV v Lancaster RGS
Kirkham Grammar School 1st XV produced a pleasing performance in a 48-0 victory over local rivals Lancaster RGS. The game was certainly not one sided and Lancaster made KGS work hard especially in the first half. Vice-Captain Huw Davies was the man in form as he helped himself to three tries and was well supported by fellow back row forward Tom Campbell who scored two. The backs also, for the first time this season, started to show their talent and Efan Edwards (wing) and Tobias Parkinson (wing) got on the score sheet as well as hooker Harry Thompson. Hopefully, the team will grow in confidence as the season progresses and as they face stiffer opposition.
KIRKHAM 71, LANCASTER GS 7
Kirkham romped to a comfortable win against plucky visitors Lancaster in a game which saw 11 different Kirkham players score tries. Kirkham got off to a flying start with 3 tries in the opening six minutes from Aidan Hayward, Kwesi Boateng and Captain Jake Rimmer, to open up a 19-0 lead. Lancaster stemmed the tide for a while but the scores kept on coming as Matthew Sutcliffe, Tom Hoad, Oliver McIntyre and Josh Stirrup touched down before half-time. Four more tries were added as Kirkham continued to play expansively, however Lancaster never gave up and rallied to score after some sustained pressure on the Kirkham line. Michael Webber added six conversions for Kirkham with Charles McNamee kicking a further two.
U16s (pictured above)
KGS 35, LANCASTER GS 5
Kirkham scored a try in the opening minutes of the game when they executed a set piece play from a lineout with precision. The Kirkham backs moved the ball with pace and accuracy leaving left wing Tom Wilkinson to finish the move and touch down. Wilkinson also successfully converted the try. Kirkham’s next points didn’t come easy as the Lancaster side tackled well and worked hard to slow Kirkham’s ball down. Skipper and fly half for the day James Stacey was moving the ball well. Stacey passed to Xander Cane who skipped through the first line of defence, Wills Gut ran onto the ball next and offloaded to Seb Kelly who moved a short pass to Jack Austin before he dived in the corner to score. Wilkinson successfully converted the second try. Just before half time Kirkham kicked a penalty to the corner and then scored from a catch and drive at the lineout. Jack Austin picked up his second try and Wilkinson converted again making the half time score 21-0 to Kirkham.
Lancaster started the second half with determination and threw everything they had at Kirkham. Monty Loggenberg was the stand out player in defence, inspiring the KGS players around him. Kirkham finally established some field position and scrum half Harry Tomlinson scooted from the back of a scrum to score Kirkham’s fourth try, converted by Wilkinson. Lancaster managed their only try in the game after intercepting a loose Kirkham offload. Late on in the second half No.8 Seb Kelly picked up from the back of the scrum and rampaged through the Lancaster defence to score Kirkham’s final try of the game, this was also successfully converted by Hill. Final score 35-5 to Kirkham.
KGS vs Kings Chester
The Under 16s had a late start but both teams put up a great battle from the outset, with an end to end first half without the ball reaching either 23. After a quick team talk an early goal was scored by Eva Berry putting KGS in the lead. With KGS in good spirit, the team worked together effectively to build up to another goal, again scored by Eva Berry. KGS carried on working the ball around, keeping possession as much as they could, which lead to the final goal scored by Anna Wileman working together with Alexa Anderson. KGS won the game by 3-0.
The U14 played with real grit and determination from the first whistle. They were solid at the back and after an unsettled 10 minutes they started to counter-attack and create chances. They were unfortunate to concede and to lose the game 1 – 0. The difference in approach and commitment was very pleasing indeed – a totally different performance this week.
The U13s were beaten 1-0 by Kings Chester despite dominating large parts of the match. In the first half the KGS girls moved the ball well into wide areas and caused the Kings defence a number of problems. Niamh Smith, Zara Gilchrist and Alice Bunday were all unlucky not to score.
In the second half KGS lost their shape a little and left large gaps in the middle of the pitch; Kings exploited this on the counter attack. Megan Smedley was left unprotected as Kings took a 1-0 lead half way through the second half. Despite some good pressure, KGS couldn’t find a way past the Kings defence.
The U12 A team were off to a flying start against Kings Chester. They played very free-flowing hockey, moving the ball around the pitch seeking space going forward.
They opened up the score line very early on with a great goal from Holly Schofield. Open play attacking and several short corners resulted in many more goals being scored. Schofield put away a further two goals whilst Hollie Bailey and Sophia Melling scored a further two goals each. A hat trick from Ophelia Loggenberg sealed a 10-0 victory for the KGS girls. An extremely dominant performance from a talented KGS side.
U12 B VII
The U12 B team followed suit, with another convincing win! Once again, they demonstrated real composure on the ball and great skill moving forward towards goal. Evie Mannion opened the scoring with a great open play finish. Alys Williams converted soon after followed by another goal from Mannion. The KGS girls weren’t done yet as they continued to pepper the goal with shots! A hat trick from Chloe Murro sealed a 6-0 victory for the side – a great team performance!