Our year 7 boys made the trip to Dudley Hill for the John Bateman Trophy and did us proud. They represented the school against 4 others from the Bradford area Immanuel, Appleton Academy, Queensbury and Bradford Academy.
SBSJ 4 - 4 Appleton Academy
The game started very positively with SBSJ on the attack from the kick off. They put the Appleton defence under constant pressure and eventually this paid of with a great driving run from Ayo Akinbala going over in the corner. SBSJ then conceded a try after a good aggressive run from an Appleton forward. SBSJ then applied more pressure in both defence and attack which caused a mistake which allowed Ian Abe to pounce on and run nearly the full length of the pitch but unfortunately stepped on the whitewash and the try was disallowed.
MOM - Ayo Akinbala
SBSJ 16 - 4 Immanuel
SBSJ got off to a flying start scoring straight from the kick off with Kyle Breakwell scoring a great individual try in the corner. SBSJ then carried on this relentless pressure by scoring again with Dominic Kirton driving over for a great individual score. Immanuel scored a try in reply but this only spurred SBSJ on and William (The Beast) Forchap smashed his way through the Immanuel defence taking three defenders with him for a great score. The last try was scored by Ayo Akinbala how showed great power to drive over and claim the next score.
MOM - Kyle Breakwell
SBSJ - 8 - 4 Queensbury
For the first time In the tournament we met a team with a player bigger than our own beast William Forchap which we found hard to deal with at times. It was SBSJ who opened the scoring with a great effort again from Kyle Breakwell who weaved through the defence to score under the posts. Queensbury replied after a few weak tackles on their main man and he bundled over to make the scores level. SBSJ then took the initiative and Dominic Kirton took the ball from the excellent dummy half Ewan Jones and bust through two defenders before touching down under the posts for a good individual score.
MOM - Ewan Jones
Bradford Academy 12 - 8 SBSJ
This was the last game of the league format and Bradford Academy had been on a very similar run to SBSJ in the lead up. BA scored the first try after a mazy run from their number 1. SBSJ replied with Lucas Holmes running the full length of the pitch to touch down under the posts. BA scored again and then another busting run from Lucas Holmes. SBSJ defended well but with the last play of the game BA drove over in the corner to win the game and top the league.
MOM - Lucas Holmes
SBSJ 16 - 8 Bradford Academy
After a defeat in the league format SBSJ upped their game for this and started very brightly with Ian Abe setting the field alight and running the full length of the pitch to open the scoring. SBSJ then got a second very quickly with Ian Abe again showing the defence a clean pair of heels to score in the corner. BA then scored to make it 8-4 but with great resilience came back again after a masterful chip over the defence from the captain Ewan Jones Joseph Doyle pounced to the loose ball to make it 12-4 and give SBSJ the cushion they so desperately wanted. The last couple of minutes became quite nervy after SBSJ conceded a very good solo effort from BA's number 4. These nerves where quickly out to bed as the ball was given to Ian Abe who again out paced the defence to seal his hatrick and the tie.
A great performance from the boys showing fantastic character and resilience to over come some difficult opponents.