Downham Market Prep tag rugby team makes school history to lift Norfolk Trophy

Dow rugby cup winners 2017
Dow rugby cup winners 2017
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Downham Preparatory School’s tag rugby team became the first in the school’s history to lift the Norfolk County Trophy.

They completed an impressive run of 16 games unbeaten to finish the season on a high.

In the morning pool stages a few uncharacteristic handling errors meant that the game with Bawburgh ended as a 4-4 draw.

Against Northwold the team moved up a gear. A hat-trick of tries were scored by Joseph Means with Oliver Delamore and Harry Challen also getting on the scoreboard.

Special mention must go to Clark McCarthy, who made a real impact when he came on.

After lunch in the semi-final stages of the cup competition, with the weather getting worse, both teams traded early scores before Downham’s superior defence began to tell against Great Hockham. Some great tackling by Cerys Millard and some characteristic mazy running by Delamore contributed to the team’s 7-4 victory.

Downham took control against Glebe with Tom Drew finishing an excellent team try in a 7-3 victory.

Dominic Harris scored the try of the match by evading three defenders.

The players guaranteed themselves a place in the final by beating Spooner Row 5-2. Holly Lawrence offloaded the ball to Harry Challen who sprinted in for an early try. Further scores by Joe Chenery-Taylor and Delamore.

Downham lifted the trophy by defeating Salhouse. Delamore set up Challen who scored the first try of his hat-trick in the final.

Harriet Lowman made some crucial tackles and Means and Chenery-Taylor both added to the scoreline.

Downham believed they had won 5-3, however the officials had the score as 5-5 and declared extra time. Salhouse barely touched the ball, as Delamore and Challen secured the victory.

The school stated: “Every member of the team played their part and worked extremely hard throughout the day to produce a result, which the school, coach and parents are very proud of.

“Thanks must go to all the supporters who came and cheered their children on.”