Penpol School were crowned Cornwall Finals Plate Champions on Tuesday 21st May at Redruth RFC. With 22 of the area finalist schools attending, competition was certainly tough. In the first round of matches it was certainly tight and it took Penpol a couple of games to kick into gear.
Once up and running, the children played some fantastic rugby and always looked like the side that was going to score at some point. The defence was solid and they worked hard as a team to deny the other teams. In fact, during the whole tournament, we only let in 3 tries!
Following the rounds we then went into the Plate competition. The quarter final was against Marlborough School and we won 3-2 with a late try. Into the semi-finals against Mount Hawke – this was a tight affair and even though we were nearly scored so many times we just couldn’t get across the try line. The game went into extra time and then extra-extra time until it was eventually stopped and the officials went back to the tries scored in the previous game which meant we were through to the final.
The final was played against Stithians School. In front of the main grandstand, a number of people were watching this one. Again this was a tight game. You could see both teams now starting to tire and Dom saw a gap, burst through and scored the winning try.
Penpol had won the final! The children received their medals supported by the other schools.
I was so proud of the teamwork, effort and their conduct throughout the entire tournament. I was also pleased that we had some Y4 and Y5’s playing so the future looks bright as well!