Coopers ready for next challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 September 2014

Old Cooperians go on the attack against Campion (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Old Cooperians go on the attack against Campion (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Old boys begin with long trip to Norwich

Old Cooperians secured a second successive promotion behind local rivals Campion last season and begin life in London Two North East with a long trip to Norwich tomorrow (Saturday).

Pat Reed and Andy Pudney coach the squad, with John Woodhall carrying on as captain, and Coopers are ready for fresh challenges.

Pudney said: “The club is growing but not resting on its laurels. We’re looking to improve further.

“We realise the level of our task and are all committing to it. Club spirit is at an all-time high and all are pulling in the same direction.

“Our new recruits are local, young exciting talents and understand the club philosophy. We’re strengthening links with Coopers Coborn School as we continute to strive onwards and upwards.”

n Coopers Coborn pupils began their new season against Suffolk’s Framlingham College, but fell to a hat-trick of defeats.

The first team were first on the scoreboard as fly-half Alex Meads slotted a pair of penalties.

But Coopers were left to rue a yellow card late on as they fell to a 12-6 loss.

It was a similar story for the seconds as they squandered a 14-point lead to go down 22-14.

Tom Lucas-Roast and Tom Hill went over for tries, with Dan Coles adding the conversions to give Coopers a hefty advantage, but they let it slip late in the game.

The year 10 squad showed great resilience in a 30-7 defeat and new head of rugby Sid Hoult praised the commitment of the players representing the school.

He said: “There are more positives than negative, yet still things to work on as we prepare for fixtures against Colchester Royal Grammar School next Saturday.

“It was fantastic to see the passion and pride that each player had for the school shirt they pulled on, but also the desire to never stop working for each other.”

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