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School Sport: Emerson Park earn rugby rewards

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 April 2015

Emerson Park celebrate success at the Havering Year 11 finals at Upminster (pic: Ellie Hoskins)

Emerson Park celebrate success at the Havering Year 11 finals at Upminster (pic: Ellie Hoskins)

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Pupils enjoy best season yet

Emerson Park attack against Sanders in the Havering Year 11 final (pic: Ellie Hoskins)Emerson Park attack against Sanders in the Havering Year 11 final (pic: Ellie Hoskins)

Emerson Park head into the Easter holidays having enjoyed their most successful rugby season yet at borough and county level.

The year seven squad have enjoyed wins over local rivals St Edwards, Royal Liberty and Hall Mead and finished third at the Havering Schools’ Shield at Upminster.

“It’s a great achievement for these players in their first season,” said teacher Alex Reed.

The year eight boys won the Havering Trophy, finished runners-up at the Essex Schools’ under-13 12-a-side competition and beat All Saints 22-19 in the Essex Cup B final at Barking’s Gale Street home, thanks to a late try from their talismanic number eight Theo Legrand.

Emerson Park's year eights celebrate their Essex Cup successEmerson Park's year eights celebrate their Essex Cup success

Reed added: “This was a great occasion for all of the players and they really battled hard to get the win that they thoroughly deserved. A nail biter to say the least!

“These boys have shown real strength, skill and a great attitude towards the game.”

The year nine squad came out on top in their Havering Shield finals at Upminster, with winger Richard Klimanskis scoring seven tries on the day, while the year 11s retained their Havering Trophy title in style.

Emerson beat Sanders 70-12 in the final, with man of the match Josh Kidman making some excellent line breaks and try-saving tackles.

Emerson Park's year nine rugby squad with the Havering ShieldEmerson Park's year nine rugby squad with the Havering Shield

Full-back Cian Hammond claimed a hat-trick of tries in the rout and Reed added: “They showed great solidarity and skill and looked dangerous in every attack that they made.

“This is the last year that some of these boys will ever play rugby together and Emerson Park Academy is very proud of how they have represented the school over the years and they will be remembered as one of the schools’ great teams.”


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