Passion, desire and spirit enabled the 1st XV Rugby team to beat St Edwards

After an unusual year of life to say the least, the day had finally arrived for Liverpool College to play their first fixture of rugby. The game was played on Saturday May 15, in a derby at St Edwards school. With last year’s close final still in the minds of many of Liverpool College’s players, it was clear from the starting “squeeze” that the boys wanted it more than St Edwards did.

The game started fast-paced and full of intensity, with the two sides battling it out in all areas of the pitch. Despite it being close, Liverpool College proved to be more dominant in the forward areas, and were more physical across the park. The game remained close for the majority of the first half, until Liverpool College were able to break down the St Edwards defence with many “rabbit balls” followed by a kick over the top by Ciaran R, which was chased down and scored by Kieran S in the corner, to make the score 5-0. Scoring first allowed Liverpool College to gain momentum, and the boys dominated the remainder of the first half, with good attacking play, and a strong defensive line that couldn’t be broken by the St Edwards attack. Overall, a great first half of rugby played by both teams; clear passion was on display, and the game was close.

HT score: 5-0.

The second half began, and there was no drop in intensity nor quality of play from either side. St Edwards started the half well, with some solid line running from their centres; however the boys displayed a defensively sound performance, putting in some big hits, and turning the ball over at the rucks.

Not only were the boys outstanding in defence, but the attacking play was a clear threat to the St Edwards defensive line, with hard running, and nice hands. It was this quality in attack that allowed Jacob C to score in the corner following smooth handling from the backs and thus securing Liverpool College’s second try of the match, making it 10-0.

This 10-0 lead didn’t last for long, as the second try filled St Edwards’ desire to get a score back. The kick-off at the restart put them in a good position within the Liverpool College 22m. They were able to capitalise on this great move in the back line, allowing them to secure their first try of the game under the posts. The try was topped off with a nice conversion, to make the score 10-7.

With 10 minutes to go, the game was as close as it could be, with both sides battling it out with sheer lust for victory. The 10 minutes of gameplay was full of entertainment, with the boys crashing it in, and St Edwards holding their own in defence; however following a mistake on St Edwards’ part, Liverpool College were gifted a penalty in the middle of the pitch. Ciaran R showed great initiative and felt kicking for 3 points was the best option. A nice kick over the posts allowed Liverpool College to extend their lead to 13-7. However despite there being little time left to play, St Edwards did not back down, nor accept defeat. They spent the remainder of the game up in the Liverpool College half, attacking them with everything they had. Thankfully, the boys displayed a fantastic defensive performance, and the opposition were unable to break the line, in hope for a second try of their own. The score finished 13-7 to Liverpool College.

The game was brilliant overall and the two sides showcased passionate performances and a clear desire to come out on top. It was an outstanding reintroduction to first XV rugby, following a year of uncertainty and lack of playing.

A huge well done to many of the year 12’s, many of whom played their first ever game of senior rugby for the school. Every player performed well and It is clear the team will be a strong one next year.

MOTM: A difficult choice to make, due to every player performing fantastically. However the award goes to Kieran S, due to his try in the first half, and sheer physicality throughout the game.

Sebastian C (1st XV Captain)

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A Week of Y7-Y8 House Football and Hockey Matches

Despite the change in weather providing showers and shooting hailstones onto the Astro Turf, the Y7-Y8 Houses have been able to produce some fascinating House football and hockey matches. There is a buzz around the classrooms during morning registration as forms discuss starting line ups and potential winning tactical formulas to try and beat their fellow Houses. This week saw Y7 Howard’s beat Y7 Brook’s at football, Y8 Howson’s beat Y8 Butler’s at hockey, Y7 School beat Y7 Selwyn’s at hockey and debatably the match of the academic year so far as Y7 Brook’s fought back from 3-1 down to beat Y7 Selwyn’s 5-3 at football. Y7 Brook’s Football Captain Ben M was in scintillating form leading from the front to drag Brook’s back into the game. A special mention must go to Y7 House Mentor Mrs Webb a tactical football genius whose advice to her Y7 Selwyn’s form enabled them to roll back the years and produce a first half performance that had many purring at her gegenpressing Y7 Selwyn’s side.

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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A Week of OL Football Matches

This week saw the return of many former pupils to the College, participating in two thrilling football matches versus the current Y12. The first match which took place on a sunny Tuesday evening involving former OL's Anthony Lyons, Matt Jackson, Michael Lawless, Danny Smith, Nathan Pickering, Dylan Luck, Adam Stringer, and many more ending a see-saw match with Anthony Lyons firing home a last-minute penalty to give the OLs a 4-3 win. On the Wednesday, saw the return of Steven Rawlings, Luc Haralambous and taking time off from his scholarship at Blackpool, Jak Wood. This match also provided many goals and this time it was the current Y12s who ended up the victors 6-5. It was a fantastic double event of sport with many asking for similar matches to be played on a more regular basis after such an enjoyable double evening. 

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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Boarders at Liverpool Watersports Centre

Early May bank holiday weekend, a few of our boarding students attended Liverpool Watersports Centre to try their hand at kayaking and paddleboarding. This session allowed them to experience the Liverpool docks like they have never seen them before. They learnt the fundamentals with one of the instructors who guided them through the basic techniques – showing them how to launch, paddle forwards, turning, stopping and how to get in and out without capsizing!

Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding)

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Shiverpool Adventure for Boarders

On Saturday, our boarding students took part in the Hope Street Shivers Ghost tour. The tour experience takes in both of the city’s striking Cathedrals, the crooked smile of Rodney Street and the mysterious story of Will McKenzie’s blackened pyramid tomb, bears witness to the faded grandeur of the old Wellington Rooms and the shadowy opulence of the City’s Georgian Old Town. Concluding beneath the Gothic majesty of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in St James’ cemetery, the City’s former necropolis resting place for nearly 58,000 souls. It was nice to enjoy the beautiful views of our city in a different light, whilst having a giggle and a scare at the same time. They also remembered the very important lesson when crossing the road at the traffic lights of summoning the ‘green demon’!! 

Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding)

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Y7 School House in devasting form in Friday night House Football

After months at the top of the House Sports Leader board, the news that Selwyn’s had taken a 7-point lead meant the School House Friday evening Y7 football match versus Howson’s had taken on even greater significance. A 6.30pm kick off meant 20 Y7 pupils coming back into school and onto the sports fields for this interesting and exciting match up.

Having previously been beaten, Howson’s were keen to take 10 House Sports points off their fellow House competitors. The match started at a blistering pace with both teams eager to impress and it was Howson’s who dominated possession in the early stages. With 10 minutes remaining before half time, Harry Q from School House broke away on the counterattack and powered past the opposition keeper and into the net. Back came Howson’s and only a brilliant save denied Cian T from levelling up and whilst Howson’s held their head in their hands Harry Q capitalised, once again on the counterattack to make the half time score Howson’s 0 School  2. The second half saw Harry Q score his hat-trick in a matter of minutes to make it 3-0. What's been a key feature in many recent House Football matches is the comeback of the opposition and this was no different as an own goal and Flynn C made it Howson’s 2 School 3. There is no denying Y7 School House have fantastic footballing resilience, and this was once again evident as despite conceding two goals, they powered in another 2 goals through Harry Q and Layton N to make the final score Howson’s 2 - School 5. A brilliant match and a great advert for the relaunch of House Sports Competitions this academic year.

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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Y7 Intra-House Saturday Hockey

On Saturday, there was huge excitement amongst the pupils and staff as the start of Y7 house hockey matches took place on a glorious sunny morning. The pupils spent the first part going through several drills under the watchful eye of the hockey coaches. The pupils were briefed, and the stage was then set for three incredibly competitive matches - sticks were brushed along the astro turf, the ball flew across the surface and into the net to the joy of many boys and girls.

Y7 Hockey Results
Butlers 5 Howsons 2
Howards 0 School House 2
Selwyns 7 Brooks 7

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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