The Green Machine
This journey started a few years ago. The girls where very keen to get involved in Tag Rugby at the end of Year 5 receiving coaching from Lee Carbutt, who was at the time employed by Gateshead Thunder. The girls took their keen interest into Year 6 and started to develop their Tag Rugby skills. Eventually the girls jumped in at the deep end playing a mixed game of Year 6 & 7 girls against Marden Bridge middle school. This game ignited the fire that is now burning strongly a year further down the line.
After a hard winter of training the girls played in two arranged central venue league fixtures. They faced teams from Churchill Community Sports College, Seaton Sluice and Whytrig. In the North Tyneside round the girls were unbeaten winning all 6 games over two rounds. The girls were crowned North Tyneside Champions.
Travelling the short distance over the river into South Tyneside, they faced Whitburn C of E Academy to contest the Tyne and Wear Championship. The Girls were full of excitement and anticipation of what type of opposition they were going to face. Their nervousness was apparent even affecting the ever cool Mr Barrett as they made the journey over the water. The game itself was a one way affair. Monkseaton Middle took an early lead and stamped their authority on the game. To Whitburn’s credit they never gave up in a game in which our girls emerged 40-0 winners, scoring 8 trys and 4 out of the 8 conversions, this was the first time the girls had to kick conversions.
In the next round the girls were due to face a school from Durham however, they had not fulfilled their fixtures in time for the deadline and the MMS girls were Crowned North East Champions.
And that brings us to the here and now!
The girls are about to embark on an assault to become National Champions, 4 games stand between them and the National Final. Representing the North East on Tuesday 13th we travel to Thatto Heath Crusaders Rugby League Club, Merseyside. The girls have done remarkably well to get to this point of the competition and if they play to the best of their ability there is nothing stopping them from reaching the Champion Schools Final weekend in London on the same weekend as the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
For now I’d just like to finish by thanking Lee Carbutt on behalf of all the girls for his excellent contribution to schools Rugby and especially everything he has done for us over the last few months to get the girls this far in the competition.
Thanks and Good Luck Girls!