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Graeme College had their first home rugby fixture of the season

Apr 24, 2018
Graeme College had their first home rugby fixture of the season

Graeme College had their first home rugby fixture of the season as they faced visitors Cambridge High School from East London.

"It was a good day with a number of tightly contested matches however Graeme seemed to have the upper hand winning 8 of the 11 matches on the day including the 1st XV game going the hosts way 37-24," said Gregg van Molendorff, Graeme College Deputy Headmaster.

He said that Graeme College 1st XV made an impressive start scoring five tries in the opening 25 minutes to lead 27-3 as they were all over the visitors.

"However Cambridge scored just before half time to make the score 27-10 at the half time break. Graeme seemed to lose concentration in the early parts of the second half as Cambridge fought back well to score two more converted tries to close the gap to just 3 points; 27-24 to Graeme," van Molendorff added.

"This seemed to wake the Graemians up again as they dominated the rest of the encounter, even though they missed a number of opportunities, scoring another try along with a penalty to make the final score 37-24."

The Graeme 1st XI hockey side also participated in the Kingswood Hockey Festival where they had very pleasing results. The team has grown enormously over the last 18 months, and have managed to cope at the level required.

"On day one, they managed a draw with a formidable Hudson Park team, who scored late in the game to share the honours. This alone indicated the development of this team," he said.

"Graeme then played against Reddam, and won comfortably by 6 goals. They struggled to contain a strong Cambridge team in the first half, and went own 3-0 but then bounced back nicely with a 3-0 win over Port Rex.

"In the toughest contest of the week, they came up against an impressive York team, who remained unbeaten throughout the festival."

Graeme held York to 0-0 at half time, and Graeme having a great chance to go 1-0 up at the stroke of half time. The drag flick ricocheted against the cross-bar and Graeme weren't able to get a second shot on target.

"York found their rhythm and Graeme struggled to maintain the high intensity level, allowing York to score three goals in the second half. In the last game, Graeme were messy in getting a 1-0 win over St Dominics," van Molendorff added

"It was a great weekend for Graeme sport."

Summary of Results:

Hockey

u15a  vs Cambridge u14B won 5-3

u15a vs Bishops u14A lost 6-1 

2nds vs Cambridge u16B lost 5-0

1st XI at Kc Fest:

vs Hudson, drew 1-1

vs Reddam House, won 6-0

vs Cambridge, lost 3-0

vs Port Rex. won 3-0

vs York. lost 3-0

vs St Dominics, won 1-0

Rugby vs Cambridge

u14B lost 27-24

u14A won 29-14

u15C lost 29-11

u15B won 22-14

u15A won 28-17

u16B won 25-5

u16A won 36-12

4th won 27-24

3rd lost 18-5

2nd won 33-14

1st won 37-24