Over the past 4 weeks Stenness and Orphir Primary schools have been participating in Tag Rugby sessions, coached by Liam Sharpe and Bruce Ruthven. The sessions took place at the schools with the classes being outside
For the past 4 weeks Stromness Primary School’s Lower primary classes have been participating in sessions of Tag Rugby taken by SRU and Orkney RFC Modern Apprentice - Liam Sharpe. The sessions were conducted within the new school, a first since it was built!
Click here to see a report from this match on the SRU website
Orkney and Shetland under 14’s met on Saturday 15th at Clickamin for a full 15 a-side inter county match. This was later followed by a 7’s tournament.
Captain for the day, Ali Morgan, won the toss and kicked off into a slight breeze. Orkney had some good early pressure with several decent runs deep into Shetland territory. With players having not played for over a month there was a lot of rustiness, which led to errors in all areas of the game. Shetland at this stage were capitalising on Orkneys mistakes and a good solo run saw one of their players take the ball from his own 22m line to the other end of the field for the first try. The rest of the first half saw Shetland play the better rugby and could have scored again if it hadn’t been for some excellent tackling from flankers Arron Gibson and Aran Drever.
Papdale hosted their own tag festival last Friday which saw all the Primary 7 pupils playing in their respective teams. Six teams in total competed against each other which proved to be very close games and highly competitive. The festival was a conclusion to Papdale`s tag rugby training.
On Friday the 14th of June the Stromness Primary 5, 6 and 7 classes participated in a Tag Rugby day having missed the festival the previous week. Taken by Bruce Ruthven and his team of coaches the classes were put into teams and given the equipment needed such as tag belts and bibs. The all-weather pitch in Stromness was the perfect venue for the event and the day was beautiful with a blue sky and white clouds. A mini non-competitive tournament was held with 8 teams playing several matches.
Stromness pupils commented;
“Hi Bruce. We cannot thank you enough for organising and taking our tag rugby festival. We all enjoyed it and had a great time. The round robins were excellent, a big thanks to Tyler Lewington & David Porteous for their refereeing and Liam who was helpful and kind. Thank you again, it was a blast.”
Bruce Ruthven added;
“Stromness Primary 5-7 worked really hard in their festival and were rewarded with some quality rugby and games. The girls especially displayed terrific passing and catching skills and were a match for any boy for pace. I wish the best for the Primary 7 students moving into S1 and look forward to seeing the rest of the school next term.”
Photos: Orkney Photographic
Two hundred children gathered last Friday for the primary schools tag festival with good weather present and firm underfoot conditions the stage was set for some fast action packed tag rugby. Schools that were taking part were; Dounby, Stenness, Orphir, Evie, Firth, Hope, Burray and St. Andrews taking part. Five pitches were being used to give the opportunity for all twenty five teams to play competitive matches again each other.
As part of the Peedie Schools activity week coordinated by Active Schools pupils from Papay, Eday and North Ronaldsay spent the week together conducting a range of activities providing the children with many learning opportunities and enjoyable sessional coaching. On Thursday 6th June children received Tag Rugby coaching from Bruce Ruthven and played a number of ball skill exercises, running activities and tag rugby games. Bruce also organised for a Skype session with Scotland rugby legend Chris Patterson where the children had the opportunity to ask questions and speak to Chris about his playing career and current role as Scottish Rugby ambassador.
Papay Head teacher Kate Evans commented;
“They loved the day, it was an ideal size of group for them to feel comfortable and have others near their age to pitch themselves against. They also really enjoyed the VC link with Chris Patterson and were talking about it yesterday. Thanks for coming out to Papay.”
“We have had a great day out in Papay; many of the older kids have travelled into Kirkwall for the tag festivals so it was good to see them sharing their knowledge with the younger kids. They had some brilliant questions for Chris and enjoyed hearing his stories and learning about his experiences of the game.”
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