- Shropshire school dominates annual event
- Sarah Hunter presents trophies at schools sevens
Church Stretton School from Shropshire completed a double at the Army-sponsored West Midlands Schools Sevens at Stourbridge’s Stourton Park ground.
Church Stretton won two of the three competitions at finals day which attracted more than 380 under 16s – boys and girls – to the home of the National Two North club.
Church Stretton won the boys contact tournament, beating South Bromsgrove, in the final and also added girls contact title in a competition that was played on a round-robin basis between nine schools.
Haybridge HS from Hagley prevented a clean sweep by Church Stretton by winning the girls tag title, a tournament that attracted eight schools from North Midlands and Staffordshire.
Nineteen schools entered the boys competition: Ellowes Hall (Staffordshire), Church Stretton (Shropshire), Windsor HS (Staffordshire), Chantry, Bishop Perowne, Nunnery Wood, Evesham HS, Dyson Perrins, Haybridge HS (all Worcestershire), Walsall Academy, Our Lady Wolverhampton (both Staffordshire), Lacon Childe , Belvidere, Meole Brace, Wodensborough, Bishop’s Castle (all Shropshire), Ridgewood HS (Staffordshire), Summer Hill and Coseley (both Black Country).
Eight Army referees officiated in matches with the RFU’s team of Community Rugby Coaches from the West Midlands helping out with refereeing and match marshalling.
The Army Rugby Union also supplied the trophies which were presented by England Women’s flanker Sarah Hunter and Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler CBE, commander of 143 (West Midlands) Brigade.