Kirkham Grammar 1st XV played their first game since half term making the trip to York to play Queen Ethelburga’s College. Despite scoring very early on through a Joe Corkhish try, Kirkham struggled to deal with a spirited performance from the opposition. The normal flow of the team was thrown off track despite tries from Charlie Partington and Cam Wilkinson maintaining the pressure on the Ethelburga’s side. It was only in the last quarter of the game that finally KGS started to ease away with a Cole Potts try starting the improvement. Two excellent tries by Adam Spence and Oli Leatherbarrow allowed Kirkham to come out 36-20 winners.
Kirkham Grammar U13s 45 – 15 Queen Ethelburga’s
Kirkham began well and scored in the early stages of the game, after encouraging rucking and distribution straight from the kick off. The opposition initially struggled to keep up with the pace of the Kirkham side, and found themselves 4 scores down after ten minutes. Kirkham found success in committing defenders to the breakdown, but were guilty of squandering overlaps at times with unforced errors in possession. As the game settled, the opposition began to develop phases and capitalised on the untidy ruck area and managed to find a try of their own after a good line break in the midfield.
The second half continued with KGS dominance and the side made several changes. KGS continued to distribute the ball effectively and score in the wider channels, but were faced with strong, resilient defence and a challenging breakdown area. As the fixture reached the latter stages, Kirkham saw the game out with ease and finished comfortable winners.
1st XV v Harrow School – Friday 16th November
Kirkham Grammar School 1st XV travelled to Harrow School for the first time for an extremely prestigious fixture against one of England’s top school-boy rugby teams. KGS acquitted themselves very well against some very big opponents. Daniel Kelly scored a fine individual try to keep KGS in the game, whilst scrum half Cole Potts scored after a neat back row move to allow KGS to gain a brief lead. However, it was the power of the home side that took over the game in the second half which allowed Harrow to gain a 25-12 victory against a plucky KGS side.
Kirkham 2nds 58 DENSTONE 15
The 2nd XV cruised to another comfortable win following their success at Queen Ethelburga`s the previous week. Kirkham raced to a 44-0 half time lead with tries from Euan De Jaeger (2), Max Bailey, Elliot Simcock, Odowe, Olly Barnett and Harry Cruickshanks with Will Gregory adding two conversions. Kirkham`s first half success was based on their ability to use the large amounts of possession well, spreading the ball wide at every opportunity.
The second period allowed Kirkham to use their large bench to maximize game time for some who were returning from injury which meant the excellent cohesion shown by the home side became a little disjointed. However, Denstone fully stuck to their task and scored three tries with Kirkham eventually scoring two of their own through Keir Gordon and De Jaeger rounding off his hat-trick. The returning Cameron Hayward had a steady game at full back and Josh Nichol, after a year out, carried the ball strongly in his two spells on the pitch.
U14s v Denstone College – Lost 10-39
After an impressive win in the Lancashire Cup Quarter Final, the U14s couldn’t manage to produce a similar display against a physical Denstone College side.
The first half was competitive with us trailing 10-12 thanks to tries from Archie Dowds and Aiden Hayward. However, tries either side of the half time whistle for Denstone put us on the back foot, where we never recovered.
U15A v Denstone College
An entertaining first half performance saw Kirkham run in five tries to Denstone’s one. The second half was a better contest after Kirkham changed a number of players. Ramin Zeynali made his A team debut and Ben Dhillon worked hard in the tight.
Try scorers Aaron Pope, Josh Lynch, Tobias Parkinson (2), Joe Medcalfe, Tom Hoad and Rhys Fray (2).
On Wednesday 14th November Kirkham had a pleasing performance against Stonyhurst College in the Lancashire Schools Cup. Kirkham won 36-7 and go through to the next round.
U15B v Denstone
Try scorers were Tobias Adjetey-Hilton (3), Charles Hodgson, Harry Burrow, Sky Lo, Ben Maude and Harry Booth (2).