On Wednesday 9th Nov the Y11 rugby team welcomed Lipson Community college to Moorland road in this season’s first full fixture. After hours of hard work and commitment in training sessions throughout Terms 1 and 2 the boys were in good shape and took to the field with confidence.
Ridgeway struck first with a fine finish from flying winger Rhys Collings only to be outdone by a tremendous solo finish from in-form winger jack Biscoe a few minutes later that was duly converted for the additional two points by Ridgeways speedy and experienced captain Cameron Goss.
Further tries by Collins, Goss and the powerful Callum Jerwood meant Ridgeway would record a record win against their city rivals in which was a tremendous game to watch. Despite a final strong attack that ended in a score for Lipson it wouldn’t be enough to confirm Ridgeway as the match winners. It was agreed by players, supports and impressed ‘teacher coach’ Mr Price that Jack Biscoe would be named ‘Man of the Match’ for his consistent tackling, clever passing and strong running.
Over 50 students from Chaddlewood Primary School, Glen Park Primary School, Yealmpstone Farm Primary School and Woodford Primary school have attended a 5-a-side Central Venue tournament in our recently renovated Sports Hall. The tournament ran over two days, with each school sending a team on Tuesday 8th December and on Wednesday 9th December, it was a fitting end to all of the hard work that the students had to the after school coaching sessions.
The tournament was a huge success, with the students showing fantastic attitudes, effort and skill in representing their schools, with Woodford coming out as the overall winners of both days.
We also had four Sports Leaders from Ridgeway School helping to run the tournament – Sam McAllister, Harry Cook, Charlie Coles and Brandon Minhinick. They took on the role of referee and team manager, showing excellent leadership skills and were great ambassadors for the school.
The after school sessions will continue again after the Christmas break, with more Central Venue tournaments to follow.
On Thursday 19th November the Y8 rugby squad took part in the Plymouth school rugby tournament.
The event planned for a grass pitch at Stoke Damerel Community college was moved to the more suitable venue at Marjon University’s ‘all weather’ pitch as a result of the strong winds and driving rain. The weather could not dampen the Ridgeway team’s spirits with confident running and tackling from in-form captain Charlie Coles in our first match against Tavistock College. Despite our best efforts and a disallowed try from scrum half Malachi George Ridgeway lost by two tries. Very close games against Stoke dameral and Heles meant we were always pushing hard for scores but it was largely a defensive practice. A huge well done to the whole squad for some impressive rugby at times, with the overall player of the tournament award gong to the team’s best tackler Lewis Treleaven.
On Thursday 12th Nov the Y7 rugby squad took part in the Cunningham Cup at Plymouth Albion Oaks RFC.
After a slow start we gradually grew in confidence and started to play as a team. We made it through to the Shield competition where we beat Heles School teams 1 +2 and Combe Dean School, not conceding a single try.Miles Mahon played extremely well at fly half showing leadership qualities as Captain. One of the most improved players was Max Davies who was our ‘engine room’ in the forwards. Our top try scorer was Charlie Holbrook playing in the centre position although it would be very difficult to single out one particular player as they all played exceptional well.
Students from across Ridgeways feeder Primary Schools recently attended a sports leadership conference in Ridgeways brand new state of the art sports hall. Primary School students from across Plympton were invited to not only learn new sporting skills, but given time to consider what attributes make up a great sports leader. This was courtesy of Mr Harvey and his very trusted Leadership Academy.
The 15 Ridgeway students that were selected for the Academy made sure each and every primary student felt extremely welcome, whilst engaging them in a range of activities and perhaps most importantly of all gave each primary student the confidence and the knowledge on how to become a great sports leader. The primary students are now planning on going back to their own schools to further develop their newly practiced leadership skills with the aim of being real ambassadors of sport in their own schools.