1st XV Rugby celebrate unbeaten season

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Bethany School’s 1st XV Rugby Squad is celebrating an unbeaten season for the first time since 1991, having triumphed against high-calibre teams from schools and clubs throughout the region.

This record-breaking season started with an excellent win against Cranbrook School’s 2nd XV on a beautiful autumn evening overlooking the Weald countryside. This match set our team in good stead for the games to follow, with wins against Tonbridge School, Ashford School and Claremont in the first half term alone.

An overseas tour took Bethany’s players to Barcelona and saw the team compete on foreign soil against three of Catalonia’s best teams, which gave them the opportunity to learn new styles and techniques that helped them going forward.

On their return, a fixture against King’s Rochester brought a hard-fought victory and highlighted the value in persisting with training to keep a consistently strong level of competition.

Further matches against Worth School and Sevenoaks School saw comfortable victories for Bethany. The final match against a school, Kent College, drew an encouraging audience of parents and pupils, whose support bolstered our team to give a complete performance and a triumphant 31-point margin.

The season rounded off with the Anthony Clarke Memorial Match, an annual fixture between Bethany School and Tunbridge Wells RFC. Anthony Clarke, an outstandingly talented Bethany sportsman, died in a tragic car crash in November 2003 and this well-supported match brings out the best from both teams. Bethany’s 1st XV gave their all to complete this unbeaten season with 35 points to TWRFC’s 12.

On their success, Headmaster Mr Healy said:

“I’m incredibly proud of the training and commitment of our 1st XV Rugby team. Their success is testament to the value of our Sports Scholarship programme, which offers weekly strength and conditioning for all senior sports scholars. This is, however, going to cost me as I rather rashly promised them a nice meal, at my expense, if they went through the season undefeated!”

Captain of the 1st XV, Freddie Porritt, said:

“The key to our success this season has been playing as a team and not as individuals. A huge thank you to the people who came and watched our games and especially to the staff: You have helped and supported us throughout the season and we would not have been able achieve such success without you.”