On Thursday 7th November, Runcorn SHS Touch Academy held our annual 'Old Boys' Day. This is when we invite past players of the Touch Academy to compete in a touch competition against the current senior team (year 11 and year 12) and a junior team (students from year 7 to 10).
The first game of the day was between the senior team and the junior team. This was a close game with both teams showing strong shooting defence, but in the end the attacking class of the seniors came through with a 4 tries to 1 win.
The 2nd game saw the junior team back up to play the Old Boys. Boasting 3 former captains of the Touch Academy in Evan Young, Usman Ali and Max Feltham, the Old Boys team had a lot of skill and knowledge, although it became evident early that they had lost a fair bit of fitness. They looked dominant against the junior team though winning 6 to 2 in the end.
This set up an exciting grand final between the senior team and the old boys team. After a brief break to refuel the players with sausage sandwiches, soft drink and water the game started. The speed of the game early was electrifying with both teams rucking well but the defence holding up under pressure. Towards the end of the first half it was 3 tries to 1 to the old boys. In the 2nd half, the old boys started to get tired and the senior team pounced. In the last play of the game the senior team scored to make it 3 all and a drop-off was required.
Starting with 5 on 5, the game was at a stalemate until players were dropped to 3 on 3. In the end, the old boys created an try scoring opportunity through some fast feet and scored the match winner deep into extra time.
Once again, the Old Boys were victorious, continuing their winning streak of never losing an Old Boys day!
Special thanks to the Sutton family for bringing their BBQ and helping set up and clean up and to Lani Connolly, Bella Mahoney and Shai Pickett for being in charge of cooking.