The annual Runcorn State High School Touch Academy Old Boys day was held on Sunday 15, November 2020. This is an opportunity for past Touch Academy students ('Old Boys') to come back and participate in a three team touch competition against the current seniors ('Young Guns') and the junior students and teachers ('Legends'). Thanks to Year 12 student, Kai Mace for creating the new 'Old Boys' day trophy.
The day began with the Young Guns versus the Legends with the Legends taking an early lead. Unfortunately they weren't able to maintain the pressure and Young Guns had too much quality to take the win 4 tries to 2.
The 2nd game was Young Guns versus the Old Boys. The Young Guns started well but the Young Guns held on and absorbed the pressure to get the win 4 tries to 2.
This lead to the last round game – if the Legends could get the win over the Old Boys they would have a chance of playing in the grand final. The Old Boys scored early but the Legends kept fighting and scored the try of the day with a beautiful long ball set up an excellent link chop line. The legends followed up this try with another to take a 2 to 1 lead into the last 5 minutes. The Old Boys clicked into gear and scored 3 tries to win three to two.
This set up a grand final between the Young Guns and Old Boys after the lunch break. A very big thank you to the Sutton family for organising and cooking the BBQ.
The grand final was an epic game with the Young Guns playing some intense touch footy. Scoring two tries early and looking well on top the Young Guns went into half time with a lot of confidence. The Old Boys were looking tired, but they stepped up in the 2nd half and the game went to 3 all at full time. This lead to a drop off! Starting with 4 on 4 the game went back and forth until the Old Boys created a great try to score with 30 seconds to go. The Young Guns tried to mount a late comeback but ran out of time. The 2020 Old Boys champions are the Old Boys who continue their unbeaten record in this competition and are the first team to get their name on the prestigious Old Boys Trophy.
Thank you to Michael Gunthorpe, past student from 2009 who now works for the NRL and handed out NRL merchandise to all our students.