Dr Radcliffes 'A' team had qualified to take part in the North Oxfordshire School Games Finals at Banbury Rugby Club on 12th November. The team arrived at Banbury via Sibford where they had all competed hard already in the Warriner Cross Country Event that morning.
Despite this less than ideal preparation for the event, Dr Radcliffe's started well, quickly rediscovering the swift passing and teamwork which had helped them to qualify from the Warriner Family Event. With the team making excellent use of the wide pitch, Dr Radcliffes were able to run in 4 tries to win their opening match. Their second group game against St Mary's. Bicester, turned out to be a much tougher encounter, with the team looking initially shell shocked by some uncompromising play from the opposition. Quickly Dr Radcliffes found themselves 2 tries down. Battling against a capricious breeze and a slope, the team showed a huge amount of resilience and determination, adapting their tactics to counter their opponents and eventually snatching a thoroughly deserved victory by a single try. This was then followed up with a more comprehensive win in their final group match, which took the team through to the quarter finals.
Digging deep into their reserves of energy after their long day, Dr Radcliffes battled hard against a very well organised and powerful team from The Grange in the quarter final. The match was extremely tight and the team, despite going behind, again showed great resolve to push the opposition all the way. Despite a great final effort, resulting in a crucial disallowed try, Dr Radcliffes were just unable to snatch a draw to take the game into extra time and so lost out at the quarter final stage to the eventual Runners Up.
The squad can be extremely proud of the team work, sportsmanship and determination they showed throughout the tournament. Well done to everyone!