ESF Lions: superb ambassadors for the Foundation

Thursday 3 November 2022

The week before October half-term, seven Rugby players from Year 10 joined players from other schools in the Foundation to form the ESF Lions and go on tour.

The boys played Dame Allan’s first on Tuesday, after just one hour of training together.  They lost 40 – 31 in a superb match that really was end-to-end in the second half, once the boys had got used to each other.  Dame Allan’s awarded Daniel Curry (from EC) Man of the Match.  “At first, playing with different people was challenging, but in the second half of the game we really switched on and started to implement the tactics which the coaches had given us,” said Daniel.  “And we scored some fantastic team tries.”

The following day, the boys did some canoeing and bowling before undertaking more training.  These activities between the games were a real highlight for the lads.  “It gave all of the players the chance to mix together and get to know each other better, which benefitted us in the second game,” said Daniel.

Thursday saw yet more training and a match against Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton, Cumbria.  This is a strong rugby-playing school who are currently the Cumbrian County Cup holders at U15.  Unfortunately, the Lions lost 15-0 (three tries to nil) in very rainy conditions, the home school going two tries up in the first 10 minutes before the Lions rallied and caused the hosts some problems.  Nelson Thomlinson scored again early in the second half; however, the Lions kept them at bay for the rest of the game and had a couple of chances themselves, but excellent defence from the hosts kept the Lions from making a comeback.

The Lions were superb ambassadors for the ESF, receiving compliments not only on their rugby ability, but also on their manners and attitudes.  Special congratulations go to Daniel Curry, who was awarded Lion of the Tour for Emmanuel College.  “It was great to receive recognition with winning the Lion of the Tour award,” said Daniel.  “I think that everyone from Emmanuel gave their all and what matters most is the whole team’s contribution towards the score lines for both games.”

Year 10 Emmanuel Lions were: Daniel Curry, Matthew Hornsby, Ben Mason, Ben Mcclean, Matthew Newton, Connor Powell and John Waterfield.