A storming season for Abbey

THE Abbey School's Under-11 rugby sides are celebrating after completing a storming season.

THE Abbey School's Under-11 rugby sides are celebrating after completing a storming season.

The U11 'A' and 'B' rugby teams from The Abbey, Woodbridge School's preparatory department, lo0st only one game between them throughout the course of the season.

The U11 'A' team remained undefeated over their 10 matches, recording wins over Ipswich Preparatory School, Holmwood House, Town Close, Old Buckenham Hall, St Joseph's College, Orwell Park, Brandeston Hall, Culford, King's Ely and a draw with Felsted.

Nick Garrett, master of The Abbey, said: “The team scored an impressive total of 361 points and conceded just 78. This has proved to be a fantastic demonstration of unselfish and mature teamwork, with outstanding play from every member of the team, most of which have been point scorers throughout the season.”


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Not to be out done by their fellow team players, the U11 'B' rugby team also enjoyed a successful season in their games against Ipswich Preparatory School, Holmwood House, Town Close, Felsted, Orwell Park, Brandeston Hall, Culford, Old School Henstead and King's Ely, losing only one of their matches against Old Buckenham Hall.

Garrett added: “The B team scored an excellent 328 points during the season. This team also included a young man who made his debut, not only for The Abbey, but as a rugby player - testament to the determination and talent of the child and to the superb coaching skills of Mr Christopher Smith, Mr Michael Staziker, Mr Donovan Graham and Mr Robert Earl, who have nurtured and supported all the Abbey senior teams.”

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- Meanwhile, the Abbey's U11 girls' hockey team have also gone the entire season undefeated. The team played a total of 11 matches, wining nine and drawing two, scoring 31 goals and conceding just six.

Christina Clubb, the girls' team coach, commented: “The girls trained exceptionally hard this season, but what really stood out is their ability to work together as a team.

“The defence has been rock solid, backed up by an exceptional goalkeeper, and the attacking players have been able to move the ball across the pitch with great accuracy and determination - driving the ball into the back of the goal on many occasions.

“Each girl took a turn at captaining the team and all performed outstandingly well, demonstrating again their ethos of team effort.”

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