Busy Rugby Season for Prep Boys
It has been an intense rugby season for all the boys at St Andrew’s Prep School with a packed calendar of fixtures at each age group. The under 9 boys have played in four triangular fixtures and have had a thoroughly enjoyable season, showing huge improvement throughout. Their best performance came at the triangular at Turi where, encouraged by the fanatical home support, lost narrowly to Pembroke by one try and drew nine tries apiece, in an epic ding-dong affair against Greensteds.
The season culminated in the IAPS Festival at The Banda in Nairobi where the under 9 boys played five fixtures, wining one, drawing one and losing three. The under 11 boys have also had a season of growth, showing huge courage in each of their performances. Although only winning one game in the regular season, a comprehensive 59-7 victory over Greensteds, the four losses have been by narrow margins and, with a bounce of the ball going their way, one or two of the losses could have easily ended in victories for the Turi boys.
This past weekend saw the under 11’s take part in the Ndume 7’s tournament at Pembroke and the boys put in a brave display considering the number of injuries leading up to the tournament. They won two games against Greensteds and Hillcrest and lost to Braeburn and Pembroke, which saw them finish third in their group.
The under 13 boys started the season slowly. After struggling on their tour to South Africa, where they won one and lost three, they then began the local season by losing comprehensively to Shamas Rugby Club from Nairobi and local up-country rivals Pembroke. Their season made a 180 degree turn at the Hillcrest Festival, where after losing to The Banda,they then went onto win every other game, making them through to the final where they beat Hillcrest 17-0. The victory triggered a run of four comprehensive wins, including a massive turnaround victory against Pembroke at home of 54-0.
This gave the boys huge confidence going into the Ndume 7’s tournament this past weekend and they rampaged through the group stages, winning all four games comprehensively. Unfortunately they came up against a highly motivated and organised Kenton team in the semi-finals, losing 31-14, knocking them out of the competition. This put an end to what has been a fantastic season, where the boys showed great determination to turnaround what was a very poor start. Eight St Andrew’s Prep School boys were selected for the Up-Country Schools team who will compete against the Nairobi schools team this coming Wednesday at Turi.