North Norfolk primary schools’ tag rugby tournament draws the crowds

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Sheringham Primary S

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Sheringham Primary School pupils, left to right, Daniel Sheridan 9, Jeyar Lees 10, Sian Stoppani 10 and Hope Armstrong 11.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Scores of boys and girls gathered at North Walsham RFC's Scottow ground yesterday to take part in the annual north Norfolk primary schools' tag rugby tournament.

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

For the first time the keenly-contested event was divided into competitions for bigger - 100-plus pupils - and smaller schools.

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Bure Valley Primary

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Bure Valley Primary School (blue/white stripes) v Millfield Primary School.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The larger school tournament was won by Mundesley Junior School, with last year's champions Sheringham primary close runners up.

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Bure Valley Primary

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Bure Valley Primary School (blue/white stripes) v Millfield Primary School.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Antingham and Southrepps primary, coached by North Walsham RFC player Stuart Loose, were victorious in the smaller schools' contest, with Overstrand primary in second place.

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Bure Valley Primary

North Norfolk primary schools tag rugby tournament at North Walsham Rugby Club. Bure Valley Primary School (blue/white stripes) v Millfield Primary School.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Mundesley, Antingham and Southrepps, and Overstrand will all go through to the county finals which take place at Diss Rugby Club's ground on Wednesday, March 6.


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The bigger schools fielded eight-a-side teams, made up of boys and girls aged nine to 11, while the smaller schools played six-a-side games, with players aged eight to 11.

Pat Carter, North Walsham RFC outreach officer, said despite the cold, the standard of play had been excellent. Easton College rugby students had expertly refereed all the games, and teachers and parents had cheered on their teams from the touchline.

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He added: 'Who says our schoolchildren don't play sport? They do in north Norfolk.'

Other schools taking part were: bigger schools - Millfield, North Walsham; Bure Valley, Aylsham; Stalham junior; Cromer junior; Burnham Market, and Fakenham junior. Smaller schools: Gresham village, Kelling, Erpingham, Langham, Ludham, and Rudham.

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