YOUNGSTERS from two town primary schools have been praised for putting on a supershow in a regional rugby competition.
Hart Primary School and Clavering Primary School competed in the recent Tees Valley Tag Rugby Finals.
The two teams had previously won every match in their respective cluster competitions before going on to win every match in their qualifying groups and their semi-final at the Hartlepool Tag Rugby Town Finals which were held at Dyke House College in October. Having been crowned joint town champions, they travelled to Middlesbrough College to compete alongside the top 12 teams in the whole of Teesside.
The two schools were eventually both beaten by a single try by St Edward’s of Middlesbrough, with Clavering losing in the semi-final to a controversial golden try and Hart losing in the final.
But despite failing to return home with the trophy, Clavering deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy was full of praise for the youngsters.
He said: “The whole town should be incredibly proud of the Clavering and Hart children. “Both Mr Wilcox from Hart and I agreed that the children played exceptionally well and that the standard of play was the best we had seen at a Tees Valley tag rugby event.
“In fact the standard of play was so high that both schools have been invited to participate in a North-East-wide tournament organised by Newcastle Falcons in the summer term.
“The two teams have trained and played hard and with an exceptional spirit and the boys and girls from both schools should be very proud of themselves.”