Rugby

Rugby 2014 

 Heathfield Rugby Academy

Heathfield Schools’ U16 sevens side scaled new heights, in what can only be described, as a record breaking season. Early February saw them participate in the Millfield School invitational Sevens Tournament and had comprehensive victories against Wellington School, Sherborn School, Canford School and Cwm Rwmni, of Wales. Unfortunately, in their other game they lost to Millfield and ended up as runners up in their group and missed out on the final.

Thanks then to Taunton School and Blundells School, they got some well deserved practice and entered the Canford Sevens, looking for an outright victory. In the group stages, the team defeated Cabots’ Learning Federation, Kings College and Sexeys School to set up a semi final date with Sherborn School. An excellent display of sevens resulted in them defeating the Dorset side and looking forward to a final against the hosts. The final saw nothing but quality and resulted in a narrow defeat to the hosts and the runners up title again!

The season culminated with the annual visit to the Rosslyn Park International Sevens Tournament, and the team hoping for success.

In Group N, Heathfield dispatched of Ibstock Place School, and St. Columba College to set up a winner takes all match against Denstone College. It fell to the last play to decide the outcome, with a try under the posts, to give Heathfield the victory and send them into the last thirty two. It didn’t finish there and in a rousing finale, the team put together thirty passes to score again under the posts, beating Kirkham Grammer School 26pts to 17 and a place in the second day. Eton College, were the opposition, in the last sixteen and what a dream tie. The first half, didn’t go to plan and at the break Heathfield trailed by twenty two points and needed to dig in. They won the second half seven points to five and had lost to the eventual runners up. The team could have only dreamt of such success and can be so proud of themselves in putting Heathfield School well and truly on the National map of Rugby.

The picture shows Heathfield Schools U16 and U13 teams before departing to Rosslyn Park. The teams are kindly sponsored by YPS Plumbing Supplies, Phil Snow and Sons, and Body by Vi.

 

Heathfield Community School Year 7 Rugby

For many students at this age group it was their first experience of contact Rugby. With 30+ attending each session week in week out the confidence and ability developed across all areas of the game; passing, evading, footwork and tackling etc. 

The boys played one 15 a side match against an experienced Castle side. Everyone did themselves and the school proud. Even better performances followed during the annual Taunton School 10s tournament. Well done to every student that was involved this season.

 

Heathfield School Year 8 Rugby

This was their first full season of 15 a side rugby and pitted them against local secondary and private schools. Lessons were learnt quickly, with some creditable performances against strong opposition, like Taunton School, Exeter School, Wellington School and Queens College. 

As a result of this, tackling got stronger, positional play improved and the team began to take responsibility. This allowed them to produce some quality performances against Danesfield, Castle, Bishop Fox and Kingsmead. 

The pleasing aspect of the year, as well as many individual performances was the development of the B team. They represented the school with great credit and we look forward to developing this in the future.

 

Heathfield School Y9 Rugby

A tough fixture list against many private schools resulted in a hard season for the U14 team. It was a credit to the year group that on many occasions two teams took to the field in A+B fixtures, with over 45 students representing the school over the season. 

With ball in hand, the team showed excellent awareness and developed well as the season progressed. Joel Macfarlane and Lewis Weaver must be congratulated on their progress within Somerset Schools representative Rugby.

 

Heathfield School Year 10 Rugby

The season started off with tough examinations at Millfield School and Blundells. This allowed them to develop their attacking and defensive qualities, making them a well organised unit. This resulted in excellent victories against Kings College, Queens College and Uffculme School, developing them into a well drilled and efficient team by the end of the season and can be very pleased with the progress made. 

Below this again, a successful B has been run, allowing all that wish to participate the opportunity of representing the school at Rugby. This has enabled the year group to stay strong and be a credit to the school. Players integrated well into the A team and all concerned can be proud of their commitment. 

Adam Turner, James Ley and Connor Vickery must be congratulated on their progress within Somerset School representative Rugby. Richard Capstick for his selection to the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academies.

 

Heathfield School Year 11 Rugby

Team spirit, determination and a ‘never say die‘ attitude best sums up the U16 team of 2014. Led by the inspirational captain Joe Snow, the team toppled schools such as Blundells Queens and Kings. The team consistently played at a blistering pace which proved too much for 90% of the opposition. Great team tries and fierce defence resulted in their most successful season – well done to all members of the squad for their efforts and commitment to the cause. 

Special praise and recognition also goes to Joe Snow and Joe Clark for the opportunity to study at Bicton College next year and the possibility of joining Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy.

Rugby Internationals 2014

ALUN HIETT (2003) WILL VAUGHAN (2014)
ENGLAND SCHOOLS U16 ENGLAND SCHOOLS U16
JOEL CONLON (2014) JOE BARTLETT (2011)
ENGLAND U20’S WORLD CUP ENGLAND CLUBS U18’S
AARON PENBERTHY (2011) STEVE PAPE (2011)
ENGLAND COUNTIES ENGLAND COUNTIES

 

Championship Players 2013-2014

JOEL CONLON AARON PENBERTHY
CORNISH PIRATES RFC 2013-2014 JERSEY RFC 2013-2014
GREG CHARLTON STEVE PAPE
MOSELEY RFC 2013-2014 EALING TRAILFINDERS 2013 - 2014

 

Heathfield Rugby Academy

"What you focus on in life grows and what you think about expands. And the things you invest your intention in, grow in importance …."

In sport, we all have our role models and people we aspire to! But few of us, have the opportunity or know how to emulate them! The individual needs the skills to succeed and this course hopes to do, is to provide the tools to achieve their goals by developing the player and their game. This happens on three levels; the development of the core skills, applying them to your sport, through the physical and challenging yourself mentally, to be the best.

The academy is now in its second year. We wish to continue to develop it and welcome any feedback. As a result of last year, more guest coaches will have an input, greater structure will be given to the sessions, and technology will assist in developing skills.

The workshops will be held on a fortnightly basis on Friday, after school till 5.15 p.m. Each session will be split into three sections;

  1. Core strength and developing the key components of fitness.
  2. Aspects of the game.
  3. Positional skills.

It is hoped, through quality coaching, to create a professional environment and allow the students to flourish and grow.

Each half term, we wish to involve two guest coaches, giving sessions on key areas of the game and its relevance. Therefore enabling a greater understanding through both the physical and mental, and how they can affect the game.

Finally, hopefully you will aspire to great things and have the opportunity to reach the next level. To achieve this you have to be the best in all you do, on and off the pitch.

"EVERY LITTLE THING MATTERS AND WE CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE IN THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE."
JOEL CONLON; EXETER CHIEFS AND ENGLAND U 20’S.

Memories of facing the Haka are still vivid in the mind of Joel Conlon, who played for Ivybridge Community College in the final of the Sanix World Youth tournament in Japan against Hamilton Boys High School from New Zealand. He said: “Even though we lost the match, it was part of a great experience in front of a big crowd.”

Joel, who has represented Somerset U16 and England U17, is studying for a National Diploma in Sports Development and Coaching at Ivybridge and is a member of Exeter Academy. Previously, he attended Trinity Church of England Primary and Heathfield Community School, both in Taunton, and began playing at his home town club there at the age of seven.

JOE BARTLETT; GREEN ISLAND RFC, NEW ZEALAND/ENGLAND U18’S.

The main difference from a personal point of view was the massive increase in physical and mental intensity and speed of the game. The time you have on the ball is much smaller and there is a much bigger emphasis on the importance of winning the collision at the breakdown. Speed of thought and decision making becomes just as important when breaking down opposition, as at that level you can’t rely on physical attributes alone, like you sometimes can at lower levels. But off the field, attention to detail and analysis really helps you see where and when decisions have gone right/ wrong and why. On the physical side of things the gym programmes bring you on massively in terms of physical intensity and make you aware of the huge fitness standards required.

Always be the best you can be, better yourself and everyone else in every training session, match and practice! Work rate gets noticed! You play because it’s fun so keep enjoying it!

CONNOR HARRIS; BICTON COLLEGE 2013.

I knew nothing about playing rugby before I went to Heathfield , and now I have an opportunity to make a career out of it. This shows how good the coaching is at Heathfield, so don’t take it for granted and strive to be the best you can be.

AARON PENBERTHY; JERSEY RFC ENGLISH COUNTIES 2011/2012

The school was excellent in all ways but the best thing was the sport especially the rugby! The enthusiasm and dedication shown by the sports teachers, especially Mr Fielding, helped me enormously in achieving my dream of being a full time professional rugby player. I have no doubts that if it wasn’t for the experience at Heathfield I would not of achieved playing for Redruth in National League 1, the Cornish Pirates and now Jersey in the Championship and gaining full county honours with Cornwall as well as gaining caps for England Counties Under 20’s and the senior England Counties team. I will always be grateful for what the school did for me.

TOM POPHAM; TAUNTON RFC IVYBRIDGE RUGBY ACADAMY 2010

Whilst playing rugby at Heathfield School I learnt the basic and fundamental patterns and foundations of how to play rugby at an elite level. Anyone can play school rugby and many people play school rugby well. But very few continue that progression into the top tiers of the sport. Under the guidance of Andy Fielding and the Heathfield Rugby Academy, you as an individual will be given the opportunity to kick start that progression. Be it by learning correct lines of running as a back or your footwork in the tackle area, these core skills are relevant at whatever level you play. And doing them well can separate a good player from a great player. So listen and learn as much as you can because everything you will learn will stay with you in the future. Don’t be someone who’s a “good” player, always strive for perfection and be that person who went on to be a “great” player. I was sat where you were once and all of the above was learnt from my past experiences, be it things that went well or things that went wrong. So aim for the top, listen, learn and work hard.

RYAN OVERTHROW; IVYBRIDGE COLLEGE 2012.

The step up from school to Ivybridge College was a big step, there are lots of challenges to overcome and these start at day one. But if you’re prepared to work hard and knuckle down those challenges become worthy and I feel that I have now got to grips with these.

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