Bloxham School retain trophy to become county’s best

Pupils at Bloxham School after their county cup win against Abingdon. Picture by Simon Thompson. NNL-151217-113651001
Pupils at Bloxham School after their county cup win against Abingdon. Picture by Simon Thompson. NNL-151217-113651001

Bloxham School’s junior Colts rugby team are county champions after beating Abingdon school in a high quality final.

Winning the game with a convincing scoreline of 31-17, the school took the honours for the second year running, having also won the title the previous year as an under-14s side.

This second win in as many years makes them the team to beat in Oxfordshire. But it didn’t come easy for the Bloxham Boys, who had to come from behind after an early try from a tough Abingdon opposition.

The early scare was quickly dealt with, as the Colts hit back with some tries of their own from Henry Hopkins, Toby Staveley-Parker and Joe Maw.

This strong performance was capped off with another couple of tries from the captain, Alfie Barbeary, who went on to raise the trophy after a well contested final.

This succesful cup campaign for the Colts, comes as part of ongoing dominance from the Bloxham teams, with the School’s 1st XV progressing into the fifth round of the Natwest Schools u18 Vase Competition after beating Lord Williams School.

There are also achievements on an individual level for some of the Bloxham players, with George Cassell, Will Beament, George Barbeary and George Ding all celebrating selection to represent the Midland Lambs, an invitational side giving the boys an opportunity to showcase their skills.