The Emmanuel Schools’ Foundation, including pupils from Blyth, went on tour for the first time since the pandemic playing teams in the north east and north west as well as enjoying team-building activities in the Lake District.
U15 players were selected from four of ESF’s schools including Emmanuel College, in Gateshead, Bede Academy, Blyth, The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, and Trinity Academy, from Thorne, near Doncaster, to form a Lions squad.
The first fixture was against the renowned Dame Allan’s School, in Newcastle, who remain unbeaten this year in eight games with a total points tally of 430.
A hard-fought match saw multiple tries at either end leading to a final victory to Dame Allan’s of 40-31.
ESF head coach Paul Ingham said: “Dame Allan’s are a formidable squad well deserving of their reputation so I was absolutely thrilled to see our boys give them a good game.
“The Lions refused to give up right until the final whistle in what was a truly spirited performance. We were given such a warm welcome by Dame Allan’s and our squad was absolutely buzzing after a thrilling match.
“The Lions boys have been superb ambassadors for the Emmanuel Schools Foundation receiving comments not only on their rugby ability but also on their manners and attitudes.”
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