Six Tries to Victory for Year 11
Year 11 were ready to rumble as they travelled the short distance to Churston on a fine autumn afternoon. Ben Heal, recently selected for Exeter Chiefs Academy, captained the side and did not disappoint. Heal scored two excellent individual tries from two loose kicks that saw the Churston players being brushed aside as if they were not there. Heal continued to lead and organise the troops very well, and added to his own personal tally with another try and 3 conversions (21 points).
Most impressive, though, was the overall team performance. Churston had no answer to the forward domination led by Dylan Gidman, Alfie Aitken Smith and Asif Alam. Gidman scored Mr Virgo’s favourite try of the game – Paignton were camped in the opposition 5 meter line and carried hard from a series of pick and gos from the base of the ruck. This typified the team effort, organisation and commitment from the entire afternoon.
Smith carried strong all game and put in some ferocious tackles and Alam was the turnover king, slowing down Churston’s ball at the breakdown. The backs were just as effective as the forwards, stretching the Churston defence by getting the ball quickly to the wings. This was orchestrated by Bobby Wiggington from Year 10 who stepped up and fulfilled his fly half role brilliantly. Kyle Bullock was busy in the scrum half position and also got onto the score sheet. Local rugby teams should note that Bullock is currently not playing rugby outside the Academy and any club would be lucky to have him. Other notable performances were Oli Gagg, who played both in the forwards and the backs; Andy Butcher who did very well after not playing for a long time; and Patrick Dingle who scored Paignton’s 4th try. Finally, special mention goes to Ethan Cawthorne who played his first ever game and gave his very best throughout.
Churston carried on battling throughout, showing real determination and good fitness, but Paignton’s ability to remain resilient for so long under constant pressure was impressive.
The final score was 41 – 5 to Paignton – a great win from a great team.