President Kennedy Victorious in Schools Action
On Tuesday afternoon a Bishop Ullathorne and President Kennedy took a step forward in their rugby league development when both schools took part in a year 7 fixture for the first time in a number of years.
With both groups receiving coaching from Coventry Bears community coaches through the Sky Try programme they have been progressing steadily over the last number of weeks as they prepared for their first ever rugby league game.
Despite the soaring heat both sides showed up with their game faces on and once their pre match preparations had been completed the game got under way with Bishop Ullathorne kicking off to the visitors.
The game was certainly a contrast of two styles as Bishop Ullathorne looked to played through their forward pack which held the size advantage while President Kennedy looked to use their pace to break down the hosts defence.
And they did just that early in the proceedings as they took a four point lead within the first ten minutes.
Following this Bishop Ullathorne rallied defensively and seemed more than comfortable at times with the speed of their opponents.
Strong carries from Harrison Collier got Bishop back on the front foot but they failed to capitalise, in part from some bone rattling defence from man of the match Brooklyn Vassell.
In attack President Kennedy utilised pacey back Edward Abioban who proved almost impossible to stop at. His multiple line breaks meant the hosts had to scramble hard in defence.
In the second half the efforts of the first period began to tell on both sides as more gaps began to appear in both sides defence. However, to their credit all players worked hard to overcome the fatigue.
It was President Kennedy who sealed the game off with a last minute try which gave them a 10-0 victory over the host school.
Speaking after the game Coventry Bears Community Manager Conor Kelly praised both sides saying; “It was an entertaining game to watch. Considering many of the players haven’t had much rugby league experience there was some great skill and game knowledge on show. We can only look forward to these young players developing even more over the coming years and hopefully we will start some of them on a pathway to playing for Coventry Bears.”