Oratory defeated in last 16 of national sevens competition
THE Oratory School in Woodcote have made it through the last 16 of the national sevens
THE Oratory School in Woodcote have made it through the last 16 of the national sevens competition at Rosslyn Park last week only to lose to the eventual winners.
Against the odds, the Oratory defeated a strong and physical Epsom College team by 10-7 as well as winning their other three group games, to top group H.
This was the last opportunity for upper sixth boys to display their talents in a school shirt and Tom Texeira, Alex Walmsley, Rory Baxter, Mark Price, James Appleyard, Joe Grieve and Oli Lovett did just that. Having won the group the Oratory then took on Caerleon School from Wales in what was expected to be another tough match. But it didn’t turn out that way as the boys turned on the style, winning 43-0 in impressive fashion.
The squad were unable to progress to the semi-final following defeat to eventual winners Tonbridge but overall it was a fitting climax to a successful season, having lost in the final at the Worth Sevens to Brighton College two weeks earlier, as well as winning the Berkshire Sevens.
Meanwhile, the Oratory’s St Philip House were crowned winners of the Shield competition at its 40th Catholic Sevens tournament recently. Nineteen teams took part and the winners were St Benedict’s, Ealing.