The 2023 Rugby 7s Season has drawn to a close. Across the season, 70 individual pupils represented the School, playing in 51 matches with 25 wins, scoring 1082 points and finishing with a season points difference of +191. We have lots to celebrate and reasons to be optimistic for next year’s season and beyond.
The two highlights of the season have been the London Oratory U14s Cup Final, in which Mill Hill secured a final win against Wellington College, and the U18s won The Gordon’s U18s Plate. These achievements show that Rugby at Mill Hill School is going from strength to strength.
There have been encouraging performances for our teams in several high-profile competitions. Mill Hill experienced two semi-final losses on ‘golden point’ and by one try respectively in the Queen Elizabeth’s School 7s U14 and U16 Cup. We lost the Merchant Taylor’s School U15 Bowl final by one point and the Middlesex 7s U18 Plate final by one try.
The week commencing 20 March bought impressive wins for the U18s against Eton College and two high scoring wins for both the U16s and U14s and the first ever Rosslyn Park entry for a Mill Hill Girls 7s team. However, one group stage loss for each of the U14, U16 and U18 teams brought the 7s season to an end. The U14s lost to Rugby School, the U16s lost to King’s Taunton School by one try and the U18s fell short to Merchiston Castle School by two points. These results demonstrate the fine margins that can decide the outcome of a 7s tournament and one we are determined to be on the right side of in 2024!
Overall, it has been a hugely successful season with a few narrow losses, a high number of tournaments and silverware in the trophy cabinet and a bright future for The Foundation’s teams.
Thank you to all the pupils, team captains and staff who trained and coached our pupils during morning, noon and night. I am confident that national success is not far away!
Mr Carte-Goldberg, Teacher of PE