Our neighbours, Summer Fields School, founded in 1864, pre-date us by some 13 years. However, we have been many years ahead of them in terms of rugger!
Mr Wallace has written up these momentous events for this term’s edition of the ‘Draconian’:
“We renewed our rugger at Summer Fields on Monday March 8th, when 15 Dragons and 15 Summer Fieldians had a pick-up game which I am sure everyone enjoyed. On the 10th we took up a team to play them. It was our 1st XV as near as possible, and except for three minutes in the first half and fifteen in the second, our opponents put up a very good show.”
This followed on from events earlier this term when we challenged them to a game of soccer.
“To our great delight we heard also that Summer Fields had made a start at rugger. The result was that we agreed to visit them on February 11th to play them at soccer, and on February 14th to introduce them to the rugger game.
On the first occasion our team was beaten by a goal to nothing on one of those impossible days when the ball and ground are dry but the wind is so strong that good football is almost impossible…
On the 14th we took a rugger side up to Summer Fields to give them a trial game; we knew that after six games of rugger it was no good talking of a match. At any rate it was an enjoyable day and everyone, both sides and partisans of both sides, seemed thoroughly pleased with the game.”
Hopefully rugger will really catch on and we can enjoy many more matches in the years to come.