The annual Jersey tournament recently took place. The children enjoyed four days of intense sporting competition.
This year, the touring squad was made up of eight Year 7 boys and seven Year 8 boys. On the first day, we played in the 6 a-side football tournament. Both the A and B teams played very well even with one win, one draw and one loss. This meant that the boys missed out on progressing to the final by a single goal.
The B team had an impressive win against Kingswood House and drew two further matches reaching the semi-final where they played Durlston Court and won 2-1. In the final Belmont played St Michael’s Jersey and, in a very even match, were just beaten 0-1 by a lucky goal which hit the post then rebounded off a Belmont head into the net! An unlucky result but we were delighted to be nominated as runners up nonetheless!
Our Year 7 Hockey team played 3 group games, winning one match against Kingswood House and losing two further matches. Our Year 8 team drew two matches to Kingswood House and Victoria College Jersey and lost one further game, just failing to progress out of their group.
Belmont won 2 matches in their pool beating St Michael’s Kent 4 tries to 1, then beating a Barbarians team 5 tries to nil.
The final game was against Durlston Court losing by 3 tries to 1. Belmont qualified second in our group for the semi-final where they played the hosts, St. Michael’s Jersey, losing 2 tries to 4. This is a young team and we were impressed by their potential for the future. We take away many positives to work on for next year.
Following the rugby tournament, A and B England teams are formed from the best players selected from across all the schools participating in the tournament. These teams then play against the local Jersey teams. We were delighted that Belmont players Charlie Priday, Felix Brackpool and Henry Porter were all selected for the England A team and Patrick White, Henry Brown and Andrew Wall were selected for the England B team.
When not competing, we visited La Corbière Lighthouse, Durell Wildlife Park, the Jersey War tunnels; we went ten-pin bowling and visited Aqua splash.
Jersey was a great experience for all those who took part with four full days of sport.
Many congratulations all who were on the tour and thank you to the staff who accompanied them.