The St. Olave's 1st XV can be very proud of themselves as they represented the school at the Sixways Stadium, home of Worcester Warriors, on Tuesday afternoon against Old Swinford Hospital. The squad travelled down on Monday evening before traveling to the stadium on Tuesday morning. After a slow start the Olavian team grew into the game and from 18-0 down started a courageous comeback. Tries from Aaron Grandidier and Kosi Nwuba were followed by a penalty from James Tate to bring the game to 18-13 and an opportunity for victory. Sadly it was not to be, with OSH scoring in the last play of the match to win 25-13. The game was watched by a loyal band of supporters as well as on the live stream back at school. Although disappointed the squad acquitted themselves magnanimously in defeat, with captain Charlie Peck keen to emphasise the achievement of the boys in reaching the final, as well as his hope that this will inspire future Olavians to emulate, or improve, on their achievement. Congratulations to the players and staff for their part in an epic Natwest Bowl journey.
The School is enormously grateful to the staff who supported the team throughout the season and acknowledge the tremendous efforts and dedication of the team who represented the School yesterday:
Niall Johal; Aaron Grandidier, Oliver Tomkins, Charlie Stocks, John Oxley; James Tate, Matthew Lane; Jordan Adesina, Ali Albarosa, Charlie Peck (capt), Hai Duong, Kosi Nwuba, Aldia Chua, Reece Savage, Finn Macpherson.
Substitutes: Darshan Varma, Veysan Kaman, Harrison Crisp, William Carew, Ciaran Twomey, Joshua Goulbourne, Tolu Ogunyamade.