Gordon guides Sedbergh to national sevens victory

Date: Saturday 19th March 2005

SEDBERGH School coached by Penrith’s Gordon Maclelland won the preparatory schools tournament at the prestigious Wooden Spoon National Schools Sevens at Rosslyn Park, London, on Tuesday.

SEDBERGH School coached by Penrith’s Gordon Maclelland won the preparatory schools tournament at the prestigious Wooden Spoon National Schools Sevens at Rosslyn Park, London, on Tuesday.

What made the victory even more impressive was that it was Sedbergh’s first attempt at the under-13 competition.

Maclelland, who is player/coach with Penrith RUFC first XV and master in charge of rugby at Sedbergh Junior School, said: “We play sevens from January and this year we entered two tournaments in the north of England and were beaten in both.

“The win at Rosslyn Park was quite an achievement for the school as it was the first year we have been there, and also our junior school has only 120 pupils aged seven to 13, whereas Millfield, who we beat in the final, have 100 in year eight alone. Really, we were picking from 30 lads.”

Included in the Sedbergh squad of 10 was Ben Stamper, of Penrith, whose father, Jeremy, is involved with junior rugby at Winters Park.

In the two-day event, Sedbergh won four games on the first day, and on the second day they defeated Dragon School, of Oxford, 14-7 in the quarter-finals; Bedford 19-17 in the semis; and Millfield School, of Somerset, 26-12 in the final.

The tournament is the largest in world rugby and, spread over six competitions, comprises five days of rugby for 574 schools, resulting in 910 games.

BELOW: The victorious Sedbergh team with officials including master of rugby GordonMaclelland, of Penrith (third left).