Jordanhill School qualify for semi-finals

Jordanhill School have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2018 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship after impressing on day two of action at Scotstoun yesterday.

They lost just one of their 12 matches to edge out Annan Academy, Perth Grammar, Cumnock Academy and Ayr Academy to claim a last four spot.

Balfron High School were the first school into the knock-out stages after winning Q1 last week.

Despite tricky playing conditions 187 tries were scored yesterday across 30 matches involving 15 teams and 210 players.

Each participating school in this year's SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship has S1 and S2 level boys’ teams competing as well as an under-15s girls’ team.

Across their three teams, winners Jordanhill ran in a total of 43 tries.

Jordanhill rugby coach Evan Rae said: "All credit to the players who competed today.

"The weather wasn't ideal but the rugby from all the teams was of a great standard.

"At Jordanhill something we always try to encourage is an attacking style, keeping the ball in hand and trying to make use of any space.

"I think that was what our players did best today.”

He continued: "Qualifying is fantastic for our players and the semi-finals will be another great opportunity to play rugby against some very good schools.

"Our girls’ team started playing rugby about 18 months ago and they should be very proud with how they performed.

"They came out and played really well.

"It was a full day’s worth of rugby and this tournament will really help with the development of all the pupils competing today."

Glasgow Warriors players Ruaridh Jackson, Ryan Grant, Scott Cummings, Chris Fusaro, Lewis Wynne, Brandon Thomson and Pat MacArthur took a break from training to watch some of the action, which thrilled Jordanhill S1 player Stirling Brown. 

He said: "I come to watch Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun so it's great to now play here and meet the players.

"I started playing rugby in P7 and have really enjoyed the sport ever since.

"All the teams we have played today have been good and we needed to play well to qualify."

Ruaridh Jackson added: "It's awesome seeing the kids playing rugby at such a young age.

"For me, one of the best things about being a professional rugby player is getting out to the schools and rugby clubs to meet kids and coach them.

"I find it really enjoyable and it's brilliant to see them taking part today and having fun."

Annan Academy's girls' team ran in 21 tries winning all four of their matches.

Annan player Lucy Stevenson, 14, was competing in the tournament alongside her younger brother Lex.

She said: "I started playing rugby four years ago because my three brothers played and my mum encouraged me to join in.

"I really enjoy it. I have a good group of friends in the rugby team and we also have good coaches which makes it even more enjoyable.”

All the Annan players wore odd socks to raise awareness for #WorldDownSyndromeDay.   

- At the beginning of this season Glasgow Warriors announced a landmark three-year partnership with SP Energy Networks which saw them become the club’s Official Community Partner.

SP Energy Networks, which operates across central and southern Scotland, are working with Glasgow Warriors on a wide-range of community initiatives, including the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship.

25 schools from across the west, central and southern Scotland will take part in the tournament.

The 2018 champions will take home the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship trophy and brand new rugby kit for their school.