Silcoates win annnual tournament

Silcoates 1st XV celebrate winning the Tom Burrow Cup.
Silcoates 1st XV celebrate winning the Tom Burrow Cup.

Silcoates School in Wrenthorpe hosted its annual 15-a-side invitational rugby tournament on Saturday.

Teams from Cumbria, Northumbria and Yorkshire competed in an excellent day’s rugby watched by a crowd of several hundred spectators made up of pupils, parents, former pupils and friends of the sc hool.

The tournament has been going on for over 30 years but but it has taken on a special poignancy in the last two years because it has been renamed in memory of Tom Burrow, a former pupil who was killed in a road traffic accident in May, 2012. Tom was a stalwart of the school’s 1st XV whose own catchphrase of ‘massive performance’ has been adopted by everyone who plays rugby at Silcoates.

After several exciting matches, Silcoates 1st XV and a team from Austin Friars School in Cumbria contested the final. Just one score - a try by Silcoates full-back Danny Brodsworth - decided a close-fought match.

The Tom Burrow Cup was presented to the winning captain by Tom’s brother, Jonny Burrow, who captained the side during the 2011-12 season.

Silcoates head teacher Darryl Wideman said: “This was an excellent day for Silcoates and everyone associated with the school. It was lovely to be able to welcome so many people to watch some high quality rugby, and we are especially pleased that Tom’s family could join us for what was a fitting celebration of everything he held dear while he was here.”