Barbeary breaks 32-year try-scoring record to help Bloxham to victory

A longstanding school record was broken as Bloxham ended their season with a convincing victory on a wet afternoon at King Henry VIII, Coventry.

 

Wasps Academy hooker Alfie Barbeary scored a hat-trick of tries in a 48-0 win to end the season on 24 tries, breaking the school’s 1st XV record of 23 set in 1984.

 

Alfie’s unselfishness was shown by the pass he gave on the try line to set up captain Ollie Kilgallon for his own 13th of the season, when he still needed two more tries to broke the record.

 

After a quiet first half, reaching half time only 12-0 up, Bloxham then cut loose despite the poor conditions to score tries from both their wings, the pick of the eight scored in total.

 

Fly half Jake Manning added three conversions to a well-taken try when he showed good knowledge of the laws to wriggle through to score by placing the ball against the base of the posts.

 

Remarkably, after failing to score in the first game of the season, Barbeary then managed tries in every one of the remaining twelve matches.

 

With a powerful pack the foundation of their success, Bloxham have enjoyed an excellent season, winning 11 out of 13 and recording excellent away victories at the Oratory and both Oxford schools, MCS and St Edward’s. They responded well to defeat by one score at the hands of Bromsgrove in the NatWest Cup by winning all six of their remaining games.

 

Full Time: King Henry VIII, Coventry 0-48 Bloxham

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By Simon Batten

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