U18 Schools Vase: Round 1 Review

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The U18 Schools Vase first round concluded this week, with the final few fixtures taking place after last week saw the bulk completed.


It sets up a full set of second round fixtures, and in some cases third round fixtures as a few sides enjoy second round byes in the more sparsely populated sections of the draw.


U18 Schools Vase Fixtures & Results:


North A

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The action in North A this week was completed with Gateshead College beating Bede Acaedmy in a thriller, 57-44. The win sees them in a Round 2 fixture against Newcastle School for Boys, with the winner of that to play the winner or Emmanuel College v Dame Allan’s.


Elsewhere, after victories last week Ripon Grammar and Pocklington are both through, and with second round byes they will meet in round three. Similarly St Aidens and Ashville College. Crossley Heath and Silcoates also meet in the third round thanks to second round byes.


North B

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Three games took place in North B this week, Birkdale beat Lady Manners 17-14 to reach the third round, they now have a second round bye, they will meet Worksop College, who also have a bye.


Bolton School’s 27-0 win over Runshaw also sends them through to the third round via a bye, they will meet Fallibroome, who follow the same route after last week’s win.


At the bottom of the draw Birkenhead beat King William’s in a thriller, 28-26, they also shoot to the third round where they will play the winner of Liverpool College v St Anselms. Above the Austin Friars await the winner of Hutton Grammar v AKS Lytham.


Midlands A

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With all fixtures already completed, Midlands A was quiet this week. It does mean that all the round 2 fixtures are confirmed though, with RGS Colchester hosting Bishop’s Stortford High School, opening the chance of an all Bishop’s Stortford 3rd round clash as the College host Woodbridge in the game below.


Samuel Whitbread will host Sir John Lawes, the winner faces the winner of St George’s Harpenden v Tring. Below them Royal Latin welcome Aylesbury Grammar, with the chance of a third round tie b Wellingborough or Bishop Stopford the reward.


The foot of the draw sees Carre’s travel to King’s Grantham, with Spalding Grammar v King’s Peterborough the other game, the winners of those two will meet in the third round.


Midlands B

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Midlands B did have a few games this week, KES Stratford were given a walkover against Kenilworth, they face King Henry VIII Coventry in the next round, with the winner taking on the victors from Welbeck v Leicester Grammar in round 3.


At the foot of the section Ellesmere College were 27-19 winners over Wrekin College and Shrewsbury beat Abraham Darby 53-0, they now meet in round 2. KES Aston, meanwhile are into the second round with a 37-29 win over Queen Mary’s Grammar, they will travel to Fairfax.


Elsewhere, there is a Hereford derby in round 2 as the 6th form College take on the Cathedral School, the winner will host KES Five Ways in round 3, they have a second round bye. Biship Vesey’s host Ashbourne, with the winner playing either Fairfax or KES Aston, while the winners of Shrewsbury v Ellesmere will be hosted by either Newcastle-Under-Lyme or Haberdashers’.


London & South East A

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London & South East A had a busy week, with four games taking place. St Benedict’s powered into Round 2 with a 55-7 win at Isleworth & Syon, they face Mill Hill in Round 2 with the winner facing either QES Barnet or Davenant, who beat Enfield Grammar 47-27 on Wednesday, in Round 3.


Further down the section, Rutlish beat St Cecilia’s 17-7 on Wednesday, they now face Reed’s in Round 2, with the winner facing either Tiffin or City of London Freemen’s.


Harris City Academy earned a third round slot with their 50-0 win over St Dunstan’s on Wednesday, they have a bye in round two and will face either Richard Challoner of Wallington County Grammar in Round 3.


London & South East B

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Two fixtures took place in London & South East B this week, both on Wednesday. Worthing High School booked their second round place with a 31-26 win over Bhavsic, they now face The Weald in Round 2, who had a huge win.


The second game this week saw Worth win a tight one against Reigate College, setting up a second round game against Cardinal Newman. At the top of the draw Brentwood will host Beth’s, while Wilmington travel to Dartford Grammar. St Lawrence meanwhile host Simon Langton, with the winner facing either Duke of York’s RMS of Dover Grammar School.


Hayes meanwhile welcome St Olave’s Grammar, with the winner there in action in Round 3 against either Maidstone Grammar or Sutton Valence.


South West A

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South West A has seen plenty of action over the last few days. On Saturday West Buckland beat Mount Kelly 20-0 to head into the second round, where they will face Woodroffe, who had a bye.


Meanwhile on Wednesday Kingsbridge and Torquay Boys Grammar drew 19-19, confirmation of who goes through is yet to reach us, but Plymouth College await after their first round bye.


Below them Brockenhurst host Bournemouth and Gryphon host Thomas Hardye in the second round after they played out their first round games last week.


St Laurence’s 36-0 win over Frome on Thursday sends them straight to the third round thanks to a second round bye. There they will face either Bristol Cathedral School or Backwell after both had first round walkovers.


At the foot of the section Warminster received a walkover against Melksham Oak on Wednesday, firing them straight to the third round thanks to a second round. They will face Dauntsey’s there after they too have a second round bye after a strong first round win over Sheldon.


South West B

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Wednesday saw Tewkesbury receive a walkover against Beaufort, sending them straight to the third round where they will face The Crypt, both have second round byes.


So too do Marling, who head to the third round where the winner of Cotswold v Royal Wootton Bassett will be their opponent.


The bottom of the South West B section saw Ryde beat Oakland 53-14 on Wednesday, they go straight to the third round thanks to a second round bye, the winners of Reading Blue Coat, who beat St Bartholomew’s 5-14 on Wednesday, v The Oratory will face them in round 3.


Elsewhere John Hampden meet Sir William Borlase’s in Round 2, the winner faces the winner of Gordon’s v Panfbourne College in Round 3.


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