The 1908 and Golden Fern Cups made a welcome return to the calendar earlier this month and around 300 boys and girls from 11 local schools took part in the day’s competition.
St Peter’s captured two of the three trophies on offer in an excellent day for the school. Not only did they host the event – the first time it had been held outside of Cheltenham – but they reached the final in each of the three competitions held.
All Golds’ director, Lionel Hurst said: “It was a great delight to see the return of the 1908 Cup for boys and the Golden Fern Cup for girls.
“Rugby League is a sport made for children with its simple rules and free and open running style. The joy on the children’s – and the teachers’ – faces was there for all to see.”
The presentations were made by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Joanne Brown, The Sheriff and Deputy Mayor Councillor Howard Hyman and the Mayor’s Consort, Councillor David Brown.
Richard Graham MP for Gloucester and the Mayor’s son, Thomas Brown were also in attendance and the Rugby Football League’s National Player Development Manager, Phil Jones, lent a hand throughout the day.
The tournament was part funded by the County Councillor-led grants programme, Growing Our Communities fund, and from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme,delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, the sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
On the fields of play, the home school, St Peter’s came out on top in the Golden Fern competition for Year 7 Girls narrowly defeating a Dene Magna team that had won through in a tense semi final that lasted almost 20 minutes before Ribston were finally beaten by the only try of the game.
Player of the tournament and winner of the Empress Award was Umiyah Saami of St Peter’s.
St Peter’s also triumphed in the 1908 Cup for Year 7 Boys defeating a team from Marling school 5-4 after Golden Try extra time. The player of the tournament and winner of the Massa Johnston Award was Etiosa Izekor from St Peter’s
In the Year 9 Boys tournament, Churchdown repeated their three tries to one pool victory over St Peter’s in the final to deny the home school a clean sweep of the trophies.
Recipient of the Massa Johnston Award for player of the tournament was Churchdown’s Charlie Anstis.
Led by Malcolm Holmes, the match officials as well as the volunteers all received small trophies in recognition of their efforts to make the day a success.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Year 7 Boys
Winners – St Peter’s High School
Massa Johnston Award – Etiosa Izekor (St Peter’s)
Year 9 Boys
Winners – Churchdown
Massa Johnston award – Charlie Anstis (Churchdown)
Golden Fern Cup
Year 7 Girls
Winners – St Peter’s High School
Empress Award – Umiyah Saami (St Peter’s)
All images by Lewis Mitchell Photography
2008 – Prince of Wales stadium 8 schools 9 teams lesley vainikolo
2009 – Newlands Park – first golden fern tournament – Celtic Crusaders support
2012 – Prince of Wales Stadium – pro teams U20 competition 2-day event
2013 – The Folley
2014 – The Folley 38 teams
2015 – The Folley (1908 Cup), Prince of Wales Stadium (Golden Fern Cup)
2016 – The Folley
2017 – not played
2018 – not played
2019 – St Peter’s School, Gloucester