Day 9 – Thinking, Bullfighting and Tackling

Today I woke up at 7 o’clock sharp, fixed myself some breakfast and then headed off to school with my billet. After being reunited with the rest of the Newington team, we headed off on an exciting trip to the Thinktank.

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When we arrived, we firstly visited the bottom level of the museum, which consisted of engines, energy and locomotive trains and transportation of goods. It was an interesting level which showed a lot of history and explained in depth how goods used to be transported- showing the difficulties the exporters faced.

The next place we visited was the Science Garden- probably the highlight of the museum. It was made up of many different hands on experiments and activities, such as a pulley which you had to pull your own weight up to climb, a water cannon, and a huge Rube Goldberg machine, showing the uses of different types of energy. After this, we then roamed around the rest of the museum, which was interesting. My favourite part was where they explained how different items were used to make cars.

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After this, we headed out to The Bullring- one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK. The highlight for all the boys was the discovery of the Nandos restaurant – a restaurant all of us boys are now familiar with. Others continued to shop and just look around. After this, we got back on the coach and drove to our game.

That afternoon the Newington side took on Woodlands Academy. It was a hard fought match for the boys which resulted in a 39-5 victory. There were 5 individual try scorers, with James Roach starring with three strong tries.

James opened the scoring off a kick from George bouncing into his hands running at full pace. The next try came from Riley off a good play by the backs with Riley scoring in the corner. Two more tries were scored by James before half time with Seb also scoring in the first half. Cameron converted 1/5, all being tough shots. Woodlands also scored one try, which was unconverted.

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The second half brought some fresh players on, who all wanted to make an impact. The half was hard fought up until the last 15 minutes when Newington made a break through with Justin running down the short side and getting past the fullback, off a great pass from Tom who was halfback. A few minutes later Harry scored a long range running try down the wing, sealing the game. Ross was able to convert 1/2 of the conversions.

Sione was voted man of the match by the other team.

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By Miles Parhash & Justin Raja

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