MYG produces champions - MYGNight of Champions Rugby

St Margaret’s primary school were in champion form as they secured a hat-trick of titles in the first three events of the 2012 Medway Festival of Sport.

The school was in blistering form as it triumphed in the hockey and tag rugby competitions on the same night, and, on the following evening, made it three Night of Champions victories in a row, when it took the badminton title.Mini Youth Games rugby world cup action shot. Picture courtesy of Medway Messenger

Their victory in the final of the tag rugby saw them exact revenge on St Andrews, who had beaten them in the Mini Youth Games (MYG) competition held in the autumn from which the top eight teams qualified for the Night of Champions.

Despite a strong performance from St Andrews, St Margaret’s always looked the more likely winners and made the most of their strong-running team in the second-half to notch a 9-6 victory.

Hempstead, who were winners of the MYG competition, had to settle for third at the Night of Champions. They lost narrowly to champions St Margaret’s in the semi-final before coming through the third-place play-off with an 8-5 win over Balfour.

Match of the day award went to the tie between Allhallows and Lordswood. The two schools were drawing at the end of normal time, and were still tied at the end of extra time. With the game moving into sudden death it was Allhallows who finally came out on top with a try in the corner to claim an 11-10 victory.MYG Rugby winners

Final standings

  • First -  St Margaret's
  • Second - St Andrews
  • Third - Hempstead
  • Fourth - Balfour
  • Fifth - Wainscott
  • Sixth - Allhallows
  • Seventh - Lordswood


Night of Champions hockey

The top eight teams from September’s MYG  hockey event returned to the pitch during Medway Council’s Winter Festival Of Sport to compete for the honour of being top hockey primary school in Medway.

In a seeded draw the teams’ positions from the MYG event proved pivotal in the opening round.

Hempstead Junior School, the top team in September went in as favourites playing the eighth-placed team Allhallows Primary.

St Margaret’s Junior School, that finished just behind Hempstead in September, played seventh-place Warren Wood Primary. Photo of action at the Min Youth Games hockey event

The other two quarter final fixtures saw third-place Miers Court square up against sixth-place Balfour Junior School, while the battle of fourth and fifth was fought out by Lordswood Junior School and Horsted Junior School.

The four quarter finals all went the way of the seeded teams. 

Hempstead, St Margaret’s, Miers Court and Lordswood all progressed to the semi-finals where Lordswood overcame favourites Hempstead 3-0, and St Margaret’s defeated Miers Court by three goals to one.

Hempstead had to console themselves with a third place playoff match against Miers Court, while Lordswood and St Margaret’s battled for primary school hockey supremacy.

In a close final St Margaret’s took an early lead before Lordswood levelled the scoring at 1-1.  St Margaret’s then increased the pressure winning a succession of long corners before bagging the all-important second goal.

In a late scare for the Rainham-based primary school Lordswood hit the post and had a follow-up effort cleared off the line, but St Margaret’s held on to their slender lead to run out 2-1 winners.

Hempstead romped past Miers Court by five goals to two to take third place. NOC Hockey winners 2012In the other playoff games Warren Wood put their quarter final defeat behind them and scored an impressive seven goals to secure fifth place.

Final standings

  • First - St Margaret’s Junior School
  • Second - Lordswood Junior School
  • Third - Hempstead Junior School
  • Fourth - Miers Court Primary School
  • Fifth - Warren Wood Primary School
  • Sixth - Horsted Junior School
  • Seventh - Balfour Junior School
  • Eighth - Allhallows Primary School



Night of Champions Badminton

St Margaret’s claimed their hat-trick of Night of Champions wins by defeating surprising finalists Hilltop two matches to one in the Night of Champions Badminton final.

Hilltop finished seventh place at the MYG Badminton tournament in November, but overcame Allhallows and Wainscott in close games to battle their way to the final at the Night of Champions event.

St Augustine of Canterbury cruised past Wainscott 3-0 to secure third place on the night and reverse their finishing positions from the MYG Badminton tournament in November.

Final standingsNOC Badminton winners 2012

  • First - St Margarets
  • Second - Hilltop
  • Third - St Augustine of Canterbury
  • Fourth - Wainscott
  • Fifth - Allhallows
  • Sixth - Elaine
  • Seventh - Hempstead
  • Eighth - Lordswood

The Sports Development and 2012 Team would like to thank Anchorians Hockey Club, Medway Badminton Association and Medway Rugby Club for supporting the events.

The MYG is a multi-sport programme of events run through the school year for all Medway primary schools. 

It forms part of the Medway Games series organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team with the support of Medway’s two school sports partnerships, national governing bodies, local sports clubs and leisure facilities. Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Mini Youth Games title.

If you are interested in joining a local club, getting involved in the sport or finding out more about Mini Youth Games, contact the Sports Development Team at