Scotland win the World Cup

Scotland have won the rugby world cup!

Mini Youth Games 2011/12 rugby winners Hempstead. Picture courtesy of Medway MessengerHempstead Junior School, who were chosen at random to represent Scotland, emerged victorious in a nail-biting climax to the Medway Mini Youth Games Mini Rugby World Cup.

It is their second win in two events of the 2011/12 Mini Youth Games series.

Scotland needed a golden try after extra time to take the trophy ahead of Uruguay, represented by St Andrew's. Third place went to the Czech Republic (Balfour Junior School) and fourth place to South Africa (St Margaret's Junior School).

More than 300 primary school children from 32 schools took part in the competition, held at Medway Rugby Club on Tuesday, 11 October. The event formed part of the Mini Youth Games series.

The fair play prize, which recognises the school deemed by the referees to have demonstrated a good attitude and spirit of fair play throughout the day, was awarded to Ireland (Allhallows Primary School).

Those teams that didn't make the quarter finals of the main World Cup draw went into a Plate competition, which was won by a golden try by Brazil (Halling Primary School) against Australia (Fairview).

Prizes were also awarded to the boy and girl player of the tournament. The boys' trophy went to Lewis West (Y6) from St Margaret's and the girls' trophy to Isobel Pemberton (Y5) from St Mary's Island.

Group picture of players from the Mini Youth Games Rugby with Rachael BurfordEngland rugby player and Medway Rugby Club member Rachael Burford attended the event as the special guest, and also helped referee some matches. 

Bob Dimond, Medway's 2012 and Sports Development Manager, said: "It was fantastic to see so many schools taking part in our mini World Cup at the same time as the Rugby World Cup reaches its climax in New Zealand.

"There were some great matches and performances during the day and we hope many of the children will be inspired to continue to play rugby in the future."

This was the second of event of the 2011/12 Mini Youth Games series, supported by the Medway Messenger. Hempstead also won the first event of the year so lead the way in the overall series. The next event of the series will be badminton, which takes place next month.

Pictures courtesy of the Medway Messenger. To buy pictures online visit the Kent Online website.

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