Over the October half term 47 U13 and U14 boys went away to Venice, Italy for an action packed rugby tour.
On arrival in Venice both teams settled in the hotel before transferring to the first matches against Valsugana Rugby U13 and U14. Both teams enjoyed impressive wins over Valsugana and were then treated to a memorable evening in the club house, where the hosts treated us to homemade pasta and sweet cakes made by the local families. The perfect start to the tour.
The second matches were at two different locations with the U14s playing Conegliano Rugby and the U13s playing Mestre Rugby. The U14s played end to end stuff with the Italian team with the score line finishing 40-45 to Conegliano. The U13s had a hard fought battle against Mastre where they ran out of steam towards the end. Both games gave the pupils a great insight into Italian rugby and offered a different test for the pupils that they would not get in England. After match meals were again memorable and one of our students (who is fluent in Italian) was awarded a signed rugby ball for his after match speeches.
We then spent some down time visiting the renowned Gardaland amusement park, which obviously went down well with the pupils. Before taking in the culture of around Venice, where we spent time at St Mark's Square and the Duke Palace as well as getting to see Venice via a motor boat.
On the final day we enjoyed some time by the beach before heading off to our final game against the national champions Rovigo. The U13s played first against a well drilled team. The atmosphere and intensity of the game was evident to see from the first minute. Although the pupils put in a spirited performance the local team had too much power and were the eventual winners. Afterwards the U14 had their chance to prove themselves to what was now a sizeable crowd. The pupils raised their game for the opponents and displayed some mature rugby. The Hill House pupils proved their class with a fantastic win to finish a memorable tour.