Tom Harrison’s Junior 2012 Review

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Scarborough RUFC 2012 Review

2012 has been a great year for Junior Rugby at Silver Royd.

We’ve had more than 150 junior fixtures plus more than a dozen Minis fixtures as well as The Skipton Building Society Schools’ League, summer and holiday camps, a junior festival in October and one of the biggest mini rugby festivals in the country back in April.

With the rugby year running from September to May we are currently only half way through the current season and all the indications at the club are pointing to another successful year coming up.

Mini rugby has had a great year with highlights such as the Breakaway Tours festival, a bus trip away to Hull Ionians with former first team captain Nick Ingham leading a traditional rugby sing song and many of the Matrix festivals.

Our under-13s have put in some outstanding performances in their first year of playing on full-sized pitches; they have fantastic numbers at training every week and are now looking to develop some consistency in their performances to make them a really great side.

The under-14s have had the best start to the season out of all our junior sides and over the past few weeks they have gone eight games unbeaten and are currently in the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Shield.

They have a great team spirit forged in part through their tour at the end of last season and they have had an influx of players, many of whom have joined as a result of the Skipton Building Society Schools’ League and these guys have only strengthened the team ethos.

The under-15s had an indifferent start to the season after struggling with players playing both codes of rugby but now that things have settled down they will look to build on their last performance against Driffield and start 2013 with seven fixtures on the bounce.

The under-16s have carried on from where they left off last season; strong performances also saw them have a fantastic run in the Yorkshire Shield before coming unstuck against Pocklington who were the better side on the day.

The under-16s will look to take their revenge on the January 13 2013 when they host Pocklington in their first fixture back after the Christmas break.

There is still plenty of rugby at Silver Royd over the Christmas break starting with the Scarborough College Old Boys game on Saturday December 22, 4pm ko.

The current Scarborough Sixth Form College team will take on an Old Boys select XV captained and organised by Jaxon Tite. The game has been run for a number of years and as always is set to produce some exciting and fast-paced rugby.

If you can, please come down and watch, admission is free.

Sunday is the Minis’ Christmas party, fun and games starting at 10.30am followed by some bar games and party food. All minis are welcome to attend.

Boxing Day is the traditional club game and this year the teams will be split into the over-27s and under-27s.

I’m sure that it will be a chance for some of the older members of the club to show all the younger players how it was done way back in the old days.

All the junior sides will be hoping for some better weather in the New Year as most will be playing matches almost every Sunday in the first couple of months of 2013. So to all the players, maybe skip that final mince pie and go out for a run instead.

Finally, I would like to wish all players, coaches and volunteers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you all again after the break

Thanks for reading

Tom Harrison

Youth Development Officer

Scarborough RUFC