Tom Harrison’s Junior Report

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It was a busy day last Sunday with mixed fortunes for the Mini and Junior Scarborough sides.

In the juniors the under-14s travelled to Malton, the under-16s entertained Hornsea and the under-17s played their re-arranged league fixture against Selby.

The under-sevens, under-eights and under-12s teams from the mini section all played in an East Yorkshire matrix event down in Hessle.

The under-16s were first up and they went down to a strong Hornsea side.

The under-16s have been working hard in the past few weeks and were looking forward to the game but with only 13 players available the side were bolstered by a couple of the under-15s, who made up the full complement.

Despite showing signs of early promise in attack the home side fell off too many tackles and were punished when Hornsea crossed for two tries in quick succession early in the game.

The theme continued into the second half with Scarborough creating a lot of try scoring opportunities but failing to convert many of them.

For the under-17s, it was the first game they had played for four weeks and being up against top of the table Selby it looked like it would be a tough task.

However, the home side started the stronger with some good offloading and running rugby into the wind and it was only a couple of wayward passes which prevented the Junior Colts from opening up an early lead.

Both sides showed great attacking intent and were willing to run the ball from everywhere which meant for an exciting game to watch as the scoreboard ticked over for both sides.

The half-time whistle came and everyone (including the spectators) could catch their breath.

It was Selby who started the second half stronger, scoring three tries in quick succession.

At this point many on the sideline feared the worst but a superb break and offload from Matty Blaker put in Elliot Graham who strolled over to bring the score back to 17-27.

With 15 minutes left and the home side now believing they could get back into the game everything was about attack and Scarborough showed their flair with some creative offloading and running which paid off with a try with 10 minutes left to go.

The Junior Colts nearly crossed the line again straight from the kick-off but a dropped ball off the Selby line prevented the home side from levelling the scores.

With less than a minute to go Selby were awarded a penalty and showed great respect to the Scarborough attacking abilities by choosing to kick at goal and the successful penalty brought the final score to 22-30.

The game was played in great spirit throughout and on a rare sunny morning in February, the conditions suited both teams’ attempts to run the ball.

In the minis section the under-sevens enjoyed two high scoring games against Malton and Goole.

Try scorers on the day were, Isaac Grunwell (3) Richard Sharpe (3) Tom Parkin (3) Jamie Dennis (2), with one each for Max Bryon and Oliver Jones. Although not on the score sheet, Louie France achieved the top tackler count.

The under-eights didn’t fare as well against a well organised Goole side.

Nevertheless, Scarborough were always dangerous when running the ball and tries were scored by Robbie Kerr, Daniel Boyes and Harry Jones.

In their second game against Malton the result was a lot closer with Scarborough only losing by the odd try.

Flynn Moss, Harry Wright and Phillip Stuchlik crossed the line for Scarborough and defensively Mason Rehill and Daniel Boyes were top tacklers.

This week’s fixtures include the second round of the East Yorkshire 10s competition where this afternoon Scarborough 6th Form College will travel to Hull Ionians to take on Thomas Rotherham college, Franklin college, Wyke College and Bishop Burton.

The lads have been working on a specific style of play for this tournament as 10’s rugby differs from the 15 a side game and with a lot more space on the field and fewer breakdowns it creates an opportunity to play wide expansive running rugby.

The under-15s are also set to kick-off a busy few weeks with a home game against local rivals Bridlington this Sunday at 11am and an evening fixture against Driffield next Tuesday at 7pm.

The game against Driffield will be the first of many floodlit game to be played over the next few months and finer details regarding all games will be mentioned closer to the time.

Thanks for reading

Tom Harrison

YDO, Scarborough RUFC