Tom Harrison’s Junior Report: Great season for our junior section

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Scarborough RUFC’s junior section celebrated a fantastic season with their annual presentation evening.

For the under-16s it’s been a very, very good season, probably the best ever with 13 won, 10 lost and one drawn.

Of the 10 losses, Scarborough were within a winning margin in seven of them, so one way or another, it has been our most competitive season by far.

It has featured wins over some of the strongest teams in Yorkshire, including Selby and Driffield, and on the way we have scored 589 points with Jordan Wakeham providing 159 of them - 139 with the boot, and Joe Marshall 125 through 25 tries.

The team’s success has also been recognised outside the club with six players now selected to represent East Yorkshire including props Hayden Ogilvie and Charlie Reynolds, hooker Aaron Wilson, lock Dan Kirk, wing-forward James Wingrove and centre/wing Joe Marshall. Other outstanding players recognised at the Thor’s Men Awards - Callum Kail and Chris North - joint winners of most Improved; Joe Marshall - Players’ Player; Ben Phillips - trainer of the Year, Jordan Wakeham - Golden Boot; Joe Marshall - The Triblick Trophy (Player of the Year). Thor’s Hammers were also given out in recognition of a fantastic contribution through the year to Hayden Ogilvie, Dan Kirk, James Wingrove, Aaron Wilson and Joe Marshall.

This season the under-14s team more than exceeded our own expectations and have also along the way strengthened the squad with six players coming from rugby league. The team won a staggering 86 per cent of their fixtures.

Their main strength this season is that they were able to compete with the ‘good’ sides in our area.

They entered the Yorkshire Cup for the first time and made it to the plate semi-final losing out to the eventual winners Huddersfield.

They also entered seven players in the East Yorkshire Trials with all getting selected. Only three players actually represented the area as other players had prior commitments.

Looking back over the season, both myself and coach Dominic Grunwell have been impressed with the players’ attributes and their development and we look forward to progressing at Under-15’s next season.

The under-13s have not yet held their Annual presentation night, so I can’t reveal the trophy winners yet.  

As far as the season has gone, the start was a bit rocky but the end result has been excellent. They played 16 games and won 12.  

The games they lost were very closely fought so overall, things are very positive. The team have just recruited another four players which takes the squad up to 26.  

The tour to Holland was hugely successful with the players rising to the occasion. Nineteen boys travelled and 19 young men returned along with some silverware.  

I would like to extend my thanks to all the parents who came along to support and our sponsors for the tour, without whom they would not have had this excellent experience.  

Next season the team will be known as Odin’s Warriors, the name given by the club and now they are ready to use it with pride

Mini rugby at Scarborough saw an average of 50 players per week aged between six and 12 years old with the club fielding competitive teams at under-sevens & eights then combined nine/10 and 11/12.

With a bit of luck the Club can attract a few extra players for next season to bolster the combined teams so we can put out a side at each age grade.

The minis play a combination of training days and match days from September through until April with matches against local sides Malton, Bridlington, Goole, Pocklington, as well as touring sides Leicester Vipers and Percy Park.

The minis also played in an East Yorkshire Tournament and the Breakaway Tours Annual Mini Rugby Festival. All the matches were played with enthusiasm and sportsmanship and the quality and results improved as the season progressed.

The Minis also benefited from use of the sports hall for indoor winter training sessions during the bad weather.

Many thanks to the parents and coaches for their commitment and support throughout the year and we look forward to doing it all again next season.

Nigel Wilson is planning a summer camp and as soon as we have more details they’ll be on the club’s website at www.scarboroughrugby.co.uk.

The under-eights section have enjoyed their best season ever in the respect of the number of players regularly training and representing the Club.

In total, 45 mini rugby players received certificates at the end of season presentation evening.

The under-sixes most improved player went to Rueben Lacey, while Max Hesp received the Player of the Year award.

Along with being the top try scorer, Samuel Jenkinson was awarded most improved player in the under-sevens and player of the year went to Louie France.

Jamie Dennis, son of former Scarborough FC player Kenny, was presented with the under-eights player of the year and newcomer Alban Smith received the most improved player award.

The under-eights section have also introduced a number of new coaches, who will support the thriving interest currently being experienced in the game.

Nicola Duncan, Kevin Hope and Paul Hesp have joined current coaches Steve Purdy, David White and Chris Bryon. The under-eights have also benefitted from the support of first team players Nick Ingham and Nick Burgess, along with Vikings captain Alex Sharpe.

Thanks to everyone, players, coaches and supporters for another fantastic season and I look forward to welcoming you all back to Silver Royd come September.