On Sunday our under-16s took on local rivals Bridlington in what was a friendly match – although I’m told regularly that any match against Bridlington can’t always be amicable.
Despite the rivalry, I am delighted to see how Bridlington are progressing with their junior section.
They may not be as competitive as Scarborough both on and off the pitch at a young level, but having a side to play against now is an important step in the development of rugby in this area.
Playing against clubs like Bridlington offer fixtures closer to home, and having an annual derby matches to play in will only help our players in the long term.
So long may this rivalry continue.
Odin’s Warriors, Scarborough’s under-16s, needed a much-improved performance from the previous week, and the forwards led from the front in this manner, putting in a strong performance.
A positive to come from the game was the return of Sean Mould after 12 months of injury.
It was nice to see Sean back playing and he made a big difference to the side. Euan Govier also led from the front, having a great game at openside flanker.
His work at the breakdown was of a very high standard and he even managed to add to his great performance by scoring a diving try under the posts.
The positive work from the pack set up a stable platform for the backs to work off and Jonty Holloway took full advantage, distributing the ball well which led to a massive five tries for winger Tom Anderson and another try for Greg parker.
Jack Smith received the man of the match accolade for his good work around the breakdown and good clean distribution to the 10.
The final score was 47-7 to Scarborough.
This week we have a number of events happening at the club.
We have our last secondary school tournaments of 2015 on Tuesday and Thursday evening, and we also have a floodlight game for our under-13s against Bridlington on Wednesday evening, 6:30pm kick-off.
Our under-13s faced a difficult challenge this season in their step up from mini to junior rugby. (The important change being an increase in minimum players per side – from 12 to 15).
However this side has developed incredibly well, and are now being looked after by Paul Mathers and Scarborough RUFC’s first team prop, Mark Hopper.
The side has a busy fixture list after Christmas, which is certainly a positive, and a game on Wednesday and Sunday of this week will certainly help the side’s progression as we enter the New Year.
As well as these fixtures, we also have our under-14s and under-15s playing against Driffield at home.
This side has recently progressed into the Yorkshire Plate quarter finals which is set to take place on December 20.
Our under-16s will also be competing in the Yorkshire Cup on that date against a strong side from Hull Ionians.
Hopefully both sides will perform well on the day and continue to advance through the latter stages of the competition.
Both teams have a real opportunity to win some silverware, which would be a just reward for all their hard work in recent years.
This Sunday our club is hosting Yorkshire Carnegie (a professional side) in their ‘on the road’ fixture against London Scottish.
As part of Scarborough RUFC’s commitment to supporting the youth of the area, all children under-16 will be granted free entry into this match.
So I would encourage all those under the age of 16 to take advantage of this brilliant occasion and enjoy some high quality rugby!
During this match we’ll also have a Daisy Edwards as our club mascot for the day.
Daisy is the captain of our newly-formed under-13s girls side, and is also a key player for her school team St Augustine’s.
She’s been playing rugby for a couple of years now and is really progressing well.
Incredibly brave, she’ll never shy away from making a tackle, and always sets a good example to her team mates. Well liked amongst the side, I’m sure Daisy will be a great leader in future seasons to come.
The event will also include some of our minis section - (under-six to under-12).
The under-10s, under-11s and under-12s will all be playing on the pitch at half time which I’m sure will be a wonderful experience for them.
Events like these are always a fantastic chance to excite our current players and offer them insight into how far their development in the sport can take them.
Hopefully, this occasion will go a long way to motivating our players and possibly even inspiring new players to take up the sport.
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