Tom Harrison’s Junior Report: School sides battle it out for cup success

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On Sunday, schools from across the district competed against each other for the chance to go to the East Yorkshire finals.

All games were played over 40 minutes and the younger Years 7 and 8 played over half a pitch with years 9, 10 and 11 playing on a full pitch.

School Rugby competition Graham school leap for the ball with Malton school (right)

School Rugby competition Graham school leap for the ball with Malton school (right)

In Year 7 Scalby faced a very strong and well-drilled Malton school who ran out comfortable winners; great credit to the Scalby boys who put in some fantastic individual tackles put lacked a little team cohesion.

In the Year 8 final Graham and Raincliffe faced Malton School in a smaller-sided game due to low numbers and it was the Scarborough school who dominated the game throughout, running in numerous tries with George Farey and Euan Govier the pick of the Graham players.

The Year 9 final was an exciting battle with both Filey and Ryedale scoring tries at will and it was Ryedale who just managed to score last and run out narrow winners Scarborough under-14 players Tom Burton and Joe Holliday were the pick of the Filey players.

The Year 10 final was the most exciting clash and it saw two unbeaten teams go against each other. Filey School and Whitby Community College played a fast-paced, expansive game with WCC just coming out on top when the final whistle blew.

School Rugby competition Graham school against Malton school (right)Picture Richard Ponter 131029c

School Rugby competition Graham school against Malton school (right)Picture Richard Ponter 131029c

Stand out player of the game was Toby Welsby; the East Yorkshire representative who usually plays at flanker was outstanding as a scrum-half.

The Year 11 final was played on the 1st XV pitch and defence ruled the day. Graham & Raincliffe played Ryedale with the score-line just in the latter’s favour.

It was a game that either team could have won and it was a shame to see the local school come up just short. For Graham, Drew Govier deserves a special mention as he played a year up and stood out with his committed tackling.
This weekend’s fixtures:

The under-sevens and eights are playing in an East Yorkshire Festival at Beverley, meeting at 9am at the club for the coach and for those six, seven and eight year-olds not involved in the festival, training will run at 10.30am.

School Rugby competition Malton go forwards against Graham school.Picture Richard Ponter 131029d

School Rugby competition Malton go forwards against Graham school.Picture Richard Ponter 131029d

The under-9s and 10s and under-11 & 12s are playing matches at home against Driffield meeting at 10am. Please ring Nigel Wilson on 01723 584973 or look on the Facebook page for any updates.

The under-16s are playing at Bridlington 11am kick-off 

And finally, it is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Luke Coles following a road traffic accident in Edinburgh.

Luke, who was just 21 years old, played in the mini and junior rugby teams over several years and was the player of the year in the under-12s during his time at the club.

School Rugby competition Scalby go down against Malton.Picture Richard Ponter 131029e

School Rugby competition Scalby go down against Malton.Picture Richard Ponter 131029e

We will remember him as an enthusiastic and energetic player who loved the physical challenge of the game.

Our sincere condolences go to the Coles family, he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.