Last Sunday our under-14s and under-15s (pictured right) played against Driffield.
Unfortunately because of injuries, our side could only field 13 players and so had to borrow some players from the opposition.
Despite losing the fixture, there were a couple of positives to take from the match, and coach Niki Duncan discussed this with me following the fixture.
She said: “Despite travelling a fair distance and then being asked to play for the other side, the Driffield lads that played for Scarborough stepped up and played really well, not once taking it easy on their own team, which is something we don’t always see.
“At the end of our game when a player had to sit out after hurting his ankle, one of the opposition players came up asked if he was OK, and then proceeded to help him hobble back to the club house.
“This was actually very heart warming and the Driffield player is a credit to his team and club.
“It’s not always easy being a coach but these moments make it worthwhile.
“I believe as a coach I am not just helping to develop rugby players, but helping them to become decent human beings at the same time.”
These thoughts are certainly something all of us at Scarborough RUFC share.
We fully appreciate that the sport can play a significant role in shaping the lives of the youth in our community and all connected with the club do their utmost to ensure this is in the best way possible.
Unfortunately our under-13s side also lost in their quarter-final fixture on Sunday.
Tries from Kacper Devergowski, George Spivey and Daniel Lancaster kept Scarborough in the game right to the end, but unfortunately Goole had a bit too much strength in their back line which eventually paid dividends.
Coach Paul Mathers was delighted with his side’s efforts though, mentioning that this was the first time they have played as a team.
They struggled with the cold and wet conditions but spirits were very high, especially as they had scored four tries, which is the most points they have scored so far this season.
Considering how far this side has developed in recent months, we’re very positive about the side moving into the New Year and are confident that they will have a fantastic second half of the season.
This week’s mascot is Anabelle Drake, who plays in our under-sevens.
Steve Purdy, one of Anabelle’s coaches had this to say about her: “This is Anabelle’s first season and has impressed the coaches with how quickly she has developed her running and handling skills.
“She’s a tenacious tackler, very enthusiastic and is a pleasure to coach.
“If she’s an example of the next generation of girl/lady rugby players, then the club’s in good hands.”
James Cliffe also added: “She is a great little player, a good listener and can carry out all drills with a good level of skill, well done Anabelle.”
At Scarborough RUFC we’re delighted with the progress of our junior girls section in the last six months as it means players like Anabelle can continue to play here for many years to come.
In the past there was no pathway for girls to continue playing rugby once they reached the age of 12, this is certainly no longer the case, with competitive teams at a junior level and senior level too with the Valkyries.
This will be the last junior report until the New Year.
We hope you’ve found the content engaging and a useful way to keep up to date with everything going on for our younger players at Scarborough RUFC.
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Thank you to all at Scarborough RUFC, McCain, and the entire community for the support with the Active Youth Scheme over the last 12 months.
Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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