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U16’s Crowned Harrogate Festival Champions

Beverley RUFC U16s

Beverley RUFC under 16’s excelled on Saturday, winning the Harrogate 15 a side tournament, playing their last but best rugby of this season. The clubs young heroes bravely played the whole day with only thirteen players, struggling for numbers at this important time for the school boys who are about to take their GCSE’s, and some having college and job interviews to attend or prepare for.

They first played against the top class and well established opposition of Bradford Salem and Old Rishworthians combined, shocking the opponents and spectators with a 10 points to nil win and avenging the 2016/ 2017 season Yorkshire Cup semi final defeat by Old Rish. Felix Law and Will Hatherly scoring a try apiece.

Beverley took to the field again after just a ten minute break to play Selby for the first time as Juniors and rampaged to a  convincing  43 points to nil win. The try scorers were Alex Whittaker, captain George B.T (3),Harry Vorwerg, Will Hatherly and Archie Murdoch. Thomas Meldon scored four conversions.

Beverley's final game was against the yet undefeated hosts Harrogate, both sides needing a victory to take the Cup. A storming run by BT from the Harrogate kick off put Beverley within scoring range and on the same phase of play Olly Loney stunned the hosts with a try after just a few seconds. The brave thirteen struck again with a fantastic effort from second row Will Hatherly who played the entire tournament on the wing, Thomas Meldon added the conversion. The sides turned around at  12 nil to Beverley, but the game was certainly not won yet. That was until Sam Peers delivered the final try of the game, converted by Meldon but this was not the killer blow. That came from Felix Law, who tackled the Harrogate a prop who was thundering over Beverley's try line and crashing to the ground, only to be turned over and held up by Law in an amazing defensive effort. Beverley won by 17 points to nil and were without doubt the tournaments deserved champions and can be very proud of this outstanding performance. Playing each game with a player less than their opponents and having no players to rotate and rest they scored 70 points and conceded nil.

It was impossible to pick a player of the tournament as all the lads pulled together and played for their friends and team mates. It cannot be left unsaid however that Tom Wright should be especially thanked for playing. He had the misfortune to have his nose badly broken two weeks ago at Wetherby, but had the fortune to have it straightened again against Harrogate in the last game.

This was the final game in the junior section for the team. They will start next season as young men and Colts. All new players are welcome and encouraged to join the team, details and contacts can be found on the clubs web page.

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