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Update on Junior Rugby Sunday 26th September.

Heath travel to Pontefract for Double Header

The Heath minis travelled to Pontefract for a rearranged fixture which was due to be at Heath.  That said it gave Heath the opportunity to play both Pontefract and Scunthorpe in a double header in glorious sunshine.

U10s by Richard Inwood
The U10’s put on fantastic show verses Pontefract and Scunthorpe, with both teams’ coaches and spectators commenting on how well Heath played – especially given that most of the opposition we’re twice the size of our players! We played Scunthorpe first – I’d say we narrowly won that one. Pontefract – we won that one, and closed with Scunthorpe’s other team – we played a player down by the end and they just beat us, but not for lack of effort on our side!

It was a shame the Pontefract game was marred by some high tackling again, but I’d like to reassure parents and players this issue was discussed with the director of rugby for Pontefract who agreed it shouldn’t happen and will discuss with the coaches. Also, can I please remind all parents and players they MUST wear gum shields! We had quite a few without this week, but moving forward we may not be able to play if they don’t. 

It was so hard to pick player of the week as everyone had their moments, but this week it goes to Isla, as with each game her attacking determination and her defensive work just kept getting better. I do want to say WELL DONE to everyone; Kye, Brad, great attacking! Lucas, Alex, & Emily, solid defence with some big tackles! Cerys & Isla just kept getting better with every match, and Vinny wins the award for most miles covered and most blood spilled. Well done to all, and bring on the next team, we’re ready!

Team: Cerys Masson, Vinny Mitchell, Kye Briggs, Bradley Gill, Isla Foulds, Lucas Inwood, Emilie Johnson, Alex Murphy

Player of the Week: Isla Foulds

U11s by Anthony “Woods” Wood
First match against Scunthorpe, very tough opposition - newbie Lennon Fermoyle scored a powerful try.  Alfie Cartwright scored a coupe of blinding tries, from his own half..Scunthorpe coach said he can tell Heath are a close knit team - nothing but praise for em!

2nd match against Ponty..evenly matched to be honest..great team work from the whole team this morning especially after a lot of the team took a few knocks.  Lewis Johnson played excellent scrum half, Lennon Wood had a good 2nd game - hungry for the ball.  Ponty coach also praised the team.

Team: Lennon Wood, Finley Inwood, Lewis Johnson, Lewis Farrell, Alfie Cartwright, Ben Ingham, Lennon Fermoyle, AJ Boothroyd.

Player of the Week: Alfie Cartwright

U12s by Alistair Gordon
Heath u12s started the morning facing Scunthorpe.  Heath captain Jesse Boothroyd led by example going toe to toe with Scunthorpe’s captain, both players dominating in defence and attack.  Boothroyd was tearing holes in the Scunny defence and scored a couple of tries in first half, both teams were rucking effectively and Scunthorpe managed to bring scores level by half time.  In the second half Scunny started to run out of gas following their earlier game against Ponte.  Great breaks by Ethan Gill and Ethan Murphy led to Mason Pullan scoring his debut Heath try.  Heath ended up winning 7 tries to 6 - great game.

The match against Ponte was aggressive, sometimes a wee bit too much in the first half.  This gave Heath motivation to open it up in the second half.  Also some body on the line tackles by Scotty Mitchell.  Really good to see how the team are learning to win the breakdown.  Plenty to work on at training next week too, however Heath were comfortable winners at full time.  4 of the 8 players were playing up from u11s, which makes these results even more impressive.

Team: Jack Bolland, Scotty Mitchell, Jesse Boothroyd, Mason Pullan, Sonny Gordon, Jasper Haigh, Ethan Gill, Ethan Murphy

Player of the Week: Mason Pullan

Dated: 26/09/2021