St Mary’s Old Boys RFC’s Under-15s have been crowned champions of the Bristol Junior Combination Cup. They played the final against Nailsea and Backwell on Sunday at a neutral venue in Bristol. They won the game 27-8, showing a fantastic team performance.
Head Coach, Mike Reed said he was very proud of the team:
“It was a good whole squad performance, we dominated the first half which made the second half much easier for us.”
Unfortunately this good run of form could not be carried on into the Under-16s who lost their semi-final match against Yatton and Cheddar Rugby Club. The final score of that game was 31-15 to Yatton and Cheddar.
They played well in a somewhat scrappy game of rugby where there were lots of penalties and at one stage a fight. Three people ended up in the sin bin at the end of that game. Players that stood out for me were Jack Hodges, who scored two tries and Jack Edwards kicking some vital penalties for the Yacks in very tricky conditions.
Not only were there cup games happening at St. Mary’s on Sunday, there was also a feast of youth games, the Under-9s and the Under-10s had friendlies against St Brendan’s that were enjoyed by all spectators and it is good to see that there are so many young people who want to play rugby at that age. They do not play their games in a youth structure so they are free to organise friendlies with whomever they want.
The Manager of the Under-9s said:
“We need to focus on tackling now as this is the first year they have been playing rugby where you tackle your opponent.”
Photo: The Under-9s in action against St Brendan’s. [Photo credit: Connor Summers]
Football: BSTFC and BSYFC
There was not much happening at the Jubilee Centre this week due to the weather conditions. Every single game was called off apart from the BSTFC Veterans and the BSYFC Under-11 Girls Whites.
The Veterans had a tough game as they had to face Winterbourne Old Boys, who are sitting comfortably at the top of the table. That game ended 2-2 with Adam Sykes scoring two goals and nearly securing a hat-trick but he could not quite get his head on a fast paced cross.
The Under-11 Girls Whites also faced a tough game as they had to face top of the league Bristol Ladies Union Yellow. That game was won 2-1 on aggregate by Bristol Ladies Union – the first game they won 1-0; the second game went to Bradley Stoke, winning 1-0; and the third game had a great atmosphere and a tense finale but Bristol Ladies Union got the goal they needed and won the game 1-0.
Netball: Bradley Stoke Netball Club
BSNC 1 lost 43-47 to TJs
Player: Cath H
Players’ player: Rosie
BSNC 3 lost 54-20 to Brislington
Players’ Player: Rach & Chloe
“Missing 5 players in centre court resulted in several players out of regular position and Frankie making a welcome return to the league so Bradley Stoke had 7! It wasn’t their finest hour with lots of silly mistakes but everyone did their best against a very strong team and enjoyed the match all the same. Bring on 2013!”
BSNC 4 lost 35-24 to Panthers
Players’ Player: Sarah P
“It was always going to be a tough game against the top of division (by some way), so I’m pleased with our efforts. We won the first quarter and were drawing at half time, but they pulled away in Q3, and although we only lost Q4 by 1 goal it wasn’t enough. Thanks to Jo M for the excellent support and coaching!”
Running: Sole Sisters RC
On Sunday (9th December), 52 Sole Sisters, ran the Wyvern Christmas Cracker. 1604 runners finished the event. All 52 Sole Sisters wore blue tutus and tinsel, which managed to stay in place despite the windy weather!
The 10K event started at The Grand Pier and runners ran along the wet sandy beach to Uphill, around Weston Hospital on tarmac and and back along the beach, finishing back on the beach at The Grand Pier for a well earned mince pie.
Well done to all runners.
Basketball: Bristol Academy Flyers
On Thursday, Bristol Academy Flyers faced a top of the league Reading side in the National Cup semi-final. They won the game 72-64 – with outstanding performances from 16-year-old SGSC student Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, who led the scoring for the Flyers with 15 points while 17-year-old SGSC student Jack Griffiths added nine points. Doug McLaughlin-Williams also made a heroic contribution as he added 12 points despite suffering a hip injury.
The final of the National Cup will take place on the 27th January 2013 and tickets can be purchased from the England Basketball website.
Article by Connor Summers
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