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Rugby hero Ryan Jones gives juniors training session of a lifetime

Posted on Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 9:24 am by SH (Editor)

Bristol Rugby and Welsh international Ryan Jones gives young players at North Bristol Rugby Club the training session of a lifetime

Youngsters from North Bristol Juniors Rugby Club had the training session of a lifetime last night (Wednesday 1st April) when they were put through their paces by Bristol Rugby and Welsh national hero Ryan Jones.

The former British and Irish Lion, who has earned 75 caps for Wales and won three Grand Slams in the process, led sessions for aspiring young players across four different age groups.

The one-off opportunity at the club’s Almondsbury training grounds was organised by Bristol-based recruitment company Resource Solutions Group (RSG), which is player sponsor of the former Welsh captain at Bristol Rugby.

Ryan Jones said:

“There is some serious talent already coming through at North Bristol Juniors and it was a real pleasure to meet and train so many of these enthusiastic young players. ”

“It’s great to see a business like RSG using their sponsor player perks to give back to the community instead of just for internal use and through partnerships such as this we can encourage rugby stars of the future.”

Chairman of North Bristol Juniors RFC David Godfrey said:

“Ryan is a brilliant role model for the sport and inspires juniors of every age.”

“The fact he plays locally also means that many see him in action on the pitch and know exactly how good he is so there was a lot of effort being put in by the juniors to demonstrate their skills.”

“We are very grateful to RSG and Bristol Sport for making this happen. Everyone involved with the Club works hard and this is a great way of saying thank you to them.”

Jon Ball, director at RSG, which is also the shirt sponsor for Bristol City Football Club and the Bristol Flyers basketball team, said:

“Having Ryan going along to a normal evening training session will be something these young people will remember for the rest of their lives and, hopefully, inspire them to keep on working hard so they can play at the top of their game too.”

Photo: Ryan Jones with players from North Bristol Juniors Rugby Club. [©Gavin Crilly Photography]

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St Mary’s U16s become Bristol cup champions

Posted on Friday 20th December 2013 at 12:12 pm by Connor Summers

St Mary's Old Boys RFC Under-16s celebrate their cup final win.

St Mary’s Old Boys U16 Team became Bristol Junior Combination cup champions on Sunday as they beat Wells 38-0 to lift the trophy in the stands of Clifton RFC.

A successful game of rugby saw them use the long and short ball to great effect, adding several tries in the second half against a stubborn Wells side who failed to score all game.

St Mary’s and Clifton had been tipped to meet in the final, but they clashed in the semi-final instead, giving Wells an easy run through.

At the end of the tournament it was the Green and Blacks who lifted the cup, with three different teams in attendance to witness their jubilation.

Confidence is high in the St Mary’s Under 16 team, who will be looking to continue their cup form in the league.

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Martial Lifestyle end of year Fight Night at Meadowbrook Primary School.

Many young and old martial arts students took to the floor at Meadowbrook Primary School on Saturday night, taking part in Martial Lifestyle’s end of year fight night. Fighters from beginners to internationals were watched by a large crowd that filled the main hall.

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St Mary’s Under-16s edge through to cup final

Posted on Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 9:30 am by Connor Summers

BJC under-16s cup game between St Mary's Old Boys RFC and Clifton.

Sunday morning at Northwood Park, Trench Lane, saw St Mary’s Old Boys RFC host a fantastic Bristol Junior Combination under-16s cup game against Clifton, a match that had a lot riding on it.

The two teams had met before in the final of the Gloucester Cup last season, so the home side were ready to dish out revenge, something they were rather successful in doing as they beat the talented Clifton side 5-0, winning the game by a single try.

A high pressure match was watched by many as the two sides went hammer and tongs to make it to the final. Only one could prevail however, a first half try from Mike Green was the crucial score that won them the game.

Several scrums within the game were dominated by St Mary’s, but some errors here and there allowed Clifton to break with the ball although they weren’t able to make it through the strong St Mary’s defence, who held on to punt the ball out of play at the final whistle and to give them their first win over the Clifton side since the two squads were in the under-8s age group.

St Mary’s captain Rhys James said there were lessons to be learnt coming away from the game, adding: “However, we have learnt from the best of them”.

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BSYFC Under-11 Girls back on form

Posted on Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 12:52 pm by Connor Summers

Bradley Stoke Youth FC.

Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) Under-11 Girls saw off AEK Boco Red on a bitterly cold morning in Hanham but the football on show was a real showcase for the Bristol Girls’ League with both sides playing open, attacking football.

The away side took the lead on 15 minutes when a late challenge on Lydia Tang saw them awarded a free kick which Captain Daisy Ackerman converted with a powerful strike into the bottom corner.

Boco Red refused to lie down and continued to commit players forward but Emily Hulbert was in inspired form at the back to clear any danger. Moments later another free kick from Ackerman drew a wonderful save from the home keeper as she tipped the effort just over to deny a second for away side.

Just before the break, a quick counter attack from Boco saw a swift passing move out to the right wing crossed into a waiting Boco attacker but the ball just got caught under her feet and Annabelle Thomas was quickly off her goal line to clear the danger and send Bradley Stoke in 1-0 up at the break.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with both sides playing some really attacking football but it was Bradley Stoke who added their second just four minutes in when Paige Fowler latched onto a loose ball and carried it forward before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box that beat the keeper at the far post.

Boco still continued to search for a way back into the match and were looking dangerous on the counter attack but the Bradley Stoke defence was holding strong and two goals in the final ten minutes allowed them to run out 4-0 winners. The first was the turn of Sophie Molyneux who latched onto a rebound after Olivia Hood’s initial shot hit the post. Then, in the final minutes, Zoe Jones broke from midfield skipping past two defenders and slotting home from the edge of the box.

Next weekend sees the two sides take each other on once more in the reverse fixture.

Unfortunately, the older U12 girls were not able to take three points, losing out in the dying minutes of their game against Hutton Juniors.

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