Yarnbury Rugby Club
Under 15s 2007/2008

Coach Mick Pound / Tim Baxter

                       Friday 11th April to Sunday 13th April 2008

The under 15's departed the club on Friday evening A1 Northbound for the coastal town of South Shields, Tyne & Wear. An evening in the rain was spent familiarising themselves with the local area and traditions, before an early night in preparation for their curtain raiser match at Westoe.

Saturday morning was a little on the cool side but dry with the sun shinning, perfect for a warm up session on the  beach for all the tourists ! The Westoe was just a short drive away, kickoff at 12.30pm with Yarnbury playing with the wind & down the slope. The opening 20 mins were fairly even, both sides defending well and finding it difficult to break through. Yarnbury were first on the score sheet, with  a typical Tom Baxter drive being stopped millimetres short of the line and Daniel Burnside picking and touching down. Daniel 'Golden Snitch' Pound had the distance but not the direction for the conversation attempt in the strong blustery and wet conditions. Westoe hit back on the stroke of half time with a short lineout move, the conversation was also missed.

Playing up the slope in the second half, Yarnbury struggled to cope with the home teams half time changes and behind to two well taken try's and a conversion.

To the tourists credit they turned up the workrate, with Alex Teasdale taking a quick tap penalty following a strong forward drive catching the home team offending to ty stop the momentum. Again the Golden Snitch was unable to convert.

Yarnbury continued to pressure the Westoe line against all the conditions and were rewarded with a well taken try by Lloyd Cunningham who chased up a speculative box kick from Teasdale. That was his first try for the club in four seasons. Joe Pinnick was asked to step up for the crucial conversation attempt as the ref. had indicated there would be no more play after the kick, but the conditions proved too strong for his attempt.

Matthew Beardow was awarded Yarnbury Player of the Match, although all the team played to their full potential.

An evening of Tenpin Bowling saw Dave Weaver take the bowling trophy from John Burnside by just 4 pins.

Sunday morning again saw the sun shinning & after a leisurely morning, a trip through the Tyne Tunnel took the tourists to wet & wild for some slashing fun. Terry Two Tins Hallam took the opportunity to admire the view from a long soak in the jaccuzzi.

An excellent team weekend came to an end at 6pm back at Yarnbury.

A special thanks to Mrs Janet Baxter who was instrumental in arranging the weekend.

 

This is the link for match photo's:-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pchaswell/sets/72157604508926528/

 

                                   Tour report by Mick Pound

 

Yarnbury u15s go ‘whyaye’ up North

Friday tea time was meeting time for Yarnbury’s U15s tour to South Shields. Mums showed worried faces, were their beloved boys coming back safe? were the dads going to look after them? Probably not!

The trip was fine, a bit squashed as the booked coach had technical problems so a smaller one was found. The only problem with the replacement bus was that the toilet had been missed off, so comfort stops were needed.

Our weekend residence was The Sea Hotel in South Shields. A nice hotel, on the beach, next to an arcade and bowling alley.  The setting was perfect for the group and the time we had.

Friday night was a rush. The lads were itching to sample the local atmosphere and culture, the dads the bar for a fruit juice (they were responsible for the kids after all). Both needs were satisfied quickly and the two groups separated to try and avoid each other as much as possible. There were several meetings along the way where the inevitable words “Dad have you any more money” were politely uttered. The response was not usually as polite!

The high light of the Dads night was their meal at one of the many Curry houses on Ocean Road, an avenue of take aways of all types. The collective memory of the diners had never seen a Chicken Tikka Masala emitting such a deep reddish purple glow. It looked like a remnant of a scientific experiment.  Needless to say the curry was washed down by several glasses of squash. Young Dave Weaver will remember the evening well by looking at his jacket, the waiters had shaky hands! An early evening was had by all to prepare for the hard day ahead.

Saturday morning saw sunshine and training on the beach. The lads were up for it, the dads a little bit hesitant. A few scores were settled in a dads versus lads match, no injuries to the players, the dads were a little more tired and bruised. This will probably be the last time the lads play the dads because they are getting bigger and they hurt if they hit you.

The trip to Westoe’s ground was short. We had a good welcome and settled into training and concentration mode very quickly. Some found the bar quicker than others! Kick off came and Yarnbury playing down the hill with the elements started strongly. The forwards were very aggressive and took the game to Westoe. The breakthrough came from a good run from Bill Child, it was then taken on by Tom Baxter who was cut short of the line, Daniel Burnside recycled the ball and dived over the line in the corner. Daniel Pound could not kick the goal. Westoe scored a dubious try from a line out to level the game at half time.

Westoe turned round with the hill and elements in their favour and scored two well worked tries and converted one. Score 17-5. Had the rot set in? Were they going to fold and allow Westoe to score freely?

The tour spirit kicked in and Yarnbury fought hard to gain good ground. All players were working hard driving in and tackling in pairs. Good Westoe defence kept Yarnbury out in the corner after an immense amount of forward pressure. The breakthrough came when Alex Teasdale scored a good try which was difficult to convert with the wind against the play. Yarnbury sensed a fight back and with renewed vigour worked tirelessly to get back up the pitch. A fine try by Lloyd Cunningham in the dying seconds gave Yarnbury hope of a draw. Joe Pinnick stepped up to try his luck against the wind. It proved too strong and the kick fell short. Final score Westoe 17 Yarnbury 15. The team were buzzing; they had come from a low when the score was 17-5 to nearly drawing against the odds, proof that winning is not everything and trying hard is. This is the spirit that makes this team special, they work hard for each other, they don’t win many matches but they certainly try hard to win.

After the game Westoe were the perfect hosts, they made everyone welcome and put on an excellent buffet to feed the battle scared hungry dads and the lads. Mementoes were swapped and kind words spoken by all in the true spirit of rugby. The man of the match was awarded to Matthew Beardow who showed good skill and determination in his running and defence, he was however a little slower at drinking his Half yard of coke. Coach Tim Baxter was equally as slow in his boat race against Westoes Coach Tim.

We were all invited to take part in an opening presentation of a new seating area that was been dedicated to the memory of Alec Coxon an ex England, Yorkshire and Westoe cricketer, who supported the club for a long time and worked hard to make it the place it is now. The lads were very respectful and were thanked by the hosts.

The team stayed on at Westoe to watch their first team play against Huddersfield. This was not as good a game but had a similar finish with Westoe kicking a goal in the dying seconds to win 10-9.

The evening saw the whole group eat together before having a bowling competition. This was won by Youngster Dave Weaver with Bill Child coming 3rd for the lads. The venue next to the hotel was utilised by all until closing time. A quick step back over the road saw the lads return to their “own” rooms for light entertainment and the dads kept a close eye on their activities from the reception/bar area where coffee and biscuits were served. This task was made easier by the use of Daniel “golden snitch” Pound who kept a running commentary going throughout the evening. Terry Hallam provided the entertainment with a puppet show and Martin Noble gave some musical recitals. No mean task considering he had no instruments. Age played no part in the departure times of various people throughout the evening, Bruce midnightly was probably the first to leave though. The evening passed with no incidents worth noting but many worth remembering for future reference.

Sunday was a much more subdued day, later breakfast and leisurely packing led to a short journey Under the Tyne to a water park where the lads spent 4 hours causing havoc and Terry shared a Jacuzzi with 9 females!

Travelling home was eased by watching a film and power napping. This journey and all the rest were perfect due to the skill and good spirits of our driver Mark. He joined in with everything we did and became part of the team. “Cheers Mark”

The report can not finish with the all important ‘thank yous’ that are necessary. The lads thanked them in turn but we need to mention that the tour was successful and enjoyable due to the hard work done by Janet and Tim Baxter. Everything was organised before hand to allow smooth transition from activity to activity and Tim even bought a big box of wine gums.

Cheers Janet and Tim. Maybe someone else will organise next years and you can sit back and enjoy yourself as much as we did. Next Year we are going to? It’s up to you.

Photos can be seen at the following web site

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pchaswell/sets/72157604508926528/

Sunday 20th April 2008

Yarnbury hosted a West Leeds side depleted in numbers by late withdrawals. The opening 25 mins saw the game played between the two 22m lines, both sides making basic handling errors. It was the visitors who took the lead with two well taken try’s, one conversion, despite the tackling of full back Joe Pinnick and Judd Cummins.

Playing into the wind in heavy ground conditions Yarnbury insisted on kicking away possession, but when the ball went through hands, with Matty Robinson breaking away, supported by Joe Pinnick, Lloyd Cunningham finished off a length of the pitch move under the posts for Daniel Pound to convert.

West Leeds were strong in the forwards and almost scored on the stroke of halftime but for some text book tackling from Pound.

Yarnbury started the second half much stronger with the wind at their backs, but were unable to turn continued pressure into points until a shuffle in positions in the backs saw Pinnick move to standoff, Pound to scrumhalf and Teasdale to full back. Pinnick’s strong running and support from the forwards saw Daniel Burnside pinch another typical try, picking and dropping over the line to level the scores.

Yarnbury then made the extra player count, with West Leeds tiring after endless defensive work, Teasdale entered the back line in attack to jink his way towards the line, only to be tackled, but with the forwards in support, Bill Child picked and flopped over the line in true Burnside style. Pound made the difficult conversion look easy with a good clean strike of the ball.

Once again Yarnbury showed great spirit in coming from behind for the second week in a row, the difference this week was the successful conversions.

Joe Pinnick was awarded Yarnbury Player of the Match.

 

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