Yarnbury Rugby Club
Under 16s 2008/2009

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There are now photos uploaded of Yarnbury U16 players who play for Central District (see page 5 of our gallery).

15th March 2009 - Tom Baxter, Chris Noble and James Cryan played at Goole. They lost to North but won to East.

19th April 2009 - Tom Baxter, Chris Noble, James Cryan and Alex Woodhouse played the full District Festival at Bradford and Bingley. Props Noble and Baxter played all four 25 minute sessions. They won to North and West, Drew to South and lost to East


Yarnbury Under 16’s
Sunday 12th October 2008
West Park Leeds/Leodiensians 0  - Yarnbury 66
Yarnbury travelled once again along the Ring Road this week to play a combined West Park Leeds & Leo’s side at Leo’s.The home side were first to pressure the Yarnbury line, but were unable to cross the whitewash as James Cryan strong defensive work kept them out. Yarnbury had to make a very early change at fly half, with Alex Teasdale suffering a recurrence of a back injury, allowing Joe Pinnick to make his return from injury. His impact was immediate, breaking the line and passing to the ever present Adam Roebuck to cross for the opening score, which Pinnick converted.18 mins into the game, Yarnbury took the ball cleanly from the restart, secured, and with some excellent handling from left to right, the ball found its way into the hands of winger Elliot Harvey, who showed a good turn of speed and intelligence in beating three home defenders from inside his own half to score under the posts. Pinnick again converting.The Yarnbury pack were being matched by their hosts, but they managed to make the ball available for centre Andy Thrussell, one of three playing against their former club, Leo’s, to make a typically strong run from his own 10m line to score his first of four try’s, Pinnick again converting.On 30 mins, full back Lloyd Cunningham made a timely run to join the back line, giving a pass to the supporting Elliot Harvey to score his second. Cunningham was again in the action just on the stroke of half time, making a try saving tackle, to give Yarnbury a 26 – 0 half time lead.
Yarnbury made several changes at half time, Daniel Pound, Bill Child, Ceri Griffiths, James Hallam, Tom Baxter and debutant Nathan Charles on the wing. All made an immediate impact, putting the home side under pressure from the kick off. From the resulting scrum, Pinnick saw a chasm appear in front of him and walked in to score and convert.Daniel Pound box kicked from one 22 to the other, with pressure on the home pack to secure good ball which they were unable to do, resulting in a Yarnbury scrum. Pinnick saw the space on the blind side, with Thrussell in support to score .James Hallam caught well at the restart, setting up the ball, which Pinnick used to full advantage, again finding space to run into, with Matthew Robinson in support to score, Pinnick converting once again.Thrussell was soon to complete his second hat trick of the season, with Pinnick again converting. This was soon followed by Elliot Harvey’s hat trick, which pound converted.Thrussell had the last say, with the forwards driving, the ball came out to Pinnick, who gave an inside ball to Thrussell who was unstoppable from 10m out.To the home side’s credit they didn’t let their heads go down and made Yarnbury work hard for every well taken point. Skipper Alex Woodhouse, worked hard and led his side by example
Elliot Harvey was awarded Yarnbury Player of the Match.
Yarnbury Jester Has The Last Laugh – Bruce Teasdale
Sunday 5th October
Yarnbury U16s vs Roundhegians
Yarnbury made the short trip round the Leeds Ring Road to Roundhegians, hoping to continue their winning streak under new captain Alex ‘Woody’ Woodhouse. ‘Hegians were waiting, having obviously strengthened their side during the close season. This was a tremendously hard fought game between two massively improved sides with both teams putting in 100% effort – with the exception of Yarnbury Captain Woodhouse, who contributed 90% - the remaining 10% being spent kicking his heels in the Sin Bin, following his merry jape to the Referee and the latter’s version of Quick Qit and ready repartee – “You’re in the Bin”
Roundhegians started brightly with a pinpoint kickoff which Yarnbury Forward Bill Child knocked on. From the resulting scrummage Roundhegians camped on the Yarnbury line but were unable to score. Some ferocious tackling and hard forward drives especially by Prop Felix Jones allowed Yarnbury to break out to the halfway line before Jones went off with the recurrence of an old ankle injury. Roundhegians’ joy at getting rid of the biggest Forward on the field was tempered somewhat by the sight of Chris Noble making his way onto the field to replace him. Their fears proved well founded when Noble made an immediate impression in the set scrums and used his dancing feet to good effect in the loose, covering every blade of grass on the pitch.
Yarnbury used their dynamic Forward play to free off some quick ball from the a ruck and the Yarnbury backs sprang into immediate action moving the ball quickly through hands to the wing where Elliot Harvey coming in from Full Back almost made the line before the ball was quickly recycled to Andy Thrussell in the Centre who crashed over for the first try in the corner leaving Scrum Half Danny Pound with a difficult kick that fell just wide.
Yarnbury now had their heads up and with pack leader Tom Baxter leading from the front and some fine drives from the powerful Second Row Forward Bill Child, soon created more ball for theYarnbury backs to launch wave after wave of speedy attacks, resulting in another crash ball for the impressive Thrussell in the centre who gleefully seized his second try of the game, converted with consummate ease by Pound
Yarnbury were by no means having their own way, however, and not many sides will relish the trip to Roundhegians whose Forwards were mighty and whose Backs defended stoutly. Particularly at stand off and inside centre whose crashing tackles on Teasdale the Yarnbury Stand Off just after he released the ball and thundering attacks on Thrussell as he collected it were a highlight of the game. Fortunately for Yarnbury the Roundhegians narrowly lost their Tussle with Thrussell and always seemed to get to Teasdale just after he had shipped the ball to his backs.
Just eight minutes before half time the Foolish Woodhouse aimed his witty barb at the brightly shirted custodian of the games laws and departed the field for a ten minute Sin Bin Break. Unfortunately for the fearsome Roundhegians pack this worked against them, as the scrums became “passive” with Yarnbury being without their Hooker
The situation was remedied 7 minutes after the restart when a much chastened “Woody” was called back onto the field by the Official.
In the meantime ‘Hegians had fought their way back into the game with two well-taken tries and only Pound’s fine conversion separated the two teams
Woodhouse restored in command again, Yarnbury, settled down and produced some of their hardest fought Rugby. Fine defence by the Backs and a sterling performance by the mammoth Child finally resulted in him crashing over a well deserved try.
‘Hegians were not finished however and kept fighting ‘til the end, being kept out by some resolute defence by the redoubtable Jimmy Cryan who marshalled his back row magnificently and by desperate tackling by the whole team, summed up by one tremendous effort by Wing Forward James Beardow who spotted a sneaky blindside attack by the ‘Hegians’ Scrum Half, met him head on, and finally put him down 10 yards further up the pitch!
A special word for Danny Pound and substitute Scrum Half Jack Haire who must have felt like Long John Silver for much of the game with both then Roundhegians Scrum Half and, on many occasions the Wing Forwards as well, perched on their shoulders like avenging parrots (possibly the basis of “Woody’s” jibe to the referee) yet still managed to get the ball away.
Crunching tackles by the Team hitmen Matthew Robinson and James Hallam, robust driving and rucking by the workhorses Judd Cummins and Ceri Griffiths and fine lineout work and dynamic loose play by Simon Edscer laid the foundation and the pace and ingenuity of Adam Roebuck, Nathan Charles and Matthew Beardow gave the opposition great problems, the whole effort being tied together with fine defending from deep by Full Back Lloyd Cunningham gave Captain Woodhouse his fourth win in a row, a 100% record for the season and a good platform on which to work for improvement.
Coaches Mick Pound and Tim Baxter must be please that, at last, their last nine years work is starting to bear fruit.
Yarnbury Under 16’s


Sunday 28th September 2008
Bramley 17 - Yarnbury 30
Yarnbury made the short journey across the River Aire to Bramley for their Yorkshire Cup first round match with a high noon kick off.
The opening 10 minutes of the game were even, with both sides searching for weakness. Daniel Pound opened the scoring with a penalty kick, which seemed to spur Bramley into playing as they were the first to cross the whitewash after an attack was held up on the line.
Yarnbury were straight back at their hosts, with Tom Baxter charging over the line from a tap penalty, which Pound converted.
Chris Noble then stole the opposition ball to regain possession, which the Yarnbury back line ran with timely passing, only to be taken into touch on the 5m line. Bramley fumbled the ball at the lineout and Baxter was on hand again to touch down.
Yarnbury increased the pressure on the home side, with the home team kicking out from their own try line, centre Andy Thrussell caught and ran the ball back to cross the line in the right corner.
Poor Yarnbury play from the restart allowed Bramley to regain possession and with insufficient numbers committed to the breakdown, Bramley crossed for a converted try to give a 12-20 half time scoreline.
Bramley were quick out of the blocks on the start of the second half, with Yarnbury missing first time tackles allowing the home team to score.
Bill Child mad a break from the restart, with Matty Robinson in support but the try was denied for a forward pass. Whilst down to 14 men with Child receiving a yellow card for an attempted trip, Yarnbury pressured the Bramley try line and, it was Baxter again who crossed for his hat trick with Pound converting.


Both sides must be credited with playing some entertaining rugby for the crowd of supporters. Daniel Pound finished off the scoring with a penalty kick. Tom Baxter was awarded Yarnbury Player of the Match by the host coach.



Sunday 21st September 2008


 Moortown 5 - Yarnbury 52 



The sun was shining as Yarnbury Under 16’s made the short journey along the outer ring road to Moortown with a full squad except for the injured Joe Pinnick and Daniel Burnside who watched from the touchline.

Starting his first game for Yarnbury, loose head prop Felix Jones limped from the pitch in the opening minutes with a sprained ankle and was replaced by Christopher Noble.

On 14mins stand in standoff Alex Teasdale made a break from within his own 22m, which Tom Baxter finished off with the opening try, Adam Roebuck converted in the absence of regular place kicker Pound.

Yarnbury were on the score sheet again when winger Elliot Harvey finished off an excellent series of passing moves to score under the posts, again Roebuck converted.

Moortown kept themselves in the game when they scored on 23mins, with Yarnbury under committing to the breakdown.

In immediate response from the restart, Yarnbury secured the ball, and with swift handling along the back line, Andy Thrussell scored, again Roebuck converted.

Yarnbury were able to ring the changes at halftime with the larger squad of the two sides. They were back on the scoreboard within the opening minute of the restart after Tom Baxter chased the kickoff putting the Moortown catcher under immediate pressure, once again swift handling saw winger Matthew Beardow score on the right touch.

With the home forwards tiring in the heat, the fresh legs of substitute newcomer Simon Edscer carried him over the line for a try again on the right side.

Andy Thrussell then scored two Daniel Pound converted try’s in quick succession to complete his hat trick.

Adam Roebuck finished off a good game at centre by scoring the final try which Pound again converted.

Newcomer James Cryan completed his first game for Yarnbury with strong performance in the back row.

Lloyd Cunningham was awarded Yarnbury Player of the Match.


Yarnbury U16’s travel across the River Aire to Bramley next week in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup.




 Yarnbury Under 16’s



Sunday 14th September 2008



Yarnbury 17 – West Leeds 5

 Yarnbury got their new season off to a winning start with Chris Noble dropping over the line after just 5 mins. Daniel Pound made an excellent touchline conversion.



Yarnbury were playing some good basic rugby, winning ball in the set pieces, but were unable to convert their possession into further points until new signing Adam Roebuck cantered down the left touchline to score under the posts, giving Pound an easy conversion.

Yarnbury’s momentum was lost when standoff Joe Pinnick left the pitch on 30mins through a niggling back injury.

Yarnbury ringed the changes in the second half, with new signing Felix Jones coming into the front row, Tom Baxter moved to a new position of No8, new signing Jack Haire coming into scrum half, and Daniel Pound moving to standoff.

The centre partnership of new signing Andy Thrussell and former scrum half Alex Teasdale didn’t quite get working but shows great potential.

West Leeds turned on the pressure in the second half, with the home side defending manfully for much of the time, with Felix Jones driving the forwards away from the line, supported by hardworking Baxter, James Beardow and Chris Noble.

The only score in the second half was a Daniel Pound penalty to Yarnbury, giving a final score of 17-5.

This new look team shows lots of promise, but they must get the basics right, especially in ball retention.

Josh Weaver was awarded Yarnbury Player of the Match.

Yarnbury Under 16’s



No Junior training at the club week commencing 8th September due to waterlogged pitches. Under 16s will train Tuesday 9th Spetember 6.30pm Horsforth Hall Park near to Bageecha


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