Tournament shows Whitby’s pool of rugby talent

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WHITBY Community College showed the strength of rugby talent in the town when they entered teams in the years nine to 11 Whitby, Ryedale and Scarborough district tournament.

The year 10 team played some very good rugby with no one standing out, it was a total team effort throughout the tournament.

The first game was a close encounter against Pindar and was won with an extra-time conversion for 14-12.

The next game was drawn against a much bigger Ryedale team (12-12) who also scored in the last minute to tie.

Round three saw Whitby win 14-0 against Lady Lumleys while the next encounter saw Whitby play eventual winners Norton and the team were unlucky not to draw.

In the last play, a break-away sealed their win 14-0.

Whitby smashed 36 points against St Augustines and in the final game they beat Filey 14-0 - a good day for the team with figures of played 6 won 4 drew 1 lost 1.

The year 11 team started slowly and managed to grind out a win against Scalby without really playing any decent 10-a-side rugby.

As the tournament progressed they found their rhythm and at times played scintillating 10-a-side rugby.

Newcomer to the team, Tyler Mayo, played well throughout the day and was ably backed by James Grismont and the sheer pace of Jack Cooper.

Man of the tournament was Luke Brown who led by example and kept a level head at all times.

Coach Pete Woolley said: “I was really delighted with the way the lads played as a team.

“They used their 14-man squad to great effect with each player get a fair amount of time on the field.

“They played some fantastic rugby, defended well and showed extremely good sportsmanship.”

Having only lost one match against Malton the team played Ryedale, who they had beaten earlier in the day, in a sudden death play-off. Ryedale scored first, Whitby having missed a couple of opportunities that would have sealed a well-deserved win.

Mr Woolley added: “Rugby is strong in Whitby at the moment at these age groups.

“Whitby Rugby Club need to be thanked for their tireless work getting Whitby’s youth involved in rugby.

“Pete Stentiford gave up an afternoon to help look after the year 10 team and he was helped by sixth form leaders Joe Lenton and Cam Leadley.

“A good number of students are also attending the college rugby club on a Wednesday after school led by college staff.”