Whitby minis earn £1,000 grant for kit

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Whitby Rugby Club’s minis and juniors section has been awarded £994 for more training kit, thanks to a grant from borough’s northern area committee.

Pete Stentiford of Whitby Rugby Club said: “This is a massive thing for our club and it is great the town acknowledges what we are achieving.”

Whitby’s new junior section played host to local club Guisborough who are well established at this level.

It was a momentus occassion as it was the first time Whitby had five age groups from under seven to under 11 playing out on a Sunday for 16 years.

The under sevens played six-a-side and tag rugby and narrowly lost 14-16 with Mackenzie Russell, Arran Cornforth, Naomi Cornforth, Jack Stentiford, Alex Marr and Tom Burghope.

Alex Marr did well with his direct running and speed. The under 8s played the same type of game on a bigger pitch.

They won their match 11-8 with Greg Walsh, Lucas Coverdale and Charlie Coomber leading the way.

Whitby under nines team of 6 were: Tom Coomber, Henry Cornforth, David Pipes, Tom Smith, Harry Pemberton and Joe Burghope.

The boys played good rugby in both games with excellent defence from Smith, Pemberton and Pipes knocking Guisborough back with every tackle.

In the first game the score was 14-6 to Whitby. Tries scored by Tom Coomber-8 Henry Cornforth-4 Joe Burghope-2. In the second game Whitby were again victorious with more tries from Burghope, Coomber and Cornforth and Smith popped up with a good finish for 8-3 to Whitby.

All the lads played well and are starting to gel as a team with great potential. The under 10s played two matches back to back, firstly losing 8-4 to a Guisborough second string and the second, which they lost 11-5, was a battle with some bruising encounters.

Adam Hutchinson did well but Dan Cornforth stole the show with his technique and physicality.

The under 11s with coach Chris Nock and Matt Russell played a three-way at Yarm. In the first game they drew 5-5 with Yarm and the second, lost 6-3 to Redcar.

Whitby travelled to Bridlington to play, with the under 7/8s split into two teams of four. Whitby A won 9-5 and 9-4 and Whitby B lost 6-5 and 8-7. The under 9s and 10s played and won 8-3. The under 15s played their first game and won 37-15.

Training this Sunday at the club at 10.30am, £1. Club minis sponsor: Rainham Industrial Services.

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