Whitby to host rugby 10s tournament

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This weekend sees Whitby Rugby Club hold its second 10s tournament in what promises to be a great day, with eight teams competing in two competitions.

Last year’s winner were Acklam 3s who beat Whitby in the final while Northallerton beat Thirsk to win the plate competition.

This year has been a good year for the club but the results don’t show what has been achieved.

After winning promotion last year it was going to be struggle for the Maroons’ first team to survive in Durham and Northumberland League division two.

Maroons had hoped for a mid-table finish, looking at the players available and fitness of the squad. Disaster struck in the first training session of the season, losing captain Andrew Morley with a broken ankle.

The vice-captain was also cursed, suffering knee ligament damage in the first home game and wasn’t available until Christmas. The injury curse continued as the club used three other captains this year and all got injured.

The first team was docked 10 points in the first game for an admin error and despite losing against promotion hopefuls Blyth, the league still docked the points, meaning an uphill struggle from the beginning.

However, the Harlequins (2nd team) has done the club proud. Last year the team struggled to get a side and only played six games.

This year, the team has played 22 games, won 13 of them and are currently lying fourth in the Teesside Social league, at the first time of asking. If you want to play please contact the club, training is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.

Remaining fixtures are: 14 April 1st XV away to North Shields, 2 XV away to Hartlepool Rovers, 21 Maroons and Quins at home v Blyth and to end the season both teams at home v Old Rishworthians.

The players’ end of season dinner is on 18 May.

Whitby’s junior section has had a great season.

The under 14s have only lost two games all season and are under the guidance of ex 1st XV captain Dusty Hare.

The under 15s have had a mixed season but have got three enthusastic coaches and are improving all the time.

The U16s are thriving, with more and more players every week and have lost only four games out of 16 so far, with Nick Bentley doing a great job as coach.

The U17s’ season has been a strange one, entering the league and playing local teams but have been let down by two of the closest teams not travelling to fulfil league fixtures.

Last weekend saw Whitby get revenge over league winners Selby with a 19-12 win, after Whitby lost 38-28 to Selby earlier in the season so they can settle for second place.

This Tuesday (10 April), Whitby vets travel to Scarborough for a 7pm kick off for a friendly. Contact Allan Knaggs or Neil Purves. Your support will be most welcome.

A club spokesman said: “Lets end the season on a high and have a great day tomorrow.”

The tournament start at 1pm with players to meet at midday.