Whitby Rugby Club started off the year with 12 registered players aged between under 6 to 12.
All through hard work, fun training sessions and parent support the club is up to 110 across every age group.
Two sponsors, Rainham Industrial Services and Quayside, have provided the strip they all play in. The Round Table organised a charity quiz night which raised around £500 with a donation from Costcutter.
But the hard work continues to make sure children keep active and in safe surroundings. A junior committee has been set up and youngsters play regular fixtures at other clubs.
The club now has teams at under 7s,8s,9s,11s, and 15s.
There are a few numbers inbetween but more U12s to U14s are needed.
The minis have an RFU partnership scheme running with Eskdale School and a coach going into Caedmon College too. Numbers are good but more are needed. If your child wants to play rugby, go to training sessions on Sunday, 10.30am-11.30am. Any questions call Pete Stentiford on 07833431982. He aims to have a team in every age group by the end of the year.
The last training session before the Christmas break takes place on Sunday, with players returning on Sunday January 4, practising on the Caedmon Astroturf from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Thanks to Rob and Miriam, the parents, the sponsors and the coaches.
Mini Maroons results
Mini Maroons went to Redcar to play fixtures from under 7 to under 11s.
The under 7s played tag rugby with the team of Arran Cornforth, Jack Stentiford, Naomi Cornforth, Lewis ‘Zak’ Ellis, Tom Burghope and Lucas Coverdale, which showed determination and organisation in beating Redcar 16-20.
The U8s, who also play tag rugby – Dylan Locker, Alex Marr, Charlie Coomber, Sam wall, Gregory Walsh, Reece Watson and Zak Lloyd – played well together and just lost 10-8 in the dying few minutes.
The under 9/10s, playing a modified tackling game, drew 4-4.
Whitby under 9s and under 10s made a combined team to play on a muddy, wet pitch.
Whitby graciously offered the home team three players to balance the team numbers.
A good match was keenly contested by the 10-man sides, playing under nines rules with full tackling, but no rucks or mauls, making for an enjoyable free-flowing running game despite the conditions.
Even though Redcar had more match experience, after the two 15 minute halves, in the conclusion, the teams tied with four tries each; Whitby scorers being Bobby James (2), Adam Hutchinson and Tom Coomber.
A superb effort by the whole team with some excellent breaks, determined running and solid tackling, and great to see lots of travelling parents in support. Thanks to Tom Smith, Cody Bendell and Seth Bennett for agreeing to play alongside the Redcar team.