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York teams make a splash in summer rugby league arena
9:35am Saturday 28th April 2012 in Junior rugby
New Earswick All Blacks ARLC Under-12s put in an outstanding performance against a big strong Normanton Knights side 10-0 in terrible conditions.
Strong defence by both teams kept it scoreless for most of the first half until runaway man-of-the-match Ewan Coverdale worked his magic to open the scoring, Harvey Baines converting.
Excellent forward play from Harry Suter and Harry Mitchel kept Normanton at bay and full-back Coverdale once again split the Normanton defence before off-loading to scrum-half Josh Ireland, who saw space out wide and sealed the victory.
Controversial refereeing hit York Acorn U12s as they lost 28-12 at unbeaten West Bowling, being unlucky not to get something from the game.
Man-of-the-match Josh Embleton crossed but was deemed to be held up, before excellent approach play from forwards Dom Smith and Leo Baker saw the hooker scoot over from acting-half, this one counting.
A short pass from Jordan Kellett, the most improved player, later sent Baker rampaging to the corner, Dan Downes goaling both tries.
Clayton Shepherdson stood out, while Chris Hillman was top tackler.
Man-of-the-match Josh Parker showed good awareness in attack and scored two tries to boot as a fine team performance saw York Acorn U11s beat Thornhill Trojans 50-26.
Parker added seven goals for a personal haul of 22 points, while Ben Lumby bagged an excellent hat-trick through good backing-up.
Callum Mckenzie was awarded coaches’ player of the match for his determined drives, capped by a try. The hard-working Ellie Hendry was top tackler and scored a brace, while Ben Atkin also got a deserved try.
The opposition’s choice of man of the match, Ziggy Dudman, stood out with jinking runs, and Nathan Rushton, Brad Bailey and Jacob Burns also impressed.
Men-of-the-match Harry Griffiths and Kian Oliver scored two tries apiece, plus goals, in Heworth U10s’ thriller against Sherburn.
Oliver cut out three players with a long pass for Griffiths’ first try, and his high kick again found Griffiths for his second. Oliver then crossed from acting-half and again with a great dummy.
Max Davison and Jensen Brown tackled well in a great defensive show by the team.
Lewis Stephen was the man of the match and took the ‘magic moment’ award for two try-saving tackles as New Earswick U10s visited a well-drilled Siddal side.
End-to-end rugby brought All Blacks tries for Ryan Kendra, parents’ player-of-the-match Taylor McDonough and Joshua Kelly, while Ellena Powell was top tackler and Oliver Douglas continued to improve with a fine tackling display.
Heworth U9s bounced back to winning ways in style at Stanningley.
Birthday boy Jak Foster opened their account with a great jinking run and the powerful Kane Cavanagh added a second.
Defence was the key to success with Leon Mooring leading the way, supported by Jack Young, Bradley Benson, David Strange and the vastly improving Luke Kane.
The magic moment was a well-worked set-piece which nearly resulted in a try after the ball was handled right across the pitch. Instrumental in this was the tireless Callum Rutland, who completed the scoring with a dummy and run to the corner.
Man-of-the-match Flynn Pagdin scored five tries as York Acorn U9s won their first game on Sunday.
Kai Witty was top tackler and there was strong play from Oliver Guest and Ethan Sutcliffe as a fantastic team show brought a 10-4 scoreline against a strong-running Whinmoor. Acorn led 5-3 at half-time and were more dominant after the break.
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