Junior sides win Rhinos Challenge at Butlins

Junior sides win Rhinos Challenge at Butlins

THORNHILL TROJANS U9s A produced a fantastic team performance as they won the under-9s competition at the Leeds Rhinos Challenge Shield. 

The tournament was held at Butlins in Skegness, and saw some of the best junior rugby league teams in the country compete against each other.

The U9s played in a closely contested final against West Bowling, which was watched by a large contingent of friends and family from Thornhill.

There was strong running from Mason Haigh, Alfie Howley, Charlie Blacka and Tom Metcalfe. The speed of Ethan Purcell and William Lister and distribution of Bailey Hargreaves helped Tyler Jowitt to a hat-trick.

The moment of the match was a brilliant try-saving tackle from Toby Lumb to secure a wonderful victory.

Head coach Robin Jowitt and the team would like to thank Thornhill Poor Estate Charity, Mullaco Foods and the many local businesses for their support, without of which the children wouldn’t have been able to compete.

MEANWHILE BIRSTALL VICTORIA U10s played four group matches in the competition at Skegness.

Victoria got off to a flying start with a 4-1 win over Dearne Valley with the tries coming from Cameron, Brandon (two) and Harry.

The second match was against Shaw Cross, and they beat the Sharks 3-1 with the tries coming from Jack, Harry and Brandon.

Game three was a hard-fought match against Hull Wyke. This ended in a 2-2 draw, with both tries coming through Brandon.

The last game of the day was against Ryland Sharks which ended with a loss, 3-0.

In day two, Birstall entered the Shield competition, where they played more two games.

The first was against Irish Clovers, which Birstall won 3-1, with tries coming from Harry, Verne and Brandon, the win putting the West Yorkshire juniors straight in the final.

The grand final was played against Dearne Valley and was a much tighter game than the first meeting, but Birstall came out on top with a 2-0 win, with Harry getting both the tries, meaning the side returned to Birstall with the trophy. Both teams collected their silverware from Leeds Rhinos Tom Briscoe and Jamie Jones Buchanan.

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