Excellent tournament for Gordano youngsters

PUBLISHED: 14:39 13 April 2011

JUNIOR RUGBY :  Hornets U16's  V  Clevedon.

JUNIOR RUGBY : Hornets U16's V Clevedon.


GORDANO Under-9s played in the St Brendan’s tournament and put in some fantastic individual and team performances.

GORDANO Under-9s played in the St Brendan’s tournament and put in some fantastic individual and team performances.

They got off to a flyer with a maximum seven try to nil score against the hosts. The Sharks produced a devastating display of ball winning, tackling and running rugby with scores from Louis Stratton (2), Jack Lloyd (2), and one apiece from Matty Crutchley, Sam Lawrence and Aidan Walters. Man of the match was Simon Churchfield.

They then lost the next two matches against Clifton 0-4, with a man of the match performance from Jack Lloyd, and Thornbury 0-2. Aidan Walters won man of the match in that one for some excellent tackling.

The Sharks played a second match against the host’s A team where they only narrowly lost by two tries to three. St Brendan’s winning try was scored with the last move of the game. Tom Russell was the man of the match with scores from Tom Kessler and James Kitchen.

They then produced their best display of the day with a resounding five tries to one victory over Clevedon. Tom Russell and Aidan Walters both scored a try each and man of the match Louis Stratton scored a hat-trick. The other team members who have not been mentioned were Cameron Whereat-Payne, Erin Connock and Harry Paul.

The Under-13s have just returned from their annual tour. This year the destination was Brixham, including two matches against Torquay and Sidmouth, with a superb afternoon of quad biking.

Coaches Ian Pope, Vince Corcoran and Keith Leaker have been delighted this season with the progress and dedication of all the players - back row (left to right): Max Battison, Ben Beacham, Alex Reynolds, Sam Hodge, Tom Instance, Callum Corcoran, Jordan Mitchell, Kieran Avery, Zach Wall, Harry Wall, Josh Ong, Louis Wall, Eddie Tovey.

Front: Charlie Geary, Jack Pope, George Lacey, Shay Ford, Lewis Leaker, Drum McMillan, Curtis Southey, Ollie O’Hare, Jake Knight.

CLEVEDON Under-16s travelled to Weston Hornets for this eagerly awaited Somerset Cup semi-final game.

From the start both sides were pretty evenly matched with Clevedon having the edge in the scrum. However, on 24 minutes Hornets kicked the ball deep into Clevedon territory resulting in a handling error by Clevedon, which allowed Hornets to score a converted try.

Clevedon responded well and for a lengthy period of time Clevedon were camped out on the Hornets’ line, but could not take advantage, Joe Tucker was eventually released to go over the line and score, but the try was disallowed.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first half, Clevedon creating lots of opportunities but not able to finish them off as Hornets won 7-0.

The Under-13s entertained Weston on a beautifully warm spring morning. The hard ground suited a running game and both teams competed evenly for the first quarter.

Clevedon made the breakthrough after 15 minutes as James Curnock surged through to touch down the first of his two tries. Further tries from Joe Miller, Harry Butland, Ash Haque and man-of-the-match Callum Upward, along with a brace from Ben Williams put the result beyond doubt as a series of injuries took its toll on the Weston team.

Harry Butland and Joe Childs shared four conversions between them, making the final score 48-0.

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