Junior Tour to Yorkshire a great success!
Players and officials from Hillfoots RFC are beaming with pride after successfully beating four junior teams from Yorkshire club Aireborough RFC last weekend. The Club has taken boys from P6, P7, S1 and S2 age groups to Yorkshire for the past six years, but this year was the best yet! Paddy Sherrard, the Junior Convenor for the Club arranged the matches against Aireborough RFC through an old school friend who now lives in Leeds. Paddy said:
“The highlight of the Junior Season is our tour to Yorkshire – it’s a great mix of fun, education and rugby. On the Saturday, the kids loved visiting Leeds Armouries in the morning before we challenged their head for heights and raft building. On the Sunday we were royally hosted by Aireborough Rugby Club, the kids will not forget being welcomed by a large crowd and the skirl of the pipes!”
Aireborough’s piper piped both the teams onto the pitch where the kids stood proudly as the national anthems were played before playing a series of Sevens matches. The Hillfoots players, set to playing and being more used to the Sevens game started to pile on the points, but the locals were not to be completely brow beaten and they also managed to score some great tries too. However, just like our national Sevens team later that afternoon at Twickenham, the Scots were victorious.
Afterwards, players, coaches and families from both clubs joined together to enjoy a barbecue and live music in the car park at Nunroyd Park. Matt Smith, chair of Aireborough’s junior section, said the club was thrilled at how the day had gone. He commented:
“Hillfoots are a first class outfit, on and off the field, and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Nunroyd Park. It was the first time in our history that we hosted a junior touring club and I am proud that we rose to the challenge. Most importantly, many new friendships were forged and that it was rugby is all about.”
Our youth training will resume at Tilly Park this Friday. Come along for the Tag at 6pm, or turn up for 7pm when Ian Hamilton our Senior Coach will lead a session focussed on skills, strength and conditioning. The session will only last until 7:45 – meanwhile mum or dad can join in the fun at the Club house! You can then join the BBQ and get a free burger/hot dog.
The plans for next season will start with pre-season training alongside the Senior Club from 20th June and will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. We will do the same training, but obviously will do any contact within our age bands. Find out more on Friday!