A Successfully weekend as Hartlepool BBOB are World Champions and Durham U20s secure final at Twickenham
This weekend was another busy weekend starting at Hartlepool BBOB for the World Cup Championship rugby match and then a well worth lengthy journey to Kent to watch the National Counties U20s Championship Semi- Final.
Starting close to home, Saturday was kick started at the Old Friarage ground for the Boys Brigade Old Boys annual World Cup match.
As far as it has been able to confirm, there are only two BBOB sides in the world; one is in Hartlepool and the other in Northampton.
In light of this, they play one other annually on Easter Saturday for the World Champion title.
Hartlepool played host this year for the twenty first playing of the match.
It is a focal point of both sides playing and social calendar each year with the off field activities being as large a part of the weekend as the actual match.
I was able to join in the pre match reception and watch the early stages of the match before having to leave for the journey to Kent for the U20 match.
This year’s champions were Hartlepool with a 57 – 22 victory and I am told that the post-match activities were as lively and enjoyable as ever.
Saturday evening I travelled to Kent with the County U20 side for the Nation Semi-Final match to be played at Cranbrook RFC on the Sunday.
After an overnight stay at Dartford, we travelled the last leg of the journey to Cranbrook RFC on Sunday morning.
It was a fine dry day and a very good pitch; all was set for a good match.
There was a large crowd which included former England back row, Mickey Skinner who had come to watch his son play in the Kent side.
The Durham lads produced a superb performance eventually coming out victors 26 -18.
We can now proudly say that the lads have earned their way to the Final against Yorkshire at the home of Rugby, Twickenham on Saturday May, 6 – 5pm KO.
It has to be said that it was overwhelming to see the number of families and friends of players that made the long journey to support the Durham team.
They could certainly be heard on the day and the lads said that it helped in raising their game.
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