Durham Schools County Cup makes an impressive return
Durham County Schools Union have re-launched the Schools County Cup with the support of RFU professional staff and it is off to a flying start.
So far, the U13 girls, U15 girls and YR 10/11 Boys have taken to the field to play for their spot in either the final round of the Cup or the Plate.
All the events have been popular with schools, encouraging some schools to enter that would not always get involved in organised fixtures.
John Pearson, Schools Union Secretary, said: “It is great to see lots of schools entering, after all it is our aim to get more schools playing more rugby so this can only be a positive.
“The rugby has been entertaining to watch so far and we look forward to what else is to come”.
In the Girls events at Horden and Peterlee RUFC, in the U13s competition we saw entries from; Dene Community, Staindrop, Academy of Shotton Hall, St Wilfrid’s and Our Lady and St Bede. Throughout the action packed round robin, there were over 20 tries scored by new, experienced and developing players.
Heading into the Cup, we have Dene Community and St Wilfrid’s, while Staindrop and Academy of Shotton Hall play for the Plate.
Over in the U15s category, the girls were turning it up a notch with an impressive 49 tries scored across the afternoon. After two close pool groups, the next round is set to see; St Thomas Moore, Harton and Teesdale battle it out for the Cup and Staindrop, St Roberts of Newminster and Durham Johnston play for the Plate.
Kick starting the Boys split events were the YR 10/11 Boys with the South event at Billingham RUFC gathering five schools and the North event at Gateshead RFC hosting six.
Pictured: YR 10/11 boys at Billingham RFC (By Vicki Harrison)
Finals day for the YR 10/11 Boys will be an entertaining one as High Tunstall, St Martyrs, St John’s Catholic College, Thorp Academy, Durham Johnston and St Thomas Moore will play for the Cup, while, Staindrop, Woodham, Emmanuel College, Lord Lawson and St Roberts of Newminster go head to head for the Plate.
The Cup final will be played at Darlington Mowden Park and the Plate at Blaydon RFC on Wednesday, November, 29 from 3.30pm.
Next up is the YR 9 boys at Blaydon RFC and West Hartlepool RFC on Wednesday with a record 20 schools attending across the two events.