Bognor Junior Rugby Festival 2011
Burleigh Travel, in conjunction with Bognor Rugby Club, hosted the Bognor Junior Rugby Festival on Sunday 10th April in glorious conditions. This enabled all age groups to play some wonderful, free flowing, running rugby and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed this fantastic youth rugby festival with a number vowing to return to this junior rugby festival in 2012!
The Under 13 age group had the largest number of teams and was also the most competitive with all teams contributing to ensure some brilliant rugby with some fantastc tries being scored. Cranbrook RFC and Lutterworth RFC ensured all the games stayed competitive and Cranbrook just managed to beat Lutterworth in their final game to secure 3rd place having conceded less tries than their opponents.
This left New Milton RFC and Bedford Junior Blues to contest the final game of a wonderful rugby festival with Bedford knowing that a win with one try more than their opponents would secure the victory on tries scored. In a pulsating encounter both teams went out to secure the victory however both defences should be commended on their stunning performances. Bedford scored the try they needed with 5 minutes to go and managed to hold on despite incessant pressure from New Milton to win 7-0 thus securing the U13 crown.
In the Under 14 section of this junior rugby festival it became apparent early on that Hitchin and Ruislip were the two stand out teams securing comfortable wins in their early pool matches and they would go on to contest the final. In the plate final Bognor RFC came out on top in a competitive game against Stockwood Park RFC 10-0 despite having lost to the same team earlier in the tournament! This left Hitchin and Ruislip to battle it out for the Under 14 title. In an absorbing first half it remained fairly tight with Hitchin scoring a couple of tries to edge ahead. However in the 2nd half it appeared Ruislip ran out of steam a little meaning that Hitchin emerged with a 31-0 victory ensuring they were crowned deserved winners of the U14 group.
The U15 event was an exhibition in rugby playing ability from all teams however one in particular, Lutterworth RFC from Leicestershire, shone as the stand out team at this age group. While they enjoyed a very good day eventually triumphing against a spirited Wimborne side in the final it was the plate final which really captured everyone’s attention! With Old Salts RFC and Bognor RFC both being evenly matched a close game was anticipated and nobody at the junior rugby festival was disappointed. In a wonderful encounter played in fantastic spirit Old Salts scored the clinching try in the dying minutes to eventually triumph 17-7!
Burleigh Travel would like to congratulate all teams who participated on the spirit the rugby festival was played in and also the quality of rugby played. Everyone who attended commented on the wonderful time they had at the Bognor Junior Rugby Festival with them advising they would be attending one of our junior rugby festivals in 2012. To reserve your place in the Bognor Junior Rugby Festival which will take place on Sunday 15th April 2012 please fill out an enquiry form and one of our experienced staff will be in contact with you.