Gosforth and Cullercoats come out on top in Rockcliff 10s tournament
Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC ran their 14th ten-a-side competition, with ten sides competing for a cup and trophy in a tournament which is aimed at touring and local sides to let their hair down after a long hard league season.
Dutch side Den Helder were joined by fellow tourists, Scottish outfit Queensferry and Hertford, with local clubs Gosforth, Novos and West End, added to with Rockcliff and invitation sides Sam’s Sailors, Cullercoats and Tank’s Battlers.
Tanks Battlers were playing on behalf of Paul ‘Tank’ van Zandvliet, the former Rockcliff and Newcastle Falcons player who is fighting cancer, and there was a fundraising effort in support of Brain Tumour Research and other ‘Tankies’ charities.
The competition comprised a first round in a mini league format with two groups of five teams playing each other once. The respective group winners went through to the cup final, and the second placed teams fought it out for the trophy.
Cullercoats cruised through group one with four straight wins, closely followed by Gosforth who recorded three victories.
In group two, Den Helder topped the standings, also with four wins, whilst Tanks Battlers finished second.
The group stages were played in great spirit, with a number of players guesting for other sides, including Rockcliff’s Dan Timney, who ran out for six different teams on the day, including both finals.
In the trophy final, Gosforth edged out Tanks Battlers 24-12, with Ryan van Zandvliet and Matty Dunbar notching tries for Tanks Battlers, Timney converting one, and Mitch Ashman scoring a hat-trick of tries for Gosforth, with Sam Stirling scoring their other. Ashman added the conversion.
Cullercoats won the cup final 40-10 against Den Helder, with Ron Deinum and Timney touching down for Den Helder, and Cullercoats notching six tries and five conversions.
Trophies were also awarded for man of the tournament, which went to ‘Grandad’ from Hertford, and Hertford also won the Spirit of the Tournament trophy.