DESPITE rain throughout, Whitehouse and St Cuthbert’s pupils produced an excellent contest in the Primary Schools League Year 5/6 rugby league.
What was remarkable, from both sides, was the sheer enthusiasm they both showed, especially in defence when swarms of defenders repeatedly buried the attackers.
The other feature was how much they have improved over the season, with fairly limited opportunities to play.
As far as individual performances were concerned, Caitlin Herriott stood out for Whitehouse, scoring eight tries, and playing a real captain’s part.
She was well supported by Lauren McGuire and Lauren Dack, who played a courageous game throughout.
Lauren Collins and Rebecca Crow also did a number of good things in both attack and defence.
For the boys, Kieran Young and Thomas Skivington battled hard, Lee Ryder was always a threat with the ball, and Mario Moreira and Ryan Borthwick never stopped trying.
For St Cuthbert’s, captain Ben Young was outstanding, well backed up by Adam Beattie, while Hannah Beattie and Mollie Grillon ran well with the ball.
Kieran Vasey was a real threat every time he touched the ball, and John Callan and Billy Fitzpatrick ran well in attack, and Bradley French made some shrewd passes.
At acting half-back both Joseph O’Donnal and Jack Morgan performed well, showing good technical skill and intelligence, and Niamh Hughes never gave up.
Anyone interested in getting involved in rugby league football in Whitley Bay and the surrounding area – boys, girls, men, or women, should contact Ken Sykes on 07977 803783, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or Google www.wbbrl.com