Bognor rugby youngsters make step up - and it's cup final ahoy for seniors
It was a good weekend for Bognor RFC’s youth teams and players.
Frankie Jolley, Oscar Henson and Connor Herrington were helping Bognor threes beat Worthing in the Sussex Cup semi-final, 36-8 the score (report below). They face Littlehampton in the final in a couple of weeks.
With the newly formed Bognor RFC academy transitioning this season and the next 45 players from under-16 and under-17 level coming through colts rugby and into senior squads, the future is looking bright for Bognor RFC
The ‘Inner Warrior’ women’s and girls’ event was a great success, seeing a total 22 women and girls enjoying a great morning of rugby-based fun and games. Training for the section continues Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10.30am, both at Bognor RFC.
In the short time Bognor have had a female section, Willow King and Amelia Glass have both shown enough skill to be chosen to attend Sussex selection on February 3.
Meanwhile Elvis Millen of Bognor’s under-16s represented Hampshire, playing in the county first XV, his second full match of the county season, as they secured a 35-19 win over Middlesex 35-19. They face Berkshire on February 3.
Bognor reward stalwart dad of Irish internationalFinding the rugby stars of the futureBognor under-16s won 38-0 at home to Fareham and the club’s under-14s secured a substantial 52-0 win at Haslemere.
All new players, experienced or not and aged six to 60, are welcome at Hampshire Avenue. Contact [email protected] if you’re interested.
* After a hard-fought win in the league last week, the magic of the cup returned to Hampshire Avenue as Bognor thirds beat Worthing Knights in front of a large and supportive crowd in the semi-final of the Sussex Vase.
Worthing, who defended strongly, worked their way up the pitch and secured a penalty which they slotted. Bognor were able to draw level shortly after, when Jeremy Newtown-Young, who kicked superbly all day, slotted a penalty.
Bognor secured their first try of the day with a rolling maul that Worthing didn’t manage to collapse, Ben Wilkinson collapsing over the line. Newtown-Young slotted the extras and the score was 10-3 at half time.
Bognor began to turn the screw and scored a well-worked try out wide through Sam May and another from Harry Edwards, both converted by Newtown-Young. Two more Colts make their debuts with Connor Herrington and Oscar Henson coming on.
Darren Brown scored a great scrum-half’s try, twisting and turning from the base of a ruck to dot down in the corner – 29-3.
Worthing’s scrum-half got a try back for the visitors. With almost he last play of the game Karl Flinn scored his customary try – it’s now 16 for the season. Newtown-Young knocked over the extras and the final score was 36-8.
Special thanks went to the excellent crowd who turned up to support the thirds. The players hope many will get to the final versus Littlehampton, provisionally set for February 3.