Bognor rugby youngsters make step up - and it's cup final ahoy for seniors

Frankie Jolley, Oscar Henson and Connor Herrington stepped up to Bognor's third team
Frankie Jolley, Oscar Henson and Connor Herrington stepped up to Bognor's third team

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.

Bognor's Elvis Millen played for Hampshire

Bognor's Elvis Millen played for Hampshire

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.

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Bognor 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 joinus@Bognor-RFC.com 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.