Pocklington RUFC juniors got in on the seven-a-side act when teams from across Yorkshire and the North East descended on Percy Road for the Pocklington Junior Charity Sevens, sponsored by Agriyork 400 and in aid of Martin House Childrens Hospice.
It was a day full of great sevens at Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 age levels, with all three competitions being keenly contested throughout.
After the group stages in the morning, the top sides went through to the afternoon semi-finals and finals, and again produced a string of cliffhangers.
At Under 13s, Castleford put out the hosts, Pocklington, 15-5 in the first semi-final, followed by York edging Ripon by a single score 15-10. The final was another end-to-end encounter with York prevailing 20-10.
The Under 14s semis saw Goole overcome West Park 10-5, while Doncaster disposed of Selby 15-5. Doncaster then went on to defeat Goole 20-10 in the final.
The Under 15s competition saw some of Yorkshire’s top players come through to the semi-final stage where Doncaster beat Selby 25-5, then West Park defeated Pocklington 35-5. A quality final ended the day with West Park taking the trophy with a 20-10 win over Doncaster.
The Pocklington Under 15 boys had a tough day at the office facing three of the tournament’s strongest sides in Selby, Doncaster, and last year’s winners West Park Leeds. With Pocklington having five players on Yorkshire duties, holiday absences and a year brimming with injuries, they only just managed to field a set of 10 players.
Pocklington opened with a 25-25 draw with Selby, followed by good displays, but ten point defeats, against West Park and Doncaster.
The preliminaries ended with Doncaster and West Park Leeds level in first and third place tied between Pocklington and Selby. The try difference accounted for first place being given to Doncaster and third for the Pocklington boys.
Unfortunately, Pocklington went down to seven men, and with three of the seven carrying injuries, for their semi-final against West Park.
Pocklington ended their day in third place with a performance coming strong towards the end. A hard-fought day was had by all but, in true Pocklington fashion, there were smiles all round
Pocklington Under 13s made their seven-a-side debut in the Junior Charity Sevens, with the lads having three games of five minutes each way to play in the first round.
They played outstandingly well to beat Selby 15-0 with tries from Charlie Laudage (two) and Will Husband. Pocklington carried that good form into their second game against Hull to win 20-5, try scorers Reece Dixon (two), Will Husband and Ed Jibson. Third up was York, a harder game and, despite more good play from Pock, York won 15-0.
Pock got through to the semi-finals as runners up in their pool, facing the other pool winners, Castleford. It was a tough game but the Pock lads played the best rugby, showing good skill and sure handling of the ball, and were somewhat unlucky to lose 5-15, the home try coming from Jonty Goddard.
It saw Pocklingtn knocked out of the tournament, but all the lads had an exceptional day. Well done to the squad of Rob Boddy, Alex Todd, Reece Dixon, Will Husband, Charlie Laudage, Ed Jibson, Cameron Cree, Jonty Goddard, Will Ackerley and Sam Prudames.