Pocklington RUFCs junior section got in on the seven-a-side rugby act when it staged its annual Junior Charity Sevens Festival, sponsored by Agriyork 400, on Sunday.
The festival, for Under-13, U14 and U15 age levels, raises money for Martin House Children’s Hospice, and drew a big crowd of families and spectators, and was played in a good atmosphere, with a mix of cliffhanger games and high-scoring encounters.
Over 250 youngsters took part with teams from Pocklington, Malton & Norton, Hessle, Selby, Wetherby, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Ripon, Bridlington, Bowdon (Lancashire) and Barton (Staffordshire).
At Under-13s, Malton & Norton knocked out the host club Pocklington 25-5 in the first semi-final, where they were joined by Selby who edged out Doncaster by a single score 15-10.
Malton had beaten Selby by three clear tries in one of the early games, but Selby had improved as the day progressed and they carried this into the final for a surprise 20-5 success.
At Under-14 level, Pocklington were knocked out in the semi-final by Manchester tourists, Bowdon, 25-0; while Huddersfield beat Selby 30-0.
It was an end-to-end final between the teams from either side of the Pennines, with Huddersfield coming through 20-10.
In the Under-15s, Ripon had looked the day’s best side but were given a hard game by Pocklington before the North Yorkshire outfit went through 20-5.
Huddersfield beat Selby 25-5 in the other semi final.
Ripon looked set for success in the final but Huddersfield finished the stronger and grabbed a late winner to take the title 20-15.
The trophies were presented at the end of the day by Leeds Carnegie head coach, Diccon Edwards.