As the end of the season approaches so the festivals begin. The first of these for Pock Under-10s was Selby’s on Sunday.
Drawn in Group two, the boys’ opening match was a tough one against consistently strong Hull Ionians.
As a result of some frantic defensive work, Pock found themselves only 5–0 down at half time.
Billy Spruyt exemplified the boys’ effort, as a last ditch tackle left him with a gashed cheek which unfortunately saw him miss the rest of the day. Despite some great tackles, those missed allowed Hull to run in two more tries to complete their 15–0 win.
Match two saw the team play Selby B, a different class of opposition to Hull. This quickly showed as Callum Childs scored the first of his four tries. Whilst Callum’s pace got the ball across the line, all four scores were the result of fluid team play, with Olly Grainger and Patrick Jessop delivering try scoring final passes.
Will Grewer joined the scoring party by breaking through in mid-field, before Jake Farrar characteristically went over with opponents hanging off him. A 30–0 win was a good reflection of the boys’ ability going forward.
This was it then. The team were desperate to get through to the semi-finals, but to do so they would have to beat York. The match was finely balanced going in to the final minutes at 5–5 after a second try of the day for Will Grewer, an arcing run to the left corner. York themselves then worked the ball from one side of the pitch to the other only to break Pock hearts with a last minute touchdown.
Whereas a draw and a superior try count would have meant a place in the semi-finals, the 10–5 defeat left the boys lying on the pitch in disappointment.
Their huge effort over the course of the morning had a lot to do with this prone state, in particular that of Pock’s pack of Reece Underwood, Olly Grainger and Jake Farrar.
The team will now take this effort and very entertaining rugby into training next week, before hosting annual touring visitors Manchester RUFC on Saturday 12 April as a very enjoyable curtainraiser to the Pilgrims’ match at Percy Road.