Under-11s go on tour

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Pocklington Under-11s’ rugby tour to Blackpool saw them playing against some local teams at Preston Grasshoppers.

The first game was against Warrington, who were a strong team, but Pocklington came in with great commitment to play a very good game. Warrington already had momentum after playing an earlier match, the game ending 14-0 to Warrington.

In the second game, Pock were able to keep momentum as they went straight into their second match against Waterloo. Pock soon set off to have an early lead, with Charlie Laudage scoring a try in the first few minutes of the game, followed by a second try by Tiger Brash then a third try by Billy Ackerley and then, soon after, another by Laudage.

The whole team played with such determination, leading to great passing and amazing tackling, all conversions successfully done by Ollie Mann. It was a great game for the spectators to watch and a 28-0 win for Pock.

The third game was against Preston Grasshoppers. This was a very tough match for both sides, with a lot of quick and precise passing and some fantastic tackling.

Only one try was scored in the game, by Pock, with the game finishing 5-0 to Pock.

This resulted in Pock making the semi-finals against Preston Fireflies.

It was an intense and frustrating game for both players and supporters. Fireflies got a very early try, even though Pock put in a mighty effort and, winning the ball on most occasions, they were unable to come back with an equalising try in the time available, resulting in a 7-0 win to Fireflies.

But, with the under-11s playing as well as they did, they attracted the attention of the other coaches and the comments were that Pocklington were a strong team, so they left with their heads high.

The squad was Tom Bean, Eddie Jibson, Alex Todd, Tiger Brash, Will Macmullan, Will Husband, Ollie Mann, Matty Mann, Reece Dixon, Loui Ratcliffe, Billy Ackerley, Rob Boddy, Callum Macmanus, Laurie Coupland and Charlie Laudage.