Rugby league club Cramlington Rockets U14s gave a performance to be proud of, despite losing 30-4 in the quarter finals of the U14 National Championship.
The Northumberland side showed their class against Yorkshire league leaders East Leeds and the game was tightly poised at half time with the score only 12-4 to the visitors, Tom Marshall scoring their try.
Cramlington pushed East Leeds all the way, matching them for large parts of the game before East Leeds eventually pulled away at the end of the game to progress into the semi-finals.
Head coach Steve Beaty said: “I am so proud of the lads and their efforts today.
“As a group, we just wanted to find out if we could mix it up with the big boys of rugby league and certainly answered that today.
“To be that competitive and in spells to dominate one of the best teams in the country shows how much of a special group we have.
“Teams like ours need that exposure to the next level to aid the player’s development and I believe this experience will benefit our players in the long run.”
Elsewhere, Cramlington Rockets U12s put out a merit squad against Gateshead Storm U11s and both sides produced an impressive game with the Gateshead side running out eventual winners.
The U13s entered two teams into the Wallsend Nines festival as part of Wallsend’s 25th anniversary celebrations with Team Cramlington just missing out in a place in the final and Team Rockets running several good sides close.
• Cramlington Rockets are holding their summer camp for all ages and abilities from Monday, July 21, to Friday, July 25.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is for anyone aged five to 15 who wants to play rugby, football, outdoor games and have lots of fun.
Thursday and Friday is for rugby players aged 11 to 16. This camp has a specialist focus and covers strength and conditioning, advanced contact, sports nutrition work shop and much more.
To book a place or for more information contact the Steve Beaty on 07984 630083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org