Three times a charm in north east finals

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It was three times a charm for Cramlington Rockets as they picked up a trio of titles at a rugby league event.

Cramlington Rockets’ U12, U14 and U16 all triumphed to become north east champions, with only the U13 failing to complete the clean sweep.

In front of a massive crowd at Gateshead Stadium, the U12s got the day started against Durham Tigers, a side that beat them earlier in the season before the Rockets exacted revenge in the return fixture.

And the U12s proved too powerful and won 34-14.

The U13s then lined up against a Wallsend Eagles side unbeaten in the region for two years and despite a supreme effort, a lack of experience meant the Eagles ran out 38-18 victors.

National Cup quarter-finalists, the U14s were pushed all the way by a determined Jarrow Vikings who took the lead with only three minutes to go.

It took an inspirational team talk under the posts by head coach Steven Beaty to fire up the Rockets to surge up to the other end of the field and cross with the final play of the game to win 14-10.

Finally, the U16s took the field against Durham Demons, and showed great character to win 38-14 against a team that has been a thorn in their side all season.

Gateshead Thunders’ players were on hand to present the medals and trophies.

Rockets chairman and U13 head coach Jeff Ball said: “What an absolutely amazing day and one that we’ll remember forever.

“The support from the Rockets Family has been superb and the efforts from all the teams today were phenomenal. The U12s, U14s and U16s are naturally bouncing of the ceiling and the U13s can take heart from their performance.

“This will be the first final of many for that group of players and to run Wallsend close in the final having been beaten 72-0 by them 18 months ago shows how far they’ve come.

“Regardless of results, we’re massively proud of everyone at the club today for showing why we call ourselves the Rockets Family.”