Super League stars drop in to visit local players

Super League stars meet some of the youngsters at Cramlington Rockets.
Super League stars meet some of the youngsters at Cramlington Rockets.

There was a Super response when rugby league club Cramlington Rockets launched their season.

Players from Super League teams Widnes Vikings, Wakefield Wildcats and Hull KR descended on Cramlington Learning Village.

Bringing the Super League trophy with them, the players spent the morning signing autographs, posing for pictures and passing on playing tips before watching some of the match action on the pitch.

Super League stars Joe Arundel (Wakefield), Tyrone McCarthy (Hull KR) and Hep Cahill (Widnes) were in town to launch ‘Magic Weekend’ and had heard about the work at the Rockets so decided to see it for themselves.

Chairman Jeff Ball said: “We were absolutely thrilled that the guys decided to come to Cramlington and when the news spread, excitement levels went through the roof.

“All the players were great with the players and the parents and they have definitely made some new fans for their respective clubs.

“For some of the top names in the sport to take the time to come and see us is really humbling and we are now looking forward to Magic Weekend more than ever.”

With five teams from under-13s to adults all in action on the Saturday, it was a clean sweep of league results for the Rockets in matches against Peterlee Pumas, Durham Tigers and Whitley Bay Barbarians, but the highlight of the day was the under-12s playing their first ever match in a friendly against Whitley Bay.