May & Baker beaming after a memorable day for junior team against Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 February 2017

May & Baker's junior group in action during Sunday's friendly with local rivals Dagenham (pic: May & Baker).

May & Baker's junior group in action during Sunday's friendly with local rivals Dagenham (pic: May & Baker).


Chairman Garry O’Sullivan delighted after a ‘special day’ for the local club

May & Baker's junior group sit down to discuss things with one of their coaches (pic: May & Baker).May & Baker's junior group sit down to discuss things with one of their coaches (pic: May & Baker).

May & Baker’s junior team enjoyed another fun weekend after playing for the second consecutive Sunday and claiming a number of wins.

The Dagenham club were able to put out two sides – the Eagles and Trojans – on February 5 after 12 weeks of preparation under the guidance of Jack Courtney.

And last weekend, Bakers were able to field another two teams for games against rivals Dagenham and they ended up winning three.

“Well done Jack, Mitch Ryan, Sam Duggan and all of the parents involved on Sunday. This is a very special day for the club, so thank you for your support,” said chairman Garry O’Sullivan.

After lots of hard work, Bakers’ junior section enjoyed mixed success in terms of results on February 5 as they took on Romford & Gidea Park and Upminster.

The Eagles managed to beat Park once, but lost three times to Upminster as the Trojans suffered four defeats against Upminster.

It was a great learning curve for the young group, aged between five and eight, and they demonstrated their potential on Sunday.

Bakers entertained their rivals, the D’s, for a total of four games and managed to triumph in three with a number of excellent showings.

With Dagenham a player short, Tyler Parish guested for them in the first match and went on to score three of their 10 tries.

The opening game was a close contest with Bakers taking bragging rights by winning 55-50 after talented duo Kian Davies and Riley Parish scored four tries each.

Elliott Major added a brace with Zac McCall also getting in on the act, before another tight encounter occurred on pitch two.

Mikey Birch grabbed a double with Thomas Fairfield also getting on the scoresheet and Walker going over twice, with his final try in the dying seconds enough to earn Bakers a 25-25 draw.

For the second round of fixtures, it was McCall who turned out for the D’s, but he couldn’t stop the hosts running out 55-50 winners again.

Fairfield scored four times, while Parish helped himself to a hat-trick with Tyler Parish and Mikey Birch claiming doubles.

In the final match of the day, Walker and Davies stole the show again as both crossed over three times with Major going over once during the 35-20 success.

Overall it was an enjoyable occasion for all involved and it ended with the players taking part in a game of ‘Bulldog’ to conclude a great morning of rugby.

Courtney said: “It’s a proud moment for everybody involved to put two sides out for two weeks in a row and see the children enjoying rugby and setting high standards for themselves.”

May & Baker: Zac McCall, Riley Parish, Kian Davies, Thomas Fairfield, Tyler Parish, Mikey Birch, James Lampard, Elliott Major, Riley Walker.


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