Youth Rugby: Jack Courtney delighted with May & Baker’s efforts at Westcliff Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 March 2017
The Eagles and Trojans squad both did the club proud up against several more experienced rivals
May & Baker’s head of youth rugby Jack Courtney was thrilled with his young players for showcasing their ability at the Westcliff Festival.
Bakers entered two squads and both did themselves proud to highlight the good work taking place at the Dagenham club.
After a difficult season in terms of the senior set-up, the youth appear to be flourishing at May & Baker.
“It was great for the boys and girls to enter and experience their first festival and we look forward to our next one,” said Courtney.
“Everything we do is to continue to progress the teams and this is another great step for us as a club and as a mini section.”
Bakers had a slightly weaker Eagles squad, but after loaning some players from their opponents, they were able to complete six games.
Rylee Parish and Elliot Major were among the try scorers in the first match against Westcliff, as Bakers won 25-5.
Parish demonstrated his class again, as he crossed over five times in a 25-25 draw with Rochford.
Bakers claimed a convincing 30-15 success over Chelmsford next with Parish grabbing a hat-trick and James Lampard and Major getting on the scoresheet.
The trio also managed tries in the second meeting with Chelmsford, which ended as a draw, before the next challenge with Upminster.
Major grabbed two tries, while Parish crossed over four times to inspire an excellent 30-20 win.
Bakers’ Eagles squad faced Southend in their final match and yet again Parish stole the headlines with a seven-try showing, as his team triumphed 35-25.
The Trojans side also enjoyed their morning, but lost their first game 25-10 to Westcliff, despite a brace of scores from Riley Walker.
Rochford edged a close contest 15-10, but the Bakers youngsters again caught the eye with Walker and Mikey Birch going over.
The final game was with Barking and Harrison Patis-Stannard helped himself to a brace as Walker grabbbed a hat-trick. Kian Davies also got in on the act in a thrilling contest, which ended all square, to conclude a memorable day.
May & Baker squad: Rylee Parish, James Lampard, Elliot Major, Riley Walker, Kian Davies, Ruby Cooke, Mikey Birch, Tyler Parish, Harrison Patis-Stannard, Sophie Patis-Stannard.
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