Peterlee Pumas run juniors in all the NE Junior Leagues and have managed to get all thier comprehensive age teams in the North East Grand finals at 12, 13, 14 and 15.
The first games kicked off last saturday with under 12s and under 14s. Both Pumas sides showed great heart and determination and displayed a massive improvement from the beginning of the season where the 12s and 14s and suffered heavy defeats to wallsend and gateshead storm respectively but they showed good evidence of catching right back up again in the finals which were hosted at Helford Road. The 12s lost 20 12 to wallsend, too many mistakes lead to the ball being turned over early in the tackle count in a bad tempered affair, the young Pumas with many of the team playng up a year tackled their hearts out but fatigue finally took its tole. The 14s showing a really dramtic improvement having changed coaching teams half a couple of months ago started the final very strong camped on the storm line for long periods and finally getting just reward to take the lead. Leading for most of the 2nd half but Gateshead managed to nick to late trys near to half time. The second half was incredibly even and the game was set to go either way right up to the last 5 minutes but 3 late trys as the Pumas tired flatter the score line 24 4 to Gateshead. Work on carrying on the dramtic improvement of both sets of players plus recruiting more and getting sponsorship begins immediately and the Peterlee side are already taking on new players meanwhile the Pumas 13s get ready for thier final this weekend again at Helford Road and the 15s prepare for thier game on the 9th November.