Peterlee Pumas Junior section were the first to get rejuvinated club's season under way. starting on the 14th of March, Durham Tigers arrived with two well drilled 13s and 15s sides in a 9 aside festival, which gave the two young Pumas sides a good grounding with many having not played much rugby both sides kept the opening rounds very close, Durham won both games but certianly a lot to take from and work on for the Pumas. on the 21st March, Winlaton travelled with under 15s to Helford Road and gave the Pumas an opportunity to put the lessons learned to the test whilst still blooding more youngsters to the ever growing junior sections.The first half was a very close encounter, Winlaton opened the scoring and the Pumas had to fight for every point. Peterlee broke away against a tired defense in the scond half but both teams deserve credit for putting some good rugby together both will be teams to watch during the season. Next Up for the Pumas is the Re-formed Open age team, with a lot of the previous two years side unavailable due to either going to University, the Forces or demanding work committments a new team has grown, new coaches, new management, some older players returning and a lot of Youngsters upholding the Pumas Tradition of reliance on their Youth Devolpment system to feed the open age. New Member ship rules, £20 p.a., £1 subs to train and a two tier match day subs to help the youngsters out £2.50 and a higher amount yeat to be confirmed is ensuring a strong committment from those who would like to play for the Pumas this year and already, great numbers at training are showing their will be a fight for places each week.
The Pumas next games are in Good Friday when the 13s and 15s travel to Kingston Park to play in anothe r9 aside festival, then the Pumas will host a Huge Junior 9 aside festival on the 11th April with teams coming from all over the country as well as the North East teams at 13s and 15s which will go on into the Sunday also as many of the travelling teams will staying for the whole weekend and will be the innaugral event of its kind which the club hope to keep going every year. Also that day, the Pumas Open age will be Playing thier first of a series of games against clubs from the Heartlands of Rugby League, which is set to be an annual cup competition on each occasion, firslty against York Lokos on the 11th, then Sherburn Bears on the 18th then finally against Methley Royals on the 25th April. Peterlee will then enter the Norht East Rugby League 1st Division with a view to playing return fixtures to York, Sherburng and Methley in August/September, dates to be arranged.
A very exciting time to be a Pumas and with more sponsors than ever before, the Pumas new open age kit will be looking the part also. With Bloomfield Financial taking the Main Shirt Sponsor Spot and also offering great financial deals to all Pumas, the back of shirt is taken by the Fitness Factory Gymn, again offering a great deal on memberships, the Sleeves are taken up with Gem recruitment and VFM Windows, whilst the Collor deals are going to Kinnersleys and Brigh Ideas.