A great day of Ruby League for Peterlee, Starting with the under 9s and under 11’s festival hosted by the Pumas at Helford Road. Hundreds of people from all over the region came to play and watch and quickly filled up all of the available space at the Pumas Home.
Great fun was had, lots of new players enjoyed their first games and more joined from the spectators afterwards.
The Pumas under 13s were away to Winlaton at the full 13 aside version of the game and carried on their ever improving season with a 72 0 away win to Winlaton who are themselves despite the score line also improving and increasing the size of their squad.
Back at Helford road the Under 14s took on Cramlington Rockets. A very tight and hard fought game, the first half ended 0-0 and it wasn’t until the second half when the Pumas broke the dead lock and too a 3 try 14 point lead and looked to have the game wrapped with ten minutes to go but Cramlington fought back to tie the scores with a minute left. A clever kick off from the home side saw Peterlee recover the ball and a last minute try and conversion went to man of the match Connor Drinkwater to close out the game 20-14 to Peterlee who continue unbeaten in the league this year and look forwards to playing Gateshead Storm next weekend.
No A team action this week but the NCL returned to Helford Road with Peterlee hosting Wigan St Cuthberts who had beaten the Pumas away 70 0 earlier in the season. A tough brutal bruising game ensued with both sides having a fair go at attack and defences were on top for the first 10 minutes but centre and game breaker Earl Hurst broke the deadlock for Wigan getting on the end of an excellent shift wide left to make it 4 0 after quarter of an hours play. The game continued as it had been with both sides launching excellent attack which was could only be countered by some excellent and tough defence but 10 minutes later a similar move to the right put hooker David Baggerly over in the opposite corner 8 0 to Wigan. Centre Any White went over 4 minutes later to take it to 14 0 after Ben Cottrill’s conversion and close out the half with a score line not showing how close the game was being contested.
Second half saw Hurst get his second in the 50th minute and Cottril added the 2 to make it 20 0 but then the Pumas came back through Stand off Jack Adamson under the Posts in the 55th minute and hooker Zac Mcluskey on the end of a shift wide left 5 minutes later both converted by scrum half Paul Flynn to make 12 20 to Wigan. Peterlee were on the up and putting pressure on Wigan but errors from the home side lead to two late tries from Wigan to close the game out, Jacob Clark in the 75th minute then Andy Moyle in the 78th both converted to make 12 32 to the visitors.
An excellent sized crowd lent to a great atmosphere and were treat to some excellent Rugby. Both Open Age team are away for the next fortnight with the First team travelling to Hindley then Featherstone and the A team travelling to Whitley Bay next week