The Pumas bus was late starting off on the long 3 hour
trip to Blackbrook (St Helens) a hotbed of Rugby League so arriving jus half an
hour before kick off put the Pumas on the back foot straight away against one
of the best Amateur Rugby teams in the Country. Peterlee travelled in
good spirit however, encouraged with the huge improvements made in speed, skill
endurance and game play and also spurred on with the memory of having their
best performance of season when they played Blackbrook at home and held them
two a 26 4 defeat which against a team who lost by 2 points in the challenge
cup to York City Knights opposition was some going. With an even younger
than usual side as 5 pack members from the previous week were rested however
and the short warm up the Pumas need to forget the first 25 minutes ,
Blackbrook capitalized on this and it was 15 minutes before Peterlee even
touched the ball by which time a good 30 point gap had opened up. Finally
Peterlee managed to steady the ship stem the flow of attack from black
book. A lot of work has been done on getting the outside edge
of the defense sorted and it started to click and frustrate the Brook attack
forcing them back inside to the big Pumas pack which forced the home side to
start kicking on the last instead of having so many overlaps out wide as
much. The Pumas had some good attacks also close to the line
but the last pass always seemed to be not quite there but Peterlee competed
well in the last 3 quarters of the game. A good breakaway 60 meter try
from 17 year old Boawe Ranking saw Peterlee have the last say in the first half
and then a lot more competitive second half with plenty of scoring
chances. A good dummy and step through the line from 30 out from
Jack Adamson to score too were highlights from the Pumas and kept the
Blackbrook attack to a much slower rate than in the first half. Lots to
take into the Pumas final game at Home on the 21st September to
Hindley when the Peterlee side will become the first ever North East side to
complete a National Conference League season. Full time score Blackbrook
70 Peterlee 10, Man of the match Paul Flynn. Peterlee are looking to have
a big crowd with the entire junior section and all members down for a family
day and give the young Pumas support as they chase that all elusive first win.
Peterlee have already started building for next season,
looking to strengthen the management committee, volunteers and coaches as well
looking for sponsors for match days and teams. If you are interested
. Also the Pumas will be starting a get back into being active from the
25th September as well as Touch Rugby and masters rugby all targeted
and getting people (especially those over the 40 years of age mark) more active
with fun activities including fun rugby (non contact) games and also various
running activities depending on the individual's needs.
Peterlee travelled to Featherstone in good hart, having
considered themselves unlucky to lose at home to Coventry two weeks before
owing to some intercept break away trys catching the Pumas back line out when
attacking the team felt that they had done enough to win the game despite
coming out on the losing side once again.
Featherstone had just managed to nick the win against
Peterlee previously at Helford Road with a last minute try but the young Pumas
side who have improved well beyond any sort of form they ever put in whilst competing
at the top of the North East League for so many years took too long to get
going. Featherstone were 24 0 up in the first 15 minutes and Peterlee
just couldn't get hold of the ball. When they finally did, they more than
matched the home side all over the park in a very tough physical and bruising
game, 5 scoring chances went begging the closest being scrum half Jack Adamson
who dropped the ball diving over the line and the Pumas failed to convert
several other chances during the half also.
The second half was almost identical to the first, the home
side went wide at every opportunity and played some good rugby with the Pumas
dealing with everything up the middle but need to work on the fringe
defence. Peterlee took their total of scoring chances up to 10 with Prop
Chris Nicholson being held up over the line and winger Boawe Rankin soaring in
the air above everyone to collect high cross field kick but was held up also.
Full time 58 0 to Featherstone, nan of the match scrum half Zac Mcluskey, the score seems harsh score
considering the way Peterlee are now playing but still lots to work on for
promotion chasing Blackbrook away next week.
Peterlee are still recruiting at all ages and although the
season is almost over with only 2 games left for the open age, the junior
section goes into the playoffs in the next week or so and the work to build and
recruit for next season starts now also.
If you are interested in taking
park in any part or aspect of Rugby League at Peterlee call 07903731901 or
fitness section for anyone who is relatively inactive, starting the 25th
Septeber at 7:30, will include different levels and aspects of fitness from those
who are 40 plus and have been inactive, there will also be intermediate and
advanced sessions tailored to the individual's needs, all welcome.
The Pumas under 12s got the day off to a great start with 64-0
Home win against Cramlington Rockets. With
Head Coach Stuart Clark on Holiday the Pumas Littlies Coach stepped into the
breach and could have been forgiven for feeling up against it as no fewer than
7 players also away on holidays but the remaining squad members stepped up and put
a comprehensive confidence boosting performance in to keep them at the right
end of the North East Rugby League Table.
Peterlee Pumas A side took on Whitley bay for the 2nd
time this season following a previous home defeat 32 54 the Pumas second string
secure 4th Spot in the league with one game to go with a 106-4
defeat of the visitors who were forced to travel to Peterlee owing to their own
ground being unavailable.
Several Hat tricks on show and the Pumas will travel to
Durham Demons in good form having won 4 games off the trot now for the final
North East Rugby League game of the season.
The Peterlee First team travelled to Wigan to play Hindley
on the back of some good home form. The Pumas pack was incredibly strong going forward and were literally bouncing defenders off going forwards and was definitely the site of the huge improvement made by Peterlee over the season so far but Hindley like most teams in the division had a great ability to get the ball wide and Peterlee's tactic of umbrella defence just didn't quite work all the time.
The Pumas had plenty of ball to attack with in good position
but a determined Hindley defence kept them out sometimes inches from the
line. In contrast a sharp wide attack at
full pace and a lot of the time from deep put paid to the Pumas ambition of a
first win in the league so far. Full
time 84 0 to Hindley. Man of the match Prop Richard Foster.
Next Game away to Crossfields Saturday 3rd of
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