PUMAS ROUND UP 13th July 2013
The Peterlee Junior section kept up what has been a great season for recruitment, performances and results with a strong with the under 12s who travelled to Whitley Bay, winning the match 12-54. A lot of potential developing in a side that is looking to travel further afield for games in the coming months.
No NCL action for the Open age section this week as they got a well earned break and in the regional division, Winlaton Vulcans conceded a 24-0 default to the Pumas as they were unable to raise a side on the day but the Pumas open age section made history by putting their 3rd team out for the first time to compete in the North East merit league making Peterlee the first North East Club to compet in 3 open age leagues in a season. North Yorkshire Wildcats who have put some strong performances together already in the merit league travelled to Helford Road and a great game was had.
Peterlee ran out 44-16 winners in the end having opened up an early 3 try lead but the wildcats battled all the way making them fight for every meter of ground and although Peterlee were able to maintain a stead scoring rate in a game played in quarters to allow plenty of water breaks because of the baking hot weather the wildcats hit back in the middle two quarters with 3 outstanding tries of their own.
A game that could easily have been played in the full North East Leagues was full of entertainment with everyone, players, spectators and coaches enjoying the occasion. Man of the match Pumas Phil Donaldson with a hat trick to his name.
Full time 44-16 to the Pumas who will be looking to play more games in the merit league in the near future.
The Pumas 1st team are home to Wigan next weekend at Helford Road, KO 14-30 which is looking to be a strongly contested game as the young Pumas keep on improving in their debut NCL season also the A team are away to Consett which looks also to be a close game as the Pumas only narrowly won at home 54 48 recently.
U13S Result Peterlee 24- 6 Jarrow Vikings. the Pumas under 13s hosted a very good and well drilled Jarrow Vikings side who were organised in both at attack and defense but Peterlee had just too much for them. Half time saw the Pumas edge ahead after Jarrow had scored first with 2 tries to take the half time score to 12 6 to Peterlee. Another 3 tries in the second half closed the game out, Full time Peterlee 24 Jarrow 6 man of the match went to Peterlee Pumas Brendon Hill but an excellent all round team performance by everyone.
The Pumas under 11s and 9s travelled to Whitely bay for another in the North East Festivals series. Winning most of their games in the round robin tournament. The pumas will be hosting their own festival on the 20th July.
The Open age section suffered in the baking heat and at the hands of a serious accident on the A19 which prevented several players getting South to the A team game against Darlington first team and the Pumas NCL side travelled to York against Heworth.
A lot of last minute re-organisations of both sides left the A team very light in the pack but still travelled with 19 players. 20 all at half time and going into the final quarter a very close game with Darlington who are top of the league just in the lead. However a series of controversial decisions baffled the Pumas and Peterlee Captain Mark Fahey was sin binned for questioning the referee. This gave the home side all the needed and they were able to capitalize on the weakened Pumas, full time score Darlington 64 Peterlee A 34. Next game for Pumas A home to Winlaton, Saturday 13th July, KO 14:30
The first team also forced to draft in some second teamers in order to travel to York suffered in the baking heat against a resurgent Heworth (York) side who have been improving lately in similar fashion to the Pumas.
Peterlee had plenty of ball but simply couldn’t complete their sets of six. It could have been a different story early on, Peterlee were two scores town but a chip to the corner from Jack Adamson was recovered by youn winger Boawe Rankin who crossed and touched down but a Touch Judge deemed a knock on had occurred and the try was chalked off. The young Pumas pack gave some good go forwards but the back line which is overflowing with pace just weren’t functioning well and seemed unable to get going at all. Full time score Heworth 58 Pumas 0. Pumas man of the Match Prop Wayne Wild who ran himself to a standstill and ended up throwing up on the side lines midway through the second half. Go Forward performances from Loose Forward Carl Brown, Props John Malcolm and Michael Foster and some big hits put in by young second rower Aaron Stott were some consolation for a poor display.
A definite step backwards considering the massive improvements made over recent games but a week off gives Peterlee 2 weeks to Prepare for the next home game against Wigan on the 20th July , ko 14:30
The Pumas under 12s got the day under way hosting North
Yorkshire Broncos in the North East Rugby League. Unbeaten since the first game of the season the
Pumas ranks have continued to grow and a strong side looking to move into the
Yorkshire league next season is developing really well. The Pumas ran out 46-28 winners against the
North Yorks sided who battled and competed all the way.
Next up the unbeaten under 15s continued their run with
closest rivals Whitley Bay Barbarians, a really tough and bruising encounter
saw the Pumas take the lead with back to back converted tries in the opening
quarter but then took their foot off the pedal and the barbarians came back
with a try of the of their own. A really
tough arm wrestle of a game ensued but the Pumas were able to take their total in
the 2nd half to 28 with the Barbarians only able to reply once. FT Peterlee Pumas 28 Whitley Bay 8.
In the National Conference the Pumas Open age took to the
field confident on the back of some strong performances against several teams
in the top 5 recently. Featherstone
Lions who are in a similar season but 4 points ahead of the Pumas came to the
game on the back of a win last week. A
close game all the way through saw Peterlee bomb several chances to score in
the early stages but took the lead through center Davi Garahan on the 12th
minute. Leigh Wheatley hit back for the
Puma 7 minutes later but Craig Machin and Liam Ripley added score either side
of half time with Ian Jackson adding a conversion to make it 14 4 to the
visitors. 18 year old prop Connor
Grainger got on the end of a shift wide
to cross out wide on the 35th minute converted by Paul Flynn to take
the half time score to Peterlee 10 Featherstone 14.
Davi Garahan got a second try o10 minutes into the 2nd
half 10-18followed by another by Craig
Machen 2 minutes later which was converted by Ian Jackson to take the visitors
score to 24 But hooker Zac Mcluskey on the 60th minute and Prop
Grainger getting his second on the 72nd minute to make it 18-24 set
up a grand stand finish. A penalty and
couple of mistakes game Featherstone good field position and Kyle Littlewood
crossed over in the dying minutes, converted by Ian Jackson to put the game
beyond doubt. Peterlee tried their best
to get it back in the final minutes but there was just too much to do.
Next games, away to Heworth (York) in the NCL and the A team
are away to Darlington on the 6th July. KO 14:30.
PETERLEE PUMAS 18 UNDERBANK RANGERS 42
Peterlee lead twice in the first quarter for the first time in and NCL game this season. Boawe Rankin opened the scoring on the 7th minute getting on the end of a fumbled bomb kick in right corner. As the ball came out of the Underbank defenders hands and bobbled on the floor both winger Rankin and Full Back Heckles who had both contested the ball in the air dove on the ball with both claiming the score but the try was awarded to the 17 year old winger. Hooker Leigh Wheatley converted. 11 minutes late Joel Farrel pulled one back for Underbank and the conversion from Chris Harrop levelled the scores.
In the 22nd minute, half back Jack Adamson got on the end of a good midfield move from the Pumas and crossed under the posts, Wheatley making it 12-6 to the home side but Underbank hit back minutes later through Dave Farrand and Harrop again equalised.
The half was contested evenly by both sides but the visitors just edged ahead in injury time in the first half through Courtney Allette with Harrop adding the extras again to make the Half time score 12-18 to Underbank.
Three tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half put the result beyond doubt as Alex Chatteron only two minutes in crossed in the corner, Andy Brotherton crossed on the 50th minute and Matt Adam 2 minutes later all converted by Harrop to take their score to 36 but the Pumas then got back on terms and steadied the defence again creating plenty of chances themselves but not quite being able to cross the line and with 10 minutes left on the clock James Usher crossed for Under bank with Harrop taking their total to 42. A good shift wide with fullback David Heckles coming in off and angle to go under the posts gave some consolation to another much improved performance from Peterlee, Wheatley added the extras to take the full time score to Peterlee Pumas 18 Underbank Rangers 42.
Next game home to Featherstone Rovers, 29th June KO 14:30.
The Pumas A team were also in action in the North East Regional competition in the County Durham Derby against Durham Tigers. Having won away 56 16 earlier in the season the Pumas were confident and fielded their strongest side so far. Tigers battled all the way but the home side were too strong and ran out 104 to 10 winners.