Peterlee's juniors got the day off to a cracking start with
the under 12s taking on local rivals Durham Tigers for the second time this season. A much improved Durham Side battled all the way
never giving up but the new Pumas under 12s have grown into a strong side and
ran out 44 to 4 winners in the end.
The Pumas 14s travelled to new boys Consett, missing several
players through injury a number of under 13s were drafted into the side to help
out. A comprehensive 74-0 to Peterlee showing
the Pumas now have strength in depth and strong competition for places exists
throughout the Peterlee Junior section.
The Pumas A team were forced to lose 4 players at the start
of the game to the first team through late injuries and work commitments but
still got a full side out against Whitley Bay.
The fixture originally due to be played away was reversed due to Whitley
Bays pitch not being available.
Typically in A team style playing against another clubs
first team the Pumas are always going to be under pressure but at 16 all at
half time the game looked to be going well and both sides competing
strongly. The Barbarians opend up a 3
try lead during the second half but Peterlee battled back scoring 6 trys in
total through winger David Mason but couldn't quite catch up as Whitley Bay
notched a couple more trys to maintain their lead, final score Peterlee Pumas A 32 Whitley Bay Barbarians 54. MOM David Mason.
The first team were also at home taking on top of the table
Kells. The Pumas young side had
suffered some injuries from last week away at Woolston which meant drafting in
several 2nd team players who didn't let the side down at all. Kells posted 40 points in the first half on
the back of some outstanding Rugby shifting the ball wide with speed and
accuracy not seen all season and showed why their league position had been
always in the top two all season. Hooker
Leigh Wheatley crossed for the Pumas from Dummy Half to make the half time score
4 to 40. Peterlee came out in the 2nd
half having put several defensive matters right and battled well for most of
the half, conceding two trys in the first 20 minutes of the half to make the
score 4-54 to Kells a reasonable score line considering the Cumbrians had put
94 points past their previous opposition but the visitors played right up to
the end with two trys in int the 78th and 80th minutes
took the final score to Peterlee Pumas 4 Kells 66. MOM for Peterlee second Row Michael Mcdougal.
Next game home to Underbank Saturday 22nd June,
KO 14:30. Peterlee have a team built mainly
on former juniors of the club but are always looking to recruit from elsewhere,
if you are interested in taking part at any age group, contant 07903731901 or
Pumas A in action for the Open Age section only this week
and several new signings were introduced to the game of Rugby League and acquitted
themselves really well. Forwards Wayne
Wild and Graham Brennan came off the interchange bench and performed really
well both in giving the Pumas some go forwards and shoring up the defence down
the middle. Centre James Thacker was outstanding
posting hat trick with the 3 long distance trys dancing through the home teams
line moving off both feet and showing loads of gas.
Other scores came from Prop Jimmy Schofield, Hooker Callum
Geldard, Leigh Wheatley at half back despite having a mare with conversions and
Prop Wayne Wild.
Meanwhile the under 15s travelled to Catterick Crusaders to
continue their successful season winning 58 6 despite being a few players down
due to the holidays.
Next Open age Games, The National Conference team are away
to Woolston Rovers and the A team are away to Consett.
Peterlee Pumas are constantly recruiting in all junior and open
PETERLEE PUMAS HOME TO BLACKBROOK
The very young Pumas have come a long way in their debut season in the National Conference League. A two week break has allowed the club to take stock, heal some broken bodies and move forwards and it certainly showed on the field yesterday.
Blackbrook, unbeaten in amateur competition for 11 months and only lying 5th in league due to having 4 games in hand to league leaders Pilkington whom the beat the other week were only recently beaten by professional outfit York City Knights by 2 points on the last play of the game and were tipped to put 84 points past the Pumas. Peterlee had the better of the open encounters and were matching the visitors set for set in the first 10 minutes as a real battle and great game of rugby started to emerge. The deadlock was broken however when an error close to the Pumas line turned good field position over to the Blackbrook side who were able to cross over in the Corner through Centre Jack Parker on the 12th minute.
Another error enabled Greg Hale to cross, converted by St Parkinson on the 19th minute and again Aaron Hewitt crossed on the 25th minute again to capitalising on a Pumas error and Parkinson converted to make it 16 but Peterlee continued to battle and held out the visitors for the rest of the half. The Peterlee Defence was holding firm and looked well drilled and organised. Half time 0-16 to Blackbrook.
The second half carried on similar to the first, the deadlock was broken on the 49th minute by Craig Lyon then on 60 minutes Jack Parker crossed with the conversion to come from Jordan Welsby to take the Blackbrook total to 26 but the Peterlee Pumas had the last word as 17 year old second row Aaron Stott crossed on the end of an excellent shift wide to go over out wide.
Peterlee were unlucky not to score more points and Blackbrook had a couple of tries chalked off as the Pumas up and out defence pushed their attacks into touch in the corners. An excellent game of rugby which Peterlee must now back up next week with a tough trip to Huddersfield to take on Underbank Rangers.
Man of the match for Peterlee 18 years old Prop Connor Grainger, Blackbrook, Prop Ste Gray.
The day was capped off with a visit from the Charity Rugby League Cares, Steve Ball visited the club to present Puma full back Scott Williams with a cheque for £500 to help him get to and from treatment for his broken leg suffered against Pilkington the other week.
Pumas hosted Durham Tigers at under 15’s, 11/05/2013, another comprehensive display of Rugby League by the ever improving under 15’s side. The Pumas showed great commitment in defence when they had to as Durham had some chances but starved the visitors of the ball for most of the game and the attack from Peterlee came in waves as the visitors had to contend with multiple off the ball runners which would stretch any defence.
The inexperienced Tigers never gave up in the County Durham Derby however and when down to 11 men, the Pumas players showed great commitment to the development of Rugby League and no fewer than 5 Pumas went over to play for the opposition, giving their all throughout for the opposition.
A lot of improvement has come from the Pumas under 15’s over the last 2 to 3 years and there are a great many who will ones to look out for in future open age Pumas sides playing the style and aggression required for the NCL.
The Pumas under 11’s played in a shortened North East Festival which was extra to the normal program, winning 2 of their games and losing one, the Pumas littlies continue to get better with more players joining every week.
No NCL action this week but the Pumas North East Regional side took on East Cumbria Crusaders, the old reformed Carlisle side still able to field some ex pro’s who do make a difference to their organisation were trailing 20-14 to the Pumas at half time and despite an error strewn game from both sides the Pumas looked to be on the ascendancy having come from behind twice during the first half. The second half was simply not good enough from the home team, too many times the good attacking positions were squandered and the ball was coughed up and some weak defence was just not up to standard and the Pumas went down 26-44 in the end as Cumbria were able to capitalise on the Pumas attacking mistakes and score on the break several times. Positives to take from the game, 8 players returning to the side making their first games of the season, no fewer than 9 changes from the previous weeks victory at Durham Tigers meant there is a lot more to come from the side as the team trys to settle on its strongest line up and for second string playing in a first team league not a bad performance all things considered.
Next week the National Conference returns with a home game against Blackbrook a side narrowly beaten 24-26 by professional outfit York City Knights in the Challenge Cup and the Pumas Regional side take on Darlington. Both Sides at Home, Kick off 14:30.