Peterlee Pumas Opened the Day up with an under 13s and 15s 9 aside festival with special guests York Acorn and Oultan Raiders combining at under 15s as well as the Puma 15s combining with York to Mak an extra team, Pumas, York, York/Pumas, Wallsend Winlaton formed what a very competitive and entertaining 15s Tournament, the 13s were made up of Peterlee, Durham Tigers, Cramlington A and B, again, another thoroughly entertaining festival all played in the right spirit. Durham Declined to play the final against Cramlington A so Peterlee Pumas and Cramlington combined forces and played a full 13 aside friendly to finishe the mornings action off. The afternon saw the Open age run out for the first time this year in a friendly against York Lokos. The new look pumas side is vastly different to the previosu 2 years with most of the team made up of 16 and 17 year olds brought through from the Junior section. A very big, fast and experience York side were matched for the first 20 minutes and Peterlee squandered several chances to go ahead due lace of experience at playing open age, then York took charge and capitalised on Pumas mistakes and naivety. The York half backs ran the show for the 2nd quater and racked up 30 point lead. Half time saw the Pumas return to the dressing room for a real heart to heart heated debate and they came out in the second half scoring 8 points to Yorks 16 showing a much more encouraging peformance, full time Peterlee 8, York 46 but a lot to build on what is probably going to be the youngest open age side in the North East but a side that will more than hold its own and will be around for sometime to come. Next game home to Methley Royals 25th April, another strong test ahead of the Norht East league starting in may. Thanks to Both York sides and everyone else for travelling to the Pumas to make the festival a great event which was finished off with a disco, quiz, raffles in the club house which went on till very late in the night.
Peterlee Pumas celebrate a try
They might have played more like kittens this season after clawing their way to just one win - but Peterlee Pumas have vowed to roar again.
The amateur rugby team has suffered some serious “whoopings” this season, including a 104-0 drudging.
They finished bottom of the league having played 18 won 1 lost 17 scored 146 points and conceded 1104
But that isn’t going to stop the lads keeping their heads up and preparing for a, hopefully, better season next March. Since the team moved from the North East Rugby League into the National Conference League (NCL), its been a bit of a struggle.
During their first season in the NCL they failed to secure a win. While this season a 40-28 victory over Wigan side Hindley was their only moment of glory. But while the score-sheet shows only doom and gloom, the team are ready to build on that win, and know the only way is up.
Club treasurer Rob Laverick said: “Two years ago we made the move into the NCL - and that was a big step for us.We were used to coming top, or almost top, in the North East, but this was a whole different playing field. We knew it was going to take a few years to adjust and we have come close to winning one or two more.We were well aware that with such a young side of basically under 18’s, that had little experience of playing outside of the region, things were going to be tough,
“We also suffer from a lack of funding and recognise the need to find some serious sponsorship to be able to compete and grow, as well as develop the club, its players and improve our performance.”
But while the poor scorelines may mean there is no silverware for the club’s trophy cabinet this season, that isn’t going to stop the lads playing their hearts out come 2015.
Rob said: “We are in the process of now regrouping and trying to find some new funding. One thing I can say is that we are 1000% better than we were two years ago.”
• Any local businesses who thing they can sponsor the club and help them roar again is asked to contact Rob on 07903731901
Peterlee took on top of the table Featherstone who had beaten 4th placed Woolston by 80 points the previous week and arrived at Helford Road unbeaten all season.
The Pumas are now a much improved side and have been unlucky not to win on the last 3 run outs. The pumas pack were on top for most of the game and won most collisions although they do need to speed up the play the ball area to take more advantage of their advantage in this part of the field to set their fast backs away. Outside and defensively they were exposed however as the quick play of the ball even when they lost the collision gave Featherstone the ability to shift the ball to the edges and take advantage of the Pumas vulnerability there.
Kieran Redfern opened the scoring in the 4th minute for Featherstone, followed by Ricky Williams 12 minutes later, Williams in the left centre position scored again on the 25th minute but not until Former Pumas junior player Sean Mason, a second rower playing on the wing crossed on the end of a good shift wide left taking a 15m pass from prop John Malcolm. Williams who was unlucky not get man of the match crossed again on the 35th minute and then Danny Glasson went in a minute later, Rich Frankland kicked all of the Featherstone goals most from the touchline to make the half time score 30 points to 4 at the break.
6 minutes into the second half and Glasson got his second and Featherstone man of the match Davi Galahan crossed on the 51st minute. Peterlee hit back through second rower James Scott playing his first game of the season going over close to the ruck and then 5 minutes later, centre Andrew Docherty went over on the end of a shift wide right which was converted by fullback Leigh Wheatley. The last 10 minutes were disappointing for the Pumas as at 14 42 a good competitive game would have been reflected but lack of concentration from the home side allowed Williams, Josh Wallace and Frankland to score again to take the score to 60 14. The Pumas have made massive steps forwards this season, still some way to go but a good performance against the divisions top side. Pumas man of the match, hooker Jack Adamson.
2 weeks off from the league now, next game home to second placed Underbank Rangers 19th July although the Pumas A team are due to play Winlaton on the 12th July at home.
HINDLEY 58 PETERLEE 16
Peterlee had some strong attacking moves in the first few minutes but were unable to convert field position and good possession into points. Four early mistakes resulted in 4 tries in the first 20 minutes from Hindley, 2 on the back of 40-20 kicks that the Pumas failed to deal with and 2 from turning the ball over and giving penalties away in their own red zone. Despite this Peterlee scored on a good shift wide that Put Fullback Daniel Addison in in the corner to make it 22 6. Hindley crossed 4 more times in the 1st half however to take the half time score to 42-6.
A rally from the Pumas put in a much more competitive second half although Hindley crossed 3 times to take their total to 58 Peterlee can be forgiven for thinking a couple came on the back of some passing that they may have thought slightly forwards.
Addison got on the back of another Pumas Shift wide on the right now playing at wing and Prop John Malcolm had the last word with a 50m try breaking the line on the halfway mark no one from Hindley was able to catch him and he crossed on the right.
A lot of the progress made seemed to have gone out of the window with some basic mistakes in the first half but a very competitive 2nd half gives the young pumas who had had to make 9 changes from the previous weeks game which was also away at Woolston. Man of the match, second row Carl Brown.
Next Game home to Crossfields, Saturday 21st June, also the A team take on 1st Division Darlington in the North East Cup away.