Border Park 10's



Sunday 2nd April saw a bus leaving Grange House Field for the trip to the newly reformed Border Park RFC, on board was a mix of 5 current Colts, 4 of last seasons' Colts and 5 older heads. Upon our arrival the skies were blue, the sun was shining and there wasn't a midgie in sight, fine conditions for a day of social rugby.

Morpeth got the day under way wih the first match v a strong Border Park 10 featuring the likes of the Dixon brothers and former Morpeth jnr player Joe Northwood, despite this, it was one of the Morpeth youth, jnr Colt Jake Jardine who took the honour of scoring the first try of the day, scorching down the left wing, avoiding the swamp like conditions on that side of the pitch to touch down in the corner. Border Park responded strongly and for the remainder of that match Morpeth were largely starved of posession but worked tirelessly in defence, the game finished 30-5 to Border.

 The second match v a very decent Ponteland side saw some improvements, with the bus journey well and truly out of their system, Morpeth looked stronger and seemed to be growing in confidence, tries came from Joe Turnbull (Colts Captain), Jake Stevenson, Jake Jardine and old boy Ben Lightley who ran a magnificent support line, received the ball stepped the defence and ran in to score just left of the posts. Ponteland did come back and gained territory through a succession of penalties conceded then scored with almost the final play of the game to draw the match at 26-26.

The next match was against a Northumbria University side, the Mitford Road lads really started to shine now under the steady leadership of Eds Captain Mark Davidson, Ben Wade was starting to re-discover his best form, putting in big hits and carrying the ball well, Joe Turnbull alongside him was making some great runs and Jake Jardine looked capable of scoring every time he got the ball with his electric pace. The match was tight, Jardine had scored a fine try in the 1st half down the left wing, just when he looked like he was goint to be caught he just seemed to go up a gear and put daylight between him and the covering defence. 2nd half he scored again with George Aynsley making a good run up the wing, just as he was about to be tackled into touch, he offloaded superbly to Jardine wo was in support on his inside to run in and score, the match finished 26-24 to Morpeth.

The final match was supposed to be v Northern but becasue they were short of players Morpeth ended up playing v a mixed Northern / Border Park / Ponteland / Uni side. The decison was made to just chuck all of the youth on with the youthful Ben Lightley and Lewis Mcintyre the ever present front row alongside Ben "Chunk" Walker. This match was a delight to watch, with Tom Lakey making an impressive debut at 10, the team ran riot with the opposition struggling to contain the pace of the youth within the side as well as the work rate of the older fellows Mcintyre and Lightley. Jardine was again on the score sheet on 3 occasions as was his wing partner Aynsley, mention must be made of the contribution of newly discovered fly half Tom Lakey, he made a try with a superb break and offload and then scored one himself with a fine chip and chase, he will live off those moments for many years to come.

What the final score was I have no idea but, all I know is Morpeth scored more tries than the opposoition, even the late introduction of John Chappell was not enough to turn the tide, Morpeth finishing a very credible 2nd overall in the tournament.

All in all a cracking day of rugby, thanks must go to Richie Gledson, Jamie Dixon and their team of volunteers, steered and guided by Mr Border Park himself, Tom Richards, they have worked tirelessly to get rugby played at this fine club once again, with the support of the NRFU family of clubs I'm sure we will continue to see rugby there for many years to come.

Morpeths' player of the tournament - Jake Jardine (jnr Colt)



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 April 2017 )