Sudbury youngsters share festival trophy title spoils

HAT-TRICK HERO: Oscar Blackburne runs in another try for the under-13s
HAT-TRICK HERO: Oscar Blackburne runs in another try for the under-13s


Sudbury had a successful run in the Westcliffe festival, securing a place in the bowl final where they drew 10-10 with Dartford.

There were hat-tricks from Joel Rathbone and captain Oscar Blackburne plus a try each from Patrick Irvine and Ollie Burns, as Sudbury saw off Southend Barbarians 20-0, Westcliffe 30-0 and drew 10-10 with Woodford.

In all the matches the Sudbury backs put some good runs together with the forwards making ground driving and turning over the ball.

The third match of the group saw Sudbury playing against hosts Westcliffe, whose physically larger players proved a challenge.

The team played great rugby but with some boys tiring it was not to be and Dartford managed to equalise with only a couple of minutes left and the final ended in a draw so the bowl was shared.


Determined play from Sudbury saw them to victory in the Woodbridge development festival.

Sudbury started tentative in their opening pool match against Lowestoft, but good passing and strong defensive play gave them a 6-0 victory.

They improved their rucking and mauling in the next match and went on to beat Chelmsford 4-1.

A 5-0 victory over Southwold set up an interesting derby match against Hadleigh for the top of the pool and a place in the final.

Both teams played determined ruby and a close, hard-fought match ended in a 1-0 victory to Sudbury.

In the cup final, Sudbury met the strong start from Ipswich with good defensive play and turned the ball over to break for their opening try.

Heads raised, Sudbury played good passing rugby, fought hard for the ball and ran out 6-0 winners to take home the trophy which was a reward for a strong team effort.

n Young players aged 16 to 19 can develop their leadership skills at a training and volunteering camp being run by Eastern Counties Rugby Union at Sudbury Rugby Club on Friday, November 2.

The camp will be run by staff from the RFU and offer a range of leadership activities and workshops, with everyone taking part earning a Young Officials award for refereeing at the end of the day, which runs from 10am to 8pm.

After the training camp, the young leaders will go on to join their county team and lead volunteer rugby projects and activities at schools, colleges or universities as well as at their club.