OLD Brods under 13s maintained their proud record of remaining unbeaten in three years of touring after bringing home a piece of silverware from Europe’s largest Junior Festival hosted by Hilversum Rugby Club, Holland
After many months of fund raising, which included bag-packing at Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons supermarkets, as well as sponsorship from Safestyle UK,the team raised enough money to not only go on tour but also to donate a large contribution to their charity of choice, Help The Heroes.
A raffle took place resulting in the winners either receiving shirt sponsorship or the charity of their choice represented on the boys tour shirts. Brods were very proud to represent the charities Help The Heroes, CDH UK and Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale.
After the first day at Center Parcs, Brods were ready to face their first opponents, host club Hilversum. Brods made the game look quite easy by beating their host club 45-0.
The second game was an altogether different story as they faced a very large and strong under 14s German team from Niedersaksen. Brods had to tackle time and time again as the opponents onslaught came battering down on them with neither team entering the opponents 22.
Finally, the Brods broke free and Dakota Whylie was just held up short of the line, leaving the final score 0-0.
The final pool game p saw Brods face the National under 13 team of Luxembourg. Brods again showed good all round rugby skills with Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley, Danny Smith, Jonny Kaye and Saul Roderick all making good yards in attack. Excellent defending by Jack Crowther, Jack Headlong and Bailey Ramsden kept the visitors from scoring resulting in a 20-0 Brods victory.
Although not conceding a try throughout their pool the Brods missed out on the Cup final by one try, on number of tries scored. This meant a Plate final against Dutch side Amersfort.
The game plan was ripped up after 15 seconds when the Brods conceded for the first time. The forwards now took the game to the Dutch. Tom Robertshaw, Jack Headlong, Alex Rackstraw and Jonny Kaye were ferocious in their tackling and constantly turned the ball over.
Brods were on the attack and from a scrum Bailey Ramsden went blind scoring a great individual try with his opposite winger and full back being carried over the line with him.
The second half was much the same with the Brods battering the Dutch defence. In the final minute quick hands from Saul Roderick and Danny Smith released Whylie to score for a 10-5 success.