Siddal under 12 coach Martin Scrimshaw has spoken of his pride after watching his young charges become the toast of Yorkshire.
The Chevinedge youngsters capped a tremendous first season of competitive rugby by beating West Hull 22-0 in the Yorkshire Cup final at Featherstone Rovers’ Big Fellas Stadium.
It was a performance brimming with skill and character against previously unbeaten foes, and one which Scrimshaw believes has given the whole club a massive boost
“Our main aim for the season was to win the Yorkshire Cup, and the fact that the players have achieved that shows just how hard everybody has worked,” said Scrimshaw.
“Some of the players didn’t think it would be possible, but the longer we went on the more they thought that they could do it.
“It was also their first taste of cup rugby as at under 11 level matches are played on a non-competitive basis.
“But they took to it and fully deserved their success.”
Scrimshaw has had a long association with Siddal won many honours during his time as player and coach.
However, he admitted that this success ranked alongside anything he previously achieved and was delighted that young players were showing a strong commitment to the club.
“Five or six of the players’ dads played at the same time as I did and it is fantastic to see the generational thing coming back round,” added Scrimshaw.
“I had a lump in my throat when we walked out onto the pitch, with the music playing and the supporters cheering.
“It brought back memories of when I was playing in finals, only I was 25/26 so for these lads to be experiencing that feeling at such a young age is terrific.
“Clubs like Siddal need young players coming through and I can honestly that say we have a very good platform for that to happen.”
Scrimshaw added that he would love to see his crop of youngsters progress to play open age rugby at Chevinedge in the future but in the meantime was happy to continue aiding their development.
“We have 17 lads and not of them misses training,” he said. “We’ve already had scouts from Wigan and Warrington down, but we always emphasise that we play as a team. It is not about individuals.
“That way he have built a good spirit amongst the players and their performances in the Yorkshire Cup have shown that.
“We’ll stick together as long as we can - at least before the vultures start circling - probably when the lads get to be 15 and 16.
“I would love for them all to play first team at Siddal, but obvioulsy some will turn professional and good luck to them.”