NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY BEAVERS TAG-RUGBY FINAL
1st Felton...15 82nd Newcastle...10
JUNIOR teams from the 1st Felton and 82nd Newcastle groups battled it out in the Northumberland County Beavers Tag Rugby Final in front of a 4,000 Falcons crowd, with Felton running out winners by 15-10 in a closely-fought match.
Newcastle Falcons hosted the match at Kingston Park on Saturday, September 3, during half-time of the Falcon’s Aviva Premiership clash against Bath.
Both teams had previously won through a series of qualifying matches contested by Beaver Groups (the youngest members of the scouting family) from across Northumberland to earn the right to play in the final and run out at Kingston Park.
After making up the guard of honor at the start of the Premiership clash, the teams came on at half-time of the Falcon’s match to a warm reception from the crowd.
The first part of the game was a cagey midfield battle with impressive defence on show from both sides.
The deadlock was eventually broken with a quick pass from Aiden Green releasing Ben Riley, who outpaced the Newcastle defence to score in the corner.
Newcastle pressed hard to reply and scored two tries through their stand-out player Ben Jubb – with Euan Duffin replying for Felton in between his efforts.
With the sides deadlocked going into the last minute, saving tackles from Felton’s James Axtell and then Olly Gibson stopped Newcastle attacks just short of the Felton line.
Then, from a penalty deep in Felton territory, an individual breakaway effort saw Ben Riley burst through the middle of the Newcastle defence to score under the posts to give Felton the win.
The Northumberland county trophy was presented to the Felton captain, William Mewett, by Falcons player Will Chudley, in front of the South Stand before the teams settled down to watch the second half of the Falcons game and reflect on a remarkable experience provided through the Falcons Community Foundation.
Melanie Magee, of the Foundation, said: “We were delighted to host the Beaver’s event and were impressed by both the standard and the enthusiasm of all the competitors. We are hoping to build on the success of the Beaver’s Cup and run similar events later in the season.
“Congratulations to all participants and thank you to all the leaders involved who helped to make the day a great success.”