Brentwood youngsters celebrate after another brilliant rugby league season
PUBLISHED: 09:40 31 July 2017
Brentwood Rugby League Club have been reflecting on another excellent season for their youth and junior section.
The under-16s finished third in their regional pool, taking them through to the national qualifiers where they were edged out by rivals Invicta Panthers.
And they also travelled to the north of England to record a memorable win and further enchance the reputation of the sport in the south of the country.
The under-14s overcame a slow start to their campaign to find their form when it mattered and reach the Grand Finals, where they took on Elmbridge Eagles at Ealing Trailfinders RFC.
But on a wet afternoon, despite fighting until the final whistle, they came up just short in a 17-16 loss, where a drop goal proved the difference between the two sides. It is the second time the side has narrowly lost a Grand Final so hopes are high for success in 2018.
Brentwood’s primary section has also started to come together well and their new under-11s have put in good performances in their regular matches and at festivals.
At the recent London Primary festival the squad put in some great performances, most notably against Elmbridge where they played some of their best rugby of the season and were awarded the Fair Play Award, while the senior side are still pursuing a place in the Eastern Premiership play-offs.
Brentwood have also seen 10 of their players selected for the London Broncos Scholarship Programme this season and Caley Gray playing at Academy level, while Rian Horsman has signed for the Academy from September.
Chairman Carl Horsman said: “As a club we really measure our success by the number of boys selected for representative Rugby League and it is extremely pleasing to see Rian has signed for the London Broncos Academy.
“Rian joined Brentwood as an eight-year-old and has made the journey through our Primary, Junior and Youth systems during which time he was selected for the London Origin Series, before joining the Broncos Scholarship. He was also voted London RL Man of Steel runner-up in 2013 before winning the trophy in 2014.
“The really pleasing thing is we have other boys at the club set on this pathway and it’s hoped many make that move in the coming years. Many of our players are also eagerly awaiting selection for this year’s London Hard Rock Café Origin series.”