5 years ago
By Alan Cullotty
Historic Win for Bournville.
Bournville won the North Midlands Cup for the first time in their history with a 14-13 win over fellow first-time finalists Worcester Wanderers in today's final at Dudley Kingswinford.
The sides will be playing in National Three rugby next season following Worcester's recent promotion from Midlands One West and the expected tight contest unfolded in wet conditions.
A try from former Birmingham & Solihull scrum-half Rod Petty, who went over from close range, sealed the win for Bournville after fly-half Alex Warner had kicked three penalties.
But Worcester Wanderers tackled tenaciously and led for much of the match thanks to a first half try from left wing Chris Jenkinson and a conversion and two penalties – one in each half - from the boot of Worcestershire & Herefordshire fly-half Tom Biggs.
"All credit to Worcester Wanderers, their defence was fantastic and they made it really hard for us," said Bournville director of rugby Rob Sigley.
"We tried to move them around in midfield but they were very solid and the result was in the balance right until the final whistle. It was very nerve-wracking.
"It was a fantastic day for the club and for people like George Foley and Ivor Boehmer who have been involved in the club for such a long time.
"It's not all that long ago since we were playing in the North Midlands Vase competition but we have come a long way in the last five or six years.
"We won the North Midlands Shield four years ago but to win the county cup for the first time is a massive thing for the club.
"It was a great day out for the club and for North Midlands rugby with three finals on the day and a big crowd there to watch as well.
"We have dedicated this win to Gary Conroy, former player and our vice-chairman, who died from cancer just before Christmas. He would have been very proud of what we have achieved today."
The Cup will take pride of place at Bournville's forthcoming annual awards dinner were a big attendance is anticipated to celebrate not only the historic Cup Win, but also our achievements in National 3 Midlands & throughout all the teams.
Updated 13:23 - 14 May 2013 by Alan Cullotty