In their first ever outing, the Bury U15s and U13s origin sides stand tall, ready for the return fixture...
Bury Broncos rugby league club began another exciting stage in their development last weekend when the club supported the first Under 15s and Under 13s sides to represent the town for over a decade.
The Broncos currently run two open age teams and added Under 11s and Under 9s sides this year but targeting older age groups is a new endeavour. With the support of Swinton Lions and local rugby league development officers, over 30 youngsters have started training to represent Bury in a two game ‘origin’ series against a similar group from East Lancashire.
The first games were played last weekend with East Lancashire U13s winning 32 – 12 with Alex Mitchell (Bury Church Of England) as Bury’s man of the match. The U15s game was a much tighter affair before East Lancashire scored two late tries to edge it 36-28. The U15s were excellently coached by John Brooks, PE teacher from Castlebrook High and rugby league player for Irlam Hornets and the Bury Man of the Match was Joe Kelly, also from Castlebrook.
Taking these age groups forward is now a key task for the Broncos particularly with the return leg of the series to be played on July 7th at Philips High School. The day will be a big day for the Broncos with the U15s, U13s and an open age game to be played back to back starting from midday and a host of other rugby activities there for people to try. Anyone is welcome to come down on the day and watch the games or take part in what’s going on in what should be an enjoyable day for all.
The club are looking to recruit new volunteers and players across all their age groups to continue their remarkable growth. The Under 11s and Under 9s sides have been playing matches since March and have been really enjoying the challenge and any youngsters can come along and join the side. In addition to the U15s and U13s the club also has an Under 7s group training weekly to be ready to enter competitions in the future.
Anyone interested in playing (including any parents with youngsters wanting to have a go) or anyone just interested in being involved, particularly in coaching new sides, should contact Club Chair Mike Palin on 07834686374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or just come down on July 7th at Philips and see what rugby league is all about.