Harrogate arrived at the 2012 Yarnbury Vets Tournament with a thread bare squad of just 16 to discover that the format had been shortened and that there were only 4 teams participating; ourselves, Yarnbury Vets, Yarnbury All Stars aka Yarnbury Ringers and the Blues and Royals.
The revised schedule meant that we would all play 3 games and unlike previous years there was to be no final. A tournament with no final?!?!?
The first game saw Harrogate pitched against Yarnbury Ringers and the Ringers strolled to an easy victory barely breaking sweat against a lack lustre Harrogate performance. The only highlights of the game saw Jon Godfrey crash over the line for Harrogate's only score and Ledge throw a punch (was that actually confirmed?) for the first time in 41 seasons. The Lowlight saw the Ringers go uncontested.
Game two saw Harrogate pit their wits against Yarnbury Vets in a reasonably hard fought game. However another try from Jon Godfrey and one from Vinny sealed what was ultimately a comfortable win.
The third and final game saw Harrogate play a 12 man Blues and Royals side in the most social game of the day with B&R's all singing all drinking crowd heckling every Harrogate mistake (of which there were quite a few!) Sloppy Harrogate defending saw B&R's score two individual tries but Harrogate ended up making the extra numbers count and ran in scores from Jon Oates
, Graham Cardwell and two from Vinny.
Glenda brought his kicking boots with him and slotted home 6/7 kicks at goal.
Next stop Roundhegians Vets Tournament and a much improved performance required.
Vinny - 3
Jon Godfrey - 2
Oatsey - 1
Graham - 1
Glen - 5
Vinny - 1
Glen - 1