Newark played some of their best rugby of the year to emerge victorious in the Bowl final after a long day at the NLD finals (much to the boys bemusement we didn’t actually win a bowl but a trophy) . Our usual slow start was not in evidence as we began brightly and led Market Rasen 3-2 at half time in the first pool game. Complacency then set in and concentration levels dropped to allow Rasen to run out 6-4 winners. We now knew that our next 3 games had to be won to feel the joy of silverware and the squad stepped up to the plate admirably.
After some wise words from the coaching staff about basics and focussing for the entire game the next match tuned into a bit of a rout against Lincoln B although Lincoln scored a good try and stuck to it well. Newark ran out 9-1 winners. That put us through to the Bowl semi final against the unknown Glossop who crossed two time zones to make an appearance at the finals. The boys’ minds were clearly on the job now and with strong running from the Tweedie brothers, Noah and Harry Glossop were sent on their way with Newark winning 6-1.
The heady heights of the bowl final now beckoned with Moderns the opponents- confidence soared as we had beaten them in the qualifiers and once again some strong defence and running from the backs meant victory and the boys’ first silverware with some very proud coaches jumping up and down on the sideline.
Well played to all 15 squad members, everyone played their part with particularly good performances from James and Callum Tweedie (who did the bulk of the try scoring), Max Lockwood, Ben Wilson, Noah Cadby and Harry Latham.
Pool games : Newark 4 Market Rasen 6 Newark 9 Lincoln B 1
Bowl Semi Final : Newark 6 Glossop 1
Bowl Final Newark 6 Moderns 2
Checked by Shaine Ismail