9 teams were fighting for the cup –Scunthorpe having 2 teams each playing 4 matches per day.
Stormers Team A
Team A began the weekend with a defeat to one of the favourites Manchester Sharks 6 tries to 3 with Dawson getting Scunthorpes scores and a good display by M Howden. Their second game was Stormers A against Stormers B with the A side playing some of their best rugby. It proved a tight game with Dawson scoring 2 for the A side along with Bradwell (2) and Conroy scoring for the B side; it was a disallowed try by Morrell that gave the B side a controversial win against their team mates 3 tries to 2. In the Stormers A 3rd game against Didsbury they were outplayed and lost 8 tries to 2 with Morrell and Dawson scoring for the greens. In the final game of the day the Stormers produced their best performance beating the home side Scarborough 7 tries to 4 with scores coming from A Brewster, Dawson (3), M Howden, Borrill and Preston
Day 2 began slowly for Team A with a defeat to Sunderland 6 tries to 1 with Hellewell scoring for Scunthorpe. In their second game of the day Team A played against Manchester Bulls (last years winners) and a superb performance by the whole team going down 6 tries to 5 with Manchester’s winner being the final play of the match. Team A scorers were B Howden (2), Morrell, Hellewell and Dawson. Next for the Stormers A was Ripon Yellows and another victory for the Greens 5 tries to 4 with Dawson, B Howden (2) and Hellewell (2) all crossing the line. In the final game for the Stormers A they played a tough match against Ripon Reds with both teams playing at a fast pace Ripon holding on for a 6 tries to 5 win. Scunthorpe scorers were B Howden, A Brewster (2) J Preston and the strong running Dawson.
A fantastic performance by Stormers Team A gave them 7th place overall having scored 31 tries in total.
Stormers Team B
Team B began their first day playing Didsbury starting slowly but running out winners 7 tries to 4. Greens scorers were Conroy (4), Warburton, Murr, and C Brewster. Team B played Team A for their second game and their 3rd game was against Scarborough winning 5 tries to 1 with Conroy (2), Cross, Murr (2) touching down. Team B final game was against Sunderland with the Greens putting together a great passing display to win comfortably 7 tries to 2 the scorers being C Brewster (3), Cross, Murr, Smith and Conroy.
Day 2 for Team B stared against Ripon Reds and continued their form winning 6 tries to 4 with tries from Conroy (2), Murr (2), C Brewster (2). The second game against Manchester Sharks produce a great defensive display constantly pressurising the opposition and running out 5 tries to 2 winners. Team B scorers were Conroy (3), C Brewster and C Murr. Ripon Yellows were the next opponents and a mixed performance saw Team B win 4 tries to 1 with C Brewster (3), Williams crossing the line. In the last pool game for Team B saw them play against Manchester Bulls in a close low scoring game, the Bulls giving Team B their only defeat of the weekend 3 tries to 2 with Warburton and Cross getting the greens scores.
The League results ended that both Manchester sides and our Team B - all finished with only 1 defeat, all on the same points so it was down to tries for and against to decide who would play the final. The outcome was nail biting tension resulting in Manchester Bulls and Scunthorpe Stormers in the final.
After losing in the last match, the Stormers were out for revenge and started brightly with C Brewster opening the scoring before Manchester hit back and then took the lead. A great break by Williams saw Conroy on hand to score leaving the game level at half time. The Stormers came out in force for the second half with Murr crossing the line for 2 well taken tries but Manchester came back with a consolation try only to give the Stormers Team B tournament victory 4 tries to 3.
In a fantastic weekend away both teams played really well with every member crossing the line to score at least one try, a job well done by all.
Coaches remarked “The Scunthorpe Stormers team worked really hard and kept focused the entire weekend. We are really proud of our players - despite the horrific weather, not one of them complained – they just got on with the job and definitely deserved their win. It was also very gratifying to get so much support from all the players parents’ and family.”