There was disappointment for Bristol Sonics this weekend, with injury worries for the first team and a Cooperative Rugby League Conference West of England division play-off loss for the second team.Bristol Director of Coaching Karl Fearnley could be without both his first-choice prop forwards for next week’s Cooperative RLC West Midlands Premier Grand Final following an eventful afternoon at Stoneygate RFC, Leicestershire.The Sonics were drawing 10-apiece with Grand FInal opponents Leicester Storm early in the second period when 20 year-old prop forward Gary Carpenter went down screaming in agony. The former Filton College student was subsequently airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken leg, leading to the abandonment of the game with little over half an hour remaining. While x-rays later showed no break, Carpenter is likely to be out for the remainder of the season.There was more bad news for Fearnley earlier in the game, when experienced prop forward Wes Rodgers was sent off following a fracas following players from both sides. Leicester’s
Rugby League in Bristol is set to take a huge step forward this summer with the launch of six new junior teams across the city, and the region’s first U14 league.Coaches and volunteers from Bristol Sonics, the city’s long-standing community club, will partner with contacts at key rugby union clubs, schools and colleges to run the new teams.From the beginning of May, youngsters between the ages of 12 and 14 (school years 8 and 9) from all parts of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset will be able to try their hand at Rugby League by joining their nearest club. With clubs in the north, north east, north west, south and east of the city, as well as a centrally located side, teenagers will have easier access to Rugby League in Bristol than ever before.