This weekend saw both of our junior sides against the Aber Valley Wolves. A team that the Bristol Sonics have never beaten. Was this about to change or would the Sonics fall in Caerphilly!
First up was the U14’s, a team that has yet to have much time playing together. The first half was a wet, physical battle that saw the Wolves do damage to a fighting Sonics side. No matter what the sonics did they just couldnt manage to get through and score the try that looked like it would come. The second half was a different story altogether and although the Wolves managed to get two scores they struggled the rest of the time to get out of their own half. The Sonics U14’s began working hard for each other and can take a lot of positives from the second half. The game finished 38 – 0 to the Wolves. But this score doesn’t reflect the second half performance of the Sonics. A special mention has to go to Harry Iles who was injured 5 minutes into the first half but didn’t come off the pitch until 10 minutes until the end of the game. We hope you heal up well and are back with us soon.
Next up was the Under 16’s, could they do any better or would the Wolves managed to keep their unbeaten record against the Sonics. From the start the Sonics were on the attack and slowly built a decent lead into half time. Nothing could be taken away from the Wolves though as they literally used their players as battering rams to get through a tough and resilient Sonics defence. Both teams were ready to get the second half started and the Wolves didn’t look like they would just lay down. A moment of comedy was allowed when a Wolves player took a slip as he went to kick off. That slip was just a cherry on top of the cake for the Sonics who ran out 58 – 18 winners. In just three games this Sonics U16’s team has really come together and each one of them deserved a MOM.
Bristol Sonics put in a battling display against a Royal Marines side which pulled away late in the game to record a 22-46 win. It came down to fitness in the end as the Sonics, with only 2 interchanges available on the night, tired in the last 15 minutes to let the Services team run in some late tries to seal the victory.
The Sonics arguably had the best of a see-saw first half and got their noses in front 3 times only for the Marines to haul them back in. After just 5 minutes captain Alex Potts put the home side ahead with a short range try after some strong carries from the Sonics pack. The Marines struck back through a misfielded kick but Potts was over again from the resulting kick-off as the left edge forced an error and winger Phil Tanner found his captain who barged through 2 defenders to score.
A well-worked try out wide from the Marines levelled things up again at 12-12 before the Sonics grabbed their third – this time Tanner turned scorer thanks to a great offload from centre Mike Gaston. Dom Swann added his 3rd conversion of the evening before a soft try let the visitors back in at 18-18. The Sonics finished the half with a period of pressure on the Marines line but will feel frustrated not to have added to their total whilst the Marines were down to 12 men after a yellow card. Three good scoring chances were missed before the half time whistle went.
The second half was always going to be tougher proposition for the Sonics given their limited bench as a number of players were unavailable due to work and other commitments. It remained a tight encounter in the early stages but the Marines struck first and managed to build up a 2 try lead. Swann pulled one back after collecting his own chip to cross out wide but it proved to be the only points of the second half. With the game still in the balance the home side started to tire badly and the fresher Marines team started to find some holes. Two long range tries sealed the victory and although the Sonics kept battling they couldn’t get over the line. Joe Singleton should have grabbed a consolation but knocked on over the line to leave the final score at 22-46. Perhaps a bit flattering to the Marines but they certainly deserved the win.
Sonics man of the match went to Josh Stupples after a storming performance at prop on his return to the team.
This Sunday saw the Bristol Sonics U16’s go up against a very tough Rhondda Outlaws side. The Outlaws had beaten the Swansea Valley Rhinos 40 -16 just the Sunday before and had previously teamed up with the Sonics at the tournament in Wales at the start of the season, So the Sonics knew just how tough these outlaws could be.
With both the South Wales Scorpions and Coventry Bears first teams in attendance both teams played to impress, and it turned into a game that everyone watching was still talking about when the Kingstone Press League One teams took to the field. The pressure built in the game from start to finish with both teams finishing in a draw (22 – 22) at half time.
The second half impressed even more with both teams wanting to score the winning try. But it was a last second game saving tackle that secured a win for the Sonics in what looked like a winning move for the Outlaws. The game finished 38 – 36 to the Sonics in an encounter that neither team deserved to lose. Both the Sonics and the Outlaws could walk off the pitch with their heads held high knowing that they impressed everyone in the ground in an U16’s match that probably won’t be bettered this season for action.
The Sonics will host the Royal Marines RL this Wednesday (24th June) in a friendly fixture at Dings Crusaders RFC, 7pm kick-off.
The Marines are a military representative side and play annual fixtures against both military and civilian opponents.It will be the first time the 2 sides have met and will provide the Sonics with a final 13-a-side match before they have 2 weekends of 9’s in Brighton and Swindon.
With the sun beaming down on Sunday both the U14 and U16 Sonics Junior Academy took to the field against South Wales Rabbitohs and Pill Harriers respectively.
First up were the Sonics U14’s who went toe to toe with the Rabbitohs. It was a hard learning curve for the U14’s who were up against a much bigger opposition. Although the score ended 80 -0 to the Rabbitohs nothing could be taken away from the Sonics U14’s who carried on fighting until the end.
Next up was the U16’s against a Pill Harriers side that finished as champions in their Union League last season. The score ended 70 – 8 to the Harriers although most spectators thought there was a lot more in the competition.
All the players came off the pitch having enjoyed very tough, physical games but fun none the less. Every player deserves to hold their heads up high after very positive and encouraging game play. Now on to the next one.
The Bristol Sonics Youth Academy were in action last weekend with a League tournament in Wales.
The U16’s and U13’s both played well with the U13’s bringing home the first piece of Youth Academy Silverwear of the season. Well done to all of the boys who were involved and thank you to the parents who helped out.
Training is now every Wednesday from 19:00 until 20:30 with matchdays every Sunday. To keep up to date with everything that is happening please join the facebook group ‘Bristol Sonics Junior Academy’. The cost is £20 for the season and this includes a team polo shirt.