Revenge of the Outlaws

The weekend saw the U16’s do battle again once more with the Rhondda Outlaws. This is a team that we beat in their home fixture recently and also teamed up with in the tournament at the start of the season.

On a boiling Saturday afternoon everything started right for the Sonics who opened the scoring with a cheeky move that saw the ball go up in the air and ending in a try. Then came the onslaught as the Outlaws refused to lose a second game to a depleted Sonics side.

Just before half time the Sonics managed a sneaky kick in the dying seconds to give a glimmer of hope as a try was scored. A glimmer was all it was after the Outlaws opened the Sonics up through the second half, ending the game 10 – 70.

Although it was a loss, a lot could be taken from the game. We had lost 5 experienced players, and gained 9 who had never played league before. With more games and training there is no doubt that the Sonics will only get better and stronger with time.

Special mention to Joe Uren who stepped up to Captain the team whilst Connor Grant was off.


A Tale of Two Teams

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.


Battle of Mountain Ash

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.


Junior Sonics Battle To The End

11401212_10206872326037298_6281377343973239084_nWith 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.


Sonics Youth In Action

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.



Bristol Sonics Academy programme re-starts for the 2015 summer season this Sunday (10th May), with training taking place for under 14s, under 15s and under 16s.


The session takes place at Landseer Avenue, home of Dings Crusaders RFC, beginning at 10am. New players, as well as those who previously played for the Sonics Academy sides in 2014, are welcome to come down and join in.


As the season progresses, training sessions will take place on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, with games being played on Sunday. As they did last season, the Sonics Academy sides will compete in the Welsh Junior League. Fixtures will be published on the Sonics website very soon.


Bristol Sonics Junior Chairman, Ian Waters, said: “We had a great response to our junior programme last season, and all indications are that numbers will be up again this year. Rugby League is a terrific, all-action sport, and we’d encourage any interested youngsters to head down on Sunday and have a go.


“A number of our juniors have gone on to become part of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds and South Gloucestershire & Stroud College “performance pathway”, while others have graduated to the Sonics’ adult first team. If you’re talented and love the sport, there are opportunities to progress. If you’re just keen to have a go and play sport with your mates, we can also accommodate you. We’re here to give people an opportunity to play The Greatest Game.”


Sunday’s session will be followed by an “open meeting”, held by the Sonics to discuss the future of Rugby League in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Parents and junior players are encouraged to attend, along with supporters, Rugby League enthusiasts and anyone who wants to see the sport flourish in the area. The meeting begins at 12-noon in the clubhouse at Dings Crusaders.



Bristol Sonics youngster Dieter Thomas could make his international debut on Saturday, when Wales’ Under 16s take on their English counterparts at Dyffryn Pennar Park (kick-off 2.00pm).


The Sonics Academy player, who impressed the Wales coaching set-up during his appearances in this summer’s Cross Border League, is the first from the club’s junior ranks to receive an international call-up.


Thomas takes his place in Lee Cullen’s 20-man squad for the eagerly anticipated contest alongside players linked to Super League clubs Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves, as well as graduates from the South Wales Regional Academy.


Bristol Sonics Junior Chairman Ian Waters said: “It’s fantastic to see Dieter get his chance with Wales. He’s performed brilliantly this year and if selected will do his country proud. It’s a great moment for the Sonics Academy and tops off a great season.”


Bristol Sonics Chairman and co-founder Phil Cole said: “Our congratulations go to Dieter on his call-up for Wales under 16s. We’ve spent a lot of time and effort over the last few years getting the Sonics Academy up and running, and it’s great to see it paying dividends. For Dieter to have a chance of taking on established players from England’s Rugby League heartlands shows how much potential there is for players from the West of England to progress. Hopefully this is the first of many similar call-ups for Sonics’ youngsters.”


Wales U16 squad to face England (30/8/14): Lewys Willacott (South Wales Regional Academy), Rhys Lloyd (South Wales Regional Academy), Connor Kawulok (South Wales Regional Academy), Geriant Lawrence (Warrington Wolves), Geriant Lawrence (Warrington Wolves), Jaymes Price (South Wales Regional Academy), Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves), Nathan Ainsworth (Warrington Wolves), George Shaw (Warrington Wolves), Ryan Davies (South Wales Regional Academy), Connor Parker (South Wales Regional Academy), Aled Cockwell (South Wales Regional Academy), Dylan Reed (South Wales Regional Academy), Sion Jones (South Wales Regional Academy), Macauley Harris (South Wales Regional Academy), Jack Samuels (Penallta Storm), George Mbofana (South Wales Regional Academy), Iestyn Humphreys (Askam Sandrats), Liam Silver (Torfaen Tigers), Dieter Thomas (Bristol Sonics), Jordan Gilbert (South Wales Regional Academy).


Sonics U16s vs Old Pats (A) Sun 1st June

The Sonics Academy Under 16 team will kick-off their season on Sunday with a match against Cheltenham Old Patesians (away).

Players and parents will be travelling in cars and are requested to be at the ground for 10:15 to allow some preparation time. The address is:

Old Patesians RFC
Everest Road
GL53 9LG

More details can also be available on the Academy facebook group:


Junior Training Off to Flying Start

The Sonics Junior Academy training sessions continues this Wednesday (21st May) having got off to a great start. But please note there will be no session on Sunday 25th May as it is a bank holiday weekend.

Academy Chairman Ian Waters has been impressed with the standard of players and the enthusiasm shown in the first few training sessions: “We’ve had some good lads turn up and they’ve all got fully involved. We’re always pleased to get feedback on how the sessions have been received by players and parent and I want to share one of the fantastic comments that we’ve had through Facebook:

“Just back from taking Jake Knight to his first Rugby League session at Bristol Sonics. Surprised by how technical the game is and there is nowhere to hide on that park for the big units, unlucky son. The hits are hard and the workrate super high but he loved it! A nice change to Rugby Union! — at Dings RFC
Anyone wanting to get involved with the Sonics Academy must be U14 or U16 and should meet at Ding’s Crusaders RFC at 18:30 on Wednesday evenings and 10:30 Sunday mornings (excluding 25th May).


Junior Rugby League returns to Bristol this weekend, with the first of a series of regular training sessions for U14 and U16 players at Dings Crusaders RFC.


The popular Bristol Sonics Academy, run by the city’s Rugby League club, will offer training sessions and matches for junior players throughout May, June and July.


Training sessions take place at Landseer Avenue, home of Dings Crusaders RFC and Bristol Sonics RLFC, on Sunday mornings (10:30) and Wednesday nights (18:30), starting on Sunday 11th May and Wednesday 14 May respectively. Matches will take place on Sunday mornings, with the fixture list for the season due to be published on the Bristol Sonics website within the next couple of weeks.


Players between 12 and 16 years of age are welcome, regardless of previous Rugby League experience. Coaching will come from qualified, accredited, CRB-checked coaches, including a number of Bristol Sonics first team players.


Enrolling in Bristol Sonics Academy costs £20 for the season. All players get an exclusive Sonics Academy t-shirt when they pay their membership.


Bristol Sonics have seen an upsurge in interest in their Academy programme following October’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 match at the Memorial Stadium. It’s hoped that this year’s Junior Rugby League program will be the best yet.


A number of last year’s under-16 players have already made their open-age debuts for the Sonics, with Jack Farler appearing for the first team in their season-opener against Sheffield-Hallam Eagles a fortnight ago. Another Sonics Academy graduate, Morgan Rees, is in line to make his debut against Nottingham Outlaws this Saturday (Dings Crusaders RFC, kick-off 2.30pm).


Bristol Sonics Junior Chairman, Ian ‘Muddy’ Waters, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Bristol Sonics Academy. Offering opportunities for youngsters to get a taste of Rugby League is of huge importance to the club. Rugby League is an exciting, all-action game where you’re involved in the action almost non-stop. It’s a great game to play, and any interested juniors are encouraged to come down on Sunday or Wednesday and give it a go.”


Bristol Sonics’ Club Captain Dom Swann said: “The Bristol Sonics Academy is the future of the club. We’ve already seen a number of players come through our junior ranks and play for the first team. In future, we’d love to be able to field an adult team entirely of former Academy players. The earlier you start playing the game, the more you can get out of it. I didn’t have a chance to play League as a junior where I lived, so it’s great that youngsters in Bristol are getting a chance to give it a go.”


For more information about Bristol Sonics Academy, prospective players and parents should check out or contact Ian ‘Muddy’ Waters on 07787 436158.