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THRILLING END TO JUNIOR SEASON

North-West Eagles are the first ever winners of the Bristol Under 14 Junior Rugby League competition, after a dramatic finals day at Aretians RFC on Sunday July 10. A big and vocal crowd of parents, friends and Bristol Sonics’ open age players gathered at Aretians – the home of the Sonics – to watch the fourth and final tournament in this year’s inaugural Bristol Under 14 Junior Rugby League competition.The assembled crowd was treated to an excellent afternoon of junior Rugby League, with three close games deciding the outcome of the coveted Bristol Junior Rugby League competition. All three teams were kitted out in smart new playing strips provided by funding from Wesport, Access Sport, the Rugby League Foundation, IP Performance and MPD Print Solutions.In the opening game of the afternoon, league leaders Southern Storm strengthened their position at the top-of-the-table thanks to a nailbiting 22-20 win over Chipping Sodbury RFC-based Northern Hawks.Storm’s victory meant that title rivals North-West Eagles would have to win their two remaining games – including a top-of-the-table shoot-out with the Storm – to take home the trophy.The North West Eagles, who are coached by Bristol Sonics first team players Dom Swann and Ross Bergin, held off a spirited Northern Hawks comeback to win their first game of the afternoon 24-20.That left the Eagles and the Storm to battle it out in the final game of the afternoon for the Bristol Junior Rugby League title.In an absorbing, end-to-end contest, the Eagles outplayed their cross-city rivals to record a comprehensive 36-20 win and spark scenes of jubilant celebration from their assembled supporters.After the final whistle, all three teams were awarded medals and Bristol Sonics Junior Rugby League t-shirts by Bristol Junior Rugby League Chairman Stafford Lloyd. After all three sides had been given a round of applause, Lloyd presented the winner’s trophy to North West Eagles’ captain Ben Waterman, amidst wild cheers from his team-mates.Stafford Lloyd said: ‘I’d like to congratulate all the players on a wonderful afternoon of Rugby League. To say that very few had played Rugby League until eight weeks ago shows how much potential talent there is in Bristol. I’d like to thank the local rugby union clubs who have accommodated or training sessions and junior festivals this year, and all the coaches and volunteers who have worked so hard. The first Bristol Junior Rugby League competition was a huge success.’Many of the youngsters involved in the Bristol Junior Rugby League competition will now go on to play for the Bristol Sonics Under 14 Academy side, which begins training next week.The Bristol Junior Rugby League Competition is organized and run by trained volunteers from Bristol Sonics Rugby League, the city’s community club. The competition was made possible thanks to funding grants from Wesport, Access Sport and the Rugby League Foundation, as well as sponsorship from MDP and IP Performance.

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SONICS LAUNCH FIRST EVER BRISTOL JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION

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.

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SONICS LAUNCH ACADEMY UNDER 16s TEAM

Bristol Sonics are launching a Summer 2011 under16s academy team, after being granted support from Wesport through the Sportivate funding programme.Training will be held weekly at Filton College’s WISE campus, Tuesday evenings from 1745h sharp.Games are currently being scheduled with teams from Gloucestershire and the Midlands league.All players welcome. Get involved!Contact:Stafford.lloyd@bristolsonics.com07714264300

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JUNIOR PLAYERS GET FIRST TASTE OF RUGBY LEAGUE

Over 50 junior RL players converged on the Brislington Enterprise College on Sunday to take part in the city’s first junior RL tournament for clubs. Following the successful Bristol Schools Tournament at the end of May, players from the Sonics’ six newly formed ‘Cluster Clubs’ were joined by Gloucester Meteors for the ground-breaking Under-14 competition.With a number of players unavailable due to half-term some of the Bristol Clubs merged to make 3 teams –

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JUNIORS PREPARE FOR FINALS DAY

The final of the inaugural Bristol Sonics Junior Rugby League season is taking place this Sunday 10th July, at Aretians RFC, matches to kick-off from 1pm.Training will be taking place as usual on Wednesday evening at the following cluster club venues:Eagles (Bristol Saracens)Hawks (Chipping Sodbury)Storm (Brislington College)Thunder (Aretians)The first three tournaments have produced some fantastic rugby league and there’s everything to play for with the Eagles and Storm fighting for the trophy.

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RUGBY LEAGUE ACADEMY LAUNCHES AT FILTON COLLEGE

Filton College’s list of sports academies has grown again with the launch of a brand new Rugby League Academy based at the WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford – and would-be League stars of the future are being given a chance to stake their claim to a place on the programme.The Academy, which will open its doors for the first group of students in September, will be run by the newly appointed Head Coach Dan Garbutt.