Promotion is the prize for Bognor teenage rugby heroes

Bognor RFC under-15s added to the club's successes by gaining promotion to division one by winning six out of seven league games.

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, 7:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:42 pm
Bognor under-15s celebrate promotion

The team were disappointed bottom-of-the-table East Grinstead conceded the final game on Sunday giving the Bognor Bulls a 50-0 default win.

The team had been confident promotion would be their prize, having worked so hard throughout the winter, with only Horsham defeating them before the Christmas break.

They know the higher division will not be easy and they plan to work even harder in training to prove themselves.

Coach and Bognor RFC first XV full-back Jack Hornibrook and team manager Mark Flaskett, along with families and supporters, are extremely proud of every player who worked hard to achieve promotion.

All teams at Bognor welcome new players who want to give rugby a go. As the season draws to a close, keep an eye on their website for 2016-17 season information. Pre-season training from July – season starts first weekend in September.

Pictured back row from left, Brendan Holben, Ollie Luxton, Jack Harvey-Mason, Ben Homer, Jack Ryder, coach Jack Hornibrook, Matt Scammel, Luca Leopoldo, George Bliss, David Jordan, Ollie Perrin, Myles Flaskett; front from left, Ben Peach, Quinn Bolger, Tommy summerville, Henry Perili, Tom Woolnough, Max Molyneaux, Frankie Jolley, Connor Herrington, Toby Birch, Tom Clark, Sean Colgate, Karl Pearce. Not present in photo - Morgan Keen, Kuba Szymanczyk.

Bognor RFC’s under-eights have enjoyed another terrific end to a barn-storming season.

The youngsters travelled along the coast to compete in Worthing RFC’s mini A festival – the final tournament of the rugby season.

The contest attracted 90 teams including 850 players from all over the country and proved a fitting finale to a year of great junior rugby.

The squad – coached by Darren Wheelhouse and Steve Page – were pitched against four other teams in pool three of the under-eights draw including strong local rivals Brighton and Worthing.

They drew 2-2 against Brighton, beat Hellingly 4-3 and secured their first victory in the season against Worthing with a solid 5-3 scoreline.

With one draw and two wins under their belt, Bognor had to win their last match against East Grinstead to win their pool.

They pulled off a 8-4 stunner to seize victory.

Proud coach Wheelhouse said: “It was a terrific result and they all played their socks off. It was the perfect end to a great season.”

The squad comprised Louis Wheelhouse, Conor Stretch, Cassian Clarke, George Joyce, Patrick Young, Summer Riley, Owen Page, Liam Carroll, Kayden Barratt, Lorcan Wilson, Archie Wood and Bobby Jones.

This year the team were runners-up in the West Sussex Festival and the Worthing B Festival, third in the Tigers’ Challenge tournament and runners-up at the Burleigh Festival.

Bognor RFC host their annual awards’ ceremony at its clubhouse on May 15.

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