Comeback boost for Webster on Broadland rugby return

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With an icy wind coming off Breydon Water, it was refreshing to see that both teams were in the mood for an open running game, with the visitors running in seven tries, but the home side put in a really good performance, countering with three tries, two from Jay Webster playing his first game since returning from injury and another from Josh Buxton. MoM: Matthew Richardson, who showed great fitness, showing his team-mates the way.

The club hosted a youth rugby camp at Cobholm. The free event was held in conjunction with Eastern Counties RFU and Rugby Football Union Foundation, aimed at encouraging children to get involved in local rugby. Thirty-four children ,from school years 7-11, attended the camp, which was overseen by RFU and club coaches.

Youth chairman Russ Clarke thanked “the numerous club volunteers who gave up their Friday to make the event such a great success”

The training camp started with a video showing the core values of rugby – teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. All participants then headed out on the pitch for a series of fun-based rugby activities. At the end of the session all participants received a goodie bag, which were provided by Pete and Simone Calnon of the Spar Hemsby, club T-shirts were presented to Kane Read and Casey Smith for best demonstrating the core values during the camp, with Casey also receiving a trophy for being seen as the outstanding player on the day. A number of young players trying out rugby also signed up for the club on the day.

Anyone aged between 5-17 who would like get involved in rugby club should note that Mini and Youth training takes place between 10am and 12noon every Sunday between September and April, for further information check

Broadland- GY held a volunteer celebration, recognising the hard work of a large number of people who give up their time for the club.

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Greg Underwood, volunteer co-Ordinator for Eastern Counties RFU and Ray Collins sub county volunteer co-ordinator for Suffolk RFU, also presented the club with a cheque for �100 towards volunteer recruitment, as well as two match balls. Andrew Sarek RFU Council member for Eastern Counties attended.

Following lunch, certificates were presented to Paul Abel, Pamela Clarke, Phil Crane, John Graham, Brian Howard, Stacey Ledgerwood, Carol Riches, Margaret Atkins, Jason Rounce ,Simon Ruddick, Darren Barber and John Truelove.

Certificates were also presented to young volunteers (16-24 years): Phil Buckley, Richard Ruddick, Jake Clarke, Andrew Riches, Emily Lawler. Andy Goff, Pauline Goff ,Graham Clarke, George Jarvis, Michael Pywell, Andrew Riches, and Young Volunteer Harry Buckley were unable to attend but will receive certificates later.

Event organiser Andy Ruddick said: “There are many people who give freely of their time and skills to support this club, game and town that they love. We have been privileged today to express the gratitude of all club members and the RFU for making rugby in Great Yarmouth possible and extending the warm brotherhood of rugby union to all.”

The volunteer celebration is expected to become an annual event, specifically targeted at the people who make the club work.