Rugby club to celebrate

Broadland-Great Yarmouth is in its 25th anniversary and running a number of events during the season, the first being formal launch of the new club name on September 13.

Broadland-Great Yarmouth is in its 25th anniversary and running a number of events during the season, the first being formal launch of the new club name on September 13.

There is also an open invitation to all former players and members to return to the club on September 27 for a reunion barbecue. The clubhouse will open at 2pm.

Training continues on Wednesday night 7-9pm through until April. The club also has fixtures lined up for first, second and third teams for the season.

Matches are scheduled for Saturday afternoons and anyone interested in playing rugby in Great Yarmouth should contact head coach Andy Hargrave on 07702 673259.

Playing membership at the club is only £15 per annum and the match fee is £5 per game for senior players.

Broadland-Great Yarmouth's youth rugby starts again on Sunday, 10am-noon, at Cobholm playing fields just of the A12 between the Gapton Hall roundabout and Breydon Bridge.

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Boys and girls aged five to 16 are welcome to attend and all sessions are taken by qualified coaches.

The clubhouse is also open serving bacon rolls, tea and coffee for parents and guardians. There is no charge for children to attend youth training and there is no match fees for youth players.

Thetford 37, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 5

BROADLAND-Great Yarmouth travelled to a second pre-season warm-up, against another team playing in the league above which provided younger players with experience playing against strong opposition.

Thetford scored the first try. Broadland held firm in the scrum and centres Sam Noon and Mark White both had hard runs in the middle. There was some textbook tackling from Dixon and Towfighi.

Thetford scored another try on the wing. Broadland's wing Jake Sewell and Tristan Barber both made good ground. Full back Brad Sutherland put in some excellent work with solid support from French and Royce. Broadland were awarded a penalty 15m from the goalline. Quick thinking captain Matt Beckett sparked a move involving Asa Morrison and Richard Bristo, who scored (unconverted).

Broadland did string some solid attacking play together, young scrum half Phil Buckley distributing the ball well, complemented by a maturing Ash Lightfoot at fly half. Thetford moved the game up a gear after the half Broadland's line out was good with hooker George Jarvis growing increasingly comfortable in the role. Broadland brought on young players Andy Hewitt and Ryan Gallie who immediately got involved in the thick of the action, but Thetford slowly took the game out of contention.

Broadland can take much from the game in terms of experience as they head towards league rugby in mid September with a very young side. Broadland has seen a dramatic change in its last four years and has seen the average age of a first team player reduce from 30 years in the 2004/05 season to 22 for the start of this season.

1st XV: B Sutherland, T Barber, S Noon, M White, J Sewell, A Lightfoot, P Buckley, M Beckett (capt), G Jarvis, R Bristo, Royce, S French, A Morrison, E Dixon, ATowfighi. Replacements: R Gallie, A Hewitt.