Newcastle Thunder welcomed over 200 players from the grassroots game to Kingston Park Stadium on Good Friday, as the Newcastle Dacia cup proved to be a tremendous success.
Welcoming teams from Batley Boys, Catterick Crusaders, Cramlington Rockets, Darlington, Gateshead Storm, Peterlee Pumas, Wallsend Eagles, Whitley Bay Barbarians and Yarm Wolves, the event saw games played in good spirit and provide quality playing experiences to the participants.
While Under 8s and Under 10s played a series of festival games, the teams playing at Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 level competed in cup competitions, with the final of the youngest competition taking place at half time of the Newcastle Thunder v Barrow Raiders game.
In a close game the local lads of Gateshead Storm narrowly lost out to the visiting Batley team, while in the Under 14s, newcomers to the sport Yarm Wolves overcame Storm 12-16 in an entertaining final.
In the under 16s, Wallsend Eagles defeated Cramlington Rockets Black, with all three teams being presented with their trophies before the second half of the Kingstone Press League 1 game.
Speaking after the day, Operations Manager Jordan Robinson said: “The day was a great exhibition of rugby from the kids playing and it made the hard work put into making the event happen worthwhile.
“The quality of the games were high throughout and everybody was enjoying themselves, which is what today was always meant to be about.
“The support of Lookers Dacia was key in being able to put on what was a very well received day by the clubs and players taking part and we’re already planning how to make our next Newcastle Dacia Cup bigger and better.”