EDC Kick Off Their Rugby League Adventure

Tue, 05/06/2001 - 01:00

History was made last Friday when East Durham College played their first ever match in the Carnegie Champion Colleges and recorded an impressive win.

Carnegie Champion Colleges is a rugby league competition administered by the Student Rugby League and is open to teams in Years 12 and 13 year at Sixth Forms and FE Colleges across the UK.

East Durham College took on Spennymoor Sixth Form at their Houghall Campus in Durham. Both teams where in fact entering the competition for the first time.

It took awhile for both teams to settle into the tie and get into their rhythm. However, a strong run from Spennymoor broke the East Durham College line to see them score and convert the first try of the match.

From the kick off East Durham moved up quickly, forced an error and Cameron Toole went over for a try, kicking the conversion to level the scores at 6 all.

From this point East Durham upped their game and their experience of playing at a high level in the Union code of the game started to tell. Further tries from Andrew Lawson (2) and Liam Evans, all converted by Cameron Toole gave the College a half time lead of 18-6.

As the second half got under way, Spennymoor kicked the ball into the hands of East Durham College player Ryan Jervis who went on a 70m mazy run to score under the sticks; Toole added the 2 extra points.

With around 15 minutes to go Spennymoor started to play near East Durham’s try line and when some hard hitting paid-off they got their rewards and pulled the score back to 24-12.

However, East Durham College went on to score further tries by Adam McGarry (3), Connor Lyons (2) and the final score ended East Durham College 58 – 18 Spennymoor Sixth Form.

Rob Jones, East Durham Community RFL Coach, said: “Today marked the start of something new here at East Durham College, with a lot of the lads playing Rugby League for the first time.

They all showed their talent in getting to grips with the rules really quickly. Praise however must be extended to Andy Stanton (Spennymoor Teacher/Coach) and their team, they really made a game of it and congratulations to them for their tremendous effort.”

The next game for East Durham College will be against local rivals Gateshead College, with the winner progressing to take on the Champions from Cumbria.