With the Academy season now over for the U19s at London Broncos, we can take a look back at some of the results that helped the team to finish in 8th place in this year’s Academy competition.
The boys finished their campaign on a creditable 20 points, having beaten Super League sides like Widnes, Wakefield and Huddersfield.
In a season where the team started with three consecutive defeats, Head Coach, Jamie Langley, must have done something special to turn the team around, and for the side to go from strength to strength throughout the year.
In March, London travelled to Huddersfield and picked up both points against a good Giants side. Back at home just afterwards, the boys took on Wakefield Trinity and again came away as victors.
April would prove to be a tough month and didn’t see any points come south, with defeats to Catalans and Leeds Rhinos and a 22-22 draw with Warrington Wolves, but on the last day of the month the boys took the points from a visiting City of Hull side.
Onto May, and a quiet month with only one fixture taking place – a tough trip to Newcastle, where after an early scare London ran out winners by 28 – 16.
June would probably be one of the toughest months in the calendar, with games against Castleford Tigers, St Helens and Wigan Warriors to look forward to. The first two games didn’t exactly go to plan with a narrow defeat at home to St Helens, and a not so narrow defeat away at Castleford. Then the visit of league leaders, Wigan Warriors, to Trailfinders. The boys put on a fantastic display of rugby and walked away deserved winners by 38 -26 and the biggest scalp of the season so far.
July was the busiest to date, with five fixtures on the horizon. Buoyed by the win over Wigan the boys were confident going to City of Hull. The confidence was short lived, and the team returned south with nothing to show for their endeavours.
Trailfinders, however, was starting to become a bit of a fortress for the young men of the academy, and with wins over Leeds Rhinos and Newcastle Thunder it was their away form letting them down.
London’s last three games of the season showed the steps that the academy have made over the past two seasons and the influence Jamie Langley and his fantastic team, including Danny Mays, Adrian Purtell, Physio Rachel Catherwood, and Head of Youth Rob Powell, have had on the careers of these young men. Wins over Wakefield and Bradford Bulls away from home, and a very creditable away draw with league winners, Wigan, took the Broncos to eighth in the final table.
The Academy says goodbye to a few of this year’s players as we end the 2017 season, and the club would like to thank the boys and wish them all the very best of luck in their future careers.