With all three of the clubs teams playing over the weekend it was a cause for celebration all round from the U16’s up to the U19’s and on to the first team. Proud families from around the South could be seen congratulating sons and grandsons, nephews and cousins all over social media as the three squads of players came through Saturday and Sunday triumphantly.
Saturday first and it saw the U16’s make the long journey up to Wakefield Trinity who, themselves, boast a good academy and youth setup. The young boys, who this season are sponsored by Sorted Magazine, had yet to record a victory from their three previous encounters and could be forgiven for letting their heads go slightly as they trailed at half time by 16 points to 12. The boys dug deep in the second half and with seconds left scored the try to give them a well earned victory. Tries from Oliver Chennell (Elmbridge Eagles), Archie Holding (Brentwood Eels), Elliott Hutchings (Hemel Stags), Ramon Silva (Elmbridge Eagles) and Euan Stamp (Oxford Cavaliers) saw the boys home and with the boot of Cameron Scott (Oxford Cavaliers) converting 5 out of 5 the boys held on for an impressive victory 30 points to 26.
The U19’s were up next, playing at the same time as the first team but having Trailfinders Sports Club to themselves as they faced the Bradford Bulls U19 side that has produced so many Rugby League players over the years. The squad had previously been denied a victory at Wakefield where a forward pass was called as they raced for the line for victory so the squad were hungry to right the wrongs of their previous encounter.
They started well and had taken a lead of 16 points to 10 at the halftime hooter. The second half however was a very different story. The Broncos boys asserted their authority on the game including tries from Gideon Boafa , Ryan Couch, Josh Hodson, Rob Oakley, Oli Leyland and Daniel Hindmarsh and ran out winners by 48 points to 16.
Next up the first team to round off the weekend in perfect fashion and they did not disappoint. A 12 try rout of Swinton Lions ensued after conceding the first try with again a team laden with Londoners and products of the London Broncos academy system. Dixon, Walker, Bienek and Meadows all on the scoresheet in the 64 points to 18 victory and James Meadows being named Man of the Match for the third time this season.
The London Broncos have provided Rugby League with many talented players over the years and it is testament to the vision of Chairman David Hughes and the passion that runs throughout the teams of coaches, medical, backroom staff and players that London Broncos are where they are today. More than 70 boys grace the fields in Ealing in the Academy and Scholarship programmes this year and children all over London are starting to realise how much fun our game is. Community clubs are all over the capital and yes sometimes find it hard to sustain their existence but with London Broncos now pushing on this season who knows maybe we can all have weekends like this one every week.