HORNSEA WIN DRIFFIELD 10s TOURNAMENT
Saturday 13th August saw Hornsea carry on their preparations for the oncoming 2016/2017 season as they competed at the Driffield 10-a-side tournament run by the RFU. The competition was only a small affair, but Hornsea were victorious in all their matches, with notable victories against Driffield, which they won by six trys to one. This was a very hard fought, gutsy win in the final against South Bank side Barton which the Hollismen won by three trys to one.
Hornsea 1st Team captain Gareth Laycock was delighted with his side’s efforts and said,
“Everybody showed great effort during the tournament. There really were some excellent performances with the lads showing some real grit, determination and a will to win. Following on from our 7-a-side tournament, this again got the lads some useful game time and match fitness work, although all be it a bit different from the 15-a-side game it was still a really useful work out for us. It’s not long until our 15-a-side season starts on Saturday 3rd September, so we’ll carry on working hard and hope to start the campaign with all guns blazing.”
Hornsea’s pre-season preparations continue with a 15-a-side game with Beverley on Saturday 20th August, followed by a fixture against old local rivals Withernsea on Saturday 27th August.
Congratulations to Hullensians RUFC who won the Hornsea RUFC 2016 7’s Tournament on Saturday 30th July for the 2nd year running. Many thanks to Hullensians, Hessle, Withernsea, Beverley and Driffield for taking part. Sadly Hull Ionians and Pocklington pulled out on Friday, the day before the tournament, and Marist failed to turn up on the tournament day itself, which meant we were three teams down with no time to get other sides involved.
However, despite this is was a great day down at the club. Big thanks as ever to all volunteers.
Hornsea Rugby Union Club Rowing Regatta
Friday the 15th July saw the annual Hornsea Rugby Union Club Rowing Regatta take place to again great success with around three hundred people in attendance. The weather was giving some concern around mid afternoon, but shortly after the 6pm start the sky’s brightened and the sun shone on what was a fabulous evening.
Some forty five men and women rowers took part, with two heats in both the ladies pairs and mens pairs before an eight boat final in each category. In the ladies final a close race was predicted but Pip Sellers and Jane Malcolmson powered their way to victory, Zoe Hara and Anne Coulthard came second, with Ali Hornby and Katrina Towse completing the podium in third place.
The mens final was also keenly contested with experience winning the day as former Hornsea rugby captain Rob Porter, with his partner Rob Kitching taking first place in front of present Hornsea rugby club captain Gareth Laycock with his partner Phil Walker. Tom Copeland and Mark Thomas rowed well to take third place to complete the medal placings.
Hornsea Rugby Club President, Steve Crook, was delighted with the event and said, “This event has really taken off again since its reintroduction four years ago, and it was great to see so many people, at a fantastic location in the Mere, enjoying themselves and supporting our club. Events like these don’t just happen, a lot of people deserve a huge amount of thanks, especially the following people: John Bailey for giving us the use of the fabulous mere and providing us with the boats, Jon Dexter for all the setting up help and the administering of the boats. Garry and family for their great work on the BBQ, thanks to Mark Jordan and Gareth Laycock for assisting. Lindsey, Amy, Janet and Steve for their marvellous efforts on the bar. Nick O’Mahony for his excellent MC work and all round help. Jim Richardson for organising the BBQ’s. Gareth Laycock & David Ashbridge for their great work generating the raffle prizes and all of the fabulous local business and donators for the fantastic raffle prizes. Brian Gell of Crossfit Barbaric for bringing down the rowing machine and running the 250m challenge. Dick Hobson & Roy Scrutton for assistance on the boats, not forgetting all of the competitors who were great sports!”
Mens Winners Rob Porter and Ron Kitching pictured along with ladies winners Jane Malcolmson and Pip Sellers.