On Sunday 1st November 2009, the wettest day of the autumn, Bishopton Rugby junior section was born when 11 children participated in the first mini and midi rugby training session. A year later, with the innovative addition of micro-rugby which caters for active children from 3 to 7 years old, the junior section is growing rapidly and already boasts nearly 80 members.
It seems appropriate that almost exactly one year later the junior section should be ready to start putting the training into practice with a proper test. It was a cold and foggy afternoon in Clydebank last Sunday but nothing could hide the smiles and excited chattering as Bishopton Rugby’s P6 and P7 teams prepared for their first ever competitive matches in a triangular tournament against Clydebank and Whitecraigs RFC’s. Indeed, given the energy levels on display, it was no surprise that the sun came out as the Bishopton teams took to the field.
Both teams were defeated by the more experienced teams from the other two clubs. However as the afternoon progressed the Bishopton teams not only maintained the energy and enthusiasm that was on show at the start, but if anything their smiles grew wider. They displayed excellent running and passing skills and tackled anything running towards them in an opposition jersey. All four opposition coaches commented on the high skill levels and great teamwork shown by the Bishopton players.
With the P6 scheduled games all completed and the tournament drawing to a close, the Whitecraigs coach asked if there were any takers for another quick game at the end. The Clydebank team were on empty, but every one of the Bishopton P6 lads put their hands up for another game against Whitecraigs. This match ended in another defeat for Bishopton, but with the experience of the first two games now under their belt it was a lot closer. In the final game of the tournament the Bishopton try scorers, still grinning from ear to ear, received the loudest cheers of the day.
All in all this was a milestone day for Bishopton Junior section. It was a huge success and everyone involved had a great time. The Bishopton children, now officially ‘rugby players’, learned a great deal from the experience which they will be able to take into their next games and hopefully pass on to the P4 and P5 groups who will be joining the competitive circuit in the very near future.
Bishopton Junior section celebrates its 1st anniversary on Sunday. Membership is free and open to all, anyone wanting to come along and join the fun will be made very welcome. For more information on the club please visit the website, www.BishoptonRugby.com