John Mooney: Eastmount v Lambwath Lions
LAMBWATH HOLD ON IN HARD-FOUGHT FINAL
Hull and District's summer rugby competition climaxed on Saturday with the Final of the Paulsom Rose Bowl between Eastmount and Lambwath Lions at Eastmount. In a hard-fought and sometimes feisty encounter, the Lions came out on top 18-12 thanks to three converted tries against the same number of tries but no conversions to the opposition. Both sides showed 100% commitment and endeavour with no quarter asked or given. While discipline could have been a bit better at times, the game was a credit to those who play at true grassroots level and was in great contrast to some of the performances by professionals in recent weeks.
Lambwath were fast out of the blocks and quickly raced into a 6-0 lead thanks to a Lewis Hill try and Shay Adkins' conversion but Eastmount fought back with an unconverted score from the influential Dean Knaggs. Danny Reeves then went over for a six-pointer and the Lions were beginning to look in control but Charlie Hill brought Eastmount back into it with another four-pointer.
The second half became a bit scrappy due to a greasy ball but Eastmount were tackling hard and were rewarded when Knaggs then put winger Danny Casey over in the corner for a try which the latter was unable to convert. Casey had a pop at a long-range penalty which only just failed though it was the Lions who had the last laugh when Rhys Savage forced his way over for another six-pointer.
Eastmount battered away at the Lions' line for the last few minutes but a succession of wrong options plus some tenacious defending saw Lambwath hold out and become the first recipients of the fine trophy since it was last played for in 2010.
In the NCL, West Hull cemented their second spot in the Premier Division with a hard-fought 18-6 victory at Kells, who have just avoided relegation. The Green and Golds will now visit regular season champions Hunslet Club Parkside, who became the first side ever to complete with a 100% record, in a fortnight with the winner going directly to the Final and the losers having a second bite.
In Division One Skirlaugh enjoyed a rare away-day victory at Leigh Miners, returning with a 20-14 success, though unfortunately it wasn't enough to propel them into the top six so they will continue in the same tier next season. Division Two beckons once again for Hull Dockers, who were beaten 30-22 at Hunslet Warriors and will be joined in the next season's competition by Division Three champions Beverley Braves.
Written by John Mooney