All set for big day

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THIS season has produced two Yorkshire Cup finalists from the Brods’ junior section.

Both the under 11s and 12s have reached final to be played at Bradford and Bingley’s ground this Sunday. The under 11s will play York in their final, and the under 12s take on Sheffield.

After both sides successfully negotiated the preliminary rounds, each have encountered strong opposition. The Under 11s needed a replay of their semi final against Selby.

The Brods have some 290 players registered and playing but are always looking to bring new players in across all age groups.

The under 11s will start a day of finals kicking off against a very strong York team at 10am. The under11s have played some high quality opposition on their way to the final beating Sheffield Tigers, Hull and Selby in the knock out stages.

Coach Richard Stringer said: “If we play to our strengths we can win this year’s competition.”

For this season’s under-12s the Yorkshire Cup final (10.50am) is another opportunity to claim a much coverted trophy. As last year’s under 11s they won their final against Pocklington.

It is a significant achievement to reach two Yorkshire Cup finals two years in succession.

This level of success has come from some high quality coaching and a high level of commitment to training from the players.

Both Chris Ramsden and Martin Smith have been working with the majority of this group of players since they began playing with the club when they were under six.

This Sunday will also be a big day for two brothers, Joshua Stringer, who plays for the under 12s, and in his second Yorkshire Cup final and Benjamin Stringer who will play for the under 11s and who will captain them again this weekend.

Should there be victory celebrations for both squads there will certainly be a happy household come Sunday.

Following the games this Sunday the Woodhead clubhouse will be open for a celebration of the fact that both teams made this year’s final.