Youth Match Reports

West Norfolk U15 Boys Stage Spectacular Comeback Victory in Cambridge Clash


In a thrilling display of resilience and teamwork, the West Norfolk RUFC U15 Boys rugby team pulled off an extraordinary comeback to secure a 21-29 victory against Shelford away in a chilly encounter on Sunday morning.

The West Norfolk squad faced adversity from the start, as illnesses left them with only 15 players and no substitutes. Despite the setback, the boys eagerly travelled the long ride to Shelford in Cambridge, ready for the challenge ahead. However, the day took an unexpected turn when an air ambulance had to land on the pitch, causing a 40-minute delay due to a injury in another game.

Undeterred by the delay, the West Norfolk boys kept warm by engaging in impromptu training sessions around the helicopter. Once the game finally started, the initial moments saw a spirited start by West Norfolk. However, Shelford, a formidable and well-drilled opponent, proved their mettle, leading 21-5 at halftime. Compounding the challenges, West Norfolk had lost a key player to a precautionary measure after a head injury.

The second half witnessed a remarkable turnaround as West Norfolk displayed unwavering team spirit, courage, and strength. Quickly scoring a try, the team’s confidence soared. With calculated drives and an immense collective effort from every player, West Norfolk continued to pile on the pressure. The boys mounted a comeback, scoring try after try, and completed the game with an impressive 21-29 victory, leaving Shelford unable to respond in the second half.

A shining example of sportsmanship emerged when Shelford players stepped up to join the West Norfolk side following the injury, highlighting the camaraderie and fair play that rugby is known for.

In reflection, it was an excellent display of rugby from both teams, showcasing excellent play by Shelford and the determination and resilience of the West Norfolk U15 Boys. The win not only speaks volumes about the team’s skill but also their ability to face adversity head-on and emerge victorious.

Photography – Lee Shuardson


West Norfolk Rugby Club Youth Girls – Pitch Up and Play


Sunday 19th November, 2023 

West Norfolk Rugby Club welcomed a wide range of Youth Girls from U12-U16 age groups to play at a ‘Pitch Up and Play’ day on Sunday, aimed at encouraging participation in rugby for those girls who may never have played, as well as showcasing existing teams and their skills.

Lots of volunteer coaches and support from the Boys Youth U15 squad enabled numerous matches to be played across all of the Club’s pitches over a two hour period, with representation from local King’s Lynn schools and other rugby clubs across the Eastern Counties. Competitive and spirited games were played by all, with a friendly and inclusive atmosphere that saw new players being cheered on and supported by the more experienced team members, demonstrating the key rugby values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship (TREDS) at all times.

The first of its kind for West Norfolk, Youth Girls Head Coach Ellen Collison said “Seeing all these young women come together to take part in a sport that can sometimes be perceived as being too rough for girls, and absolutely loving both the sport and the friendship they discover on the pitch, is so rewarding and shows that all Clubs have a really important role in building a clear future for girls in rugby. No-one should ever feel that they can’t take part – rugby is inclusive and has a place for everyone.”

With the West Norfolk Warriors (Womens’ 1st XV) taking to the pitch immediately after the end of the girls’ event, the home Youth girls offered to form a guard of honour to clap the senior players onto the pitch, ending the 2023 PUAP event on a high. 

Photography creditsEd Navrady