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Sharks' battling show; Superb Huddersfield youngsters give their all before succumbing to tiredness in last few minutes.

Under 10

Townville 44 v Huddersfield Sharks 14

AFTER a poor start, Huddersfield Sharks battled back to within striking distance of a strong Townville side at the three quarter point in the game.

But then tired legs saw them conceded a string of tries.

Player of the match Becky Hague scored twice and put in a number of good tackles. Amy Plowman had her best game of the season and deserved best driver award.

GeorgeDoughty alsomanaged to cross the line, while Beth Swift and Caylen Lewin shared the most improved player awards. Caylen had a tremendous run down the wing before being superbly tackled just short. Stephen Wilkinson also had a number of good drives and continues to improve.

Dominic Sharpe started the game with a strong drive and the club is pleased to see him back in the team after a recent family bereavement.

Poor tackling let the Sharks side down although Sam Robinson put in a number of good tackles during the game.

Regan Wood had a promising first game and looks a good future prospect.

Under 12 Sharks 40 Elland 32 This was a close call in a friendly with nine-man Elland.

Special awards went to Euan and SamGillespie, who volunteered to make up the numbers for the visitors.

The first half saw Sharks lead 22-10, with tries from Josh Robinson, Tom Beaumont (2) and Jakob Garside with Robinson landing three conversions from four attempts.

It was end to end stuff in the second half, with Jordan Cummings, Tyler Davies and Courtney Smith putting in powerful drives, while Elland's star prop was responsible for most of their points - there was little chance of stopping him with ball in hand!.

Speed merchants Michael McGowan made good ground and Garside scored a long range try.

Further tries came from Beaumont and Garside - both scoring hat-tricks. Robinson finished with six conversions.

MoM: Tom Beaumont, top driver: Jordan Cummings, top tackler: Josh Robinson.

Under 13 Sharks 26 South Bradford 0 A new Bradford side gave everything in this friendly, but came up against a determined Sharks side, well led by Tom Pattison, who scored a hat-trick after setting up the first try for Jordan Sild. Pattison's first try and an Oliver Hague goal made it 10-0 at the break.

Good teamwork and tackling kept out the visitors, with top tackler Reece Lawrence outstanding, whole top driver Callum Simms helped create position for Pattison to score again. When a Bradford move broke down, Pattison ran half the length of the pitch for the final try.

Tries: Pattison (3), Sild, Fergus Marsden; goals: Hague (3). MoM: Hague.

Under 15 Guiseley 22 Sharks 6 Sunday saw Sharks visit Guiseley, with both sides having tasted victory in previous encounters.

As expected the pitch was in a parlous state and Sharks decided to play uphill for the first half.

They made a decent job of defending for the first 15 minutes, with sturdy defence from James Bonner, Ryan Moses and Danny Pittman.

Sharks forwards were against slope and wind and couldn't find a way through with handling errors common.

At 22-0 at the break, Sharks were far from downhearted, but the second half proved more of a challenge than expected.

Rangers defended particularly well, holding up the ball twice in their goal area after Tom Smith and Ben Cole both looked like they were going to reduce the deficit.

Both Danny Pittman and Josh Long made several spirited drives, but it was Cole who punched through for Sharks' only try of the game.

It was a tough match and both sides made a good game out of a badly waterlogged pitch, but the 22-6 scoreline didn't reflect the balance of play.

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SHARKS ACTION: Under 12 Courtney Smith takes on the Elland defence; Under 12 Reece Lawrence kicks on the sixth tackle and Tom Swift is halted by an Elland defender.; SHARKS ACTION: Under 13 Adeel Ahmed on the charge and (right) Under 15 Danny Pitman fends off would-be tacklers. (zzhwe180308Ahmed)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2008
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