JUNIOR RUGBY: Bourne land Shield at maiden Town tournament

Shield success: Bourne's youngsters took home a trophy from the Spalding RFC-hosted NLD regional competition. Photo supplied

Shield success: Bourne's youngsters took home a trophy from the Spalding RFC-hosted NLD regional competition. Photo supplied

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SPALDING RFC welcomed 18 teams as they hosted their first-ever NLD Regional competition.

The club’s junior section held the under-13 three counties sevens event, which saw Town progress to the semi-finals and Bourne’s youngsters win the Shield event.

In the pool stages at the Memorial Field, Melbourne A, Newark, Matlock and Spalding A all won their groups to book spots in the last four.

Melbourne had just too much for Spalding in the semi, before edging out a committed Newark team with a ‘golden try’ in the final to win 28-21.

Spalding do have the chance to take revenge when they meet Melbourne in the 15-a-side NLD Cup final on April 29 in Glossop, though.

Meanwhile, Market Rasen were winners of the Plate final, beating Notts Corsairs 21-7.

Bourne then triumphed in the Shield competition, crushing Paviors 26-7 in the final, while Southwell took the Bowl final 26-19 against Kesteven and the Rugbyman trophy went to Ilkeston.

Spalding RFC’s Jeremy Chew said: “Thanks to all the supporters who came and watched a great day’s rugby and also a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped.

“Once again Spalding’s girls’ squad provided pitch management to ensure games ran on schedule.”