Thornensians rugby club are set to play at the home of England rugby union this weekend after reaching the final of a national competition.
The Coulman Street based club play at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 5 May in the final of the RFU’s National Junior Vase against Surrey based side Reeds Weybridge.
Thornensians started out in the competition back in back in November 2018, beating visitors Blyth at Coulman Street with a solid team performance that saw them win the match 63-10. Thornensians then headed north to Hartlepool in February of this year to take on the seaside town club Seaton Carew and romped to a 55-5 victory.
That game was followed by another trip away; this time to Ellesmere Port in Cheshire in March, where a 23-3 win for Thornensians set up a semi-final against Nottinghamshire side Mellish. With a trip to Twickenham awaiting the winners, Thornensians booked their place with a 33-12 away victory over Mellish and are now set to play at the home of England rugby for the first time in the club’s 80-year history.
In reaching the final, Thornensians have scored twenty-six tries with four tries being scored against them. The four clubs they faced have all won promotion this season in their respective league campaigns. Club President Kevin Bull said the club “thoroughly deserve” their place in the final of the competition.
Kevin said: “We’ve played four key national vase games and three out of the four have been away games. We’ve done over 600 miles in travel to get to these fixtures, scoring 174 points and only had 30 points scored against us. Each of these sides that we’ve beaten have all got promotion to the next level for next year.
“We have played teams right at the top of their league everywhere we have played”.
Established in 1939, Thornensians’ honours include a Yorkshire Shield win in 1952 and Yorkshire Cup winners in 1961 and ’62. More recently the club added the Yorkshire Silver Trophy to that list, winning it in 2016 and 2018, but the game at Twickenham is arguably the biggest in the club’s history and a challenge that the current set of players will relish.
Thornensians Andy Ellis has been playing for 25 years and this year took over the role of Director of Rugby at the club. “It is the biggest game in the club’s history and all of the player’s careers”, said Andy. “We are looking forward to this game. Hopefully the whole town will buy into this”, he added.
The club estimate that around five hundred supporters will make the trip south to see Thornensians Captain James Fenwick lead out his team alongside his 6-year-old daughter Freya, who will be the club’s mascot on the day. “This will be a very proud and emotional moment for the whole club”, added President Kevin Bull.
The game kicks-off at 11.00am on Sunday 5 May at Twickenham Stadium. Further details can be obtained by contacting the club on 01405 812746. Fixture details can be found HERE.