Sunday 1st February saw the NLD U17 Cup & Plate Finals being held at Southwell RFC. The pitch held up during the cold weather and passed two inspections, with the drying wind conditions were much better than anticipated although very cold.
The Cup final saw old rivals Nottingham Corsairs & Newark line up in what was sure to be an exciting encounter. Having finished first and second in the League both had won their respective Semi Finals convincingly to set up the local final.
An extremely strong Corsairs side saw off Newark 27-12, a win that they thoroughly deserved, although the game was perhaps tighter than the score line suggests. It means that the Nottingham side have now won their age group Cup competition for the last three years.
Both Corsairs & Newark had already secured qualification for the National U17’s Cup Competition and will look to impress over the coming months.
The Plate final was an all Derbyshire affair with Matlock facing up against Long Eaton. Matlock retained their unbeaten NLD U17 Plate league run with a convincing 19-5 win over Long Eaton.
Huge congratulations go to all of the teams who took part for making it to this stage of the competition. Attentions will now turn to the U17 Knock out competition which begins on 22nd February.