THE Old Penarthians Rugby Club U10s ended the season on a triumphant note by capturing their first ever silverware at the Rob Lewis Memorial Festival in Llandaff.
After early hard-fought games, Old Pens qualified for the Plate Final against a physical Llandaff North side when any early nerves were calmed by a wonderful try by Rhys Stout who showed fantastic pace to sprint along the touchline and touch down.
Further tries from Josh Edwards and Jack Powell helped build a useful lead and, though Llandaff North staged a strong fightback, Old Pens went into half-time well ahead.
The second half saw more of the same and Old Pens' attacking skills were backed up with some excellent defence against the opposition’s much larger ball carriers. Despite having played earlier matches in hot and sunny conditions, the entire side showed great energy, commitment and composure to close out the game.
Further late tries from Georgia Morgan and Kieron Gilbert-Jones secured a comfortable victory and sparked celebrations as victorious team captain Georgia collected the trophy.
It was a fitting end to a year that has seen the side improve hugely, and sincere thanks go from both players and parents to the dedicated coaching team who have worked tirelessly to take the side to their new status as champions.
The team is already looking forward to next season and is looking for new players to join a friendly and successful squad; anyone interested should contact the club for further details.