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Your News Malvern Academy win 10s tournament

The first ever playing of the Ian Budd Cup for under 19s was held at Spring Lane in glorious sunshine on Sunday. The tournament involving Malvern, Wolverhampton, Stourbridge and 2 sides from Pentyrch near Cardiff was played as a 10 a side version with each team playing each other in a round robin style with the best placed team taking the honours at the end. The Malvern side was assembled from the Clubs Academy for local 16 to 19 year olds which had been established in January in Ians name. Rather like the tournament on Sunday, the Academy has been a huge success. The young players have responded brilliantly to the expert coaching they have received from a string of current Malvern 1st XV players under the leadership of Tom Longley and Matt Williams.

It was under the direction of these two that the Malvern side kicked off the tournament against Pentyrch A. Despite falling behind early, Malvern fought back, led by the ever lively Jo Budd, and secured a four try to two victory. After Stourbridge had drawn with Pentyrch B, Malvern played the impressive and powerful Wolverhampton side who scorched to a two try lead early on. Malvern stuck to their task and just before the break scored a crucial try. The second half was a hard fought affair and virtually with the last play, James Doorbar and George Kitchen conjured up some real magic to see Kitchen break clean through. Although hauled down on the line, he was able to pop the ball up for Malvern to score, convert and clinch the win.

Throughout the afternoon, the large crowd were treated to excellent game after game, refereed expertly by Mike Patz and his colleague. It was refreshing to see the players embrace the spirit of the event and for a first running, things could scarcely have gone better. From a home viewpoint, this was capped by two further comprehensive Malvern victories against Pentrych B and Stourbridge. The boys and coaches were a credit to the Club and it is clear that the future is bright.

Overseeing proceedings at the end of the day, Director of Rugby Andy Longley paid tribute to all who had put the event on and said how fitting it was that Mrs Fiona Budd was able to award the trophy in her husbands name to her son Jo. Momentum at Spring Lane is gathering at all levels and the Academy has crucially kept hold of the many talented youngsters who come through the youth section every year. Malvern are always on the lookout for players of all ages and abilities and the Clubs doors are always open

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