Shawn Boatin breaks down the most anticipated Grassroots Rugby Teams of 2019
2019 is going to be a defining year for GRM SPORT. Here's a timeline of our growth since I started the platform 2 years ago:
Season 1 (2017) - 30 rugby games covered (mostly in Hull)
Season 2 (2018) - 33 rugby games plus additional minis festivals covered across Yorkshire.
Season 3 (2019) The expansion continues!
GRM SPORT is a fairly established platform in Hull and surrounding areas, but this year I'm looking to further embed our brand and reputation within Yorkshire and beyond. Here are the top ten teams I'm keen to feature on GRM this year:
1 Blackbrook Royals U16
Blackbrook Royal's under 16’s are winners of the North West Youth premier division last year.
2. Hull Wyke U12
Hull Wyke under 12 - Yorkshire Cup finalists who dominated the Hull District competition last year.
3. West Hull U16
West Hull, under 16 division champions last year, plenty of professional rugby prospects.
4. Skirlaugh Bulls Under 14
Skirlaugh Bulls under 14s had a very successful 2018… What are they not champions of? An exciting team to watch, losing is something they're not familiar with.
5. Ryland Sharks U14
Ryland Sharks Under 14s were North West Junior champions of their division last season.
6. Siddal U15
Siddal U15s, another strong team finishing 2018 as Yorkshire champions with a great coach who has developed a well drilled, formidable team.
7. Hunslet Club Parkside
Led around the park by the multi-talented Jamie Fields, Parkside are unbeaten competitively for several years now, can they continue their NCL domination this year?
8. Newton Storm U16
Another strong team from the North West, Newton Storm Under 16s finished 2nd in the North West Premier division last year.
9. Beverley ARLFC (Open Age)
Led by Hull FC star man Scott Taylor, Beverly were unbeaten last season, but promotion means they face tougher tests in 2019. I’m eager to see how GRM player of the year Lewis Poskitt fairs up with his newly promoted team.
10. Goole Vikings ARLFC (Open Age)
Goole Vikings are a newly formed team to join the fold this year, I'm keen to get down and showcase a team eagerly attempting to expand the sport!
There are plenty of other clubs I'm keen to see such as Saddleworth Rangers, Wigan St Pats, East Hull and Stanningley. The aim is to get to more games than ever this season!