Youth Tournament MVP’S @Gateshead (14/08/2021)

Tournament MVP: Cole Mitchell

Cole had a fantastic first tournament for the Steam. Cole played multiple positions all day and stepped up when any players went down injured and did a great job filling in. He also had a fantastic game a centre putting in some great blocks against much bigger and physical players! Great work Cole!

Andy North, Head Coach
Cole Mitchell #66

Game 1:

Offence: Bronton Creighton

All of the lads played amazing in their first game at the weekend but one player stood out for me on offence. Bronton stepped up and played RB when his teammate Harper went down injured early in the game. Having limited reps at RB in training didn’t stop Bronton from scoring the first-ever touchdown for Darlington steam youth, carrying three defenders across the line with him!

Jordan McCabe, Offensive Coordinator
Bronton Creighton #8

Defence MVP: Oliver Watson

Oliver had to be given defensive MVP for his performance in the first game after having only had 1 training session and a quick crash course at nose tackle before the games started. He played fantastic at NT and as a linebacker, he even managed to get Steam youth’s first sack and a strip-sack at that.Coordinator

Alex Coatsworth, Defensive
Oliver Watson #41

Team MVP : James Wall

James massively deserved this MVP and has been working towards it for a long time. James is one of our original youth players and has been involved since the inception of the youth team. With massive changes to the club over the last few years, James’s loyalty to the club has contributed towards him becoming team captain and allowed him to develop into a very exciting player. Playing both sides of the ball and only taking one drive off in the entire game! Amazing first tournament James!

Andy North, Head Coach
James Wall #16

Game 2:

Offence MVP: Harry Ashmoore

In our second game against Gateshead, we had picked up some injuries and had a lot of people playing out of position, stepping up to help their team out and for that, I’m proud of them all!

The offensive MVP for this game though goes to Harry. Although Harry didn’t start on the offence, from the get-go. He was right next to me ready and eager to get in the game. When I asked him to go in at RB his eyes lit up and his eagerness reflected in his performance. He had a lot of positive running yards, following his blocks and running hard at an aggressive Gateshead defence, as well as a lead blocking himself when I asked him to play some FB. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved on the day, first tournament is out of the way now on to the next!Jordan McCabe, Offensive Coordinator

Harry Ashmoore #19

Defensive MVP: Daniel McGrath

Daniel has been awarded Defensive MVP for the second game due to him making some absolutely great tackles against a very tough team and never giving up even when he had been playing both ways and been winded by a hard tackle he came straight back in and did what he needed to do.

Alex Coatsworth, Defensive Coordinator
Daniel McGrath #26

Team MVP: Oliver Watson

Oliver had an amazing first tournament, Oliver is our most recent addition to the team and what an impact he had! In his very first tournament after only a couple of training sessions, Oliver made a huge impact on the field. Playing multiple positions very well and with what was relatively little coaching and he went out there and balled out! He played both sides of the ball and picked up some great yardage playing RB and tackled all over the field on defence. Oliver has an amazing future for the Steam and is a player to look out for in the future!

Andy North, Head Coach
Oliver Watson #31

Honourable mention must go out to Harper though as his first run of the game (the one he got injured on) spanned the whole length of the pitch, just coming up short of a TD. I can’t wait to see what both of these lads and the rest of the offence can do as we progress through the season.

Harper Mitchell #44

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