Youngsters hold their heads high despite defeat in Harry Fuller Trophy Cup

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After the sorrow of defeat in the Harry Fuller Trophy Cup final, happiness comes to West Norfolk as they celebrate the remarkable journey of growth, triumph and resilience that was their 2024 season.The under-14s took to the field with a fire in their hearts matched only by the heat of the spring sun, their faces already marred by dust and sweat, their eyes fixed on their goals.The opposition was formidable, but West Norfolk remained undeterred, each tackle, each pass, each carry was a testament to their dogged spirit.Despite trailing from early in the game, there was no sense of defeat.Each Wymondham wave of attack was met with a renewed, improved defensive effort, a testament to the resilience of this team and their indomitable spirit. West Norfolk played each moment with a tenacity that defied the lopsided scoreboard, their resolve never wavering.Head coach, Andy Barrett, said: “I’m gutted, but I’m so proud of the boys. “We had our backs against the wall for the whole 60 minutes but we never gave up. They couldn’t have given any more.”West Norfolk may have fallen and while daring to be great, have emerged stronger, their spirits unbroken, their resolve hardened. The journey to the Final was the culmination of an outstanding season, with a record of 13-2-1, each game was a lesson, each practice a step forward.The team grew not just as players, but as individuals, they forged their own identity in the value of teamwork, the importance of perseverance, and the power of resilience. As West Norfolk reflects on the season, the result will not be the outcome of this final. The season was a journey, a journey of growth and learning.A season for a group of boys who became a team, a team that has grown stronger, a team that has learned the true meaning of rugby. The final score? Just a number. The journey? Incalculable. Here’s to a season of tremendous success and to a team that has shown the true spirit of the game.Here’s to the journey, and to the many more to come.West Norfolk: Rhys Allerton (injured), Logan Barrett, Joseph Bowen, Amaru Casaleiro, Anthony Collings, Freddie Dickson, Jac Fox, Edward Frost, Charles Green, Jacob Hancock, Harry Hollands, Caidan Hopkins, Samuel McKenzie, Finley Mallett, Christopher Maule, Fletcher Milnes, Patrick Oughton-Tooke, Oscar Ratcliffe, Rowan Ryder, Jack Skinner, Felix Slingsby, Thomas Soar & Oliver Stevenson.

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