Ripon blaze a trail at recent Rock-It-Ball tournament

NARG. Ripon Grammar School pupils Derek van der Westhuizen left, and Hannah Hale, practice Rock-It-Ball with coach Tom Hildreth, after being picked for the Rock-It-Ball World Cup.m 110202ARpic1.
NARG. Ripon Grammar School pupils Derek van der Westhuizen left, and Hannah Hale, practice Rock-It-Ball with coach Tom Hildreth, after being picked for the Rock-It-Ball World Cup.m 110202ARpic1.
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Ripon Rock-It-Ball club is on Cloud Nine after beating York’s top Rock-It-Ball team the Cougars, in one of their league matches.

On Sunday June 12, the team of four consisting of England Rock-It-Ball captain, Tom Hildreth, Dom Butler, Reece Farren and Stephen Laws all put on spectacular performances beating the Cougars 143-123 in a tough match.

Their triumphant streak continued in their second match, as they tore apart one of the Easingwold teams, the Falcons, with a convincing 144-71 victory.

The double win for Ripon consolidated their third place in the league putting clear daylight between themselves and Hell Fighters who are sitting in fourth place.

This puts Ripon is in a superb position to make the national Rock-It-Ball league finals.

This is a fantastic achievement for the first season,

Player-coach Tom was delighted with his team’s performance:

“We were a little down on numbers today but those guys played out of their skins,” he said.

“The Cougars are a good and experienced team and gave us a hell of a fight but we’ve put ourselves in pole position to be at the national finals.”

The National Finals will take place in three weeks on July 17 at Rock-It-Ball’s National Centre of Excellence at Ripon Grammar School.

Right: Rock-It-Ball players Derek van der Westhuizen and Hannah Hale with coach Tom Hildreth. (B110202ARpic1)