Old and new are combining to great effect as Bognor 3s prepare to take on the best in the county in the Sussex Vase.
Having not conceded a point in their run to the semi-final, Bognor were firm favourites to beat Worthing Knights in the last four in front of a home crowd.
They did not disappoint, coming out 36-8 winners to ensure they face Littlehampton in the final next week (February 2).
Key to the victory over the Knights was strong forward play with the scrum and lineout on top all day.
This set up a strong platform for Frankie Jolley, Oscar Henson and Connor Herrington who played well in the backs on stepping up from the Colts.
It is set to be just the start of things to come as the newly-formed Bognor Academy meaning that 45 players currently at under-16s and under-17s level will start to make the step up to senior level
One of those players is Elvis Millen (u16s) who is representing Hampshire at age level county level. His second full match this week saw Hampshire defeat Middlesex 35-19.
Back at Hampshire Avenue, Elvis’ teammates produced an excellent performance to beat Fareham 38-0 at home while the under-14s secured a substantial 52-0 win away at Haslemere.
Elsewhere, efforts to encourage more women and girls to pick up the sport seem to be playing off.
The Inner Warrior event saw a total 22 women and girls enjoying a great morning of rugby-based fun and games.
Of those, Willow King and Amelia Glass have been chosen to attend Sussex County selection in early February.
Training continues Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10.30am, both at Bognor RFC.
All new players, experienced or not age six-60 always welcome at Hampshire Avenue. For more details contact joinus@Bognor-RFC.com.