Festival success leaves kids in a good mood.

More than 300 young rugby league players enjoyed a superb morning of games at Kingston Park Stadium last weekend, as Newcastle Thunder hosted their annual big grassroots festival ahead of their League 1 clash with Keighley Cougars.

The Moody Logistics Cup, named to recognise the support offered by the Cramlington based hauliers of the day, welcomed teams from across the region across under 8, under 10, under 12 and under 14 age groups.

Alnwick Bears, Catterick Crusaders, Cramlington Rockets, Gateshead Storm, Hartlepool Hurricanes, Wallsend Centurions, Whitley Bay Barbarians and Yarm Wolves were the clubs in attendance and in the case of the Centurions, taking part in their first ever games of rugby league.

Playing a minimum of six games each in a festival format for the under 8s and under 10s and a competitive cup for the under 12s and under 14s, the cup not only provided further playing opportunities for the attendees, but also the opportunity to play on the same pitches used by Thunder’s professional players.

For the under 12 teams from Catterick and Cramlington, this culminated with their final taking place on the main Kingston Park pitch at half time of the Cougars game, allowing those players to show their skills in front of a crowd of almost 1,500 fans.

In a fitting close to the day, the two teams played out an entertaining draw, before seeing Thunder’s first team close out a 40-12 win over their West Yorkshire visitors.