Bielby enjoys try scoring debut

Newcastle Thunder added a new name to the roster of local players that have pulled on the club’s colours in their win over Keighley Cougars on Sunday, as 18-year-old Adam Bielby made his senior debut.

A product of the club’s academy system, Bielby started at centre and iced the cake of a solid debut with a try in the closing stages, which ensured Thunder made it two wins over the Cougars with more than 30 points scored in 2017.

In what was a crucial game for Thunder, in terms of their quest to secure a place in Kingstone Press League 1’s top five and the end of season promotion play offs, it would have been easy for a youngster to have been overawed.

But for the former Durham Demon, it was an experience he took in his stride.

Speaking in the tunnel at Kingston Park Stadium, he said: “It was really good and I enjoyed it. There was a lot of excitement and some underlying nerves as well but as it built up to the game, I wasn’t too nervous and just had a lot of excitement around getting the experience done and see what it was like.

“I had a good set of lads around me so I did have faith in them that they wouldn’t let me do anything wrong so it was good. With it being my first game, I thought I might never get this experience again so I went out, did what I could and then just enjoyed myself and let things happen that were going to happen.”

Having been kept honest throughout by a Cougars side that frequently frustrated the hosts attacking efforts, Thunder were able to finish with a flourish and put twenty points onto the board in the final 13 minutes, with Bielby getting the final try.

But the player from Bishop Auckland won’t allow that to distract him from the work he has still to do if he is to become a regular feature in the Thunder middles.

Bielby added: “It was brilliant, really good to get a try on my debut, but there is still a lot to work on, so I’ll keep doing that over the winter and pre season, see how far I can get and hopefully progress further with the club in the next few years.

“I’ve just come through the pathways of the club and they are the ones who have guided me and allowed me to achieve what I need to achieve and getting better. I’ve had brilliant support for the whole club throughout everything; they’ve helped me with all my university applications and they couldn’t do enough for me.”

Having completed a Level 3 BTEC as part of the Thunder Academy, Bielby is about to embark on a physiotherapy degree at Northumbria University but hopes rugby can be where his short to medium term future lies.

“I’m hoping to get a good degree behind me and then I’ve always got a back up to a playing career, but hopefully I’ll go as far as I can with the rugby.”