Castleford Academy Champion Schools National Finals
Castleford Academy once again proved their Rugby League prowess with 3 more National titles in 2015 to add to their already impressive haul over the past decade. With the Year 11 Girls already claiming the title in May, 4 more teams competed for their respective prizes in London in August. After 4 dramatic matches, the Year 7 and 8 girls returned victorious, while the Year 9 boys and 10 girls finished runners-up in 2 thrilling encounters.
We would like to thank the PE department for their efforts coaching and fundraising throughout the year, but especially over the summer months. Also thank you to the parents, friends and families of the teams for their support and fundraising contribution.
A big thank you to our 2 team sponsors, That Extra Sparke and The Buttie Box.
Year 7 Girls
This tough uncompromising contest went down to the wire and both sides scoring five tries, conversions were to prove crucial.
A tight first half saw St Peter's open the scoring. Castleford hit back immediately with Hollie Dodd touching down and Keara Bennett added the conversion.
St Peters scored again. But by half time Castleford were ahead. Niamh Coultas and Bennett both touched down, the latter courtesy of a neat dummy and Bennett's conversions gave her side a 18-12 lead. Bennett was again on target early in the second half after Dodd had forced her way over. St Peter's never give up attitude made the scores 24-18. Dodd then completed her hat-trick, with Bennett's conversion stretching the lead to 12. A try and conversion by Bennett put Castleford 14 points ahead. Two more tries from St Peters brought them to within four points, but it wasn't quite enough.
Year 8 Girls
The Castleford defence was tested in the opening exchanges but having withstood the pressure they opened the scoring through Emily Jones with Lauren Harvey converting. Deanery hit back with a quick try.
Castleford began to take control with tries from Harvey and Jones with Harvey converting both to give them an 18-6 lead at half –time. They went further ahead early in the second half thanks to a long range effort from Mia Stephenson which was followed by a similar score from Esme Reynolds with Harvey converting both to give them a commanding 30-6 lead. Jones completed her hat-trick with a try and conversion, Dearney added pressure with two tries but the Castleford side were too strong for the opponents.
Mia Stephenson was named player of the match
Year 9 boys
This all-Yorkshire clash proved to be an exciting contest with the outcome in the balance up to the final whistle. Brooksbank led for most of the game but they were never able to relax as Castleford pushed them all the way.
The Calderdale side opened up the scoring to take the lead of 6-0. Castleford got back on terms when Ritchie Westwood went through a gap and Lucas Sutton made it 6-6 with the conversion.
Brooksbank regained the lead, but Castleford roared back from the re-start with Liam Openshaw touching down to make it 12-10 to Brooksbank at half-time.
Castleford took the lead for the first time early in the second half when Openshaw made the most of a great offload to score in the corner. But another two tries proved critical as the score line opened up to 22-14. Openshaw claimed his hat-trick to keep Castleford within touching distance but again Brooksbank went over in the corner to seal the win.
Year 10 Girls
Astly raced into the lead with two early tries to make the score 12-0. However, the strong-running Tilly Churm got Castleford back in the contest with two tries, Jess Allan making it 12-12 with the conversions. But tries either side of the half, put Astley 22-12 ahead. A touchdown by Lucy Jordan, converted by Allan, reduced the deficit to four points. The lead was increased again by another Astly try.
Castleford mounted a spirited comeback with a try from Allan and another from Churm after she had pulled off a terrific try-saving tackle near her own line. But they were unable to convert either but they had the player of the match in the outstanding Tilly Churm.
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