Champion Schools Year 7 National Semi-Finals
Wade Deacon 0
By Adam Grice
Castleford Academy whitewashed Wade Deacon to reach the final of the Carnegie Champion Schools tournament in August.
First half tries from Brad Darlinson, Ty Bryer and Declan Brumby as well as a conversion from stand-off Jake Sweeting ensured the Yorkshire side held a 14 point lead.
A number of team errors inevitably cost the Widnes based Wade Deacon from appearing at Wembley as Tommy Wilkes and Josh Farr touched down to extend Castleford’s lead further.
Hooker Kieron Martin sealed victory for Castleford after Aidan Bryan drove through the Wade Deacon defence before he offloaded the ball to Martin who made it 26 – 0.
Castleford Academy head coach, Ryan Lloyd, could not hide his delight at reaching the final. “It’s fantastic to be going to Wembley. I’ve not slept for the last couple of weeks thinking about this game.
“We started training for it back in July, I’m delighted for them, they’ve worked so hard all year,” he said.
Captain, Brad Darlinson, said: “It doesn’t feel real, in the second half we had a few good tries and we just needed to keep our cool. It’s just amazing.”
St Cuthberts 10
Howard of Effingham 20
By Mark Ridgway
Howard of Effingham School came from behind to see off St Cuthberts and set up a trip to Wembley for the final of the Year 7 Carnegie Champion Schools competition.
Two second half tries from Thomas Magachie helped complete the turn around and send them through to face Castleford High School in August.
In a passionately fought first half St Cuthberts were the more ruthless; a brilliant individual try from Paul Nash was added to by a Lewis Martin conversion during a strong start.
Joe McSpirit touched down to extend their lead and give them a healthy 10-0 lead at the break.
However, after the interval Howard of Effingham came out with renewed spirit, and a Toby Conisbee try two minutes in reduced the difference.
The fight back was truly on soon after, when Magachie cut in from the right to touch down.
Soon after the same player produced another impressive try to put Howard of Effingham ahead for the first time, a lead added to with a successful conversion.
With time running out Charlie Warr powered through to add to Howard of Effingham’s lead, with another conversion completing the comeback and sending them to Wembley.
In the aftermath Howard of Effingham Coach, Shane Birkett, said: “Getting to Wembley is every boy’s dream.
“They’ve worked hard all year, and now they’ve got their rewards, I’m so proud, as if they’re my own boys.”
Team captain, Jordan Bond, was equally as proud of his team mates.
“The first half was a bit nervy, but we came through well and won the game with spirit,” he said.
St Cuthberts: W Cheetham, J McConville, P Nash, N Beckett, A Stanley, E Buckley, L Martin, J McSpirit, E Crosby, J Atherton, C Lee, J Beech, C Kelly.
Replacements: C Sutcliffe, R Kelly D Guy.
Howard of Effingham: Harrison Godwin, Max Mansell-Row, Thomas Magachie, Joel Stroud, Ryan O’Mahoney, Jordan Bond, Tyler Winter, Rory Hammerson, Toby Conisbee, Tony Stanford, Luke Naismith, Thomas Thornton, Charlie Warr.
Replacements: Harry Chambers, Alex Cooper, Tom Broome, Patrick Gilbertson