Girls ready for Champion School finals
The 2013 Girls Champion Schools finalists are now confirmed following the recent National Festival’s and Semi-finals, held over two days at Derby RFC.
The format of the National Festival’s was the same for each age group, with the competing teams split across two pools, with teams playing each other at least once.
At the conclusion of the group-stage, the winner of each pool played the second ranked team of the opposing pool in a Semi-final to determine the National Finalist.
In the Year 7 competition Sirius Academy of Hull and St Peter’s of Manchester, in different sides of the draw, dominated proceedings, both sides earning three wins from three games, setting up semi finals against second placed sides Castleford Academy and Orleans Park of London respectively.
Sirius were too strong for their Yorkshire rivals, winning emphatically 30-6 and conceding just one try all day.
St Peter’s were equally impressive defeating Orleans Park 16 – 0, confirming a mouth watering final in prospect.
The Year 8 National Festival maintained the high standard of Rugby League, Ossett Academy and Castleford Academy leading the way in the group stages.
Ossett were comfortable 24-0 winners over a tiring Dowdales team from Cumbria in the first semi-final.
Deanery High School of Wigan was the team to face Castelford in the second Semi-Final, and proved to be a much tougher proposition with the sides all square 6-6 going into extra time.
The sides continued to repel each other until eventually Deanery broke the deadlock to seal victory and progress to the final.
In Year 9, Leigh Academy of Kent and St Mary’s High School topped their respective pools in the group stages.
St Mary’s had a relatively stress-free passage, winning all four of their games, while in Leigh Academy’s Pool, the final game decided the standings after a series of drawn results.
Southfield emerged as the second placed team and the competitive Pool stage seemed to harden the Cumbrian outfit as they overcame St Mary’s 18 -12.
Outwood Grange Academy were the semi-final opponents for Leigh Academy, however the London team continued their good form, winning 18-0.
In the final National Festival of the season, the Year 10 girls again put on a showcase of high quality Rugby League.
Castleford Academy again featured in the latter stages of the day, topping their pool on points-difference despite losing a match to Abraham Guest.
In the other half of the draw, points difference again decided the outcome with Huntington of York narrowly edging out St Peter and Pauls of Widnes.
In the semi-finals Abraham Guest had just too much RL experience for Huntington and came through 18 – 4 winners, while Castleford showed their class with an 18-0 victory over St Peter and Pauls.
Full List of National Finalists:
Year 7: Sirius Academy v Manchester St Peters
Year 8: Ossett Academy v Deanery High School
Year 9: Leigh Academy v Southfield School
Year 10: Castleford Academy v Abraham Guest