St Peter’s and Cowley crowned emerging schools winners
St Peter’s of Manchester overcame a spirited Byrchall team from Wigan to claim the title of Year 8 North West Emerging Schools Winners 2013, Whilst Cowley of St Helens beat Byrchall in the Year 10 Final.
Despite consistent rain throughout the afternoon St Peter’s played with great skill and ability to finish with an unbeaten record after the group stages which they maintained through to the final. Cowley had a similar route but only just scrapped the semi-final with two last minute tries to come from behind to beat Wright Robinson of Manchester 8 – 4.
The Emerging Festival saw a total of 17 teams from across the North West compete in a round robin format against teams just starting out in Rugby League.
Peter Brooke, Education Officer for the RFL commented,“Tournaments such as these provide a great stepping stone for those schools just starting out playing Rugby League to compete with those of similar ability.”
“We were also very fortunate to be supported by Wigan Warriors who gave each team the opportunity for a one on one coaching session with the players teaching them a variety of skills and assisting with game play scenarios.
“I’m sure each school will be able to take away a great experience of Rugby League and push on within their local areas and ultimately progress to the National Champion Schools competition in the future.”
The festival also saw three Match Officials from South Africa officiating and assisting in the running of the event whilst on their visit for the Festival of World Cups.
Hendrik Von Wielligh, Warren Pretorius and AJ Barnard are all in the UK learning about the game to be able to take back and further develop the sport in South Africa.
Hendrik commented, “Coming on tours to the UK, attending and supporting events such as these is a great learning experience for us.”
“We can see the variety of ways of developing the game and our match officials to hopefully achieve the same levels of success seen in the UK.”