Honley boys bow out with national title
The boys final saw St Edmund Arrowsmith of Wigan take on Huddersfield’s Honley in a clash of the roses to determine the national champions.
The game started with high intensity; however a combination of good defence and individual efforts meant that no scoring opportunities were created.
It was Cameron Haigh of Honley who broke the deadlock, collecting his own kick as it rebounded from the post to score. George King added the simple conversion. It was King who increased the Honley lead as he kicked a penalty soon after to make the score 8-0.
Both teams continued to show resolute defence to keep the score as it was before Honley’s captain King increased his side’s lead with a powerful effort five minutes before the break. He converted to send Honley in to half time with a 14-0 lead.
Hope was restored for St Edmund Arrowsmith who scored two tries within the first ten minutes of the restart trough captain Joe Collins and Callum O’Connor. Peet converted one of his two attempts to take the score to 14-10 in Honley’s favour.
The intensity level begun to rise as both team’s showed their desire to be champions. St Edmund Arrowsmith now enjoyed good possession as they looked to reduce their small deficit. It was Honely however who were next to score, Corey Hall crossing in the corner to extend their lead to 20-12 with King kicking the difficult conversion.
With 5 minutes left St Edmund Arrowsmith thought they had scored to give themselves a chance, the referee however disallowed the try and in the aftermath captain Joe Collins was dismissed for dissent. Hall scored his second of the game with two minutes remaining to increase Honley’s lead with a fine individual effort. King missed the kick however they saw the remaining minutes out to be crowned national champions with a 24-10 win.
Honley’s captain George King was named player of the match after scoring 12 points and putting in a strong all-round performance.