Philips High win girls competition
Philips High School won last week’s inaugural year 11 female touch competition.
The school – based in Whitefield, Manchester – came out on top as over 70 girls took part in an exciting afternoon’s action at Smithills School in Bolton.
The session was organised and run by RFL League for All officers and was also attended by England women’s international Clare Robinson who had recently returned from touring New Zealand with the national side.
Clare was on hand to pass on tips to the budding stars of the future and also gave a talk on what it takes to be a successful player.
Emma Nuttal from St Anthony’s in Manchester brought her girl’s to their first ever Rugby competition and was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We have had very little practice time, but my girls have played well and have learned a lot from today.”
“We will now be taking up the RFL’s offer of some curriculum touch coaching to help to develop the girl’s skills.”
Each of the school’s played each other to determine the outright winner which was won by Philips High School by number of tries scored after some very close hard fought games.
St Catherine’s Academy, Bolton, player said, “It has been a marvellous competition and although we found the standard quite high we have thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to playing in it again in March.”
On a great afternoon it was not only the players who got to learn more about the game as RFL League for All Officer Paul Scanlon-Wells was on site to deliver a touch match officials course for the teachers.
“The girls really did well today and offered a high standard of competition, whilst the work their teachers put in now means they can officiate touch games back in their own school environment.”