Castleford RUFC took under 13s and under 15s teams to the Yorkshire Girls Club Cluster festival and were rewarded by some fine team and individual performances, which were all the more encouraging as these were the first outings for the players in Cas shirts.
The under 15s girls were drawn from Purston E-Act Academy, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, Freeston Academy, Kings School and Royds School and they gelled together immediately. Tries for Ellie, Leigh and Lucy saw them beat West Park Leeds.
In their second game two tries from Courtney and one by Chelsie were just enough to take them to another well deserved victory against Thirsk.
The under 13s were drawn from Featherstone, Rothwell, Wakefield and Castleford and playing their first ever games of rugby they blossomed in the round robin tournament with tries from Krystina, Chloe, Kayleigh, Ellie, Elana and Chelsea.
Castleford under 13s’ boys team were worthy first round victors in the Yorkshire Cup when they beat Old Brodleians 27-12.
Falling behind 7-0 early on, Castleford then hit their best form of the season. Fly-half Liam Openshaw’s destructive running brought two tries, flanker Johan Adderley burst through to score, centre Lewis Flockton finished off after fine handling from fellow centre Tom Maskill and unflappable full-back Marty Hiscock and scrum-half Jacob Doyle scored down the blindside following strong scrums.
Jacob was the opposition coach’s pick with flanker Thomas Thackeray gaining the coaches merit award. Wingers Josh Green, who kicked a conversion, and Jarred Lythe did well defensively along with Aidan Carr and Ryan Sabey while forwards Chris Zubrycki, Kieran Nash, Max Kelly, Lloyd Beech, Ethan Brooksbank, Cain Hayes and Callum Ripley grafted throughout.