Derby rivals emerge with great credit from enthralling contest

Katy Metcalf, Kelsi Killick and Shania Lawrence show their defensive strength for Castleford under 13s in Sundays tournament.
Katy Metcalf, Kelsi Killick and Shania Lawrence show their defensive strength for Castleford under 13s in Sundays tournament.

The growing popularity of girls’ rugby in the Pontefract and Castleford area was again underlined on Sunday.

Castleford and Pontefract rugby union clubs both had under 15 and under 13 teams in action.

The under 15s met in a derby match at Pontefract where a more experienced Castleford side came out on top in an enthralling match played in great spirit.

Pontefract, in their first season, have done well to build a squad that is continually developing.

They competed excellently against an impressive Castleford side who won 48-5.

Millie Walsh put Castleford on their their way with the first of her three tries after a clever off-load from influential Keara Bennett.

Esme Reynolds then scored a well-worked try and Chelsea Semior added the first of her four conversions.

With half-backs Rose Raybould and Bennett in top form, Castleford’s domination continued with Charlotte Priestley crossing and Walsh grabbing her second score.

Further tries from Ellie Limb and Walsh made it 34-0 at half-time.

Cas rang the changes in the second-half but they did not ease up, with Lauren Harvey adding to their try tally. Debutant, Mia Churm, playing in her first union game, showed great promise for Castleford as did the reliable Maisie Lumb and Hollie-Mae Dodd.

Pontefract scored a deserved consolation try before Cas completed the scoring with Limb’s second.

Castleford and Pontefract under 13 teams both competed in Sunday’s Old Brodleians festival at Hipperholme.

The tournament featured a total of 90 players from eight Yorkshire clubs .

Pontefract showed excellent skill and great determination.

They won four, drew one and lost one of their six matches.

Castleford’s youngsters posted five wins, one draw and one loss in their games.

Emerging players Ella Rae and Nikita Turner scored well throughout and were joined on the scoresheet by Katy Metcalf, Abbie Millward and Emily Heaps.

Excellent teamwork, especially in defence, was the key to Castleford’s success.