Panthers aiming for Challenge Cup glory

Castleford Panthers Ladies (back, left to right): Ian Hood (assistant coach), Ashley Rice, Jess Lord, Brogan Churm, Amy Chamberlain, Jody Davis, Ellie Smith, Ayleisha O'Neil, Amy Greenwood, Martin Smith (head coach). Front (left to right): Amy Sharp, Nicky Harrison, Haley Fielding, Sarah Hall, Sam Boyes, Grace Winter, Ash Ward. Panthers are grateful to kit sponsors FSH Maintenance Ltd (P713B307.
Castleford Panthers Ladies (back, left to right): Ian Hood (assistant coach), Ashley Rice, Jess Lord, Brogan Churm, Amy Chamberlain, Jody Davis, Ellie Smith, Ayleisha O'Neil, Amy Greenwood, Martin Smith (head coach). Front (left to right): Amy Sharp, Nicky Harrison, Haley Fielding, Sarah Hall, Sam Boyes, Grace Winter, Ash Ward. Panthers are grateful to kit sponsors FSH Maintenance Ltd (P713B307.
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Castleford Panthers - the current league and cup double winners - take on Bradford Thunderbirds in the Women’s Rugby League Association Challenge Cup final at Rochdale Mayfield ARLFC on Easter Sunday.

The Thunderbirds, who returned to the WRLA Winter League this season, are chasing a league and cup themselves this year.

Both sides have top-class players, some of whom have represented their country.

To add extra spice, the final will decide which Yorkshire club is the top side this season.

The Challenge Cup final kicks-off at 2pm.

It will be preceded by the Plate Cup final between holders York Ladies and Leigh East Ladies (noon start).

York Ladies are competing in their third successive final against Leigh who will be appearing in their first final in their first season in the WRLA Winter League.

The double header finals day is WRLA’s blue riband event.

WRLA chairman Steve Manning said: “In the oldest cup competitions in the women’s game I am sure that we will once again witness a great afternoon’s entertainment showcasing the quality of the rugby league that is played by the women.

“Once again this year we are at a superb facility putting income back into the amateur game.

“Fingers crossed that this year’s finals are not postponed by Easter snow as befell the 2008 final.”

Admission to Sunday’s final day is £4 adults and £2 concessions/children over five.