Castleford girls enjoy winning hat-trick in finals

Megan Blakeway challenges in the line-out during Castleford RUFC under 18s' final.
Megan Blakeway challenges in the line-out during Castleford RUFC under 18s' final.

After celebrating double success on the RFU Area 6 finals day last year Castleford RUFC Girls went one better in last Sunday’s event.

In 2015 Castleford won the RFU Area 6 (Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria) under 15s final and the under 13s tournament – and at Darlington last Sunday they retained both these titles while also adding the under 18s crown to their collection.

The under 18s girls, led by captain Tilly Churm, met a tough Bishop Auckland side, who tackled resolutely through the match.

The final score of 68-0 to Cas does not reflect how hard the team had to work, but ultimately the ability to find and attack space made the difference.

The under 15s girls met equally tough opponents in a Horden side that showed how they had reached the final and it was a close match that went right to the wire.

The tackling was determined throughout as both sides probed for weaknesses.

Midway through the first half a series of passes released Lacey Owens, who exploited the resulting overlap perfectly.

The Horden scrum was dominant, but the Cas girls held firm and the score remained at 5-0 until the last five minutes.

Fresh from the bench, Chloe Reynolds was on hand to receive a second offload and then outpace the opposition defenders for a crucial try.

The game was not over, however, as Horden continued to drive forward and were rewarded with a finely worked try. But Cas held on to run out 10-5 winners.

The under 13s completed the success story for the Whitwood-based club when they won a tournament featuring the top sides in the north of England.

They topped the ratings after wins against Hartlepool, 30-0, Malton, 40-0, Old Brodleians, 55-5, Tynedale, 20-0 and Sandal, 10-5.

This hat trick of wins is a major achievement in a growing and increasingly competitive sport.