Mixed fortunes for Castleford girls in Yorkshire Cup

Castleford RUFC Girls under 15s celebrate winning the Yorkshire Cup final.
Castleford RUFC Girls under 15s celebrate winning the Yorkshire Cup final.

It was certainly a rollercoaster day for Castleford RUFC Girls in the Yorkshire Cup finals day, but the under 15s took pride of place as they became county champions.

There was a massive disappointment for the under 13s girls as they ended up runners-up, after extra-time, in their Yorkshire Cup final against Old Crossleyans.

This was Castleford under 13s’ first lost game in a festival in two years and the girls played their hearts out trying to keep the run going.

Equally disappointing was a runners-up spot in the Yorkshire Cup final for the under 18s when they came up against a determined West Park Leeds team.

The girls could not do more than they did on the day as they went down 0-12.

However, there was success for Castleford’s under 15s as they triumphed in the Yorkshire Cup, winning five games out of six and scoring 17 tries to pip West Park Leeds on tries scored after having equal points from the round-robin matches.

The scores in the individual matches were 28-0 against Ripon; 28-0 v West Park Leeds; 14-5 v Malton; 14-0 v Old Crossleyans; 0-5 v Sandal; and finally 35-0 against Selby.

Try scorers for Cas were Maisie Lumb (three), Kayleigh Waller (four), Tamzin Renouf (three), Grace Hepton, Esme Reynolds, Chloe Reynolds, Cara Middleton (two) and Charlotte Priestley (three).

Kayleigh Waller kicked 14 conversions and Chelsea Senior landed two.

This was a full squad performance as all the girls contributed excellently on the day, playing some flowing rugby coupled with gutsy defence, typified by Chloe Reynolds’ try-saving flying tackle from behind in the Old Crossleyans’ match.

The disappointments have to be put into perspective as it has been a successful season for Castleford’s girls section.

The under 13s were RFU Area 6 tournament winners and Yorkshire Cup runners-up.

The under 15s were RFU Area 6 winners, National Cup semi- finalists (losing to eventual winners Newark) and Yorkshire Cup winners for the second year running:

The under 18s were RFU Area 6 winners, National Cup semi-finalists, beat a touring Canadian side and were Yorkshire Cup runners-up.