Double success for Castleford girls

Castleford RUFC under 13s girls team were in outstanding form.
Castleford RUFC under 13s girls team were in outstanding form.

Castleford under 15 and under 13 girls teams both came out on top at the RFU Area Six Finals Day at Darlington on Sunday.

Area Six covers the whole of Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria and the Cas girls put down their markers for teamwork and individual skills in a great day for the club and girls rugby in general.

The standard of support play, passing and honest team effort from both squads was an example to all and thrilled the travelling supporters as much as the final results.

In their final against Morpeth-Tynedale, the under 15s blooded three debutants in Lucy Wood, Charlotte Long and Evie Allan and they slotted into the side superbly.

The Cas girls are improving with every match in the National Cup competition and keep upping their game as self-confidence grows.

Tries from Emma Hardy (three), Abi Burton (four), Amelia Crosland, Ellie Sutcliffe, Megan Blakeway and Courtney Pursglove, together with Courtney’s 10 conversions, were well deserved.

An audacious reverse one-handed off-load from Tilly Churm led to one of the tries.

Crosland was a revelation in a new role at centre.

Castleford under 13s won their their tournament, beating teams from Old Crossleyans, Old Brodleians, Bishop Auckland, Novocastrians and Morpeth that had been invited to compete in the inaugural Area Six tournament.

Castleford did not lose any of their five matches.

The overall teamwork and willingness to work for each other was evident in each match.

Two stand-out moments and flashes of individualism came from Jodie Blackburn and Keara Bennett.

Hollie Dodd’s workrate in defence and attack inspires confidence in her team mates and typifies the spirit of the entire Castleford squad.