Yorkshire Cup double for Castleford girls teams

Castleford RUFC girls under 18s and under 15s together with their respective trophies they have won as Yorkshire Cup winners.
Castleford RUFC girls under 18s and under 15s together with their respective trophies they have won as Yorkshire Cup winners.

Further milestones were reached by Castleford RUFC Girls on Sunday as they won the Yorkshire Cup at both under 18s and under 15s levels.

The competitions were played at West Park Leeds and in both finals Castleford beat the hosts, the under 18s winning 29-0 and the under 15s 10-5, to round off a satisfying day of rugby.

In both competitions no tries were scored against them throughout, with the exception of the U15s final, as the Cas teams defended well.

The U18s showed their attacking flair as they won their first pool match 31-0 against Sheffield/Doncaster 31-0 with tries by Kayleigh Waller (two), Tilly Churm and Megan Blakeway and three conversions by Emma Hardy. They then beat Sandal 12-0 as Waller and Churm crossed the line.

The semi-final brought a 43-0 win against Old Brodleians with Hardy scoring four tries, Waller (two) and Abby Crowther one.

Cas were able to reserve their best all- round team display for the final with resolute defence and incisive decision-making leading to two tries from Churm and one each from Waller and Tamzin Renouf, topped with conversions from Hardy and Waller.

The U15s were able to match the U18s, but had more pool matches to play in slightly breezier conditions, which meant that the whole squad were tested.

Against Selby the try scorers were Hollie Dodd, Grace Dyke and Chloe Hepton, with Chelsea Senior slotting the one conversion over due to the wind, for the 17-0 scoreline.

It was not plain sailing and a tough Malton side made the Cas girls work for their 15-0 win, with tries from Senior, Millie Walsh and Esme Reynolds.

Against Old Crossleyans they were able to match up well and two tries from Hollie and one each from Olivia Addis and Abbie Lindley saw them through 20-0.

The toughest pool match was the last one as Sandal pushed them all the way until Eve Clayton and Walsh were able to clinch the match, rounding off good team plays.

In the semi-final Cas had to dig deep again and a try from Dodd and a conversion from Senior saw them through.

The final was a tough encounter as West Park Leeds started to apply pressure in the second half after tries from Addis and Reynolds. The hosts executed a well rehearsed wrap around move to produce a nail biting finish, but the tackle of the day from Maisie Lumb saved what would have been a certain try to calm the nerves and allow the Cas girls to see out the remaining time for a deserved victory.