Castleford Academy’s year seven girls Rugby League team have become county champions in their first year together.
After a slow start, the girls have made good progress, culminating in their success in the Champion Schools Yorkshire County Cup final.
In February the Castleford Academy team set out on the Rugby Football League Champion Schools Pathway and did really well, winning the Wakefield Schools Cup and qualifying for the county stages, which were to be take place in Dewsbury.
Again the girls continued to make progress and following some productive technical work sessions prior to the Yorkshire Schools Festivals managed to reach the final of the competition, which was held at Wakefield Wildcats’ Super League Stadium at Belle Vue.
Castleford were up against a good Leeds Schools winning side in Mount St Mary’s, themselves with a decent record in the event, and got off to a good start.
The Academy girls were dominant from the kick-off, forcing error after error from their opponents with some excellent defensive line speed.
By half-time the Castleford school were very much in command after tries by Holly Dodd, Keara Bennett, captain Eveie Marshall, Caitlin ‘Fizz’ O’Hara and Olivia Addis plus goals from Keara Bennett.
They continued in the same manner in the second half, showing more dominant defence and excellent go forward play, which Mount St Mary’s found really hard to deal with.
More tries came from Ella Lacy, Katie Schofield, Ellie Simpson, Charlie Holmes, Amy Dewanz, Emily Pinnington, Ebony Whitely and Niamh Coultas as Castleford ran out convincing winners to take the trophy.
In reaching the final, Castleford beat Sirius Academy (Hull) 20-0, Outwood Grange (Wakefield) 16-6, David Young Academy (Leeds) 10-6 and Huntington (North Yorkshire) 14-0.