Cas win it late
A last minute try by Castleford Academy earned them a hard-fought victory over Hollingworth BEC from Rochdale, in a classic Year 11 Girls Champion Schools Final at the Stobart Stadium in Widnes.
In an engrossing contest Hollingworth led for most of the game before Castleford staged a dramatic fight back to take the title.
With both sides boasting impressive records in the qualifying rounds, it promised to be an intriguing contest.
The Rochdale girls started strongly with Holly Coburn touching down and then converting her own try to give them an early six point lead.
Hollingworth continued to dominate proceedings but Castleford got back on terms when Lizzie Beckett crossed for a try which she also converted to level the scores.
It was end-to-end stuff with Chloe Webster putting the Rochdale side ahead with a four-pointer converted by Coburn, but Castleford again drew level with another Beckett try and conversion to make it 12 – 12 at the break.
Defences were to the fore in the second half with big hits the order of the day. With less than 10 minutes remaining Hollingworth broke the deadlock when Sophie Holden squeezed over and Coburn again added the extras.
Castleford, desperate to get back on terms and after a dominant set, Katie Innes managed to touchdown. Beckett coolly slotted over the conversion to lock the game up again at 18-18.
With time running out, Castleford forced an error from a tiring Hollingworth side and looked to attack from deep.
The ball moved through several pairs of hands before finding Brogan Churm who crashed over the line for the match-winning try, Beckett’s conversion sealing a pulsating contest.