Wembley in sight for Champion Schools Boys Finalists
Over the last two weeks Oulton Raiders have played host to the Champion Schools National Semi Finals for Year 7, 8 & 9 Boys.
The Year 7 Final – again to be played at Wembley Stadium as curtain-raiser to the Challenge Cup final on August 23 – will be contested by Castleford Academy and The Brooksbank School of Calderdale.
Castleford were pushed all the way in their semi-final by St Peter’s, Wigan in a game that was 0-0 at half-time and 6-6 at full-time.
Only a penalty conceded in the second period of extra-time was able to split the two sides and provide Castleford with a third consecutive appearance in the Steven Mullaney Memorial Game.
Brooksbank were also involved in a tight semi-final against Ystalyfera of South Wales.
The teams were sitting level at 6-6 for the majority of the game before a breakaway try in the closing minutes for the Elland-based school secured their place in the National Final with a 12-6 win.
At the Year 8 age group, Castleford Academy will again be represented after fighting off an amazing come-back from Hull-based St Mary’s College.
The East Yorkshire outfit found themselves 26-0 behind just after half-time before clicking into gear and eventually losing 28-30.
The other finalist – St Wilfrid’s of Pontefract – dominated their semi-final over Dowdales of Barrow who will be disappointed by their effort. The West Yorkshire school scored in the opening minutes of the game and continued to score freely until the final whistle meaning a final score of 64-6.
The Year 9 Final will be contested by two very strong teams in South Holderness Technology College and Great Sankey High School.
Great Sankey (Warrington) proved too strong for a plucky Verulam School of St Albans.
The Hertfordshire school had picked up some fantastic results during the earlier rounds of the competition and came into the semi-finals full of confidence which was reflected with a half time 12-10 lead.
Great Sankey didn’t throw in the towel however and managed to power to the finals, eventually winning 28-12.
In the other semi-final South Holderness (Hull) were involved in a classic against their cross-town rivals Sirius Academy in a re-run of the Year 9 Yorkshire Cup Final played earlier in the year which Sirius had won.
However, Souths managed to get their revenge with a last-minute score securing their National Finals place after a pulsating game which ended 22-16.
The finals are to be played at Richmond Athletic Club on Friday August 22 and Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 as part of the Challenge Cup Final weekend are.
Brooksbank School (Calderdale) v Castleford Academy (Wakefield)
Castleford Academy (Wakefield) v St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School (Wakefield)
South Holderness Technology College (Wakefield) v Great Sankey High School (Warrington)
Castleford Academy (Wakefield) v Sts Peter and Paul Catholic College (Halton)
A full breakdown of all the results can be found here www.therfl.co.uk/more/competitions/championschools/fixtures_and_results