A superb days entertainment with a large vocal crowd turning up for all four games with the caviar saved until last the game the U/18 Final.UNDER 12 FINALPORTICO VINE 16 INCE ROSE BRIDGE 10A great start to the proceedings saw the St Helens based side win this game in the closing minutes thanks to a try in the corner by there hooker and man of the match Jack Jones. At that stage the game was poised at 12-10 in there favour with Ince Rose Bridge of Wigan trying to score the decisive points.Portico took the lead when second row forward Connor Dwyer crashed over for an unconverted try but Ince levelled the game up when prop Jonathon Turner crashed over in the corner.Portico retook the lead when second row forward Sam Long supported the backs to go over from twenty metres and when prop Bradley Ashurst went over for there third unconverted try just before half time they appeared to have control of the game at 12-4.But Ince responded and scored arguably the best try of the game when the ball went down the line and stand off Nathan Docherty went down the wing before cutting inside to score a 35 metre effort and he duly got his breath back to add the extras to make it 12-10.Both sides put in big efforts to win the game with Ince close numerous times but Jones had the final say.UNDER 14 FINALBLACKBROOK ROYALS 22 WEST BANK BEARS 6There are rugby league matches when the score doesn?t reflect the game itself and this one was an example of this although Blackbrook Royals deserved the success with four superb individual tries. But a valiant West bank Bears got on the scoreboard which there efforts deserved.After withstanding Bears pressure on there own line centre and man of the match Paul Davis opened the proceedings when from the play the ball he showed his considerable speed to scoot through the gap and 70 metres to score a converted try with stand off Daniel Crane adding the extras.They doubled the score after superb defensive work by them when one of the tallest scrum half?s in this age group Christopher Ford went through a gap from the play the ball to go 60 metres for a try again converted by Craven. Just before half time Ford kicked a penalty to make it 14-0 to the St Helens side over the Widnes based club.The second half was similar to the first with the Bears pressing but Blackbrook came up with the goods when Ford scored his second this time going 50 meters from the play the ball and he also added the extras. He had the chance of a hat trick when he was away again but the Bears covering defence this time got back to thwart him.But following more pressure the Bears finally got onto the score sheet with a converted try when stand off Ben Karalius went under the posts following a penalty to make it 18-6. On the next set they continued the momentum but superb sliding Blackbrook defence forced them into touch inches from the corner.Davis though finished off the game though for Blackbrook when he was on the end of a move and went 50 meters to score in the corner.UNDER 16 FINALBLACKBROOK ROYALS 6 WIGAN ST JUDES 8A superb advert for the game at this level in a game of two halves in this close encounter were Judes came back from 6-0 down to win 8-6 in a game that was in doubt until the final whistle.In a superb 34 man performance this was a game between two stand offs Gary Wheeler of Blackbrook and Chris Gorrard of Judes who controlled the ball between the forwards and backs of there respective sides.Blackbrook playing into the wind took the game to there opponents and the pressure finally told when winger Chris Vowles went in at the corner to make it 4-0. The Royals forwards tore into the Judes defence but they somehow held firm and the only other points of the half came from centre Jamie Foster to make it 6-0. Judes cause wasn?t helped in the first half when they lost the ball early in the tackle count from penalties in good position in the Blacbrook half.The second half saw a change of fortune with Gorrard trying to cajole his side to greater heights and Blackbrook indiscipline led to Judes opening score. Following two quick penalties Judes moved up field and centre Chris Seal went over the whitewash for an unconverted try to make it 6-4.This game was all about if and buts and Blackbrook may argue the turning point of the game came when Wheeler went for a 44 meter drop goal. They thought they had scored but the referee after consulting his linesman disallowed it. Oh for an official video referee.Judes continued chasing the game as both sides lifted the ante and they were rewarded when substitute Barry Rothwell went in at the corner to make it 8-6.Blacbrook came storming back and only superb covering defence stopped Wheeler meters from the line in the dying minutes. Judes held on and Gorrard rewards saw him named the man of the match.UNDER 18 FINALGOLBORNE PARKSIDE 22 THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS 21This was a magnificent finale to the days proceedings with the result in doubt to the final play of the game in a match were the lead changed four times. Golborne twice came from behind from 12-0 down to lead 14-12 and 21-14 behind to clinch the win 22-21.It looked all plain sailing in the opening twenty minutes as Thatto Heath Crusaders from the first division of the North West Counties League lauded it over Premiership rivals Golborne Parkside. Scrum half Daniel Chantler kicked a thirty six meter penalty and converted an Alex Corke try in the corner to make it 8-0. Chantler was pulling all the strings with his passing and kicking game and it was no surprise when he went over for an unconverted try to make it 12-0. He went off shortly after his try and this seemed to disrupt the side and Parkside came into the game and how. Second row forward and man of the match Andrew Bennett started the revival as he drove over but loose forward Nathan Bell missed the conversion. But Bell redeemed himself when he went over for there second try and added the extras. Following that centre John Parr scored the first of his brace and Parkside led 14-12.Crusaders loose forward Andrew Stott and second row forward began to control the game though Roughley let himself down when he was sin binned. This didn?t deter the St Helens based side as winger Iain Newton scored in the corner to give them a 16-14 half time lead.The Crusaders had the better of the early second half and fortuitously scored there fourth try through hooker Michael Smith. Inches from the Parkside line at the play the ball Smith attempted a grubber into the in goal, the ball bounced off a Parkside leg back into his arms and he burrowed over but substitute David Lowe missed the kick.They continued to take the game to Parkside and Roughley who was superb kicked what was thought to be a decisive drop goal on the last tackle to make it 21-14.Crusaders stand off Michael Smith had a try disallowed which proved to be a defining moment in the game as it would have given them an eleven point advantage and Parkside took advantage of the let off when Parr went in for a converted try to make it 21-20. The tension became unbearable and ugly at times with both sides guilty of some high tackles and as a result Parkside were awarded a penalty 55 meters from the posts in the closing minutes.Parkside with the wind at there backs elected to kick for goal and Bell struck the ball cleanly.He was 10 meters short but Crusaders fullback Shaun Quinn knocked on and kicked the ball away. The referee penalised him and Bell kicked the goal for a one point lead.With seconds ticking away Crusaders put a kick into the corner of the in goal and they thought they had scored the try, Parkside disputing it. The referee disallowed the try and called time on the game and Parkside ran out winners.Video/DVD commentary of all the finals is available from Alpha Photography 01706 642446/07973 735570.
THE England Academy showed the senior Great Britain side the way forward with a resounding 30-10 victory to level the Two Series 1-1. The side led 28-0 at half time producing five scintillating tries and although the Australian Institute of Sport came back with two tries to win the second half 10-2 England centre Steve Tyrer had the last word with a penalty ten minutes from time to finish with a personal tally of 14 points.In a team superb effort by England loose forward Paul Clough was outstanding never taking a backward step making massive holes in the Institute defence in creating tries for his side. Scrum half Thomas Lee linked well with his partner stand off Scott Moore bringing the backs and forwards together and he capped his performance with a brace of tries.The early moments of the game were scrappy with loose ball by both sides but England Academy opened the scoring after four minutes when Lee finished off a move following a penalty which they decide to run rather than kick for goal. Tyrer added the extras.They doubled the lead four minutes later when Clough made a break down the short side and he passed inside to substitute Thomas Coyle who had come on for a blood spattered Moore, and he passed to fullback Chris Frodsham who scored to the left of the posts and the conversion made it 12-0.Clough made two further break down the middle of the defence and his fellow forwards Sam Burgess, Joe Walsh, Steve Bannister served him well and Michael Mllorum quick play the balls gave them the go forward they required.In the 17 minute Clough made another 25 meter break down the middle and on the next tackle Lee combined with Bannister to put Tyrer through for an angled run to the corner and he converted his kick as England were scoring at a point a minute. The Institute although initially shell shocked dug in as stand off Joel Moon and scrum half Bradley Payne tried to get his troops moving and props David Taylor and Alex Switzer certainly put themselves about as did substitute Nathan Strudwick. Matt Smith?s introduction helped his sides go forward with some probing kicks.Moore who had returned to the fray was prominent with his kick and chase game for England and put in some shuddering tackles on his opponents who went down to twelve men on 33 minutes when Strudwick was sin binned by referee Craig Halloran.The Academy again decided to run the penalty and were rewarded for there enterprise on the second tackle when Mllorum?s quick play the ball saw his pass find centre Sean Gleeson who flicked the ball out to Riley who scored in the corner to make it 22-0.Three minutes from the break England scored the decisive try when more indiscipline from the Institute saw another penalty against them and Lee took the ball up from the play the ball and scooted over from 20 meters. Tyrer?s conversion made it an impressive and unbelievable 28-0. The first had had shown England?s attack and sliding defence at it?s best.In the second half the Institute took the game to England and they were rewarded when winger Mitchell Griffiths went in at the corner, following a move down the line by Switzer, Smith and Zac Russ. Talon couldn?t add the extras and the Academy were still in control.They then took the game to England and during this spell sloppy passing let the Academy down giving the Institute the initiative and good field position. Indiscipline came into the England ranks and following this the Institute scored a converted try on the hour. Following two quick penalties Smith put a grubber kick into the in goal behind the posts and Talon reacted quickest to touch down and he added the extras to make it 28-10.With the Institute comeback in the First Test from 14-4 down to a 28-14 lead England coach Lee Crooks must have had a feeling of de javu, but his side buckled down with a strong defensive stint in the final quarter, although at times they lost the ball in good positions in the final twenty of the Institute?s half.With ten minutes remaining they made sure there was to be no comeback when they were awarded another penalty. This time they decide to go for goal rather than run with it and Tyrer duly obliged from 35 meters out to put the final points of the game on the board.It got a little fractious towards the end but as the whistle blew for fulltime it was time for England celebrations in front of 700 happy England supporters.The Australian Institute of Sport Man of the Match was awarded to Joel Moon and Paul Clough was awarded the England man of the Match. England Academy second row forward Steve Bannister who had two cracking games for the side was named as the Man of the Series.ENGLAND ACADEMY U/17S: 1. Chris Frodsham (St Helens), 2. Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves), 3. Sean Gleeson (Wigan Warriors), 4. Steve Tyrer (St Helens), 5. Dean McGilvray, 6. Scott Moore (St Helens), 7. Thomas Lee, 8. Sam Burgess (Bradford Bulls, 9. Michael Mcllorum (Wigan Warriors), 10. Joe Walsh (Leeds Rhinos), 11. Steve Bannister (St Helens), 12. Danny Colquitt (Warrington Wolves), 13. Paul Clough (St Helens), 14. Thomas Coyle (Wigan Warriors), 15. Dale Ferguson (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), 16. Michael Cooper (Warrington Wolves), 17. Ben Kavanagh (Wigan Warriors).Tries: Lee 2, Frodsham, Tyrer, RileyGoals: Tyrer 5/6AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT: 1. Zac Russ, 2. Daniel Greaves, 3. Alex Talon, 4. Isillell Folan, 5. Mitchell Griffiths, 6. Joel Moon, 7. Bradey Payne, 8. David Taylor, 9. Harry Witt, 10. Alexander Switzer, 11. Martin Lewis 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 13. Nathan Beckett, 14. Matthew Smith, 15. Nathen Strudwick, 16. Zachary Padzkowski, 17. Jay Aston.Tries: Griffiths, TalonGoals: Talon 1/2
PENRITH Panthers got their tour off to a winning start against a gallant Great Britain side on a cold night in Leeds. They led 20-0 at half time but two converted tries within the opening six minutes of the second half put Great Britain within 8pts of the visitors. The Panthers replied with a try a short time later and after a tremendous arm wrestle by the home side a Frank Pritchard try on the hour gave his side a winning cushion and two further tries in the last ten minutes gave them a flattering victory. A Michael Jennings hat trick was the highlight of the Panthers performance.
YORK Acorn 0 Bradford Thunderbirds 60
Sheffield Hawks 12 Wakefield Panthers 96
Shaw Cross Sharks P Castleford Panthers P
Warrington 0 Hillside Hawks 96
Pendle Panthers 0 Keighley Cats 50
Copeland Wildcats 0 East Hull 50
RESULTS of fixtures Sunday 2nd October
THE Woman?s Rugby League competition begins next Sunday 2nd October and the start of the season will see a twelve team league. All the sides will play each other once and following that the league will be split into two divisions with the top six in one division and the bottom six in the other.
These sides will then play each other on a home and away basis.
YORKSHIRE coaches Alf Hill (Heworth), Tony Spence (Ideal Isberg) and Steve Robson (Skirlaugh) have named a 20-man squad going into the BARLA County Championship decider at West Hull next Sunday 3rd April kick off 2.30pm as a result of injuries and impending fitness tests.
Liam Walsh (Siddal) and James Folan (Thornhill Trojans) are out injured, Paul Hatton is out of the country and Shaun Sutton will have a late fitness test during the week.
PROFESSIONAL rugby league returned to Blackpool after a twelve years absence since the days of the Gladiators playing in the North West seaside town. But in a classic game of two halves St Helens, who fielded a combination of their under 18 and 21 squads plus Samoans Gray Viane and Dom Feaunati threatened to ruin the party as they led 16-4 at the interval. In the second half Blackpool scored sixteen unanswered points with the match winning try coming a minute from time which left the Saints no time to recover.