Rugby League Champion Schools National Finals 2018
Another successful year saw Castleford Academy reach 5 National Finals, claiming 4 National titles in 2018.
The success began in April, when the Year 11 boys and girls contested their respective finals at Featherstone Rovers. The girls, appearing in their 5th final out of a possible 5, won their 4th title with a convincing 36-12 victory over St John Fisher. The boys, appearing in their 4th final, were beaten by arch rivals St Peters (Wigan). This result meant both Castleford and St Peters have beaten each other twice to dominate this age group since Year 7.
The Year 8 boys and girls and the Year 10 girls, contested their National finals in July in Warrington. All three teams walked away with the silverware on the day, after some hard fought games in brutally hot conditions.
A well fought end to end Year 8 Boys' Final saw Castleford Academy come away victorious in a 22-16 win over Corpus Christi.
After Corpus Christi knocked on inside their own half, Castleford took advantage with a set play from the scrum which sent L Tomlinson through to score the opening try of the game. Soon after Castleford made a break down the left wing through Tomlinson again which meant they were in great field position. Later in the set they broke through the middle of the defence and a superb offload put T Czmeiduch in the clear for him to score under the sticks. N Booth was successful with his conversion attempt and Castleford were leading 10-0 at half time.
Corpus Christi made a quick start to the second half and pulled a score back, before Castleford winger C Sandhu went over in the corner just moments later keeping his side ahead by 14-6.
Corpus went ahead with two tries in quick succession midway through the half. Three minutes later and the score line swung again as Castleford's Tomlinson got his second of the match and another missed conversion meant Castleford were in front by just two points.
After it looked like Corpus Christi might grab the victory with Corpus scoring again, some brilliant defence from the Castleford side kept them out. As possession changed over Castleford worked their way down the opposite end for Tomlinson to complete his hat-trick, seal the win for his side and earn the player of the match award as the score finished 22-16.
A dominant display from Castleford Academy saw them presented as Year 8 Girls National Champions as player of the match F Cowell scored a hat-trick to help her side beat West Lakes Academy 42-18.
Castleford Academy opened the scoring inside the first minute as A Wood broke away down the wing, spinning out of tackles to score in the corner and S Gaitley was successful with her conversion attempt. Just minutes later Castleford's number four, F Cowell made a fantastic break from her own half and strolled over with Gaitley converting again to make it 12-0 inside the first five minutes.
Half way through the first half and West Lakes got one back and soon levelled the scores to 12-12 at half time.
Castleford got themselves back in front early in the second half as T Bryer went crashing over from close range, this time it was A Millward who added the extra two points. Cowell got her second of the match shortly after with a serge of pace down the wing to score in the corner. Millward continued Castleford's perfect conversion rate as she was successful with her second attempt of the match.
Almost replicating the first half, Cowell's try was followed by a hit back from West Lakes. However, Castleford began asserting their dominance first with a try from S Chiunye and then another try which completed Cowell's hat-trick after she went through the middle of the defence to score.
Both tries were converted by Millward making the score 36-18. In the final minutes of the match Bryer got her second try after sprinting round the outside of the defence, Gaitley was back on kicking duties to convert the final attempt of the game with the final score 42-18.
A game full of injuries but both sides put on a strong display with Castleford coming out on top with a 36-6 win in the Year 10 Girls Final. Castleford opened the scoring in this match after a knock on by Astley gave them good field position. The Castleford number 11 H Dodd went storming over for the first try which K Bennett converted.
Just three minutes on and it was E Newbould who crashed over in the corner with Bennett again adding the two points. With a few injuries slowing down play, Astley eventually got into a good position due to a couple of superb line breaks and pulled a score back.
Before the whistle sounded for half time, Castleford's A Derwanz scored to extend the lead with Bennett continuing her 100% goal kicking tally to make it 18-6 at half time. The second half was another injury filled half for Astley which meant they struggled to get out of their own half for long periods.
Castleford made them pay by scoring consecutive tries with both Newbould and Dodd grabbing their second tries and forward O Addis crashing over just to the right of the sticks for another. All three tries were converted by Bennett who kicked six from six attempts putting the final score at 36-6.